Posted at 10:10 a.m., Nov. 19, 2015

Men's basketball starts season with fresh lineup

Cody Fox

Gaven Peppers reaching high


The Laramie County Community College men’s basketball team dropped to 3-3 losing a close game to Air Force Prep at home Nov. 11, 70-68.

LCCC had a chance to win near the end of the game with a good look at a 3-pointer, but the shot fell short.

The Golden Eagles played their first game on Oct. 30 against Northwest College, which was ranked 15th in the nation last year and lost in the national tournament to eventual National Junior College Athletic Association Champions, Northwest Florida State College. The game tested the new Golden Eagles, who routed Northwest 78-57.

Sophomore guard Gavin Peppers took the reins and led the Golden Eagles with 19 points. The men had four different players who scored double digits, proving the team’s depth. However, after the big win against Northwest, the Golden Eagles lost their next game on Oct. 31 to Western Wyoming College 81-77, despite the effort from sophomore forward Jerry Luckett, who scored 21 points and had nine rebounds. The team missed nine attempts at the free-throw line.

The Golden Eagles turned things around in its home opener against Planet Athlete Academy on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Again the Golden Eagles had four players score double digit points, but this time it led to a victory.

Sophomore center Naseem Hadrab led the team in scoring and rebounding with 14 points and six rebounds in addition to five shots blocked. Freshman guard Alfonzo Anderson scored 12 points, freshman forward Josh McNair had 11 points, and freshman forward Matt Glasscock finished with 10 points.

The Golden Eagles dominated the boards with 51 rebounds to Planet Athlete’s 34.

The team’s free-throw shooting was great as the Golden Eagles capitalized on more than 79 percent of their free-throw attempts.

On Nov. 7, in the Central Wyoming Classic, LCCC was dominated by Gillette College losing 94-69. It was a poor outing both on defense and offense as the Golden Eagles were outplayed in both facets all game.

The men bounced back, however, and beat Central Wyoming College 68-60 on Nov. 8. LCCC used zone defense throughout most of the game and it worked well as they only allowed 60 points on 33 percent shooting by Central Wyoming.

As a new basketball season begins for the Golden Eagles, Laramie County Community College has a lot to be excited about as the team has a lot of talent throughout the entire roster.

The Golden Eagle’s record was 22-10 last year behind a talented, high-scoring offense. However, only two players from last year’s team are returning: sophomore guards Michael Trottman and Michael Dermody.

With 13 new players on the team, it would be understandable if coach Jason Ficca was worried about how his team would come into the season, but he says he is not. In fact, Ficca says he is very excited about the fresh talent on the team “This is the deepest depth I’ve had in a long time,” he said.

Though the Golden Eagles have a lot of new talent, many key players from last year have transferred to different colleges.

Forward Kamari Robinson and guards Darien Fernandez and Spencer Svejcar had combined for an average of more than 46 points per game last year.

It may be a new look LCCC basketball team, but Ficca is excited how the team plays together as they are “great as a collective group.”

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