Cobras Fall in OT Despite Furious Comeback

January 30th, 2013
The Parkland Men's Basketball team rallied from 11 points down in the final 5 minutes to force overtime, but ran out of gas losing 77-65 to Danville Area CC on Wednesday night.  The Jaguars, ranked #11 in the latest NJCAA poll, outscored the Cobras 15-3 in the extra period, aided by PC missing all five of their free throw attempts. The Cobras shot a dismal 3-13 from the line (23%) and made just 6-23 shots from behind the arc on the night. PC stayed in the game by out rebounding DACC 43-39 and forcing 22 turnovers in the contest.
DACC took a 31-29 lead into the break as they nailed a three-pointer as time expired. PC had just rallied to grab their first lead of the half as Cedric Smith's bucket put PC ahead with 10.8  seconds to go.  The two teams traded jabs early in the second half but DACC would slowly build the lead up to 10 and eventually took their biggest lead in regulation at 59-48 with six minutes remaining.
From there the Cobras mounted a furious rally as Smith and Mark Gilchrese hit back to back three's to cut the lead to 60-56 with 3:07 left.  Gilchrese hit a lay-up after a DACC turnover to cut the margin to two and Anthony Woods put back with 2:01 left tied the game at 60.  Neither team would score again until late as Evan Blackmon's basket put DACC back ahead with 35.1 left, only to see Dominque Walls get a pass from Gilchrese fighting thru traffic and he slammed it home with 1.2 left to force the overtime.
Unfortunately it was all DACC in the overtime as PC struggled to convert at the offensive end and DACC used second chance points and free throws to seal the win.  The Cobras were led by Walls who had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Cedric Smith added 16 points and 6 rebounds.   DACC was paced by Ronnie White who was a force at both ends of the court as he finished with 18 points on 8-10 shooting, snared 11 boards, and blocked 7 shots. Derek Shouse, Chris Whitehead, and Kody Tucker all had 12 points and Mike Ryce had 9 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.
The win keeps DACC in first place in the M-WAC with a record of (19-3 4-0) while the Cobras remain winless, dropping their fourth straight game and falling to (13-8 0-4).  PC will take the weekend off before hosting Lincoln Land next Wednesday night starting at 7:30.

Cobra Women Knock Off League Leading DACC

January 30th, 2013
The Parkland Women's Basketball team defended their home court on Wednesday night and took down league leading DACC 76-64.  The victory, combined with John Wood's win over Lincoln Land, moves the three teams into a tie for the early M-WAC lead.
Parkland would take control of the contest early as Lindsay Lenon knocked down a pair of three as the Cobras built the lead to 12 in the first half.  DACC would turn up the heat in the second half as they hit 7 of 9 shots from behind the arc after the break to claw back within four at 53-49 with 12:10 to go.  The Cobras would use their depth to wear down the visitors, eventually building the lead up to double digits over the next four minutes and the Jaguars could get no closer then 10 for the remainder of the contest.
Lenon paced the Cobra attack as she finished with 18 points.  Lexi Taylor had another strong game, especially in the second stanza as she ended up with 13 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. Uzuri Williams played well of the bench as she scored 11 points and grabbed 4 boards. Jocie Klocke added 9 points, Lauren Grubb 8, Ebany Brumfield had 6 points and 10 rebounds, and Heather Baker scored 6 points and 8 rebounds.
Kamaren Cole led DACC and all scorers with 20 points, Stephanie Lord added 15, and Megan Hiner finished with 11. PC out shot DACC 48%-35% for the game and controlled the boards 43-32.  The win moves the Cobras to (16-6 3-1) and the Jaguars fall to (16-7 3-1).  Parkland will go out of conference this Saturday when they play the Millikin University JV starting at 11:30 am in Decatur.

Cobra Baseball and Softball Both Check in to Pre-Season Top 20

January 25th, 2013
The National Junior College Athletic Association has released their 2013 Pre-Season polls and the Parkland College Cobras are certainly getting a lot of respect in both Softball and Baseball.  The Cobra Softball team, coming off a 3rd Place finish at the 2012 National Tournament is ranked #2 just below defending National Champion Phoenix College. PC finished 47-20 last season making their 7th trip to Nationals under Head Coach Chuck Clutts. Clutts, who is starting his 13th season as the Cobras leader, has compiled a career record of (535-188-2). The Cobras return 8 players from last year and will kick off their Spring season on March 5 @ Rend Lake. Parkland will not open at home until March 30 against Heartland but will have 24 home games in the month of April.
The Parkland Baseball team checks in at #13 in the Pre-Season Baseball Poll. Coach Matt Kennedy's young squad finished 40-20 last season, losing 3-0 in the Region 24 Championship game. Entering his 5th season, Kennedy has compiled a record of (183-53) and his career is highlighted by winning the National Championship in 2009.  Eleven returning players along with several transfers and freshman will guide the team into the 2013 campaign which kicks off February 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas against Arkansas Baptist.  The following weekend PC heads to the USA Classic in Millington, Tennessee where they will play 5 games, including three contests against #9 Lackawanna, #12 Iowa Central, and #16 Southeastern Iowa.  Parkland is scheduled to play their first home game of the season on March 23 when they open M-WAC play against Spoon River College.

