The SCTCC men’s basketball team traveled north for two MCAC crossover games this past weekend and came away with two exciting victories.
The Cyclones traveled to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for the first of two road games on the weekend. The game was tightly contest in the first half with the home team shooting near 50% from the floor against the Cyclones defense. SCTCC kept pace finishing the first half with a 47-44 lead. After regrouping at half, the team brought a better defensive effort, forcing a game total of 31 turnovers and controlling the glass 49-32 overall. Four Cyclones reached double figures including a game high21 points from sophomore Shariff Silas. He was joined by Quentin Miller with 14 points off the bench, 13 from Izaiah Sanders, and 12 from Kyle Williams. Silas and Sanders both finished the game with 10 rebounds a piece.
SCTCC played the second half of their road trip in Brainerd, MN at Central Lakes College. Early on the Cylcones were not playing as crisp as they would have liked and CLC took advantage by building a 45-30 halftime lead. The team was getting good looks but just not hitting their shots, much of that credited to CLC’s defense. The Cyclones finished the first half shooting 36% from the floor while the home Raiders hit for 70%FG.
Again, the team re-grouped at the half and came back with a better second half effort. After falling behind by 53-32 with a little over 16 minutes remaining in the 2nd half, the team rallied. In a stretch which saw CLC score just 6 points, the Cyclones cut the score down to 10 (59-49) with 12 minutes left. The next 4 minutes brought a 13-4 run by the Cyclones cutting the score to 63-62. The game was back and forth down the stretch. Freshman Keshawn Sutton hit 2 free throws with 11 seconds remaining to give SCTCC the 73-71 lead, but CLC hit a buzzer beating shot to send the game into overtime.
Clutch plays defensively sealed the win in OT as the Cylcones outscored the home team 12-9 in the extra time frame. Again the Cyclones had 4 players reach double figures in the scoring column led by Sutton with 22 points off the bench, including 5-10 from deep. Point guard Kyle Williams had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 42 minutes on the floor. Shariff Silas added 13 points and Miller finished with 10 off the bench as well.
Cyclones are back in action this Wednesday at St. John's University for a 5pm tipoff with the Johnnies.