Men's Basketball News

Lakers defeat Hagerstown

The Garrett Lakers defeated DI Hagerstown CC 90-64 at Hagerstown on Saturday. Freshman, Rze Culbreath, turned in his best performane of the season leading the Lakers with 29 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Sophomore, Drazen Frankovitch, added 12 points and had a team high 8 rebounds. The game was tied with 2 minutes remaining in the first half, and the Lakers reeled off 8 straight for a lead they would not relinquish. The Lakers are currently ranked #2 in the MDJUCO, and have one home conference game remaning before the MDJUCO tournament this Wednesday, Feb 4'th, versus #4 Howard. Game time is 7pm. The Lakers are now 18-5 on the season and 10-3 in the MDJUCO.

Lakers Defeat Cecil 82-66

The Garrett College Men’s Basketball team defeated the Cecil College Seahawks last night at home 82-66. Freshman, point guard, Rze Culbreath turned in one of his most complete performances of the season with a double -double of 19 points and 10 rebounds; He also added 6 assists and 4 steals. Freshman, Nemo Trexler rebounded against the much bigger and more athletic Cecil squad and was also able to get to the basket with 20 points and 6 boards.  Sophomore, DeAndre Davis did not have his usual rebounding stats but he kept the ball alive on missed shots and the guards were able to haul in the caroms.  He scored 19.  Chris Scarlett scored 11 in the first half for his total, but also came up with 5 boards and added 5 assists.  De Shae Lee added 10 points and 4 assists using his speed to outrun the taller Cecil team. Coach Gibson did not think his team played as well as they should have, but was pleased with the win, “ We are not moving the ball and playing with much energy right now and that is frustrating.  With Sebastien injured, we do not have as much enthusiasm as we have had.  If we want to win a Region Championship, we will have to come together as a unit, the D-2 Region is as deep and strong as I have seen it.  Cecil was dominating on the boards with 25 offensive rebounds. I’m not sure we have ever given up that many offensive boards to any team. They were short - handed tonight, but at full strength they will be a real force.”   

Former Laker Standout Earns PSAC Player of the Week Honors

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Slippery Rock University senior forward Frank Holloway has been named the men's basketball Athlete of the Week in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division for his effort in leading The Rock to a pair of wins last week.

Holloway averaged 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds last week in leading Slippery Rock to crucial PSAC West wins over Clarion and California.

He opened the week by posting a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 72-60 home win over Clarion last Wednesday and then closed the week with an 18-point, 7-rebound performance in a 64-62 road win at California Saturday.

Holloway shot 6-of-11 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point and 2-of-2 from the free throw line in the win over Clarion. He also recorded one assist, one steal and just two turnovers in 30 minutes of action.

In the win at California, he also shot 6-of-11 from the field, but set a career-high for made 3-pointers by shooting 4-of-6 from long range. He added one steal and was the only Slippery Rock player that logged more than 10 minutes in the game to not record a single turnover.

The victories pushed Slippery Rock's current win streak to three games and moved The Rock just one game out of first place in a highly completive PSAC Western Division.

Slippery Rock enters the final round of divisional play Wednesday night when co-leading Gannon visits Morrow Field House at 8 p.m. The Rock is looking to remain unbeaten at home on the season and can potentially move into a tie with the other division co-leaders with a victory.

Lakers Rise to #2 in MDJUCO

The Lakers defeated MDJUCO’s 2nd ranked team, CCBC Dundalk this past Saturday night by a final score of 61-57. The Lakers were led by Sophomore, Chris Scarlett, who hit four threes to lead the team with 16 points. Sophomore, DeAndre Davis and Freshman, Nemo Trexler each turned in 13 points and 8 rebounds. “This is a huge win for us, especially after giving up the last two games like we have.  Dundalk has beaten many of the top teams in our region and it was really a must win for us”, noted Coach Gibson.  The Lakers led by 20 at halftime only allowing 14 points to the Lions, but Dundalk came roaring back, closing the gap to two. Trexler missed an inside power move with 9 seconds remaining, but made a tremendous effort to get his own rebound and was fouled on the resulting put back attempt.  He calmly sank two free throws to give the Lakers a 4 point cushion. “We have nothing but really good teams remaining on our schedule. Cecil, Howard and Hagerstown, our remaining league games are all very talented.  Then we have NOVA and Potomac State after the MD JUCO tournament, and they are two of the top teams in Region XX.  On the men’s side, anyone in our league and Region can beat you so you cannot have an off night”, said Coach Gibson as a reminder to his team. 

With the win the Lakers retake 2nd place in the MDJUCO, and improve their record to 16-5 overall, 3-1 in NJCAA Region XX, and 8-3 in the MDJUCO. The Lakers are back in action on Wednesday, January 28’th at home to take on Cecil College. Game time is 7pm. 

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