Cobras Avenge Earlier Loss by Knocking Off John Wood

February 24th, 2018

The #4 Parkland Men used a strong team effort Saturday afternoon as they pulled away from #20 John Wood 72-57 in an important M-WAC and Region 24 showdown.  The win, coupled with Danville’s win at Lincoln Land, leaves the Cobras, Jaguars, and John Wood in a three-way tie with two games to play.

Playing in front of a big Hall of Fame Day crowd, PC jumped out quickly as they took an early 15-7 lead and extended it to 23-11 at the 10:45 mark. John Wood would claw back to within four at 29-25 with 1:15 til half but the Cobras would score the final four points to take an eight point lead into intermission.  The Cobra lead would stay between 7 and 12 points for most of the half until the Blazers would close to just five at 53-48 with just 6:24 to go.  From there Isaiah Curry made an old-fashioned three-point play and Jalen Addison knocked down a three to extend the lead to 59-48 and PC would pull away down the stretch.

Parkland shot 46% on the day to just 38% for John Wood. The Cobras were particularly effective at the line as they made 15-17 to just 11-22 for JWCC.  Four players finished in double figures for PC with Marcus Latham leading the way with 17 points.  Isaiah Curry added 15 points and 8 rebounds, DeVonte’ Daniels added 11 points and 6 boards, while Jalen Addison came off the bench to score 10.  

Parkland is now (21-5 6-2) while John Wood drops to (18-10 6-2).  The Cobras will travel to Danville (22-5 6-2) on Wednesday night for a 7:30 showdown with the rival Jaguars.Parkland will close out the regular season with a  home game against Lincoln Land. The Blazers will be at home on Wednesday night against ICC before finishing at Lincoln.

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John Wood Takes Down Parkland in OT

February 24th, 2018

The #16 Parkland Women could not hold on to a 4th quarter lead Saturday as they dropped a 56-53 overtime decision to John Wood. Parkland however got some help as Lewis and Clark upended Lincoln, allowing the Cobras to stay on top of both the M-WAC and Region standings with two games to play.

On Saturday, the Cobras lead 46-34 with 1:20 left in the 3rd quarter and still led by nine headed to the final 10 minutes. The Cobras would then go ice cold as they made just 3-18 in the 4th quarter allowing the Blazers back in to the game. PC was ahead 53-50 on a Madelyn Brouwer lay-up with 2:35 to go in regulation, but John Wood would tie the game with a three-pointer with 51.5 seconds remaining.  The Cobras would miss their next shot and John Wood attempted to hold for the last shot but turned the ball over with 5.9 seconds to go. The Cobras could not connect however, sending the game to overtime.

The overtime was a defensive battle with neither team making a field goal. The Cobras turned even colder as they missed all seven of their shots. The Blazers went 0-3 but did go to the foul line six times, making three.  Down 56-53 with 1.2 seconds to go, the Cobra three-pointer was off line and John Wood held on for the upset win.  Ryan Dooley finished with 14 points and also grabbed 5 boards and handed out 5 assists.  Micah Tapsoctt added 12 points and Janiece Thomas came off the bench to also score 12.  

Parkland shot just 34% on the evening, including a 25% rate in the second half. John Wood made just 35% of their shots but won the game at the free throw despite shooting under 50%. The Blazers made 14 of 29 while the Cobras attempted just 5 free throws in the game, making 3.  John Wood also dominated the glass, winning the battle of the boards 44-32.

Parkland drops to (20-6 6-2) on the season while John Wood improves to (13-15 5-3).  Parkland will travel to Danville to take on the Jaguars at 5:30 before hosting Lincoln Land at 1:00 a week from today.  Parkland is currently one game ahead of Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, and John Wood in M-WAC play.   

