Golden Eagles hold off Indians

Men's basketball
LCCC freshman Dominik Heinzl drives to the basket in this file photo. The Golden Eagles won against McCook Community College on Saturday. Michael Smith/LCCC

The Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles hit 53.1 percent of their shots from the field in the second half and 50 percent for the game against the McCook Community College Indians Saturday afternoon in LCCC’s Gymnasium. It was enough to give the Eagles a 97-86 victory over the Indians.

The win gives the Golden Eagles back-to-back victories, after their defeat of North Platte Community College on Friday night. In less than 24 hours, LCCC was back on the floor against a fresh Indians team.

The Golden Eagles got off to a slow start, and McCook jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the first five minutes of the game. The Indians shot the ball very in the first half, going 15-28 (53.6 percent) from the field. They also were 60 percent from the three-point line in the half and led by as many as nine in the half. LCCC got some help from their bench in latter part of the first to close the gap. The Eagles forced the Indians into some turnovers and closed the half on a 6-0 run. McCook Community College led 46-45 at the half.

The Eagles settled the game to the tempo they like to start the second half and opened with an 8-2 run to take their first lead of the game. LCCC got a tremendous performance from freshman Matt Glasscock (Centennial, Colorado), who had a career-high 17 points in the game. Glasscock knocked down back-to-back three-pointers with 3:36 remaining to give the Eagles an 84-75 lead. Freshman Dominik Heinzl (Uzov, Czech Republic) recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He also led the Golden Eagles with four blocks in the game.

With the 97-86 win, LCCC improved to 12-6 overall and 4-2 in the South Sub Region IX. The Golden Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Northeastern Junior College. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.