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SPOTLIGHT: Garrett Community College
MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM: Garrett Community College Lakers
MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH: Dennis Gibson
CONFERENCE RECORD: 9-1
JUCO RECORD: 3-1
WEB SITE: http://garrett.gcc.cc.md.us/athletics/Mensbasketball/mbasketb2.htm
January 16, 2001
Chipola finished its first season under head coach Ryan Cross on Feb. 21 with a tough 101-72 defeat at Tallahassee. The Indians, who at one time were leading the Panhandle at 4-2, lost six straight to close the season, finishing 19-11. . .Although he loses the bulk of his roster, Cross does have a great piece to build around in 2001– guard Janerio Spurlock. The freshman from Cincinnati, who was the PC’s second leading scorer and sixth in the state, will be one of the top contenders for PC Player-of-the-Year next season. . .Will Campbell, who finished the season as the state’s top rebounder, also made all-PC first-team. . .Michael Hardaway led Florida in assists (11.5 apg).
After dashing Chipola’s state tournament aspirations a week earlier, GCCC almost did the same to Pensacola, but the Pirates were able to escape with a 96-92 win on Feb. 19. Coach Joe Pons’ team finished a disappointing 2-10 conference season on Feb. 21, losing to conference champ Okaloosa-Walton, 102-73. . .Zelimir Stevanovic, who lead the nation in scoring virtually all season long, was named to the 2000 all-PC first-team as well as the FCCAA all-state squad. Edwin Biggs and Reggie Lewis made the PC all-freshman team.
Stunned. That’s what the Raiders were following a 66-62 defeat to Brevard CC in the championship game of the FCCAA State Tournament. After two relatively easy wins over Palm Beach CC and Pasco-Hernando CC, OWCC was an overwhelming favorite to advance to Hutchinson, Ks. However, the pesky Titans, led by FCCAA Player-of-the-Year Joe Gordon pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory, ending OWCC’s season at 26-5. . .The Raiders did claim their second consecutive PC crown by beating Chipola (70-63) and Gulf Coast (102-73) in their final two regular season games, earning a No.1 ranking in the final state poll. . .Bruce Stewart was named PC Coach-of-the-Year while Elvin Mims, Kedrick Brown, and Robert Hutchinson, were named to the all-PC team. Mims, who also garnered all-state honors, was runner-up to TCC’s Antwan Jones in PC Player-of-the-Year balloting. Tyrone Hayes was named to the all-freshman team.
Coach Paul Swanson’s players did their part. They beat Gulf Coast (96-92) on Feb. 19 to finish 7-5 in conference play. However, their post-season hopes ended when Tallahassee defeated Chipola two nights later. PJC may have been playing as good as anyone in the conference at season’s end but an 0-2 start in PC play may have been the deciding factor. . .Two players, Ontario Lett and Tywan Harris were named all-Panhandle Conference when the team was released. Malerick Bedden and Raymond Abellard were named to the PC all-freshman team, giving Swanson a solid nucleus to build around next season.
Tallahassee endured yet another heartbreaking post-season defeat when Central Florida CC, a team the Eagles had beaten twice earlier in the season, shot down TCC, 91-89, in the opening round of the FCCAA state tournament. TCC shot 50% for the game but it wasn’t enough as the red-hot Patriots were even better, shooting 62% for the game (70% in the first half). The loss ended TCC’s run at 25-5. Antwan Jones, who scored 20 points in his final game before moving on to Cincinnati next season, was selected to the all-tournament team. . .TCC earned its first post-season trip in three years by beating Chipola, 101-72, in its regular-season finale. The win gave TCC a perfect home record (16-0) on the season and they will take a 17-game home winning streak into next year. . .Antwan Jones was named PC Player-of-the-Year while budding superstar Marcus Hatten was named the conference’s top freshman. Those two were also selected to the FCCAA’s all-state team. After putting up solid numbers in 2000, Nick Boyd and Ronnie Griffin also received all-conference recognition. Nick Stamps was an honorable mention choice while Bronski Dockery was named to the all-freshman team. . .The March 6 edition of Sports Illustrated with baseball superstars Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Ken Griffey, Jr. on the cover also featured a story on JUCO basketball stars Antwan Jones, College of Southern Idaho’s Kenny Brunner, and Indian Hills stars Cory Hightower and Ernest Brown. Jones’ will also appear in the upcoming edition of SLAM magazine.
