Men's basketball player Julian Chiera looks to pass the ball while keeping it away from Otero Junior College's defensive player at the Feb. 21 game at Laramie County Community College.

Eagles end Otero's winning streak

The Laramie County Community College basketball team ended Otero Junior College's eight-game winning streak and swept the series between the two teams, winning 60–58, in the dying moments of the second half of a game played Feb. 21 in the LCCC gymnasium.

LCCC's 6'10" sophomore power forward Rodrigo Silva diffused a tense situation with only 1.7 seconds remaining in the game by blocking Otero's 6'1" guard Brandon Harris. Silva led all players in scoring with 15 points including LCCC's final points, which came from a layup that was set up by point guard Philip Freeman.

However, with only 3.4 seconds on the clock, a foul was called on LCCC's Charles Cooks, creating an opportunity for Otero to equalize from the free-throw line. Perryonte Smith shot for Otero and missed both free throws, but Otero was provided one more opportunity after a rebound strayed out of bounds with 1.7 seconds, which resulted in Silva's block.



Eagles take the lead at the half

The entire game was closely contested by both sides; however, the Golden Eagles went into halftime with a 29–23 lead. The Otero Rattlers closed the gap incrementally and, with 13:52 remaining in the second half, stole the lead from LCCC.

From that point on the game was back and forth, each team recording 43 rebounds, but as the final play of the game showed, blocks were the key stat that swayed the scales in LCCC's favor.

Silva recording a team-leading eight rebounds to go along with his 15 points for LCCC; Freeman lead all players with 10 assists and seven points. Three Golden Eagles scored nine points including Cooks, Julian Chiera and Ude Ifeanyichukwu, who had seven of the team's nine blocked shots.

The win puts LCCC at an 8–3 record in Region IX's south subregion and at 13–13 record overall.

Eagles loose to Northeastern 64-57

The Golden Eagles lost their second straight game 64–57 against Northeastern Junior College Feb. 18 in Sterling, Colo.

The LCCC Eagles went into halftime leading the game by 19 points; however, the Plainsmen managed to put themselves back into a position to compete by hitting three three-point shots into a two-minute span. Point guard Freeman led the team with 23 points, and Ifeanychukwu had 13 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

Huskies snatch win from Eagles

Four days earlier, the Air Force Prep Huskies ran away with a game 87–69 against the LCCC basketball team at home Feb. 14.

LCCC looked as if it were the better team for the opening minutes of the first half, starting the game with a three-pointer from Chiera and going on an 11–4 run against the Huskies to lead 14–4 with 12:25 in the first half.

Unfortunately, for the Golden Eagles, Air Force Prep's offense became hot and scored 11 unanswered points including three three-point shots by point guard Cole Martinez.

From that point, Air Force slowly began to pull away from LCCC, leading 34–26 at half time.

Huskies too fast for Eagles

The Huskies' offense did not take its foot off the petal quickly, pulling ahead by 20 points with 16:40 to go in the second half. The Huskies led by as many as 22; however, the Golden Eagles were able to pull within 11 points with 4:55 remaining but could not overcome the deficit.

Cole Martinez led all players with 31 points, scoring 5–8 from three-point range, making 6-6 shots from the free-throw line.

Chiera led the Golden Eagles by scoring 15, and point guard Freeman and Germaine Decoste scored 13. Both played a part in closing the gap in the fourth quarter: Freeman scored nine, and Decoste scored eight during the final 11 minutes of the game. Decoste was also the only player on the Golden Eagles' roster to record a double-double with 13 rebounds.

Eagles steal win form North Platte Community College

On Feb. 10, the LCCC basketball edged out North Platte Community College 72–67 in overtime after a freshman small forward scored a three-point shot with seconds remaining in regular time in North Platte, Neb.

Chiera, a freshman from Argentina, helped the Golden Eagles stay alive with 8 seconds remaining in the game by shooting a clutch three-pointer to tie the game at 59–59. The Golden Eagles then jumped ahead of North Platte with five more points from Chiera and sophomore point guard Freeman.

LCCC had gone into the half trailing 31–22 but outscored North Platte 37–28 in the second half to level the score in regulation.

Eagles soar with double digit scores

Four LCCC players scored double digits with freshman Charles Cooks leading the team with 15, Freeman with 14, Chiera with 13 and Rodrigo Silva recorded a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Nick Tomsick of North Platte led all players in scoring with 20.

Eagles lose the battle for the top

To start the month of February, the Golden Eagles lost 74–68 in a battle for the top of Region IX's south subregion Feb. 2 in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Western Nebraska Community College. The loss put LCCC at 6–2 in the south and into the third-place spot in the subregion behind Northeastern Junior College.

The Golden Eagles kept the game close but were outscored by three points in each half. LCCC shot 52.6 percent from inside the arc compared to Western Nebraska's 50 percent, but Western Nebraska shot 45.5 percent as opposed to 31.2 percent from three-point range.

Raul Delgado of Western Nebraska led all players with 18 points, including five three-point shots. Delgado shot 71.4 percent from three and 75 percent overall.

Leading LCCC was Chiera, scoring 17 points in 33 minutes, and point guards Freeman and Cooks, who each scored 14 points. Bruno Machado shot 100 percent, going 3–3 from the floor and shooting 3–3 from the line in the game, and ended with nine points and led the team with eight rebounds.

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