Monthly Archives: February 2010
The Richland College basketball team’s up and down season came to an end on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when the T-Ducks lost, 85-62, to North Lake College in the opening round of the Metro Athletic Conference tournament.
Richland, which won the NJCAA Division III national championship last year, finished the season with a 7-21 record.
Deionta Mitchell led the T-Ducks in scoring, finishing the season with a 16.3 average. Also averaging double-digit scoring were Thomas Davis at 13.3 and Marcus Rhodes at 12.2, respectively. Davis also led the team in rebounds at 6.5 per game while Thedford Simmons led the T-Ducks in assists and steals with three and two per game, respectively.
Days after winning its third overtime game in Metro Athletic Conference play, the Richland College basketball team lost for a second time to Eastfield College on Saturday, Feb. 13, falling 73-65.
With only two games remaining in the regular season and conference play, the T-Ducks enter their road game on Wednesday, Feb. 17, against Cedar Valley College with a 7-18 overall record and 4-4 conference record.
The T-Ducks, who finish their season at home against North Lake College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, defeated Cedar Valley College, 82-80, in the teams’ first meeting.
For the third time in Metro Athletic Conference action, the T-Ducks needed overtime to decide the outcome of a game. And for the third time, Richland College was victorious as the T-Ducks defeated Mountain View College, 100-94, in a Wednesday road game.
The win avenges a narrow 91-88 setback to Mountain View on Jan. 20.
With only three games left in the regular season, the T-Ducks are scheduled to host Eastfield College at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Richland College’s recent two-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday when the T-Ducks lost, 82-76, to Brookhaven College.
The T-Ducks (6-17) will look to rebound from this setback when they travel to play Mountain View College. Richland lost, 91-88, to Mountain View College in the teams’ first matchup on Jan. 20.
As the Richland College basketball team enters the second half of Metro Athletic Conference action with today’s contest against Brookhaven College, T-Ducks coach Jon Felmet is stressing consistency down the stretch.
“We have 200 minutes of conference play left [not counting the tournament] and we need to play 190 solid minutes,” Felmet said. “We need to continue to play our defense that has won games for us. The biggest thing is we need the guys to know how important these next five games are. We do not need any let downs, or outside distractions.”
The T-Ducks, playing well as of late, can win their third straight game with a victory today for the first time this season.
Richland is ridding the momentum of two thrilling overtime victories against Cedar Valley College (82-80), which at the time was atop the conference standings, and North Lake College (83-80).
“We really wanted that win [against Cedar Valley] and when you have a young team, tough, hard fought wins do so much for the confidence level,” Felmet said. “On the flip side though, losses can too, so I’m glad that we came out on top. All year we have been talking to the guys about staying on course and battling. I think we just needed some proof that what we are doing is working. The win helped with that.”
It also helps that the T-Ducks are getting contributions from an array of players, including Deionta Mitchell and Thedford Simmons, who enter the game averaging 18 and nine points per game, respectively.
According to Felmet, Simmons has been more assertive on the offensive end, which gives Richland another weapon, and Mitchell continues his solid play, although it has been tougher for him because teams are now aware of how good he can be.
“Thomas Davis has been really consistent with his play. He is a strong 6-5 guard, but likes to post up, so he creates mismatch problems,” Felmet added. “Bobby Jenkins has had some good games shooting the ball and Tevin Holmes is starting to come on. Ricky Roberts and Marcus Rhodes have played well at times, but have also struggled. We need those guys to be more consistent the rest of the way out. Perry Jackson has been a pleasant surprise and has given us sparks when we need it and Matt Brown has been our defensive guy.”
When the Richland College baseball team kicks off its season at 1 p.m. on Friday at home against Metropolitan Community College, the defending NJCAA Division III champions will be in familiar territory – ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll.
The T-Ducks, who won their fourth national championship in eight years last season, are coming off a 47-13 campaign.
Joe Wharton’s squad returns three starters and six players from last year’s team, including All-American pitcher Kirk Pritchett, shortstop Chad Kruse and first baseman Garret Henderson.
Pritchett finished last season with a 3.77 ERA while Kruse hit .420 with 40 RBIs and Henderson batted .370, hit seven home runs and had 50 RBIs.
A win is a win, no matter how it comes.
And considering the Richland College basketball team plays in a tough Metro Athletic Conference, the T-Ducks will take whatever victories come their way – even if they take a combined three overtimes get, as was the case last week when Richland played No. 8-ranked Cedar Valley College and North Lake College.
Against Cedar Valley, two overtimes were needed before the T-Ducks won 82-80, handing CVC its first conference loss.
For an encore, Richland moved to 3-2 in conference action after Marcus Rhodes broke an 80-80 tie against North Lake with less than five seconds to play in overtime. After a three-point attempt failed, Rhodes grabbed the rebound, scored a basket while being fouled. He converted the free throw for the crucial three point play as North Lake’s desperation heave from half court failed to end the game.
The T-Ducks will look to win its third straight conference game when they host Brookhaven College at 2 p.m. on Saturday.