Lopes 79-74 win over the Colorado Kings

The Lamar Community College Men’s Basketball team opened up the 2011-2012 campaign with 79-74 win over the Colorado Kings last Thursday night. Lamar would come out of the gates pretty slow, the Lopes struggled to find a rhythm on both ends. “I think we were a little too excited at first.” Stated head coach Adam Schwartz. “We kind of strayed away from the game plan in the first half and had trouble executing.” Lamar would find itself down by as many as 8 points in the first half but stuck around and went into halftime all knotted up at 32. “Our defense really helped us keep it close,” said Schwartz. “We weren’t very aggressive offensively, shot a lot of 3’s and not enough free throws.” Lamar would connect on 44% of its shots while knocking down just 4/11 3 point attempts. The Lopes’ only attempted 4 free throws in the first half. The second half would be a complete opposite of the first. Lamar left its defense in the locker-room but really turned it up offensively. “We really did a good job of getting the ball inside and attacking the rim,” said Coach Schwartz. Lamar would shoot 54% in the second half. The Lopes were much more aggressive and controlled the paint. Lamar only shot 4 3’s in the second half and connected and 2 of them, but managed to get the free throw line 22 times in the half. “That is what we want to do, we want to be aggressive and get to the free throw line,” said coach Schwartz. “We are not trying to shoot 20+ 3’s a game, we want to get the ball inside, attack the rim and get to the foul line. Lamar, who played without leading scorer from a year ago Malcolm Brooks and 6’7 transfer Dominic Griffin, were led by Preston Rayburn with 17 points, Jalen Caoile added 14 points and 4 assists, Shore Adenekan scored 12 points in limited minutes because of foul trouble. Treyvon Seymore would finish with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Matt Sherriff would also finish with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Rounding out the scoring was Sam Sykes with 8 points, Nick Gianakoulias with 3 points, Jeremy Smith and Raheem Newton with 2 points and Geodice Ortiz with 1 point. “I was very proud of our effort,” said Schwartz. “We had a very balanced attack and got good contributions from a lot of guys.” “We have a lot of work still to do and have to continue to get better every day.” The Lopes next take the floor Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Frank Phillips College in Borger, TX.


Adam Schwartz
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Lamar Community College
(719) 336 – 1676 – Office
(719) 691 – 0240 – Cell


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