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Lake Land drops road game versus Parkland, GRAC opener next

Monday, November 21, 2016

CHAMPAIGN--DODDS ATHLETIC CENTER--There's plenty of November road games on the schedule for Lake Land College's men's basketball team, and having lost to the Cobras of Parkland College, 80-75, at Laker Fieldhouse, in the season and home opener on Nov. 9 didn't make the rematch any easier Saturday afternoon in Champaign.

Nnamdi Van Dulm
Lakers freshman, Nnamdi Van Dulm (Duluth, GA; West Allis Central High School), led Lake Land's scoring with 24 points. Also in double-figure scoring with 11 points was freshman, DeTaveon Day (Cadiz, KY; Trigg County High School), who also yanked down a half-dozen rebounds, four of those on the offensive glass, all of which coming off the bench.

Also strong off the bench for Lake Land was freshman, Josh Jefferson (New Albany, IN; New Albany High School), with eight points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a blocked shot. Sophomores Tyler Schuring (Arthur, IL; Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School) and Jeffrey Martin (Paris, IL; Paris High School), adding five rebounds apiece.  

Estiven Estacio
Having good outings were two of the Lakers' bigs, sophomores Estiven Estacio (Manizales, Caldas, Columbia; Colegio St. Poix X), with eight points, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots, and Paulo Camillo Jr. (Sao Paulo, Brazil; Word of God Christian Academy), with seven points and five rebounds.

The Cobras, who hold a NJCAA Division II #7 ranking in the preseason national poll, made for tough competition on their home court. The Lakers came within three points about halfway through the second half, but couldn't hold down Parkland, and suffered an 85-72 loss.

Parkland, who lost in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championships last season, courts a strong returning team and is now 5-1 on the season, their only loss, by two points to Lincoln Trail College, 76-74.

Lake Land falls to 1-4, having lost twice to Parkland. The Lakers are most likely hoping the early season play against some of the best teams around will make them a better team, with the two games against D2 #7 Parkland and also having played Vincennes University at the VU P.E. Complex, who holds a national ranking of #22 in the NJCAA preseason poll for Division I teams.

The loss to Vincennes gives Lake Land an 0-1 record for play within the NJCAA Division I District 16 teams, for which post-season tournament seeding is calculated. Those games are just underway, with a total of 20 district games for each of the eleven teams in the district.

Lake Land also plays in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, made up of ten teams, nine of which who are a part of the aforementioned district.

Lake Land, whose season opener was the only home game thus far, returns to Laker Fieldhouse for their GRAC opener, but the match-up will be just as tough as the teams on their early season slate. The Lakers face the Volunteers of John A. Logan College, a team that pulled a #8 ranking in the NJCAA preseason poll for D1 teams.

Last season, the Lakers were handled by Logan with relative ease, a 103-75 loss last December at Brewer Gymnasium followed a February 97-74 loss at Laker Fieldhouse.

The makeup of those teams were somewhat different. Logan has returned eight players, having graduated their starting five of last season's district tournament championship game at Waugh Gymnasium versus Vincennes. The Vols only played two other players in that game, Michael Tucker and Jalen Perry, both of whom will be suited up for play in the GRAC opener with Lake Land.

The Lakers return eight players from last season, which could make a difference from the team those returning players courted as freshmen with only a couple returners they could learn from.

Last season's home-road pair of games between Lake Land and Logan resulted in the following cumulative statistics for scoring and rebounding:
  • Logan--Micheal Tucker ... 23 points, 7 rebounds
  • Logan--Jalen Perry ... 26 points, 3 rebounds
  • Logan--Anthony Campbell ... 8 points, 2 rebounds
  • Logan--Allen Jones ... 3 points, 0 rebounds
  • Logan--Jerome Davis ... 2 points, 3 rebounds
  • Logan--Reshaun Richardson ... 4 points, 3 rebounds
  • Lake Land--William Tinsley ... 20 points, 17 rebounds
  • Lake Land--Estiven Estacio ... 12 points, 8 rebounds
  • Lake Land--Paulo Camillo Jr. ... 4 points, 8 rebounds
  • Lake Land--Jack Raboin ... 7 points, 2 rebounds
  • Lake Land--Tyler Schuring ... 8 points, 1 rebound
  • Lake Land--Alex Bohnhoff ... 6 points, 2 rebounds
  • Lake Land--Jeffrey Martin ... 2 points, 4 rebounds

This season, Logan brings a 4-3 overall record to Laker Fieldhouse, 0-1 in the GRAC, and 2-2 on the road. Logan is on a one-game losing streak.

The Vols are averaging 100.4 points per game and shooting a little over 50% from the field as well as from the arc. At 54.3% field goal shooting, Logan ranks 17th in the country (NJCAA D1 MBB). From the arc, the percentage is 51.5, earning the Vols a team ranking of 2nd in the nation.

But that's not all for the #8 (preseason poll) Vols. The team holds a national ranking of 8th in free throws made per game with 22.1, and ranks 20th in assists with 21.1 per game.

The Vols have six players with an average scoring in double-figures, the highest of which are Tucker at 18.4 PPG and Perry at 18.0 PPG. The Vols' leading rebounder is Tucker at 8.9 RPG.

Tucker ranks 20th in the country in offensive rebounds with 27 total. In total rebounds with 62, Tucker ranks 38th. Tucker ranks 42nd in the nation for total points with 129.

Perry's 56.3% three-point shooting average ranks him 40th in the country while his 18 three-pointers made ranks him 51st.

Lake Land will try to improve on a 1-4 overall record and get off to a good start in GRAC play Tuesday night at Laker Fieldhouse. The Lakers are on a three-game losing streak.

As a team, Lake Land scores 72.2 points per game and shoots a bit over 40% from both the field and the arc.

Although the Lakers are off to a rough start, they have several significant national rankings as a team. Their best ranking evolves from a 74.8% free throw percentage that earns them a 28th ranking in the nation. The Lakers hold a 33rd national ranking in 3-point percentage at 40.4%. A 14.2 offensive rebounds per game average finds Lake Land ranking 63rd in the country.

Lake Land's leading scorer is Van Dulm at 14.6 PPG. Jefferson follows at 11.0 PPG.

Josh Jefferson
Of national note is Jefferson, who sports a national ranking of 12th in free throw percentage at 94.4%.

The Tuesday night game versus Logan will only be the second home game for Lake Land.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. CST at Laker Fieldhouse and will be carried live on the Lakerball Livestream with links to the broadcast window to post about an hour prior to tip-off. A simulcast airs on LakerBall Radio with a media player available on this blog, as well as access on your smartphone using the iOS or Android app searchable as "Lakerball Radio." Additionally, Lakerball will serve as a back-up to WLKL, and will simulcast on the flagship radio station of Lake Land College if needed. WLKL will otherwise utilize student broadcasters and can be heard via antennae at 89.9 FM within 35 miles of Lake Land's campus, or online at 899themax.com.

 
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