Parkland Men Come Up Short at End

January 23rd, 2013
Illinois Central College knocked down 10 three-pointers and made all but one free throw on Wednesday night as they upended Parkland 67-60 in an M-WAC game in Champaign. The victory moves ICC to (13-9 2-0) while the Cobras remain winless in the M-WAC at (13-6 0-2).
After a back and forth first half battle that saw ICC take a 34-32 lead into halftime, both teams came out ice cold in the second half. The Cobras were particularly cold as they made just one shot and turned the ball over six times in the first eight minutes of the second half. Despite the rough start, PC stayed close, cutting the margin to one at 50-49 with just 5:19 remaining.  ICC would answer with a pair of baskets to take the margin back to five before Phillip Miller hit a three to make it 54-52 with 3:38 left.
As they did every time the Cobras got within a basket, ICC would answer back as DJ Gillespie converted an old fashioned three and Sam Feehan drained a shot from behind the arc to make it 60-54.  Mark Gilchrese's three cut the margin back to three only to see Anthony McGill answer right back for the Cougars with a trey of his own.  Gilchrese converted a runner down the lane and a free throw to cut the lead to 63-60 but ICC would make four consecutive free throws in the final 30 seconds while PC would miss both of theirs as ICC pulled away for the seven point win.
ICC's clutch three-point shooting might not have mattered if the Cobras could have converted from the free throw line.  For the second consecutive game, PC struggled from the charity stripe, making just 14-26 attempts (56%) while ICC made 12-13.  Gilchrese led Parkland with 16 points and Cedric Smith had 10 for PC while Partice Sanders paced ICC with 14 points.
Parkland will try to get back on the winning side of the ledger when they travel to John Wood CC for a 4:00 game on Saturday afternoon.

Strong Start and Finish Key to Womens Win

January 23rd, 2013
The Parkland Women's Basketball team erupted for 63 second half points as they ran away from visiting Lewis and Clark, winning by a score of 92-66.  PC jumped out to a fast start as the Cobras raced to an early 17-2 lead behind strong shooting and a stellar defense. Unfortunately the momentum didnt last and PC struggled for the remainder of the half scoring just 12 points in the final 11 minutes of the half and taking just a 29-20 lead into intermission.
The second half was all Parkland as they knocked down 6 of their first 8 shots to push the lead out to 20 and kept the Blazers at bay for the remainder of the contest. PC shot 50% 21-42 in the second half and finished the game with 23 assists and 13 steals.
Four players finished in double figures as Erin Kelley and Lindsay Lenon tied for game high honors with 22 points each. Both players has strong over-all games as Lenon just missed a double-double chasing down 9 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists, picking up 3 steals, and blocking a pair of shots.  Kelley scored 19 of her 22 points in the 2nd half and ended the game with 7 boards and 4 assists. The pair were joined in double figures by Taylor Redeker who had 10 points and Lexie Taylor who 10 points and 6 rebounds.   Jocie Klocke had a nice game off the bench with 6 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists while Uzuri Williams had 5 points and 5 boards.
The Blazers were led by Robneisha Wood who had 22 points and 10 rebounds despite making just 7-27 shots. Monique Rigsby added 15, T'Keyah Weathersby has a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.
Parkland improves to (15-5 2-0) with the win while Lewis and Clark drops to (11-8 0-2). Parkland will travel across the state this Saturday to battle with John Wood CC (10-9 1-1) in Quincy.

Parkland Women Run to Big Lead, Hold On to Win

January 16th, 2013
The Parkland Women's Basketball team raced out to a 24-6 lead and were never headed as they defeated rival Kankakee CC 77-66 in non-conference play Wednesday night in Champaign. The Cobras knocked down 12 of their first 18 shots to grab the early lead but they would eventually cool off and the Cavaliers would creep back into the game, cutting the margin to 39-33 at intermission.
The two teams would trade baskets for most of the half as the PC lead would stay in the 5-10 point margin for the first 12 minutes of the half.  Leading 55-50 with 8:24 left, PC would stretch the lead back up to 11 over the next 3 minutes only to see KCC make a final run to get back to within 6 at 57-51, Heather Baker and Lexie Taylor would then hit back to back shots to move the margin back to double digits and KCC would get no closer than 8 for the remainder of the contest.
Parkland received strong performances from several players as Lindsay Lenon paced the offense with 15 points and 4 assists.  Erin Kelley tossed in 13 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 4 assists and added 4 steals on the night.  Lexi Taylor was outstanding at both ends of the court as she had 12 points and 6 steals while Heather Baker finished with 11 points, 8 in the opening first half run.  Lauren Grubb and Jocie Klocke just missed double figures with 8 points apiece.
Tonishay Risby lead all scorers with 22 points while Macy Brown added 15 but the pair also turned the ball over 15 times between them as the Cobras forced 33 turnovers on the night and held the Cavs to just 39% shooting.  PC shot 49% for the game, had 20 assists, and had 15 steals in the victory.
Parkland improves to (13-5) on the year while Kankakee drops to (9-10) on the season. The Cobras will begin Midwest Athletic Conference play on Saturday when they travel to Lincoln for a 5:30 contest. The PC Men will play the Lynx Men at 7:30.

Cobra Men Pick Up Win in First Home Contest of New Year

January 16th, 2013
In their final tune-up before M-WAC play begins this weekend, the Parkland Men's Basketball team used a balanced attack to pull away from the Rose Hulman JV 82-60.  The win, the Cobras fourth straight, improves their over-all record to 13-4 on the season.
All twelve PC players who saw action found their way into the scoring column with three players breaking into double digits.  Phil Miller Jr. paced the attack with a solid over-all game as he finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. He was joined in double figures by Shane Seniour who came off the bench to score 11 points and Anthony Woods who had 10.   Dominque Walls contributed 8 points and 8 boards, Lance Magee also scored 8 points and picked up 3 steals, while Cedric Smith had 8 points and 5 rebounds.  Dalten Temples had a strong game on defense and finished the contest with 7 points and 7 caroms as PC easily won the battle of the boards 46-29.
Corey Povaleri had 14 points to tie for team scoring honors with Mike Hallstein who had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Fighting Engineers out of Terre Haute, Indiana.  Tyler Duffy finished with 12 points an 6 assists for Rose Hulman in the loss.