Parkland Comes Up Short In Yet Another Tight Finish

February 29th, 2012

The Parkland men's basketball team rallied from down 25 points in the first half but fell just short in their effort to beat #17 Danville Area, losing a 75-73 heartbreaker. The Cobras had the ball down two with just 14.0 seconds remaining but came up short on three shot attempts in the final seconds.  DACC clinched at least a tie for the M-WAC title with the win.

Unfortunately for the Cobras, Wednesday night's game against DACC had an all too familiar feel. Back on February 4th, PC fell behind the host Jaguars by 20 in the first half before putting on a wild second half rally, only to lose 66-62. It also marked the Cobras second straight two point loss to a nationally ranked team. Wednesday's defeat came on the heels of a 90-88 loss to #13 Lincoln just a week ago. DACC could do no wrong in the first 20 minutes as they built a commanding 38-13 lead. PC would slowly start to scratch back, but still trailed 48-29 at intermission.  The second half was all Cobras and PC would have likely completed the comeback victory, had it not been for the career night by Jaguar freshman Derek Shouse. The 6'2 Terre Haute native had a game high 30 points make 11-12 shots from the field including a perfect 6-6 from three-point range. Shouse was at his best when the game was on the line repeatedly knocking down shots to end Cobra runs. Despite Shouse's heroics, PC actually grabbed their only lead of the game at 71-70 when Shaq Lowery drained a three with 3:32 left.  Evan Blackmon made consecutive shots to give DACC the lead back at 74-71 before Jamel Johnson's tip-in with 33.2 left cut the margin to one.  Brandon Demmings converted 1 of 2 free throws pushing the lead back to two giving the Cobras one last chance but Dalten Temples missed a shot off the board and neither he or Johnson could convert in the final seconds.

Lowery led Parkland with 18 points, Mark Gilchrese added 12, and Tiger O'Neil tossed in 11.  Demmings and Shea Sumpter each added 15 for the winning Jags and Sumpter also pulled down a game high 12 rebounds. Parkland (17-12 4-5) will face Illinois Central College on Saturday in their regular season finale while DACC (17-12 8-1) faces second place Lincoln (23-6 7-2) for the M-WAC championship.

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Cobra Women Keep MWAC Title Hopes Alive With Sophomore Night Win

February 29th, 2012

The Parkland women rallied from a seven point half time deficit to upend rival Danville Area Community College 73-65 Wednesday night, to stay alive in the M-WAC race with one game left in the regular season. The defending conference champion Cobras will travel to league leading Lewis and Clark on Saturday and would clinch a tie for the title with a win. In the Cobras home finale, the visitors came out the aggressors, grabbing an early 20-10 lead and maintaining that margin for most of the half.  DACC shot 57% in the opening 20 minutes while the Cobras struggled, making just 34% of their attempts. The second half would be a different story as Parkland started fast and grabbed their first lead of the game at 43-42.  DACC would not give up the lead easily and rallied to grab a 53-48 lead with 13:02 left, but the Cobras would use a 10-0 run to seize control of the contest. The Cobras would push the lead out to as many as seven; DACC would again close to within 3 with 2:05 left, but PC would hold the visitors scoreless for the remainder of the game and hang on for the win. Balance was the key for Parkland with six players scoring between 7 and 10 points.  Caitlin Cody scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds equalling Lindsay Lenon who also scored 10 by knocking down 3-5 shots from behind the arc.  Uzuri Williams played inspired basketball with 9 points and the trio of Tenia Singleton, Ebany Brumfield, and Jenni Free each scored 7.  Lexi Taylor was a key part of the Cobras second half rally as she finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.  Tiara Cole led DACC with 16 points.

With the win, Parkland breaks the 20 win barrier for the 5th consecutive season, improving to (20-9 6-3) with the win.  DACC drops to (17-10 3-6) with the defeat.

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Inside Cobra Baseball: The 2012 Parkland Baseball Preview!

