Championship remains in Painesville
Lake Erie College men's basketball team wins second consecutive AMCC ChampionshipStill down two starters, the Lake Erie College men's basketball team went on to win its second consecutive Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) championship Saturday afternoon with a 71-51 defeat of Frostburg State University. The victory also gave Lake Erie the right to host the AMCC Tournament Final Four, of which it receives an automatic bid, February 23-24.
Lake Erie trailed not a single time in Saturday's contest, going ahead by as many as 21 in the first half. The dynamic defensive duo of seniors Howard Washington (Akron, Ohio/North) and Rob Williams (Richmond Heights, Ohio/Richmond Heights) decided to take over on the offensive end as well, providing the packed Athletic Center Arena with a multitude of scoring highlights. With just under seven minutes in the period, Washington stroked a 3-pointer from the wing to put LEC up 20-7. A Bobcat attempt in the paint was sent flying courtesy of junior Mark Skopal (Houston, Texas/Cypress Falls) and landed in the hands of Williams. The guard ran the floor and hit Washington in the corner for his second trey in a 20-second timeframe. A Williams steal on the next play found its way into the hands of Washington, whose third long-range attempt rolled around the rim, just missing the mark. The Storm led at the break 35-18 with Washington and Williams totaling 21 of the team's points.
The Storm built its lead to as many as 25 points in the second half, allowing LEC to clear the bench in the final minutes. Washington recorded the first double-double of his career with team-leading totals of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Williams contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals and sophomore Derrick Thornton (University Heights, Ohio/Lutheran East) added 15 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard John Dickinson (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid) came off the bench to score 11 points.
Lake Erie is 23-2 overall and earned the league title with a record of 17-1. No team has ever won 17 games in the 10-year history of the conference. LEC will play in the AMCC Tournament semifinals this Friday at 6 p.m.
Tune in live to d3Hoops.com Sunday night to hear head coach Cliff Hunt talk about the season on Hoopsville - the only NCAA Division III Basketball talk show in the nation - at 8 p.m.