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Men's hoops team splits at Garden City Classic

Monday, November 28, 2011
The Golden Eagles will play Casper College at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29.

The Golden Eagles men's basketball team traveled to Garden City, Kan., on Nov. 25-26 for the Garden City Classic.

On Nov. 25, The Golden Eagles lost to the Garden City Community College Broncbusters 62-74.
It was a rematch from a week earlier where the Broncbuster squeaked by the Golden Eagles with a 74-73 win at LCCC. The Eagles had hopes of creating a more favorable outcome, but weren’t able to turn their fortune in this game either.
 
The Golden Eagles kept the score close in the first half, 23-28 in favor of Garden City. LCCC’s twin towers, Rodrigo Silva and Ude Ifeanyichukwu, made a presence on the boards, out-rebounding GCCC 50-35. This pushed the Broncbusters to shoot from outside the key, but the Broncbusters shot 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Eagles tried to catch up and close the gap, but were not able to take the win.
LCCC 62
GCCC 74

LCCC Leaders:
Charles Cooks – 12 pts, 5 ast
LaMel Hamberg – 12 pts, 4-5 3pts
Rodrigo Silva – 11 pts, 13 rbs, 3 blks
Germain Decoste – 10 pts, 9 rbs
Ude Ifeanyichuckwu – 2 pts, 8 rbs, 3 blks

GCCC Leaders:
Carl Porter – 17 pts, 11 rbs
Geron Johnson – 15 pts
Chauncy Williams – 15 pts
Jarwand Rheubottom – 11 pts
On Nov. 26, LCCC knocked off unbeaten Colby Community College 68-67.
 
Coming into the game, the Colby Community College Trojans were 10-0 on the season. The Trojans are led by Carson Konrade who averages 15 points per game, but the Eagles kept Konrade to just nine points for this game. It was a tight game throughout. The shooting percentage for both teams was 40 percent, but the Eagles had a slight edge from behind the 3-point arc, shooting 33 percent. LCCC also outrebounded the Trojans 42-34. LCCC had just enough to hand the Trojans their first loss of the season.
LCCC 68
CCC 67

LCCC Leaders:
Julian Chiera – 15 pts, 6 rbs, 3 stls
LaMel Hamberg – 16 pts, 6 rbs, 6 asts
Rodrigo Silva – 8 pts, 7 rbs, 4 blks
Ude Ifeanyichuckwu – 9 pts, 8 rbs, 5 blks

CCC Leaders:
Jaime Adams – 17 pts, 8 rbs
Vincent Dillard – 12 pts

The Golden Eagles (2-4) will travel to Casper, Wyo., to play Casper College (5-2), on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

All Golden Eagle athletic home games are free.