Monthly Archives: November 2008
For the second time in the past three games, the Richland College basketball team lost to Angelina College â€“ this time a 105-90 setback on Wednesday on the road.
In a closer game on Nov. 13 at home, the T-Ducks lost 74-73 to Angelina College.
In Wednesdayâ€™s game, the T-Ducks were led by Tony Bishopâ€™s 25 points and 11 rebounds while Antwan Mullins and Keith Wright added 18 and 11 points, respectively.
After starting the season with a 3-1 record, the T-Ducks have lost their last four games.
The Richland College basketball team enters this week of action looking to rebound from a 76-63 loss to San Jacinto College-Central on Nov. 15.
Both of the T-Ducksâ€™ games this week are on the road against NJCAA Division I teams. Richland travels to play Angelina College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday before hitting the road to compete against Ranger College.
After these two games, the T-Ducks will have played seven Division I teams. So far on the early season, Richland has beaten two of the higher-division teams â€“ Hill College and Murray State.
Entering the Nov. 15 game, Tony Bishop led the T-Ducksâ€™ balanced scoring attack with an 11.6 points per game average. Following Bishop were Chibuzo Elonu (9.4) and Deionta Mitchell (9.4), Giordan Cole (9.2) and Travis Turner (9.0.
Richlandâ€™s next home game isnâ€™t until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 against Grayson College.
Richland College of Dallas is set to host the first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III menâ€™s and womenâ€™s National Soccer Championships in Texas this weekend, Nov. 8-9.
The tournament will feature the top four men and women NJCAA Division III soccer teams in the nation.
Representing the men are Manchester CC (Conn.), Triton College (Ill.), County College of Morris (N.J.) and Herkimer Community College (N.Y.).
The menâ€™s parings for Saturdayâ€™s opening games are No. 1 Manchester CC (17-2-1) vs. No. 4 Triton College (13-4) at 12:15 p.m. and No. 2 Herkimer CC (18-3) vs. No. 3 County College of Morris (17-3) at 4:45 p.m.
The winners will play for the championship on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. A consolation game will be played at 10 a.m.
Participating for the women are Holyoke Community College (Mass.), Broome College (N.Y.), Ocean County College (N.J.) and Rochester Comm. & Tech College (Minn.).
Saturdayâ€™s games for the women pair Holoyke CC (13-6) vs. Broome College (18-1-1) at 10 a.m. and Ocean CC (17-2) vs. Rochester Comm. & Tech College at 2:30 p.m.
The womenâ€™s championship game will be played at 4 p.m. on Sunday while the consolation game is at 10 a.m.
The tournament is open to the public with a $5 admission. Children 8 and under enter at no charge.
For live updates and recaps of all of the games, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/njcaa or to watch the championship games live, visit .
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Sports Information Coordinator
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â With 10 players returning from last yearâ€™s team, Richland College second-year head basketball coach Jon Felmet is very optimistic about his squadâ€™s chances at postseason success this season.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œThe guys are a year experienced, stronger and quicker. After the way last season ended, these guys are more motivated to bring a conference and national championship back to Richland,â€ Felmet said. â€œThe team will be fun to watch again. Fans can expect us to play hard man-to-man defense and with a lot of passion and intensity.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Richland (1-1), ranked No. 15 in the NJCAA Division III preseason poll, is looking to build on last seasonâ€™s strong finish.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Despite losing, 81-78, in a hard-fought game to North Lake College in the Metro Athletic Conference semifinal game, the T-Ducks finished last season winners having won five of their last seven games to finish with a 17-14 record.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œBy the way last year ended, having 10 guys returning is important because they feel like we had a good shot of winning the tournament last year and taking a trip to New York,â€ Felmet said. â€œBecause we didn’t, they are working extra hard and trying to get better on a daily basis.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Among the 10 players returning for the T-Ducks are preseason first- and second-team All-Americans Tony Bishop and Antwan Mullins.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Bishop averaged 14.4 points, 8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game last season while Mullins notched 14.7, 6.2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œTony and Antwan will need to be leaders for us but they are not our only leaders,â€ Felmet said. â€œWe have a lot of different personalities and guys who lead every day in some way. I am expecting everyone to have a good season.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â According to Felmet, Chibuzo Elonu is playing better this year, Giordan Cole is back, healthy, and has played really well in the teamâ€™s scrimmages and Keith Wright, who Felmet expects to be a more consistent shooter, will bring intensity.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Travis Turner, who came with Felmet from Cedar Valley, has been out a couple of years and is hungry to get going, Felmet added, noting that after a red-shirt year, Harris Davee and Duane Durley are going to have good seasons and contribute.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Meanwhile, Felmet said that Jon Jones has gotten better throughout the summer so he will give the T-Ducks some good minutes; CJ Thompson improved his shooting, but the team will need him be the same player he was last year; and the addition of Deionta Mitchell, a freshman from Milwaukee, will provide a spark off the bench with his intensity on the defensive end.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œThe difference in this year’s team versus last year’s is the maturity level of the guys. Last year we had to spend so much time getting the guys to buy into our philosophies, we didn’t spend much time on individual skills,â€ Felmet said. â€œWith the addition of coach Ramiro Espinosa and coach Chris Carter putting the guys through a weight program, the guys are stronger than last year’s group.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œThis year we are able to spend more time on the offensive end of the floor, and during the scrimmages you can see a big improvement in that aspect of the game. With the returning guys, we are able to allow the freshman to watch those guys to learn how we do things defensively.â€ Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â After today, Richland Collegeâ€™s next home game isnâ€™t until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 against Angelina College.