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Iowa Community College Athletic Conference
2000 Trojan Football Schedule--Upcoming Games
|October 14||Iowa Central||Away||1:00 p.m.|
|October 21||North Dakota||Home||1:00 p.m.|
|October 28||Waldorf||Away||1:00 p.m.|
|November 4||Ellsworth||Home||1:00 p.m.|
|November 19||Pepsi Bowl||UNI Dome||TBA|
2000 Trojan Volleyball Schedule--Upcoming Games
|October 10||Wartburg J.V.||Home||6:30 p.m.|
|October 11||Bethany||Home||6:30 p.m.|
|October 14||Clinton/Council Bluffs (Tri.)||Home||1:00 p.m.|
|October 18||Iowa Lakes||Away||6:30 p.m.|
|October 20/21||Creston Tournament||Away||6:30|
|October 28||Indian Hills||Home||11:00|
|October 31||Iowa Central||Away||7:00|
|November 3/4||Regional Tournament||Creston||TBA|
Northwest Athletic Association
|Volleyball Schedule For The Week|
|9/21||BIG BEND & SPOKANE at Phoenix (AZ) Tournament|
|9/22||Scores posted on 9/23|
BELLEVUE at EVERETT 7:00
SHORELINE at EDMONDS 7:00
WHATCOM at SKAGIT VALLEY 7:00
HIGHLINE at CENTRALIA 7:00
GREEN RIVER at TACOMA 7:00
LOWER COLUMBIA at GRAYS HARBOR 7:00
LANE at LINN-BENTON 7:00
SW OREGON at CLACKAMAS 7:00
UMPQUA at MT HOOD 7:00
|9/23||CLARK at PIERCE 4:00|
LINN-BENTON at CHEMEKETA 1:00
SW OREGON at MT HOOD 1:00
UMPQUA at CLACKAMAS 3:00
BIG BEND & SPOKANE at Phoenix (AZ) Tournament
|9/24||BIG BEND & SPOKANE at Phoenix (AZ) Tournament|
|9/25||Walla Walla Christian at BLUE MOUNTAIN 6:00|
|9/26||BELLEVUE at TACOMA 7:00|
Siskiyous (CA) at UMPQUA 5:00
|9/27||BELLEVUE at SKAGIT VALLEY 7:00|
EVERETT at OLYMPIC 7:00
WHATCOM at EDMONDS 7:00
CENTRALIA at TACOMA 7:00
CLARK at HIGHLINE 7:00
GREEN RIVER at GRAYS HARBOR 7:00
PIERCE at LOWER COLUMBIA 7:00
BIG BEND at BLUE MOUNTAIN 6:00
SPOKANE at COLUMBIA BASIN 6:00
WALLA WALLA at YAKIMA VALLEY 6:00
MT HOOD at CHEMEKETA 7:00
SW OREGON at LANE 6:00
by Thomas McTernan
Southern Idaho, the nation's #1-ranked team in the NJCAA preseason poll, had just beaten Southeastern Iowa, the defending national champs. With a 5-0 record, the Golden Eagles headed south to Ocala, Florida for the 13th Annual Pepsi NIT tournament. They were looking for a warm Thanksgiving weekend and their third title in this tournament, having won here in 1988 and 1990.
But Daytona Beach had other ideas and surprised the Golden Eagles 82-76 on November 23, overcoming a decided height disadvantage with physical play and balanced scoring. Freshman Chris Young topped the Falcons with 20 points while Demetrius Felder and John Thomas each added 19. Blandon Ferguson had 25 points and 6 rebounds for CSI, which held a 43-39 halftime lead in a game that was close throughout. Southern Idaho's twin 6-11 towers,Uche Okafor and Ben Eze, combined for just 11 points and 9 rebounds as the taller Golden Eagles were outrebounded 36-35.
CSI rebounded to take fifth place in the tourney with wins over Champlain VT (74-61, Cardell Butler- 24 points) and Palm Beach (95-84, Ferguson- 24 points) that improved their season record to 7-1 record and the #3 ranking in the November 28 NJCAA poll.
A week earlier, Southern Idaho swept all three games of its K&T Steel Invitational. In the 94-63 romp over Southeastern Iowa on November 18, the Eagles broke away from a 38-33 halftime lead with an 11-0 run to start the second half. All-tournament selection Jason Brazier had 16 points and MVP Ferguson 13 for CSI. A day earlier, Ferguson had 31 in a 107-75 triumph over Howard (TX).
Southern Idaho's loss to Daytona allowed Moberly Area (MO) to move into the #1 spot, but the Greyhounds (8-0) need OT to top Olney Central (IL) 104-95 on November 25. Moberly trailed 51-41 at the half but took control with a late 20-8 spurt before Olney's Frank Richards (20 points) hit a trey with two seconds left and force the extra session. In OT, the Greyhounds hit 10-of-14 free throws to ice the game. Qyntel Woods had 19 of his team-high 25 after halftime, including 10 in OT, while Terrance Saulsberry added 20 and Nick Benson 19. Jabbar Battles, a 6-6 freshman, had a game-high 32 for Olney (4-3).
