| Golden Eagle Kamari Robinson goes for the dunk during Saturday's game.
LCCC won 87-67 over McCook CC. Photo by Ty Stockton. See more photos below.
The Golden Eagles men’s basketball team earned its 21st victory of the year on Saturday with an 87-76 win over McCook Community College at LCCC’s Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles recognized four sophomores for their last regular season home game, and those sophomores carried the load in this one. Sophomore Spencer Svejcar led the Golden Eagles with 25 points.
The first half was back and forth with both teams exchanging leads. A tightly played first half left a 37-37 score at halftime.
The Indians came out strong in the second half, and McCook took the lead. But Svejcar knocked down a three midway through the second half to regain the lead for the Golden Eagles, and LCCC held off the Indians for the remainder of the game. After that three-pointer, the Eagles led by as many as 11 during the second half. The Indians chipped away at the Golden Eagles’ lead, though. Golden Eagles big men Tyson Kanseyo and Alexis Dargenton got into foul trouble and fouled out with about six minutes remaining.
Sophomore Darien Fernandez, who had 12 points, nine assists and five steals, had a steal with about three minutes to go that transitioned into two points for the Golden Eagles. On the very next position, Fernandez got another steal, and the Eagles pulled back to a nine-point lead again. Sophomore Kamari Robinson contributed with 16 points and nine rebounds.
The win takes the Golden Eagles to 21-9 on the year and 11-5 in the South-Sub Region. The Golden Eagles have clinched at worst the No. 3 seed, but with a little help over the next few days, they could still have a shot at earning the No. 2 seed. They will host the first game of the Region IX tournament next Saturday. Their opponent is still undetermined, but the game time is set for 4 p.m. in the LCCC Gym.