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Lady Thunderducks meet USWNT Captain Christie Rampone on the eve of their first National Tournament match against the the Eagles of Oxford Emory College, Oxford, GA today at 12:30CST.
— RLC ThunderSports (@thundersports) November 12, 2015
With Metro Athletic Conference play underway, each game has now come down to the “little things”: toughness, both mentally and physically, loose balls, execution, mental errors, each rebound, and each free throw. Early in MAC play the T-Ducks have experienced two very tough losses where all of the aforementioned were not completed.
The T-Ducks (11-10, 0-2) started off MAC play by traveling to Cedar Valley College last Saturday. Several around the area have chosen the Suns to be the early favorite of the conference. The NJCAA nation’s leading scorer plays for Cedar Valley, averaging close to 30 points per game.
The T-Ducks started off slow falling behind in the first 5 minutes 7-2, only to respond for the remaining 15 minutes of the 1st half. Sophomore Cory Pace was able to connect from 3 point range. And sophomore Robert Sykes made his presence felt in the paint with the big boys. The T-Ducks were able to regain composure after the slow start to close the game to 22-26 with 10 minutes to play in the first half. After some key shots by freshman Billy Sherakas and some key defensive possessions keeping the Suns from scoring, the T-Ducks went in to halftime tied with the conference favorite Suns, 42-42.
The second half began much like the first however. In the first eight offensive possessions, the T-Ducks turned the ball over six of those times. These possessions were critical because the Suns were unable to capitalize on several of those. Therefore the score stayed close. However at the 10 minute mark of the second half the T-Ducks had scored just six points, to the Suns’ 14 points making the score 57-68. Freshman Tradarreon “Tutu” Moreland came off of the bench to provide a spark on the inside as he finished the game 2-for-2 from the field and eight rebounds. Freshman Billy Sherakas provided the offensive firepower with a team leading 18 points. The Suns began to pull away during the last five minutes by making free throws and handed the T-Ducks their first MAC loss, 85-72.
The T-Ducks out-rebounded the Suns 35-33, and the shot 12 of 18 from the free throw line.
After the tough road test with Suns, the T-Ducks had another challenge facing them on Wednesday, the NJCAA Division III National Champions from a year ago, the Mt. View Lions. Back to back tough games would test the character of this young T-Duck team that with growth and maturing can be really good. The T-Ducks started out slow but kept the game close. Sophomores Robert Sykes and Cory Pace provided the early scoring early. Freshmen Cord Arriola, Tradarreon Moreland, Michael Richardson, and Billy Sherakas provided sparks off of the bench. After being down 8-13 in the first five minutes, the T-Ducks responded with a 16-5 run take a 25-18 lead halfway through the first half. Shortly after the lead increased to a 12 point margin, only to see the Thunderducks’ lead lost by halftime, 47-50. The T-Ducks played a solid first half both offensively and defensively. They were able to go in to the locker room with a season low five turnovers. But three of those were in the last two minutes of the half, leading to easy baskets for the Lions.
The T-Ducks came out for the second half with the same spark and intensity they showed during the first half. Sophomore Nathan Smith provided the spark by scoring three straight baskets which sparked a 10-7 run by the T-Ducks in the first five minutes. Moreland once again came up big with some physical play on the inside as he finished the game with eight rebound (4 offensive, 4 defensive). Freshmen Michael Richardson also made his presence felt on the inside. And Billy Sherakas connected on several long range bombs, including a four point play as he was fouled making a three pointer in the corner. The game was back and forth for much of the last 10 minutes as the teams stayed within no more than 5 points of each other. The T-Ducks were able to force the Lions in to bad shots. But they were unable to get rebounds. With just under three minutes to go, the momentum swung to the Lions. Sherakas was called for his fifth foul and immediately following that, Moreland was called for his fifth foul. The Lions converted their four free throws taking a one point lead. With the game still in the balance the T-Ducks had three chances to win the game in the last minute. But they were unable to make wide-open, point-blank lay-ups when needed. The T-Ducks would be handed their second MAC loss, 92-87.
The T-Ducks were out-rebounded 48-39 and shot 23 of 33 from the free throw line compared to the Lions 36-39 free throw attempts.
The T-Ducks will play host to North Lake College (12-8, 1-1) this Saturday at 2 p.m. The Blazers are coming off of an overtime loss the Cedar Valley College.
After a big win on opening night last Tuesday, we traveled to Collin County College to take on Division I teams Lon Morris College and Bossier Parrish College. This young group of guys have proven that they can play hard on the defensive end, but struggle to score on the offensive end. This is typical with most young teams early in the year.