Moberly also recorded wins over North Arkansas (115-86, Woods- 24), Marshalltown IA (93-86, Petie Spaulding- 29, Woods- 24, Benson- 22) and St. Catharine KY (123-75) on their way to the top ranking. Okaloosa-Walton (FL) moved into the #2 spot with an 8-0 mark with sweeps of successive weekend tournaments. In the November 17-18 Panhandle Shootout, freshman Brandon Vincent hit the game-winner with 10 seconds left to cap a 12-3 finishing spurt as the Raiders edged Santa Fe (FL) 74-73. LSU signee Kedrick Brown led with 22 points while Vincent contributed a double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for OWCC, which trailed 43-30 at the half. The next day, OWCC again trailed for most of the first half before rallying to hand Daytona its first loss 82-79 as Brown tallied 21 points and 9 boards. The Raiders had it much easier with out-of-state opponents in its Alltel Classic November 24-25 with romps over Calhoun AL 117-82 (Brown- 24 points/14 boards, Tyrone Hayes- 23 points) and Hiwassee TN 133-53 (Brown-26 points).
Vincennes IN (7-0) moved up to the #4 spot after wins over a pair of Michigan schools: Kellogg (73-65 on November 18, Andre Horton- 22 points) and Glen Oaks (104-81 on November 21), in whichMaurice Jackson tallied 22 points, 9 rebounds and Tim Harris and Ryan Hixson contributed 20 points apiece.
Seward County (KS) improved to 10-0 with a sweep of both the 11/17-18 Wendy's Clasic and the 11/23-25 Western Nebraska tournament, the finale of which was a 65-64 decision over the host school. Jamal Brown recorded double-doubles in all three wins in Nebraska: 22 points and 13 rebounds against Trinidad State CO (97-68), 21 and 12 against McCook CO (94-49) and 21 and 11 against host Western Nebraska, which was led by Iowa State recruit Tommie King's 18 points.
NJCAA NOTES: Indian Hills (IA) got a belated start to their season but quickly ran off five straight wins over Black Hawk IL (97-61), John Wood IL (98-65), Southwestern Iowa (91-68) Olney Central IL (79-65) and St. Catharine KY (116-77). Willie McCloud, Chauncey Leslie and freshman Brandon Brooks have sparked the #8 Warriors in the early going. . . Eastern Oklahoma defeated Seminole State (OK) 83-74 in a key district 2 matchup November 27 despite a 28-point performance by Danny Allen of Seminole (9-1). Michal Ignerski had 21 for Eastern Oklahoma, 7-0 and ranked #9 nationally. . . #7 Midland (TX) suffered its first loss, 63-61, to Cisco (TX) on November 18, on an out-of-bounds play with 1.8 seconds left. . .Barton (KS) improved to 8-1, including an 80-67 triumph over Marshalltown (IA) in their Pizza Hut Classic on November 18. Eric Bush had 22 and Ebi Ere 21 to pace the Cougars.
Tallahassee (FL) remained unbeaten at 10-0 with a 106-93 win over Schoolcraft (MI) on November 24. Marcus Hatten led the Eagles with 25 while DePaul signee Sam Hoskin had a game-high 26 for Schoolcraft . Rose State (OK) the preseason favorite in Division II, got 24 points apiece from Jerome Bell and Oscar Woods to hand Carl Albert (OK) its first loss of the season, 85-67, on November 16. . .In a November 20 battle of unbeaten teams, Otero (CO) opened a 20-point lead in the opening session and pulled away from Odessa (TX) 95-80 at home. Kale Kovalski led five Otero players in double figures with 29 while Taron Barker topped Odessa (7-1) with 17. Otero then dropped to 10-1 with a 98-82 loss at Dodge City (KS) on November 28. . . San Jacinto (TX) dropped out of the NJCAA rankings after losing to Collin County TX (9-1) 78-74 on November 25. . . Vohn Hunter of Champlain (VT) connected on 9-of-17 treys and totaled 40 points in an 89-69 loss to Central Florida in the Pepsi NIT on November 25. . . Aquinas (TN) took the title game of the Pepsi NIT with a 97-96 decision over Chipola (FL), getting 27 points from Nick Jones (7-of-11 3's) and 24 from Odell Bradley to offset the 35-point effort by Kansas State signee Janerio Spurlock (also with 7-of-11 treys). . . Dixie (UT) captured the title of the Pasadena (CA) tournament with a 73-70 decision over Snow (UT) in an all-Region XVIII final November 25. Dixie freshman Jaime Lloreda recorded 29 points and 28 rebounds in a 93-71 win over Mesa (AZ) November 17. . . SMSU-West Plains (MO) improved to 10-0 with sweeps of its own and the Coffeyville Classic.