February 28th, 2012

Inside Cobra Baseball is back for year number two on CobraSportsNet, and we are excited to bring you another exciting season of Parkland College Baseball.  Click below for the 2012 preview and be sure to check back often as we are looking for another stellar season on the diamond for the Cobras.

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Cobras Lose Heart Breaker to Lincoln

February 22nd, 2012

Tylon Deal sank a five footer with 3.3 seconds to go to help #13 Lincoln College rally and stun Parkland 91-89 on Wednesday night at the Dodds Athletic Center. The Cobras had built a 13 point lead with 6:02 remaining but the Lynx rallied to win the foul marred contest which saw 57 fouls, 6 players foul out, and four technical fouls.

Trailing 47-45 at the break, PC grabbed their first lead at 58-56 when Shaq Lowery drained a three with 15:27 left. The Cobras would control the contest for the next nine minutes until Lincoln used an eight point spurt with under six remaining to get back in the game.  The two teams battled over the final five minutes with Lincoln grabbing a one-point lead on Niquie Mosely's runner in the lane.  Cody McCollum made the first of two free throws to tie it before Deal hit the game winner. Shaq Lowery's desperation three fell short as time expired. Five Cobras finished in double figures as Lowery scored 19, Dalten Temples added 14 (all in the first half), and Mark Gilchrese added 13..  Cody McCollum finished with 11 while Jamel Johnson added 10 points and 8 boards.  Geordy Mulumba battled hard in the paint scoring 8 points, grabbing 6 boards, and blocking 5 shots.   Greg Garrett led all scorers with 23 points and Deal finished with 21 and 10.

Lincoln improves to (21-6 5-2) while the Cobras drop to (17-11 4-4) and were eliminated from M-WAC title contention. The Cobras will be off until next Wednesday when they host league leading Danville Area in the home finale.

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Parkland Women Use Balanced Attack To Defeat Lynx

February 22nd, 2012

The Parkland Women won their fifth straight game shooting a blistering 56% as they overwhelmed Lincoln College 97-71 in a key M-WAC match-up. The win keep the Cobras in striking distance in the M-WAC with two games remaining. Two impressive surges keyed the Cobras win on Wednesday night.  Tied at 36. PC used an 18-2 run to end the first half to grab a 54-38 lead at intermission.  Lauren Grubb scored 10 of her 18 points during that run.  The Cobra would start the second half with a 17-7 run as Kristyne Smyth would make 5-5 field goals and 2-3 free throws during the stretch en route to her game high 21 points. Three other players joined Smyth and Grubb in double figures as Caitlyn Cody tossed in 13, Ebany Brumfield added 12, and Uzuri Williams came off the bench and earned a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.   In addition to their red-hot shooting, PC won the battle of the boards 45-25, including 21 offensive rebounds. Parkland, winners of five straight, improve to (19-8 5-3) while Lincoln falls to (9-17 3-5). The Cobras will be on the road this Saturday when they travel to Kankakee for a non-conference clash before returning home on Wednesday night against rival DACC starting at 5:30.

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Cobras Race by ONU Tigers

February 20th, 2012

The Parkland men's basketball team enjoyed a rare blowout win on Monday night as they raced past the Olivet Nazarene JV 85-61 to run their winning streak to five games.  PC used big runs in both halves to ease to the win which allowed Coach Nate Mast to substitute freely throughout the contest. Parkland used a 13-3 run midway thru the first half to turn a 29-18 lead into a 42-21 margin and after the Tigers closed to within 11 in the second half at 52-41, went on a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Thirteen of the fourteen Parkland players scored in the contest with Dalten Temples and Charles Glass leading the way with 11 points apiece. Shaq Lowery added 9 points and 6 rebounds while Devon Williams had a big game off the bench also scoring 9 points and grabbing 6 boards.  Cody McCollum finished with 8 points, Anthony Woods added 8 points and 6 rebounds, and Nic Hoepfner scored 7 points and muscled down 4 rebounds. Geordy Mulumba had a game 7 high rebounds as the Cobras won the battle of the boards 52-42.  Matt Ryan led Olivet (4-11) with 13 points and 7 caroms.

