Skippers sail to back-to-back wins in MCCAA East/West Classic

The Skippers sweep of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s East/West Classic put their record at 5-0.  Friday, Nov. 19 the Skippers defeated the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks 79-64.  On Saturday, they battled the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars, winning that game 65-58.

Friday, the Skippers dominated the game, outscoring the Jayhawks 39-26 in the first half and 40-38 in the second. The Skippers out-rebounded the Jayhawks (44-39), had more assists (18-13) and three times as many steals (18-6).

The tight defense of the Skippers also forced 31 turnovers by the Jayhawks.  All those numbers translated into the Skippers clobbering the Jayhawks.

Skippers Coach Dale Vos said, “I was really pleased with the level we played at for the full 40 minutes. We played pretty consistent [against] a team that was certainly equal talent-wise.”

The foundation for the Skippers’ win Saturday, Nov. 20, according to Coach Vos, was their defense during the first half. The Skippers held the Cougars to 16 percent shooting from the field, resulting in just 9 of their 14 first half points. At the same time, the Skippers sank 10 of 34 from the field and 9 of 13 from the stripe for 35 points.

Photo by Dan Pettee

Vos said, “I thought our defense was just extraordinary in the first half.  We rebounded very well, which we knew would be important because they’re so big.”

The Skippers’ defense loosened up in the second half, allowing the Cougars to score 44 points. Despite outscoring the Skippers in the second half, the closest the Cougars came to victory was when they cut the lead to 4 points near the end of the game. The Skippers led the game in assists (13-6) and steals (14-9).

The next home games will be against Marygrove College on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Columbus State Community College on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.  Tickets for home games are $3 for adults and $1 for students.

Daniel Pettee

Staff Writer

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