Ocelots send sophomores off with final home victory
By David Keith
The Ocelots cruised to victory against visiting Kirtland Community College, rolling over the Firebirds 81-68 on Feb. 24.
From start to finish Schoolcraft was the better team. Kirtland kept it close in the early stages of the first half and held slight leads.
But the early heroics of sophomore Andrew Mapley boosted Schoolcraft ahead.
Mapley grabbed 9 rebounds in the first half and led a 17-7 Schoolcraft run to erase an eight point deficit.
Mapley would finish with 13 points and 19 rebounds.
Schoolcraft seemed to be more aggressive throughout the game.
Defensively, the Ocelots forced Kirtland into taking some bad shots and turnovers. The Ocelots hustled on defense, putting their bodies at risk to try to turn the ball over by frequently diving for loose balls to regain possession.
The leading scorer for the Ocelots was Terrell Sewell who finished with 20 points shooting (7-17).
Olushakin Cole and Terrence Coles also put in a stellar performance with 18 and 13 points respectively.
The leading scorer for Kirkland was Jack Ocobock, who finished with 22 points and at times seemed to be unstoppable by giving the Ocelots early trouble.
Schoolcraft applied pressure on Ocobock throughout the game which slowed down his offensive production. Rebounds also were a deciding factor; Schoolcraft ended the game with 49 rebounds compared to Kirtland’s 35.
The Ocelots improved to 14-13 in what was their final home game of the season. With the win, the team is one step closer to clinching post-season berth.