Parkland (17-10 4-3) will be back in action on Wednesday night when they host #8 Lincoln (20-6 5-2) in a key M-WAC showdown at the Dodds Athletic Center starting at 7:30.  The women (18-8 4-3) face the Lynx (9-16 3-4) starting at 5:30.  Hear both games LIVE on CobraSportsNet.

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Parkland Women Get Win Number 18!

February 18th, 2012

Parkland's Cobras trailed in the first few minutes, but never thereafter, as they rolled to a deceptively large 82-58 win.  It was 42-33 Cobras at the half.  But the Saints of Shawnee CC wouldn't go away, cutting the Cobra lead  to under 10 on several occasions.  Parkland used a 20-7 run to close the game Saturday to help the Cobras pull away for the win. The pesky Saints kept the game close for most of the contest but much like the Cobras win at Shawnee earlier this season, the hosts were able to wear SCC down.

PC built an early 18 point first half lead Caitlin Cody (10 points) and Jeni Free helped the Cobras get off to a good start. PC took a 42-33 lead into halftime and would keep the lead for the remainder of the contest as the Saints could get no closer then six.  With the visitors still within reach at 60-49 with 7:43 remaining, PC would use the late run to close out the win.

Cody led the offense for PC with 21 points and also chased down 6 rebounds.  Free ended up with 13 points while Lauren Grubb came off the bench to score 10.  Kristyne Smyth added 9 points and 6 assists while Heather Baker scored 8 points and pulled down 6 boards. Ebany Brumfield led all rebounders with 12 caroms.  Shawnee's Hilary Calhoun had an outstanding game as she scored 25 points and grabbed 7 boards.

PC dominated the glass in the win out rebounding the Saints 44-25 and had a strong floor game with 22 assists and 12 steals.  The victory improves the Cobras to (18-8) while SCC drops to (2-23).  PC will host Lincoln College at 5:30 on Wednesday night.

To hear the game play-by-play call with Steve Brown and Brian Porter, just click the icon below.

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Parkland Men Prevail In Hoops Tussle

February 18th, 2012

In a scrappy, fouled-filled contest, the Parkland Cobras pulled away from a 34-26 halftime lead, and ended up with a tough 74-69 win over the Saints of Shawnee CC on Saturday night. The Cobras raced out to an early 20-10 lead and never looked back in the non-conference game Saturday afternoon in Champaign. Parkland used strong shooting from behind the arc, knocking down 10-15 three-points shots, and outscored the visitors 25-3 at the free throw line to come away with the win.

Parkland led 34-26 at the break and moved the lead out to as many as 13 on several occasions. The lead stayed in the 8-12 range for most of the second half before Shawnee hit three 3's in the final minute to cut the final margin to five.  Shawnee kept the game close behind the outstanding play of Eddrick Bruce who scored 20 of his 24 points after intermission.  The Cobras won the game despite making 10 less shots then the Saints and being out rebounded 35-23.

Parkland had four starters in double figures as Shaq Lowery had a strong game leading al scorers with 25 points, making 4-5 three's and 10-12 at the line.  Mark Gilchrese finished with 15 points and 4 assists while Charles Glass had 10 points and 6 assists. Cody McCollum totaled 11 points, draining three consecutive three's in the first half to help the Cobra grab the early lead.  Against a taller Shawnee front line, Jamel Johnson pulled down 9 rebounds in the winning effort.

Parkland (16-10) will get right back into action on Monday night when they host the Olivet Nazarene JV starting at 7:00.  Shawnee falls to (17-11) with the loss.

