Late Push By Parkland Not Enough To Overcome Blazers

January 26th, 2014
In a battle of the two hottest team in the Mid-West Athletic Conference, it was John Wood who took control on Sunday as they shot past Parkland 79-71 in Champaign. The Blazers raced to an early 12-4 lead knocking down their first five shots but the Cobras responded to grab their only lead of the game at 16-15 on a Dom Bolden layup with 10:48 left in the half. From their the visitors took control of the game with a 20-4 run to take a 35-20 lead.  The Blazers shot a sizzling 65% in the first half, including 7-11 from behind the arc, as they took a 42-26 lead into the break.
PC wasted little time getting right back into the game after intermission, as Taylen Alexander and Shane Seniour got the Cobras off to a quick start, cutting the lead to just 48-43 with 14:35 to go. After JW pushed the lead back to 10, Dom Bolden answered with a pair of 3's to make it 53-49. Unfortunately, PC would get no closer as JWCC would extend the lead back to 10 and the Cobras, despite their chances, could get no closer than five for the remainder of the contest.
Parkland had no answer for TJ Tisdell as the sophomore had a game high 27 points, making 11-20 shots and hitting 5-6 from the line, while pulling down 11 rebounds. Jordan Johnson added 19 points and 4 assists while Zach Main finished with 10 for John Wood. The Blazers, winners of eight straight, are now (14-7 3-0) and in sole possession of first place in the conference.
Parkland's Dom Bolden had his best game of the season as he came off the bench, to add a much needed spark, scoring 17 points and grabbing 6 boards.  Shane Senior and Ian Randolph added 12 while Lance Magee scored 10 as the Cobras saw their winning streak snapped at seven.
The #21 Cobras now stand (13-5 2-1) on the season and will travel to take on rival Danville Area CC (10-9 1-2) at 7:30 on Wednesday night in Danville.

Balanced Scoring Attack Leads Cobras to Win

January 26th, 2014
The Parkland Women's Basketball team knocked down their first seven shots and 11 of their first 15 as they raced out to an early lead and cruised to an 89-74 win over John Wood on Sunday afternoon. The Cobras led 50-35 at intermission, shooting a blistering 65%, making 22-32 from inside the arc, and 2-5 from three-point range. Five players finished the first half with either 7 or 8 points. John Wood actually kept within striking distance, as they shot 50% in the opening half.
PC would extend the lead to as many as 22 after the break before going ice-cold midway through the second half as the Blazers climbed back to within nine points with just over 8 minutes remaining.  The Cobras would use their balanced inside/outside attack to get things back on track, pulling away for the 15 point win.
Six Cobras found their way into double figures on Saturday as Aimee Iverson lead PC with 17 points. She also ran down 9 boards,while handing out 3 assists. Hannah Wascher had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Jerica Hawkins added 13 points and 6 boards. Chelsea Cross came off the bench to add 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists while Jockie Klocke tossed in 11. Erin Kelley had a fine over-all game with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists for the winning Cobras.  John Wood was led by Shea O'Brien who ended the game with 27 points, but shot just 8-26 from the field and 8-13 at the line.
Parkland pushes their win streak to nine games ahead of an M-WAC showdown on Wednesday night with conference co-leader DACC. The Cobras (15-6 3-0) and the Jaguars (15-7 3-0) square off at 5:30 in Danville with first place on the line.

#21 Parkland Stuns #3 ICC in Tough Road Game

January 23rd, 2014

The #21 Parkland Men's Basketball team converted 6-6 free throws in the final 45 seconds as they held on for an impressive 77-71 win at #3 ICC, ending the Cougars 13 game winning streak. 

Leading 71-68, PC's Capreace Salinas was fouled with 45.8 seconds left and converted both free throws to push the lead back to five. ICC wouldn't go away however and they drained a three-pointer with 28.6 to go to make it 73-71. The Cobras broke the Cougars full-court pressure before Nate Tidwell was fouled with 18.4 left. Like Salinas, Tidwell sank both free throws to make it a two possession game. ICC was able to get off a pair of shots on their next possession but were unable to convert. Shane Seniour was fouled with 6 seconds to go and knocked down both free throws to seal the win. 

The victory moves PC to (13-4 2-0) while ICC falls to (16-2 1-1). Parkland is set to host John Wood at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon in Champaign.

Cobra Women Use Second Half Surge to Put Away Lewis and Clark

January 23rd, 2014
The Parkland Women's Basketball team broke away from a tight game at halftime on Wednesday night and pulled away for a 79-53 win over Lewis and Clark. The Cobras came out slow to start the game and led by just one, 32-31 at the break, behind Jerica Hawkins 13 first half points.  The second half was a completely different story as the visitors picked up the pressure and started the second half with a 32-9 run to push the lead out to 64-40 with 7:50 remaining. The rest of the game was spent at the free throw line and the Cobras cruised to the 26 point win.

