Laker men win twice, improve to 9-3

Laker men win twice, improve to 9-3

BUTLER, Pa. – Reserve Merlon Devine hit 9-of-10 shots from the field on the way to a team-high 23 points Saturday while helping visiting Garrett College to an 88-82 men's basketball win over Butler County Community College.

Davis hit 4-of-5 from the 3-point line in a highly efficient offensive display while also sparking Garrett's effort on the other end of the court, according to GC head coach Dennis Gibson.

"Merlon picked us up offensively and defensively.  That was good to see – he's a really hard-working player," said Gibson, whose Lakers (9-3) have won four straight and 9 of their last 11. 

Gibson said the Lakers, who overcame a 42-41 halftime deficit, clamped down on Butler's outside game in the second half.

"We forced them to make tough 2's instead of 3's in the second half," said Gibson, whose squad allowed only 5 3-pointers in the second half after yielding 8 before the break.  "We were also able to use our athletic ability to wear them down in the second half."

Starters Zakeem Davis (22 points, 6 rebounds), Elisa Kidd (16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists) and Kai Thompson (14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) also scored in double figures while combining to hit 20-of-35 from the field.  As a team, Garrett shot nearly as well from the field (54 percent) as from the line (56 percent).

BCCC twins Joel and Jace Stutz combined for 43 points, including 24 from Joel.  Andrew Yonker (17 points) and Josh Knochel added 17 and 11 points, respectively.

The Lakers complete their pre-holiday schedule Friday with a 5 p.m. game at Westmoreland County Community College.

Garrett 86, CCBC-Catonsville 51

CATONSVILLE, Md. – Zakeem Davis recorded game-highs in points (27) and steals (4) last Thursday as the Lakers improved to 3-1 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

Elisha Kidd (16 points, 5 rebounds) and Strahinja Ivic (15 points, 6 rebounds) also reached double digits.  Kai Thompson added 8 points while Nathan Payet and Kyle Mongroo (6 rebounds) each scored 7 points.  Marin Lisica (4 points) pulled down a game-high 7 rebounds.

The Lakers rolled to a 45-27 halftime lead in what GC head coach Dennis Gibson called "the most well-rounded game we've played all season."

John McNeal scored a team-high 11 points while teammates Jordan Tucker and Devonte Canty each scored 10 for CCBC-Catonsville.