Sinclair Men's Basketball Falls to Lakeland

Tuesday night the Tartan Pride traveled back to Lakeland CC for a first-round matchup in the NJCAA Men’s Division II Regional Basketball Tournament. In a rematch of a game played just 72 hours earlier, Sinclair was looking to rebound from a poor shooting night and advance to the Regional Semi-Finals. Sinclair opened up the game with a lot of energy as the Tartan Pride jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes. The Lakers slowly started to chip away at the early lead as they made a couple of mini runs and finally tied the game late in the first half. Once again the Lakers controlled the offensive glass as the Tartan Pride gave up 12 offensive rebounds in the first half. The Pride started the game shooting well from the field only to cool off late in the half. The cool shooting was a direct result of not being able to get consistent defensive stops and rebounds that early on lead to easy transition baskets for the Pride. The Pride also was faced with mounting foul trouble as two starters (Jonathan Bibbs & Charlie Byers) were on the bench for the last four minutes.

Sinclair entered halftime down six (38-44) after giving up 12 offensive rebounds and once again shooting only 40% from the field. The single area Sinclair could not control was the large gap in fouls and free throws; Sinclair was called for 12 first-half fouls that led to 17 Lakeland free throws as opposed to only four Lakeland fouls and three Sinclair free throws.

The first five minutes of the second half was the deciding stanza of the game as the Lakers outscored the Pride 18-5. The Lakers would keep that margin the rest of the game as they continued to pound the offensive glass, racking up a total of 21 boards. The Lakers also started to apply some full-court pressure to slow the Pride transition and force Sinclair into more of a traditional half-court game. Sinclair battled down to the end but seemed to run out of gas as the Lakers kept the lead in double figures; the Pride did not have enough in the tank to make one final push.

Sophomore Jonathan Bibbs (6-04/Dayton Chaminade Julienne H.S.) posted a game high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his final game at Sinclair. His 11 for 15 (73%) shooting effort was the one bright spot for the Pride as they once again shot below average (40%).

Sinclair finished the year with an 18-13 overall record.

Coach Price
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Assistant Athletic Director
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 512-2861