Tri-C Teams Foreshadow Cinderella Storyline for Tournament

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Tri-C sophomore Bradley Penmen celebrates at a basketball game against Sinclair Feb. 1. The men's team won 67-64. Photo by Amber Brumfield
Tri-C sophomore Bradley Penmen celebrates at a basketball game against Sinclair Feb. 1. The men’s team won 67-64. Photo by Amber Brumfield

Two More Home Games Left in Season, Show Your Support

By Tommy Carosielli and Bronson Peshlakai
Sports Reporter, Metro Editor-in-Chief

It’s that time of year again! While you start to pencil in your picks for “March Madness” brackets, your hometown basketball teams here at Tri-C are making their own tournament push. After a slow start to their season, the men’s team is starting to right the ship, as they picked up back-to-back conference wins against Sinclair and Columbus State.

The team improves to 6-15 overall with a 3-4 conference mark. The team has worked hard and aims to continue this recent trend of success. They look to carry this momentum into the conference tournament.

A strong characteristic the men’s team has that should help propel them toward a championship is their 3-point percentage which is ranked 8th nationally at 42.2 percent. Edison Community College comes in second in the conference with 38.6 percent, which is ranked 20th in the nation in Division II, although their standings are 0-13 (0-7). The Challengers carry a good defensive rebound as well, ranking third in the conference, 24th in the nation.

The women’s team has struggled as well, but they look to create momentum going into their conference tournament as well. Though the record, 3-13 (1-6), may not speak to success, the women’s team has played in several close games and hanging tough against these higher ranked teams can create the energy and drive this team needs to have success in the conference tournament.

The women’s team’s claim to fame is having one of the least numbers of turnovers per game. Ranked fourth nationally in Div II, the Lady Challengers have an average 7.8 turnovers in all its games this season.

Come out and support your Challengers as they try to make their own “Cinderella Story” in the conference and national tournaments this season. There are only two more home games left in the conference season.

FREE ADMISSION, this Wednesday, Feb. 19, when the Challengers play the Lakeland Lakers, and a make-up game with the Owens Express, on Wednesday, Feb. 26 – both games at the Tri-C Eastern Campus – women play at 5:30, and men play at 7:30 p.m.

The final two games of the conference season are Saturday games: Feb. 22 at Sinclair (Dayton), and March 1 at Columbus State (Columbus).

For the latest sports report where Tri-C won against Sinclair, CLICK HERE

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