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Parkland Takes Down ICC in Big Region 24 Contest

February 21st, 2018

The Parkland Men celebrated a six spot move up the rankings Wednesday, as they pulled away for an 82-70 win over a scrappy Illinois Central squad. PC was ranked #4 this week after coming in at #10 in the previous NJCAA D-II poll. The victory sets up a Saturday afternoon showdown with league leading John Wood. The Blazers currently have a one game lead over both Parkland and Danville with three games to play. 

The game was a back and forth affair early, as PC would break from a 23-23 tie to take a 30-23 lead with 5:45 remaining. The Cobras would push the lead to as many as twelve at 41-29, but ICC closed out the half scoring the final five points and PC took a 41-34 lead into halftime.  ICC would start the 2nd like they finished the first and eventually cut the PC lead to 48-46 with 14:35 to go before the Cobras would go on an impressive 16-2 run to take control of the game. Quin Nottingham came off the bench and drained three 3’s during the stretch to push the lead to 64-48 with 11:33 remaining.  The Cougars would close the gap to just six at 73-67 with 3:45 left in the game but Jordache Mavunga and Marcus Latham would hit 4 consecutive free throws to seal the win.

Nottingham paced the Cobras with 20 points while Marcus Latham added 18 points, 7 board, and 3 assists. Mavunga also finished in double figures with 16 points. Isaiah Curry grabbed 11 boards while Darin Bellinger (8 points 6 rebounds) and Dirk Jordan (5 points 7 rebounds) both gave the Cobras some key minutes off the bench.  The Cobras shot 45% on the night from the field and made 21-27 from the line. PC also outrebounded the Cougars 42-35. PC had to overcome a career night from ICC’s Ian Milstadt who had 33 points and chased down 9 rebounds. 

Parkland earned their 20th win of the season to improve to (20-4 6-2) and take on John Wood (18-9 8-1) at 3:00 on Saturday in Champaign as part of Hall of Fame Saturday. Induction ceremonies will take place at halftime of the Men’s game.

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Cobra Women Win Seventh Straight

February 21st, 2018

The #16 Parkland Women wasted little time Wednesday night showing Lewis and Clark that they were ready to play as they raced out to a 20-6 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 71-46 victory.  The win, the Cobras 7th straight, improved the team to (20-5 and 6-1) while Lewis and Clark dropped to (16-6 4-3).

The Cobras shot a blistering 62% in the opening quarter while the Trailblazers were ice cold making just 2-17 from the field.  Madelyn Brouwer and Crystal Mathis each had 6 points in the first 10 minutes. PC would go cold in the second quarter making just 3 of 14 but still took a 33-20 lead into intermission. The Cobras came out clicking on all cylinders after half, as they quickly pushed the lead to 40-20 and led 54-31 after three periods.  Both teams substituted freely over the final 10 minutes as PC rode out the victory.

Brouwer had a huge game for PC scoring 22 points while also grabbing 9 rebounds.  Mathis added 16 points and 5 boards while Ryan Dooley had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists. The Cobras shot 42% for the game compared to just 23% for Lewis and Clark. 

Parkland will return to action on Hall of Fame Day this Saturday as they host John Wood (12-15 4-3) starting at 1:00.

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2018 Parkland College Baseball Preview

February 17th, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Parkland College Baseball Preview!  On the show we are joined by Coach Dave Garcia, Coach Jon Goebel, Luke Smith, Trystin Raikes, and Jarett Olson as we preview the 2018 season.

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Parkland Women Hold On To Big Win Over ICC

February 14th, 2018

The #25 Parkland Women’s Basketball  shot 82% from the line and had four players finish with between 14 and 16 points, as the Cobras defeated #10 Illinois Central 74-68 in a Region 24 showdown.  The victory moves the Cobras to (18-5 and 5-2 in the Region) while ICC drops to (19-7 and 3-3). With just two weeks to go in the regular season, the Cobras now stand 2nd in the 8 team field.

