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Men's Basketball finish fourth at Fiesta Bowl JC Shootout

Friday, January 03, 2014
The Golden Eagles are now 12-5 on the year.
Golden Eagles prevail in triple OT thriller

The Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles traveled to Mesa, Ariz., in late December to take part in the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout. The tournament included a list of high profile teams such as No. 2 in the land South Plains College, No. 12 Monroe College, Central Arizona College, Salt Lake Community College, San Bernardino College, Williston State College and Mesa Community College.

The Golden Eagles opened up the tournament with Williston State College (Williston, N.D.) on Dec. 27 as the last game of the evening. Fans got to see some extra basketball as the Golden Eagles took down the Tetons in triple overtime, 118-115.

The game opened up at a high pace with both teams looking to run the floor. Sophomore Deon Edwin got on a roll early in the first half and gave the Golden Eagles the lead for majority of the half. The Tetons made a run late in the first half and finished the half on an 8-0 run to give them a 45-42 lead at the half.

The game continued to go back and forth in the second half with both teams trading the lead. In total there were 23 lead changes and 11 ties between the two teams. With a two-point lead, the Golden Eagles tried to get a stop and put the game away, but a drive to the basket by Trey Dickerson tied things up and sent the game into overtime at 86-86. This match took a third overtime to finally get a winner. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a five-point lead early in the third overtime and didn’t look back. They prevailed with a 118-115 victory.

The Golden Eagles got 28 points from Deon Edwin and 27 points from sophomore Deshon Portley. Freshman Kamari Robinson made a big contribution off the bench with 14 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Golden Eagles were 46-96 from field for 47.9 percent.

With the win, the Golden Eagles improved to 12-3 on the year heading into the game against Mesa Community College in the semi-finals of the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout.

Tired legs allow Mesa to make big push in second half

The Golden Eagles were back on the court less than 24 hours after a triple-overtime win over Williston State College, this time to face tournament host Mesa Community College on Dec. 28. Tired legs showed in the Golden Eagles as they struggled from the field, only going 19-58 for 32.8 percent. Mesa shot the ball extremely well, going 35-70 from the field for 50 percent. Mesa made a push in the second half and took the victory 84-57.

The Golden Eagles jumped out early and had a lead in the first half, but a few back-to-back baskets from Shy McClelland, who had a game-high 24 points, gave the Thunderbirds the lead. The Thunderbirds took a 43-32 advantage into half.

In the second half, the Golden Eagles cut the Thunderbirds lead to single digits, but a three-pointer by Mo Sobh midway through the second half give the Thunderbirds the momentum once again. Mesa went on a 17-6 run midway through the second half, which led to the 84-57 victory.

Sophomore Deshon Portley led the Golden Eagles with 18 points, and fellow sophomore Deon Edwin recorded the game’s lone double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Turnovers hurt the Golden Eagles as they had 21 on the night; they came into the game only turning the ball over 11 times per game.

The loss dropped the Golden Eagles to 12-4 on the year. Their next game was against South Plains College in the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout.

Golden Eagles give No. 2 South Plains College all it could handle

On the final day of the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout, the Golden Eagles were in action against the No. 2 team in the land, South Plains College (Levelland, Texas). Both teams had high profile players on the floor as the Golden Eagles were led by sophomore Deshon Portley who had the game-high 27 points and sophomore Deon Edwin with 23 points. In the end, it was not enough to take down the Texans, as the Golden Eagles fell 86-80.

The Texans jumped out early on an 11-2 run to start the game. The Golden Eagles fought back and cut the gap to six, but a late first-half push gave the Texans a 42-30 lead at the half.

The Golden Eagles made the game interesting in the second half, going on a surge that led to a 15-3 run midway through the second half to tie things up at 66-66. Portley came down the floor on the next position and knocked down a three to give the Golden Eagles their first lead since the opening stages of the game.

With under two minutes to go, the Texans had regained the lead at 82-80, but the Eagles tried to create an opportunity for Edwin or Portley. Edwin was able to get a good look only to have it rattle out. The Golden Eagles fouled late, giving the Texans the 86-80 victory.

The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 12-5 on the year, and they must now turn their focus to South Sub Region play where they will hit the road Saturday, Jan. 8, to take on Otero Junior College at 7 p.m. in La Junta, Colo.