/Skippers defeat Monarchs, women take eastern conference title

Skippers defeat Monarchs, women take eastern conference title

Both Skippers teams defeated the Monarchs at Macomb Community College on Feb. 27, the last games of the regular season. The SC4 women won 50-40 and the men won 85-74.

The women were playing for the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference title, and the victory poised them to play for the MCCAA championship on March 2.

The Lady Skippers are holding steady in their place as sixth in the nation in NJCAA Division II polls, which posted the same day as the game. The NJCAA also named Skippers forward Heidi Highstreet as its Division II player of the week for Feb. 18-24.

For the Lady Monarchs, the defeat broke an eight-win streak. Previously they had a record of 25-1.

The Lady Skippers’ record was 26-1 before they beat the Monarchs.

Winning put the SC4 men’s record at 16-13 and left Macomb at 10-18. The Skippers face the Oakland Community College Raiders on Feb. 5 for the NJCAA District 10 Tournament Quarterfinal.

In the first half of the game the Monarchs carried the lead with a varied offense. Monarch Charles Baskin shot several three-pointers, and Patrick Ferrell and Ryan Bush both made dunks, while the Skippers mainly scored near the paint.

The Monarchs led by 13 at the end of the first period.

Going into the second half, however, the Skippers recovered, pulling ahead and continuing to match the Monarchs’ scores. In the last seconds the Skippers foiled Macomb’s rebound attempts and went on to win by 11 points.

Skippers coach Dale Vos believed the Skippers played better in the latter period of the game.

“It was our strapping defense for the last twelve minutes or so,” he said regarding the win. “Before that it was our lack of defense that got us in trouble. We pulled it together and were able to pull it out.”

Rachael Pittiglio

Sports Editor