The IVCC women’s team got back on track Tuesday with an 87-57 thumping over Lincoln Land, while the IVCC men topped the Loggers 77-67 in Oglesby.
IVCC 77, Lincoln Land 67
It is believed to be the first time the IVCC men have ever defeated Lincoln Land, and the Eagles did it with pressure defense and solid ball handling.
“This game is exactly what I thought it would be,” Eagle coach Tommy Canale said. “It was an absolute grind out there. Chad Jones does a tremendous job for Lincoln Land. People say it’s an ugly game, but it’s not. It’s old school, fundamental basketball. Our scorekeeper says he can’t remember anyone ever beating Lincoln Land so that says a lot for our kids to get this win.”
IVCC never trailed in the contest against the Loggers as St. Bede alumnus Alec Schwab, Josh Fenoglia and JoVonn Griffin all hit 3-pointers to start the game and give the Eagles an early 9-2 lead.
The Loggers countered a few minutes later with 3-pointers from Marcus Graham and Garrett Williams to cut the lead to 19-14.
After some Lincoln Land missed shots, the Eagles did a nice job of beating the Loggers up the floor, resulting in another Schwab 3-pointer along with a steal and layup from Griffin that helped IVCC to a 33-23 halftime lead.
“I thought getting up the court and getting transition baskets was big for us tonight,” Canale said. “That was something we hadn’t been able to do in the past against these guys. Causing turnovers and really limiting our turnovers was also a big reason we had the lead around 10 points all night.”
The second half the two teams went back and forth, but the Loggers never got closer than five points before the Eagles pushed it back near double digits.
Princeton graduate Michael Murray gave the Eagles a 46-35 lead by converting an old fashioned three-point play.
A few minutes later, after Lincoln Land had cut the lead to eight points, Murray got a stick-back and Cory McCrary got a steal and layup as the Eagles pushed the lead back to double digits at 63-51.
From there, the Eagle defense — along with Griffin hitting all 10 of his shots from the charity — allowed IVCC to seal the win.
Griffin led all scorers with 21 points, while Schwab added 19 and Murray had 15.
Graham led the Loggers with 15 points.
IVCC 87, Lincoln Land 57
The Lady Eagles were ready to get back in the win column after suffering their first two losses of the season last week, and they took out their frustrations on the Lady Loggers.
“I am very happy with this win,” Lady Eagle coach Pat Cinotte said. “I think this is the first time in the last six games where we went forward and not backwards. The effort was there and we came out with energy. We played two complete halves and everyone on this team was a factor in this game.”
Everyone indeed as all 10 Lady Eagles who entered the game scored.
Only Joselynn Castelli of Serena didn’t make it into the contest as she has been battling the flu for five days.
Arnisha Thomas has been a handful for opponents lately and Tuesday night was no different as she connected on two quick baskets to help give the Lady Eagles a 12-9 lead.
IVCC extended that lead as Marquette graduate Jessica Jessen found Princeton graduate CJ Rhodes for a fast break layup.
Brooke Johnson drained a 3-pointer to push IVCC’s lead to 19-11.
Lincoln Land fired back with Jessica Armour hitting a 3-pointer and then a long jumper with her foot on the arc to tie the game at 24-24.
The Lady Loggers briefly took the lead before the Lady Eagles went on an 11-0 run to regain control of the game and entered halftime with a 41-30 lead.
“I thought we were really strong passing the ball tonight,” Cinotte said. “We did a good job finding the open girls and kept them on their heels.”
Ottawa graduate, Kara Kistenfager started things out in the second half by finding Thomas for an easy layup followed moments later by a 3-pointer from Jessen for a 50-33 lead.
The Lady Loggers committed six turnovers in the first five minutes of the second half, which helped the Lady Eagles pull away.
Aside from solid defense, the Lady Eagles’ Sydonia Daniels made sure the Lady Loggers were only getting one shot at the basket as she gathered up 20 rebounds.
Thomas led IVCC with 22 points, while Ottawa alumna Aysa Williams and Shareita Patton each scored 12 points.
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