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Cobra Men Knock Off Ranked Foe In #14 JWCC

February 15th, 2012

The Parkland Men's Basketball team used a 15-0 run early in the half to take a commanding lead and hung on late to upend #14 John Wood 88-78 in M-WAC action on Wednesday night.  The Cobras had one of their most balanced efforts of the season as five players finished in double figures.  Parkland took a 36-29 lead into halftime and build their lead up to as many as 17 in the second half  before the Blazers clawed back to within four as the Cobras struggled with turnovers and missed free throws. PC outscored the visitors 10-2 in the final two minutes to wrap up the key M-WAC victory. Parkland shot 58% from the field for the game including 10-20 from behind the arc.  Shaq Lowery led the way for PC with 20 points, Jamel Johnson added 19 points and 8 boards, Cody McCollum drilled four big threes and finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds.  Charles Glass had a big game with 13 points and 7 assists and Tiger O'Neil came off the bench to score 12.  Reagan Bruenger lead all scorers with 27 points while James Lane added 14 points and 9 rebounds.  Parkland improves to (15-10 4-3) and will host Shawnee in a non-conference game at 4:00 on Saturday. JWCC drops to (18-6 2-4).

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Parkland Knocks Off M-Wac Leader JWCC

February 15th, 2012

After struggling through one of their worst shooting halves of the season, the PC Women turned up the pressure and rallied for a 57-52 win over league leading John Wood.  After a first half that saw the Cobras shoot 21%, making just 6-29 shots, PC drilled 13-21 after the break to rally for the win.  Trailing 34-24 early in the second half, began using a full court pressure resulting in a 15-0 run to grab the lead for good.  Leading by 2, Lindsay Lenon scored 10 straight points for the Cobras to push the lead out to 46-37 with just over 8 minutes remaining. The Blazers would not quit however and had the ball down by three points in the final 20 seconds before missing a shot.  Caitlin Cody sank two free throws to seal the win as PC won for the third straight time.  Lenon led the Cobra attack with 15 points while Ebany Brumfield came off the bench to score 10 points and muscle away 8 rebounds. Tenia Singleton just missed double figures scoring 9 points on 4-6 shooting and Kristyne Smyth added 8 in the win. The victory moved PC to within a game of the lead as Lewis and Clark (5-2) now takes over first place.  Each team has three conference game remaining, including the season finale at Lewis and Clark.  Parkland is now (17-8 4-3) while John Wood falls to (13-12 4-2).  Parkland will face Region 24 foe Shawnee on Saturday at 2:00 in Champaign.

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Jamel Johnson Leads Parkland To Another Big Home Win

February 11th, 2012

The PC Men led from start to finish with a few scary moments in between as they outlasted the Loggers 64-60.  Parkland raced out to an 11-2 lead behind 3 three-pointers by Cody McCollum.  The lead would stay around 10 for most of the half before a late LLCC run cut the margin to just three at intermission.  The Cobras would build the lead back to 10, at 44-34 with 12:02 remaining but would scored just four points over the next seven minutes as Lincoln Land climbed back to within three at 48-45 with just 5 minutes left.  Down the stretch, a combination of Jamel Johnson and clutch free throw shooting helped seal the win.  Johnson had a game high 18 points, all of them in the second half. Cody McCollum with 11 and Mark Gilchrese 10 were the other two Cobras in double figures. Mason Alwan led LLCC with 23 points.

The win improves Parkland to (14-10 3-3) while Lincoln Land drops to (10-14 0-6).  PC will host John Wood on Wednesday night at 7:30.

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Cobras Cruise To Win Over Loggers

February 11th, 2012

The Cobra Women started things off on the right foot, shooting 65% in the first half en route to a 52-25 halftime lead before routing the Loggers 87-58.  PC shot 55% for the contest and out rebounded LLCC 43-22.  The Cobras played great team ball all afternoon, dishing out 23 assists on their 35 baskets.   Three Cobras finished in double figures as Caitlin Cody led the way with 14 points.  Ebany Brumfield just missed a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds while Lindsay Lenon tossed in 10.  Heather Baker had an outstanding over-all game with 8 points and a career high 13 rebounds. Lauren Grubb finished with 9 points and Taylor Redeker 8 in the winning effort.  The win moves PC to (16-8 3-3) while Lincoln Land falls to (11-11 1-5).