On Friday, we took on the Bearcats of Lon Morris and it was a very ugly, slow game. In the first few minutes the score was 9-7 in favor of the Bearcats. However, as the game continued, the score would remain close with the T-Ducks trailing most of the game. The T-Ducks were able to get the ball to the basket, but were unable to put points on the board as the first half of play saw the T-Ducks behind 24-17 while shooting 7-23 and 1-6 from the free throw line. Lon Morris has two guys that were 6’11” and our post players struggled shooting a combined 3-9 from close range. During the first half of play the T-Ducks did not seem to have much energy, but as the second half started, the energy level picked up keeping the T-Ducks close. The second half was a battle of possessions and key rebounds. Each possession seemed more critical as the clocked ticked. As the time wound down, the T-Ducks were forced to foul to stop the clock. The Bearcats made several free throws to keep the lead and the eventual win by a slight 53-44 margin. The T-Ducks were out-rebounded 43-25 including 17 offensive rebounds to 5 in favor of Lon Morris. The T-Ducks were led by Javier Soria (10 points), Michael Richardson (6 points, 5 rebounds), Billy Sherakas and Duke Hamilton (5 points each).
Saturday’s game was a better match up for us. To shake things up, we went with an All-Freshman starting line up. Freshman D.J. Wilson (Hutto HS) drew a tough defensive match-up, but responded well. A BPCC guard scored 21 points on Tuesday night, but was held to just 5 points versus the T-Ducks. The first half, once again, was a slow, energy-less half of play. The T-Ducks once again defended well and played hard, but could not put the ball in the basket. After a buzzer beating 3-pointer going into half time, the T-Ducks were down by a slim margin 26-17. We turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and shot 5-17 from the field. During halftime I asked the players to play with more energy and passion. They responded, led by DJ Wilson on the defensive end, and started the second half on a 10-3 run, cutting the lead to just two points. From that point it would become a heated contest with a lot of energy. Sophomores Nathan Smith and Cory Pace provided sparks off of the bench as well as freshmen Tomy Otounga (Libreville, Gabon), Ngong Kok (Lincoln High Star HS). As time wound down, Nathan Smith scored seven points in a row to keep the game close. With five minutes to go the lead had been cut to 43-42 after a 10-5 T-Duck run sparked by Smith. With 28 seconds remaining and the score tied at 50-50, the Cavaliers had the ball with 20 seconds on the shot clock. After some trapping defense forced a turnover (a steal by freshman Duke Hamilton) he was fouled with less than a second remaining on the clock. He needed to make one free throw to give the T-Ducks their second victory of the season. He missed the first, but was able to connect on the second. The T-Ducks were led by Nathan Smith (18 points), D.J. Wilson (8 points), Cory Pace and Michael Richardson (6 points each). The T-Ducks out-rebounded the Cavs 27-26, and shot 13-16 from the free throw line.
The T-Ducks continue play as we host Texas Wesleyan on Wednesday night. Tip off is a 7 p.m. Then we will head to Warner, Oklahoma to take on Murray State College (Friday) and Connors State College (Saturday) in the Cowboy Classic hosted by Connors State College.
The T-Ducks kicked off the 2011-12 season with a big win over the East Texas Flight on Tuesday night. The Flight started off hot as they took a commanding 12-4 lead, but soon after the T-Ducks responded as Freshman Billy Sherakas (Lake Travis HS) provided a much needed spark off of the bench as he scored a quick five points in just 30 seconds. After settling down and playing solid defense for the remainder of the first half, the T-Ducks took a 52-38 lead into halftime behind freshmen Tradarreon Moreland (Jacksonville HS), Duke Hamilton (Jacksonville HS), and Michael Richardson (Denton HS) and sophomores Cory Pace (McAllen HS), Sentro Burns (Byng HS), Javier Soria (West Mesquite HS), and Nathan Smith (Robert E. Lee HS). In the second half the T-Ducks continued to build on their lead, holding the Flight to just eight points in the first 10 minutes of the second half. As the game got out of hand, every player was able to play. Freshman Tomy Otounga (Libreville, Gabon), Sophomores James Montue (Liberty Eylau HS), Robert Sykes (Hutto HS) proved to be forces around the basket both offensively and defensively. The 107-81 win was capped off by a monstrous alley-oop dunk by Freshman McMichael Jamison (John Tyler HS) on a pass from Soria. The T-Ducks out-rebounded the Flight 31-27, including 15 offensive rebounds, had six players in double-digits including Sherakas with a team high 21 points (5 of 7 from the 3 point arc) in his collegiate debut.
The T-Ducks head to Collin County College Friday, November 4 to take on Lon Morris College at 5 p.m., and Saturday, November 5 to take on Bossier Parrish College. Both are Division I Junior College programs. The T-Ducks will play host to Texas Wesleyan University on Wednesday, November 9. Tip off at 7 p.m.