Parkland jumped out to an early 20-10 lead on Wednesday as the Cobras were a perfect 10-10 at the line in the quarter. The Cougars however finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two after the opening 10 minutes. PC still led 32-28 with 4:04 until halftime but ICC went on a 8-2 run to end the quarter and led 36-34 at the break.

The third quarter saw the teams trade buckets before the Cougars took their biggest lead of the game at 51-46 with 2:35 remaining in the 3rd quarter. This time it was the Cobras turn to finish a quarter strong as they cut the margin to one at 53-52 with 10 to play. The Cobras led 58-57 with 7:03 to go and went on an 8-0 run to push the lead to 66-57 with 4:07  remaining. ICC would crawl back to within three at 69-66 with 1:08 to go but  Michah Tapscot and Crystal Mathis each made a pair of free throws  to extend the lead back to 73-66 and the Cobras held on for the victory.

Balance was the key for PC as Tapscott led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Dooley had 15 points and 6 boards while Madelyn Brouwer made 6 of 9 shots and finished with 15 points as well. Mathis also was in double figures with 14 points and Heather DeLuca just missed joining them as she ended the game with 9 points and 5 assists.  Parkland shot 47% for the game and made 23-28 free throws including a perfect 8-8 by Dooley. ICC was led by Madison Faulkner with 14 points and Bailey Larsen with 12. The Cougars shot just 39% from the field and made just 30% of their shots in the second half.

The road doesn’t get any easier for Parkland as they travel to Lincoln on Saturday to take on the #15 Lynx (22-2). Lincoln pounded the Cobras by 24 points earlier this season.  PC has won five straight since that defeat while the Lynx are coming off only their 2nd defeat of the season last Saturday at John Wood. The two teams are tied for the M-WAC lead at 4-1 with 5 games to play.

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#8 DACC Holds On To Win over #6 Parkland

February 7th, 2018

The Parkland Men’s Basketball team had three shots at a win in the final seconds Wednesday, but could not get the shot to go down, as they lost to rival Danville 67-66 in Champaign.  The Cobras trailed 67-63 with less than a minute to go but Quin Nottingham was fouled on a three-point attempt with 39.1 remaining. The Centennial grad sank all three shots to cut the Jaguar lead to one and after a DACC missed shot, PC had the ball with a chance to win but for the second straight game lost by a single tally.

Nottingham led the Cobras with 17 points off the bench while Isaiah Curry had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Devonte Daniels also had 11 in the loss.  Jordan Gary led DACC with 16 points while Antoine Devine added 14 and Lavelle Smith added 11.  The Jaguars shot 49% for the game to just 38% for PC. The Cobras controlled the boards 39-28 and were able to stay close due to DACC making just 11 of 22 free throws. 

Danville improves to (19-3 4-0) with the win while the Cobras drop to (16-4 2-2). PC will return to action on Saturday night with a 7:30 game at Rend Lake.

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Cobra Women Win Big Over Danville

February 7th, 2018

The Parkland College Women’s Basketball team raced out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter Wednesday and then cruised to a 68-37 victory over visiting Danville. The win improves the Cobras to (16-5 3-1) while Danville falls to (3-18 0-4). The game was never in doubt as PC shot 50% in the opening quarter and forced 11 Jaguar turnovers.

Parkland extended their lead to 38-18 at the half,  with sophomore Ryan Dooley scoring 15 points in the opening twenty minutes. Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter but PC pulled away with 18-8 margin over the final period.  The Cobras shot 52% on the evening while DACC made just 35% of their shots and committed 27 turnovers.  Dooley paced the PC attack with 19 points and also had six steals. Janiece Thomas came off the bench to add 13 points and grab 9 rebounds.  Heather DeLuca and Madelyn Brouwer each scored 10 points while Crystal Mathis had 8 points and 6 assists for the victorious Cobras.  DACC was led by Amari Brodie who had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

Parkland will be on the road this Saturday as they take on Lincoln Land in an important M-WAC and Region 24 contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 in Springfield.

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