By Lauren Engelhardt, Staff Writer
With two consecutive wins against Delta (Jan. 17) and St. Clair (Jan. 20), the men’s basketball team extended their win streak by beating the Macomb Monarchs (9-8, 2-3), 91-84 Jan. 24 in a Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference matchup.
Schoolcraft’s Donovan Williams set the tone early in the game by scoring two baskets for the Ocelot’s. Soon after, Macomb responded and tied the game.
The first half consisted of each team going head to head, racking up points into the double digits. Notable standouts for Macomb were Dwight Burton, Vince Ramaci, Jalen Sykes and Kavon Bay. Freshmen Shane Moran, Alex Ismail, and Joan Andoni contributed offensively for Schoolcraft, but the high scorers were Juan Warren II, Phillip Nelson and Walt Kelser, with at least four baskets each.
After an intense first half, Schoolcraft and Macomb were tied with 42 points.
At the start of the second half, the Monarch’s Tyler Davis opened up the scoring. Neither team led by more than 10 points for the duration of the game. Macomb received many fouls in the first 10 minutes, helping Schoolcraft bank some points. Kelser and Warren II were still calling the shots for Schoolcraft, scoring the majority of the points with the help from Williams and freshman Demetrius Lake.
The Ocelots were able to keep the game alive with free throws from Lake and Kelser. In the remaining three minutes of the game, the Ocelots played phenomenally by scoring key baskets and playing strong defensively in their zone.
In the last minute of the game, Schoolcraft and the Macomb were both in foul trouble, when Macomb’s Vince Ramaci and Burton may have cost their team the game by receiving a couple of fouls. That gave Schoolcraft an opportunity to take control of the game and keep the lead.
Kelser made one free throw before the end of game, sealing the win for the Ocelots, 91-84.
The Ocelots are now 5-2 in the MCCAA Eastern Conference and 14-5 overall good for second place. For scores, schedule and team standings go to www.mccaa.org.