Ocelots’ score season high point total in win over Alpena
BY NICK MISIAK
The Alpena Community College Lumberjacks were no match for the Schoolcraft Mens Basketball
Ocelots, as they rolled to a 116-89 victory at home on Wednesday, Jan 7.
The 116 points scored by the Ocelots was their highest point total this season and was the most scored by Schoolcraft in a game since Nov. 10, 2010, when the Ocelots put up 116 points against Marygrove College.
Freshman forward Javon Thomas shot 10-15 from the floor, leading the Ocelots with 22 points, two from a dunk that electrified the Ocelot bench half way through the first half. Freshman guard Ronald Booth added 20 points to the winning effort to go along with five assists and four steals. Despite fighting an illness, freshman guard Tyler Johnson went 5-9 from three-point land, scoring 17 points.
“I was trying to help my team win, work hard every possession, so I can have an opportunity for my team to win the game,” said Thomas.
The first half was evenly matched battle between the two teams, but Schoolcraft was unable to pull away from the Lumberjacks due to foul trouble. Alpena went to the free throw line 38 times throughout the game, making 27 of their free shots.
Schoolcraft led 56-52 at the half.
The Ocelots returned energized in the second half and returned to their normal ways, playing solid defense and systematically running their offensive schemes to set up easy shots down low. They held Alpena to only 37 points in the half.
“Once we get our offense going and kids going, we’re good,” said Johnson. “We have so many kids that can score that wherever the ball goes, it’s going in.”
The win improves the Ocelots record to 12-3 on the season and gives them their first conference win of the year.
OCELOTS FALL TO MACOMB
The Ocelots dropped their first conference game of the season on Saturday, Jan. 3, as they dropped their first tilt of the New Year 91-81 to host Macomb Community College.
The loss dropped the fifteenth ranked Ocelots to 11-3 on the season and 0-1 in conference play, while Macomb improves to 7-5 and 1-0 respectively.
Freshman guard Ja’Christian Biles led the Ocelots with 22 points, two rebounds, three assists and five steals. Freshman Ronald Booth had 16 points, and Anthony Wartley-Fritz had 11 points and eight boards.
The game was tight at the half, with Macomb leading 32-31, but a late surge by the Monarchs in the second half gave them the advantaged they needed to pull off the upset victory.
Schoolcraft hopes to continue the momentum at home on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. against Oakland Community College in the annual MCCAA Hunger Games game. The Ocelots then travel to Henry Ford Community College on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. in their annual Pink Zone game.