PC had five players in double figures as Hawkins and Hannah Wascher led the attack with 17 points and 8 rebounds apiece. Erin Kelley, Jocie Klocke, and Chelsea Cross each had 11 points for the victorious Cobras.

With their eighth straight win, the Cobras improve to (14-6 2-0) while Lewis and Clark drops to (5-12 0-2). Parkland will host John Wood in a rare Sunday contest starting at 1:00.

Late Free Throws Gives Cobras Win in Conference Opener

January 19th, 2014
Lance Magee knocked down two free throws with 5.8 seconds left and Lincoln's Aaron Simpson came up short on a 15-footer with time running out, as the Parkland Men's Basketball team rallied for a 69-67 win over visiting Lincoln College in the M-WAC opener for each team.
Parkland found itself down 67-63 after Darren Davidson scored for the Lynx with 1:59 left. Magee's driving lay-up with 1:38 remaining cut the margin to two, but the Cobras followed a Lincoln turnover with a turnover of their own. After the Lynx Jagger Anderson missed a three-pointer with 25.5 remaining, the Cobras rebounded and Magee was fouled with 17.1 to go. Magee calmly stepped to the line and made both shots to tie the game. Lincoln tried to go inside on their final possession but Magee stole the ball and was fouled with 5.6 left,setting up the game winning free throws. Magee was a perfect 10-10 at the line on the way to his game and season high 25 points.
Taylen Alexander was the only other Cobra in double figures as he came up big, especially in the second half, finishing with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Nate Tidwell and Shane Seniour both finished with 7 points for PC.  Lincoln was led by a pair of players in double figures as Davidson finished with 17 points and Aaron Simpson had 16. 
The final stats for both teams were nearly identical as Lincoln shot 45% for the game to the Cobras 44%. PC made 21-30 free throw attempts while the Lynx knocked down 23-33.  The Cobras came up big on the glass as they out rebounded the visitors 33-20.
Parkland (12-4 1-0) has now won six straight games, and will travel to M-WAC rival and #4 ranked ICC on Wednesday night. Lincoln falls to (9-9 0-1) with the loss.


Aggressive Defense Propels Cobra Women to Win

January 19th, 2014
The Parkland Women's Basketball team ran their winning streak to seven games Saturday as they cruised to a 90-40 win over Lincoln College in the M-WAC opener for both teams. PC shot 49% for the game, including 54% from inside the arc, and forced 41 Lincoln turnovers to dominate in the victory.
The Cobras jumped out to an 8-0 lead as they built a 47-18 lead at intermission before pushing out to as many as 52 in the second half. Coach Mike Lindemann substituted freely throughout the game as 12 different players made their way into the score book. Hannah Wascher was nearly unstoppable inside as she made 9-11 shots to finish with a game high 22 points while also grabbing 7 rebounds.  Ashley Walker added 13 points while Jerica Hawkins finished with 10.  Jockie Klocke came off the bench to score 12 points and also had 7 steals on the afternoon.  The Cobras had 22 assists on 36 made shots while also finishing with a season high 25 steals.  Lincoln's Olivia Chiapetto was the lone Lynx player in double figures as she finished with 10 points. 
The win moves PC to (13-6 1-0) on the season while Lincoln drops to (1-15 0-1).  Next up for PC is a Wednesday night M-WAC game at Lewis and Clark (5-11 0-1). The Blazers lost a heartbreaking 84-83 double overtime game to Lincoln Land earlier today in their M-WAC opener.

Cobra Men Win Big Over Milikin JV

January 17th, 2014

The PC Men's Basketball team raced out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back as they routed the visiting Millikin JV 107-43 Tuesday night in Champaign.  The Cobras led 53-30 at the break and started the second half with a 14-0 run to put the game away. Coach Anthony Figueroa played his bench for most of the contest as the subs actually scored 64 of the Cobras points.
Several bench players had career nights, led by freshman Josh Stombaugh who had his first double-double scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards.  Taylen Alexander added 13 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists, while Dom Bolden had 13 points and 6 boards. Torian Pearson added 8 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Shane Seniour was the lone Cobra starter to reach double figures as he had a game high 19 points on 8-10 shooting while also snaring 8 rebounds. 
PC shot 54% on the evening and made 8-18 from behind the arc. The Cobras committed just 6 turnovers while forcing the Big Blue into 22.  PC also handed out 25 assists in the game as Capreace Salinas had 6 and four teammates added 4 apiece.
PC (11-4), and winner's of five straight, will begin M-WAC play this Saturday when they host Lincoln College (9-8) starting at 4:00. The Cobra Women will also host the Lynx that day beginning at 2:00 at the Dodds Athletic Center on the Parkland campus.