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Parkland Wins Close Finish Over Region 24 Foe ICC

February 8th, 2012

The Parkland College men used a career game from sophomore Jamel Johnson, who finished with 25 points and 19 rebounds, to beat ICC 88-84.  After ICC scored the opening bucket of the game, the Cobras ripped off eleven straight points, seven by Sean Montgomery to grab an early 11-2 lead. The Cobras held a 6-to-10 point lead for most of the half as Montgomery scored 19 points in the opening stanza; Parkland took a 43-37 lead to intermission. ICC kept the game close by knocking down 7 of 8 shots from behind the arc.  Parkland would stretch their lead to as many as 14 in the second half before the Cougars mounted a furious rally.  ICC would claw to within one at 70-69 with 7:31 remaining, before Charles Glass would score seven consecutive points to give the Cobras a 80-75 lead with just under 4 minutes left.  ICC would again get to within one, but Johnson's rebound bucket made it 82-79, and Tiger O'Neil's thunderous dunk on an ally-oop from Glass put PC back up by five as the Cobras hung on for the win.  In addition to Johnson's big night, Montgomery finished with 21 and Glass, O'Neil, and Cody McCollum all finished with 9 points. The Cobras shot 54% from the field and 79% from the line in the win. ICC was led by Tyler Bell who had 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the arc, and Kenny Jones added 18.  The win moves PC to (13-10 2-3) while ICC falls to (8-14 3-2).  PC hosts Lincoln Land at 4:00 on Hall of Fame Saturday. CobrasSportsNet will cover the game and the Hall of Fame ceremonies LIVE. Just go to the "Go Green" link you'll see on the right margin of this page.

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Parkland “D” Just Too Much; Cobras Outlast ICC

February 8th, 2012

The Cobra women, playing their first of six consecutive home contests, overcame a slow start on offense and eventually cruised to a 73-58 win over Illinois Central College.  Parkland used a balanced attack with only one player in double figures as Kristyne Smyth scored 15 points, chased down 7 boards, and handed out 5 assists. All 12 Cobra players who were dressed for the contest scored with 8 of them scoring at least 6 points.  The game started slowly for PC as they trailed 21-16 after the first 10 minutes. Back-to-back threes by Lindsay Lenon and Lauren Grubb sparked an 18-4 run to take a 32-25 lead into the break.  After halftime, the Cobras picked up the pace building the lead to as many as 18 points and the Cougars could never get the margin back to single digits.  It may have been one of the Cobras better all around games in quite some time as they shot 49% from the field and made 10-15 shots from the line.  The Cobras dominated the boards 43-25 and committed just 16 turnovers, well below their season average.  Caitlin Cody added 8 points and Uzuri Williams scored 7.  Heather Baker and Ebany Brumfield each had 6 points and 7 rebounds. Lexie Taylor added 6 points and 6 boards in the winning effort and Lindsay Lenon and Taylor Redeker both tossed in 6.  PC improves to (15-8) while ICC drops their 6th straight game and fall to (12-13).  The Cobras host Lincoln Land at 2:00 on Saturday, and you can hear it here - LIVE on CobraSportsNet.  Just click the "GO GREEN" link you'll find in the right-hand margin this page.

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Time Out With: Rod Lovett

February 8th, 2012

snake.jpgOn a busy Wednesday afternoon, CobraSportsNet Producer Steve Brown sat down for an update chat with the Director of Athletics, Rod Lovett.  The discussion ranged widely - from facilities to philosophy and team success to academics.  It even concludes with the two offering some thoughts about their own academic experiences.  We hope you find it interesting.

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