Cobras Trail at half but Rally to take down Cavaliers

November 30th, 2017

Devonte’ Daniels hit back to back three’s and Marcus Latham made 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch, to help the Parkland Men’s Basketball team pull away for an 84-77 win over visiting Kankakee.  The win moves the Cobras to (7-1) while NJCAA D-1 Kankakee drops to (2-5).

The game did not start well for the Cobras as the Cavaliers hit 8 of their first 10 shots to grab an early 17-7 lead.  PC would scratch and claw back into the contest and trailed just 43-42 at the break despite KCC shooting 63% in the half.  PC would score the first points of the second half to grab their first lead but KCC would rally and led 66-62 with just 4:03 remaining.  From that point it was all Cobras as they outscored the Cavs 22-11 to close out the win. Marcus Latham cut the deficit to one with an old-fashioned three-point play and after a KCC turnover, Latham would make 1-2 at the line to tie the contest at 66. PC would force another turnover and Daniels drilled a three to put PC up by three with 2:30 to go.  After Daizon Scott knocked down a couple of free throws to cut the lead back to one. Daniels would hit another three and added a two-point field goal follwoing another KCC turnover. Leading 74-68 with 1:18 left on the clock, Latham would make 6-6 at the charity stripe in the final minute and Myles Simmons added a pair of free throws to seal the victory. 

Latham was one of five Cobras in double figures as he finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Simmons tossed in 15 points while Dirk Jordan and Isaiah Curry each had 12.  Daniels finished with 10 points, eight  of them coming in a 1:21 stretch late in the contest.  KCC was led by Christian Jacob who had 17 points and Micah Rosser and Daizon Scott each with 16.  The game was won at the free throw line as the Cobras made 19-24 (79%) to just 11-21 (52%) for the Cavs. PC also won the battle of the boards 33-25 and forced 13 second half turnovers.

Parkland will return to action this Sunday at the St. Louis Shootout host at the Forest Park campus of St. Louis CC.  The Cobras will take on St. Louis starting at Noon.  


Second Half Comeback Propels Parkland to Victory

November 19th, 2017

The Parkland Men's Basketball team, undefeated on the season, would host another unbeaten team in the Lake Land Lakers.  Although Lake Land would lead at the half, Parkland would lock down defensively and win the game 91-79.  Marcus Latham would lead the way for the Cobras with 23 points.


Cobras Blow Past Rend Lake in Second Half to take Home Opener

November 8th, 2017

After a pair of nail biting victories, the Cobras were able to relax a little bit in this one. After leading by just two at the break, PC outscored visiting Rend Lake 45-23 in the second half as they pulled away for an impressive 83-59 victory over Rend Lake.  The win moves PC to (3-0 1-0) while Rend Lake drops to (1-2 1-2).

The Cobras jumped out to an early 28-13 lead but poor shooting by PC and some late three’s by Rend Lake cut the margin to just two at halftime.  After the Warriors tied the game with a pair of free throws early in the second half, the #10 Cobras went on a 11-0 run sparked by a pair of three’s by Jordache Mavunga to give PC a 49-38 lead with 16:41 remaining.  Rend Lake would score the next four points to cut the deficit to seven but PC would then go on a 13-0 run to push the lead to 62-42 with just over ten minutes remaining.  The Warriors would get no closer than 17 the rest of the way as PC cruised to the 24 point win.

Mavunga had a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards as he was 8-13 from the field including 5-10 from behind the arc.  Quin Nottingham came off the bench to add 14 as he was a perfect 6-6 from the line and also had 4 boards and 3 steals. Marcus Latham had 13 points and 4 assists while Isaiah Curry was big off the bench with 12 points and 5 rebounds.  PC shot 43% for the game but 52% (12-23) from three point range and also made 15-18 at the line.  Turnovers were a big part of the victory as they forced the Warriors into 25 while only having 12 of their own. PC also had 15 assists to just 7 for RLC.   Rend Lake was led by Ike Okwara who had 13 points and 5 rebounds.

Parkland will return to action this Saturday afternoon when they host Lincoln Trail (1-2) starting at 3:00.