COA NOTES: Los Angeles City defeated Sequoias in the finals of the Oxnard tournament November 26 behind MVP Jimmy Miggins. The Cubs assumed the top spot in the COA state poll after preseason #1 Porterville was placed on probation and #2 San Jose City was upset by #22 San Francisco 104-73 on November 15. . . San Jose was playing without injured star Antonae Roberson and were outrebounded 39-26 by the Rams, who placed six scorers in double figures. . . San Francisco then dropped a 65-60 decision on November 22 to another ranked team, #9 San Joaquin Delta, which was sparked by Leon Ballard (22 points, 8 rebounds) and made twelve straight free throws down the stretch. . . Porterville (8-0) defeated Feather River 112-79 to win the Diablo Valley Chevron Classic on November 26. David Bell connected for 10 treys and 33 points to garner tourney MVP honors. Mike Mackell and Doug Dormu also made the all-tournament team for Porterville, which reached the final by topping San Jose City 80-72 behind Mackell's 34 points and 11 rebounds. . . Desmond Penigar scored a career-high 44 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in Ventura's 112-111 double-overtime loss to Foothill November 16 in the Porterville tournament. The host team defeated Foothill 86-67 in the final. . . Santa Ana got 26 points and 11 rebounds from Zac Fray in their 80-75 win over MiraCosta November 15. . . Skyline defeated Shasta 77-57 to win the Shasta Tournament led by MVP Maurice Cato.
Thomas McTernan is a member of the coaching staff of the Brooklyn USA AAU program and the director of the annual Big Apple Junior College Exposure Games in NYC. He works with JUCO players and coaches across the nation.
By Wayne Simone
In what is generally regarded as the top junior college basketball league in the nation, this year's group of players in the Jayhawks is as strong as usual. In a league that has put hundreds of players at the top level of collegiate basketball, and players like Harvey Grant, Isiah Rider and Armon Gilliam in the NBA, it isn't unusual to have 20-25 bonafide big timers in a year. This year is no different. The following is one man's opinion of the Top 13 Sophomores in the league. This list is a combination of how the players are playing this year, and how they figure to project at the next level.
Roy Boone, 6-3, So, 2G, Coffeyville C.C. - One of the top off guards in all of junior college basketball, Boone signed with Wisconsin in the early signing period. Can also play the point guard slot, but Roy is better suited at the off guard slot where he can score from all over the court. If you don't get out and guard him he'll knock down the three, while if you do step out he'll go by you and head to the rim. Boone is also a good athlete and a decent defender. Currently averaging 16.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3 steals/game, 47% 3Pt, 75% FT on a 12-5 team.
Tony Brown, 6-3, So, 2G, Seward C.C. - Runner up to Tony Jackson for Freshman of the Year in the Jayhawk West last season. Averaged 14 points as a frosh on a team that finished 35-3 and third in the nation. Plays both of the wing positions, but is more capable at the off guard slot. Shoots the three well and also is nearly a 80% free throw shooter. Brown is a good athlete who also defends. Iowa State, Cal-Santa Barbara, Centenary and Sam Houston State are the leaders for Brown's services at this point. So far on the year Brown is scoring 18.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 79% FT on a 13-3 team.
Anthony Evans, 6-7, So, F, Neosho C.C. - Great athlete who has been a big part of Neosho's early season success in the league. Has terrific hands and runs the floor extremely well. He's a true power forward, but he can face the basket and shoot out to about 15 feet. Many schools involved, including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas State, Mississippi, Memphis, UMass, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Baylor and Xavier. This year Evans is scoring 22.7 ppg, pulling down 8.8 rpg, 71% FG on a 13-5 team.
Tyrone Evans, 6-7, So, SF, Garden City C.C. - Strong insider who is one of the Jayhawks best rebounders. Good athlete for size, Evans is strong and understands his limits. Great competitor who plays hard every time out. Not yet developed facing the basket, but back-to-the-basket Evans is a big time player. His top four schools at this point are Wyoming, Georgia, Texas Christian and Nebraska. Currently scoring 13.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 50% FG on a 13-5 team.
