Posted at 1:25 p.m. Nov. 25, 2013

Eagles slow Runnin' Lopes

College basketball team wins fourth game in row

Upcomming games

Date Opponent
Nov. 26 Colorado Northeastern Junior College
Nov. 29 Colorado Northwestern Community College
Nov. 30 Sheridan College

The Golden Eagles’ basketball team took the Runnin’ Lopes of Lamar Community College for a ride in a solid 93–84 win Nov. 23, stretching its early-season winning streak to four in a row.

The game was hard-fought, but the men from Laramie County Community College came out early with a strong lead and managed to hold it the length of the game. The lead yo-yoed from as little as five points to more than 20, but wasn’t overcome—although not for the lack of hard effort on the side of the Lopes.

Lamar stands 2–7 for the season but was not without talent as it tried to match the high tempo of LCCC head Coach Jason Ficca’s new system, which made for an interesting matchup to watch.

This game was important to the 5–1 LCCC team and their coach as the first conference road game of the season. Showing they can play well as the visiting team was also important to the Golden Eagles whose season schedule includes more games on the road than at home.

Ficca said deciding to accept an invitation to the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout in Mesa, Ariz., just after Christmas meant some changes needed to be made to the Golden Eagles’ schedule. He said this included losing several home games, but the honor of being invited to the shootout for the first time and the experience it will bring to the LCCC players should make it worth the sacrifice.

With this 300-mile-away win the Eagles hoped to have set a precedent for victory on the road, but only time will tell. The next game will be another conference away game against Colorado’s Northeastern Junior College, who currently stands undefeated at 7–0, Nov. 26.

Closely following this matchup is the Lions Club Thanksgiving Classic tournament in Sheridan Nov. 29–30 against Colorado Northwestern Community College (1–4) Friday and Sheridan College (6–2) Saturday.

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