The 2011-12 T-Ducks have began their season with five scrimmages already. Four of the five were against Division I Junior Colleges, and although there are no records, there are scores, and the T-Ducks are 3-2. This young T-Duck team has shown some signs of toughness, grit, and youth. We are young, but we play hard and make a lot of hustle plays. We are fun to watch. This T-Duck team dives on the floor for loose balls, takes charges, and plays with passion and energy. The remaining scrimmage schedule is:
Friday, October 21 @ Brookhaven College
8 PM – Richland vs. Team Elevate
9 PM – Richand vs. Dallas Diesel
Friday, October 28 @ Jacksonville College
6 PM – Jacksonville College
7 PM – Jarvis Christian College
COACH WORLEY, FORMER PLAYER RODRIQUEZ TO BE INDUCTED IN NOVEMBER
After more than 200 wins and five NJCAA Division III championships, Richland College men’s soccer coach Sean Worley, along with former T-Duck great Jesus Rodriquez, will be inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame in November.
Worley is a two-time NSCAA National Coach of the Year who has coached 15 years at Richland College. Currently among the top 15 NJCAA soccer coaches in total wins, Worley also coached the T-Ducks to two national runner-up finishes and 17 consecutive region titles.
He joins Rodriquez and seven other players in the Class of 2011.
Rodriquez, a two-time NSCAA All-American, scored 27 goals and recorded 30 assists while helping Richland College win back-to-back NJCAA Division III National Championships in 2002 and 2003, when he earned NSCAA National Player of the Year honors.
In addition, Rodriquez played for the Azzurri Soccer Club when the North Texas team captured both the USASA Amateur Cup and USASA Men’s Under 23 National Championships.
As it stands now, 59 coaches, contributors and players are already named to the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame.
After leading the Richland College men’s basketball team in scoring at 14.3 points per game this past season, forward Thomas Davis, was awarded a full scholarship to play next season at Southwestern Oklahoma State, a NCAA Division II institution.
Aside from leading Richland College in scoring, Davis led the T-Ducks in rebounds and steals at 7.2 and 1.4 per game. He also shot 41.6 percent from the field.
In addition to Davis, also continuing their basketball careers are Ricky Roberts and guard Perry Jackson. Roberts led the team in blocks at one per game and was second on the team in points and rebounds per game at 8.7 and 6.7, respectively while Jackson averaged 4.6 points per game.
The Richland College men’s soccer team rebounded from a season opening loss by pounding Ranger College, 6-0, on Wednesday. The T-Ducks, ranked No. 2 among NJCAA Division III teams, were scheduled to play on Sunday against Johnson County Community College.
Up next for Richland are two home games this week. The T-Ducks first host Southwestern Adventist University at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8 before playing Lon Morris at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9.
On the women’s side, the T-Ducks (2-2), ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division III preseason poll, are scheduled to host Tyler Junior College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9 before traveling to Navarro College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. Tyler Junior College is the No. 1 ranked NJCAA Division I team.
Playing a tough schedule early, the women’s squad will try and rebound from a 3-1 loss to Johnson County Community College, the No. 2 ranked NJCAA Division I team, on Sunday.
Richland College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, along with the volleyball team began regular season play last week.
The men’s soccer squad, ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA preseason poll, lost 3-1 to San Jacinto College-South. The women, who are the NJCAA Division III defending champions and ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll, split its first two games, defeating Broome Community College, 2-0, before falling to Monroe Community College, 2-1.
Meanwhile, the volleyball team lost its first three matches to Redlands Community College, North Central Texas College and Tyler Junior College.
Capping off a fitting end to a 2009 NJCAA Division III national championship season for the Richland College women’s soccer team is the fact that the T-Ducks will have three players recognized as National Soccer Coaches Association of American Division III Junior College All-Americans on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Joining the women’s players in celebration will also be three players on the T-Ducks men’s squad, which lost in the 2009 national title game.
On the women’s side, freshman midfielder Chelsea Palmer, of Plano, sophomore forward Regina Martinez, of Garland, and freshman defender Letty Adame, of El Paso were each named first-team All-Americans.
Meanwhile, sophomore midfielders Victor Almendariz, of Ecuador, and Fernando Garza, of Garland were each also named to the first team while sophomore defender Brett Garrett, of Keller, was named to the second team.
Palmer, named the Offensive MVP of the 2009 NJCAA Division III National Women’s Soccer Championship tournament after scoring a goal and adding an assist in the title game, finished the season with 10 goals and eight assists.
Martinez finished the season with nine goals and nine assists while Adame, named Defensive MVP of the national championship tournament, led the defensive charge for the T-Ducks, which finished the season with an 18-3-1 record.
Garza finished the season for the men with a team-high nine goals and 22 points and he was followed by Garrett 16 points and Almendariz 13 points.
The men finished the season with a 13-6-1.