Tony Jackson, 6-5, So, 1/2G, Butler C.C. - Last year's freshman Player of the Year in the Jayhawk West is in the midst of his sophomore encore, and has Butler off to an 15-4 start. The strength of Jackson's game is his outside shot, but he can also score going to the hole. He's very athletic, defends and most importantly is a terrific competitor. Will narrow his schools in the near future, but right now every one of the elite conferences in the country has at least one team recruiting this talented combo guard. Let's call UConn, Louisville and Alabama three of the favorites. On the year, Jackson's stats are 16 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 46% FG, 36% 3 PT, 80 FT on a 15-4 squad.
DeMarcus Minor, 6-5, So, PG, Barton C.C. - Big lead guard who can also move out on the wing because of his good size. Consistent scorer from both inside and out. Minor is a good athletic guard who plays very physical and strong. Has a decent handle and a good feel for the game. Schools involved include Minnesota, Texas, South Florida, USC, New Mexico and Providence. Scoring 13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 48% FG, 82% FT on a 20-0 team.
Marcel O'Neal, 6-1, So, 1/2G, Highland C.C. - Well rounded combination guard that can score in an assortment of ways. Shoots the three and can score going to the hole. Effective ball handler with either hand. Very strong, physical guard, who is very strong defensively. He's been assigned to cover guards and as well as forwards and has been successful doing it. Schools involved include Clemson, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago. On the season O'Neal averages 14.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 49% FG on a 7-12 team.
Alex Radojevic, 7-3, So, C, Barton C.C. (Ohio State) - Ohio State signee has as much upside as any juco kid in the country. He runs well for big kid and has improved tremendously since last season. Has great hands and is a good rebounder. This Yugoslavian import also shoots the ball well out to about 15 feet, and he scores well on the blocks. Currently averaging nearly 5 blocks a game. Alex should be a future first round NBA draft pick. Scoring 14.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.2 blocks, 61% FG for a 20-0 team.
Kevin Robinson, 6-9, So, PF/C, Butler C.C. - Talented insider signed with Arkansas in the early signing period. Robinson can play on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he's a gifted scorer who can shoot the ball out to three point territory, while defensively he's a big time shotblocker and rebounder. Has been hampered by an injury so he only played in half of the first dozen games for a strong Butler team. Because of his injuries Robinson is only averaging 7.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 49% FG on a 15-4 team.
Lamont Roland, 6-4, So, 2G, Barton C.C. - One of the top recruiting prizes in all of junior college basketball, Lamont is a big time scorer. He can score at any spot on the floor, including out to three point territory. Also can create his shot off the dribble. Earlier in the season, Roland had back-to-back 42 point efforts. Has a good feel of the game. UNLV, Texas A&M, TCU, Iowa State, Providence, Ball State and Wyoming are among the many schools involved. Scoring at 26.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg on a 20-0 team.
David Shelton, 6-5, So, F, Independence C.C. - Last years freshman Player of the Year in the Jayhawk East. Plays either of the forward slots. Very strong insider with great hands. He's a true warrior on the boards. Can also face the basket and shoot the three. Usually Shelton is matched up against a power forward, and he's had a lot of success taking bigger guys out on the perimeter and then going by the defender. Plays both ends of the floor with equal intensity. Among the many school recruiting Shelton are Oklahoma, Iowa State, UAB, Northern Iowa, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico and Tulsa. Numbers for the year are 21.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2 steals/game, 50% FG, 40% 3 Point, 79% FT on a team that is 11-6.
LaVerne Smith, 6-3, So, 2G, Hutchinson C.C. - One of two 'Hutch' players in this list, Smith is one of the better wings in the Jayhawk. LaVerne shoots the ball well and can score it in a number of ways. Has played some at the small forward slot, but he's better suited for the off guard spot. Hard-nosed player who rebounds well for a wing and also plays good defense. You'd be hard-pressed to find a harder worker. Schools in Smith's list include TCU, South Florida, Southwest Missouri, Texas A&M and NC-Wilmington. Scoring 13.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 82% FT on a 17-3 team.
Lewis Wren, 6-1, So, 2G, Hutchinson C.C. - One of the more talented scorers in the league, Wrenn has tremendous three point range, hitting more than 50% of his attempts on the year. Has really improved his handling skills and Wrenn could play either of the guard spots but will probably be a scoring lead guard at the next level. His coach calls Wrenn the team's top defender. This playmaker is being recruited by TCU, Miami (Fla.), St. Louis, Minnesota and South Florida. Scoring 18.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 52% FG, 52% 3 Point on a 17-3 team.
Wayne Simone writes from Connecticut where he is publisher of High School Hoops, Connecticut's Only High School Basketball Periodical. He is nationally respected as a successful AAU coach, having coached many Junior College players that have gone on to Division I Basketball as well as such NBA players as Marcus Camby, Travis Best, John Wallace and Bill Curley.