The Bulldogs were in the holiday spirit during their “Kid’s Day” matchup vs. Joliet Junior College. Santa Claus was on hand to throw out the ceremonial jump ball. South Suburban was also in the giving spirit as they gave Joliet a 10-point half time lead, but in the end they managed to pull out the 64-54 hard fought victory and get back on the winning track at home. They had lost their last home contest vs. Kankakee Community College on December 5th.
The Bulldogs were as ice cold as the weather was outside during the first half of the game. The took an early 6-3 lead with 14:55 to go in the half and then only managed 12 points after that and trailed 28-18 at halftime. They shot a freezing 6/29 (20.7%) from the field in the first half.
Joliet would then open the second half with a made “3” point basket and took their biggest lead of the game at 31-18.
However, the Bulldogs lost their holiday spirit and picked up the defensive intensity. SSC went on a 20-6 run over the next seven minutes. Bulldog sophomore guard Antonio Levy made a “3” point basket with 12:10 to go in the game, SSC led 38-37.
The Bulldogs would then go on a 10-0 run to take a 48-39 with 9:40 to go. Joliet would get as close as 4 points after that (50-46 with 5 minutes to go), but SSC would not allow them any closer.
The 10-point victory margin was the Bulldogs’ biggest lead of the game.
Levy had an unbelievable second half, as he scored 25 of his game high 27 points after half time. He would also dish out 6 assists. SSC’s sophomore forward Jalen Brown would lead the Bulldogs with 10 rebounds but Joliet won the battle of the boards 40-34.
South Suburban shot 23/53 (43.4%) from the field, 4/13 (30.8%) from behind the “3” point arc, and were 14/22 (63.6%) from the free throw line. Joliet shot 19/55 (34.5%) from the field, a freezing 2/13 (15.4%) from the “3”, and 14/19 (73.7%) from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs improved to 11-2 on the season and head out for two road games in the state of Michigan before they go on Christmas break. Their road trip starts Tuesday at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI.
#1 South Suburban came into this national NJCAA Bracket Buster event versus the host school #21 Parkland College reeling from a tough loss to Kankakee on Thursday night. SSC was also going into the game without their leading rebounder and second leading scorer Charles Knowles, who was injured with a high ankle sprain.
The key for the SSC was to get off to a good start and gain back some confidence. The Bulldogs did just that and in the end came up with a hard fought 83-71 road victory to improve to 10-2 on the season.
The game opened up with SSC taking an early 15-7 lead and they would extend that lead to 23-11 with 8:30 to go in the first half. The Bulldogs would then give up a “3” point basket at the end of the first half; but still led 37-27 at halftime. It was the second time in the last two games that SSC went into halftime with a double digit lead.
The first part of the second half was going to be key for the Bulldogs, as they did not want to repeat their Thursday night's performance. South Suburban extended their lead this time to 61-44 with 10:00 to go in the game. This time, SSC did not relinquish their big lead and actually increased it to 69-51 with 6:48 to go.
Parkland would not quit and went on an 11-4 run of their own to cut the lead to 73-62 with 3:43 to go. SSC would not surrender the double digit lead, and left Champaign, IL with a big victory.
All five starters for the Bulldogs scored in double figures. They were sophomores: Antonio Levy (18 points, 8 assists, and 5 steals), Anthony Strickland (17 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals), Marius Hopkins (15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists), Korbin McClain (14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists) and Jalen Brown (13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists). South Suburban shot 32/61 (52.4%) from the field, 5/11 (45.5%) from behind the “3” point arc, and 14/18 (77.8%) from the free throw line. SSC had an incredible day sharing the ball as they had 26 assist on 32 baskets. Parkland shot 25/52 (48%) from the field, 4/11 (36.3%) from the “3”, and were 17/23 (74%) from the charity stripe.
South Suburban was undersized in this game but showed a lot heart as they only lost the battle of the boards 35-34.
The Bracket Buster event featured Region 4 teams SSC and Triton playing against Region 24 teams Parkland and John Wood. Region IV won both games.
The Bulldogs will now take final exams this week and will be back in action on Saturday Dec 14 at 5:00 p.m. vs. Joliet Junior College. This day will be “Kid’s Day” and will feature plenty of entertainment, prizes and games for the kid’s. There will also be an appearance by Santa Claus!!! All kid’s 16 & under will be admitted in free.
Sporting its new No. 1 ranking in the National Junior College Coaches Association Division II national poll, South Suburban College’s men’s basketball team jumped all over NJCAA Division I opponent Kankakee Community College in the first half Thursday night. Going 19-of-31 from the field before the break on their way to a 53-39 halftime lead, the Bulldogs looked unstoppable, every bit worthy of the No. 1 ranking. Then came the second half.
Hurt by a leg injury to sophomore forward Charles Knowles, South Suburban let the big lead slip away. Kankakee’s Alvin Braddock finished the comeback, scoring the game-winner on a put back with two seconds left in the Cavaliers’ 77-75 victory in South Holland.
The loss was only the sixth time a Coach Pigatti team has lost at home. His team’s are now (116-6) in South Holland.
Kankakee (8-2) scored the first seven points of the second half to cut the South Suburban lead in half. The Bulldogs (9-2) responded and still seemed in total control when Gary Evans Jr.’s basket gave them a 67-52 lead with 11:11 to go.
Down 70-59 with eight minutes left, Kankakee outscored South Suburban 15-0 over the next six minutes to take a four-point lead. The Bulldogs answered with baskets from sophomores Korbin McClain (20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) and Marius Hopkins to tie the game with 1:02 to go.
After Braddock (22 points, 12 rebounds) split two free throws, McClain did the same with 16 seconds left. Braddock’s rebound and score off a Dabriawn Johnson miss was the game-winner.
The Bulldogs’ leading score Antonio Levy scored 12 point in the first half but only could mange 2 points in the second. South Suburban shot 57% from the field in the first half but was a dismal 27% in the second and ended the game 27/61 (44.5%). They shot 4/11 (36.4%) from behind the “3’ point arc and were 17/24 (70.8%) from the free throw line but missed 2 free throws in the last minute which could have won the game for them. Kankakee shot 25/57(43.9%) from the field, 2/12 (16.7%) from the “3”, and 25/34 (73.5%) from the free throw line.
Kankakee won the battle of the boards 41-34.
The Bulldogs do not have a long time to dwell on this loss as they head to Champaign, IL on Saturday to take on the host school, Parkland College, in a NJCAA Bracket Buster national event.
The Bulldogs returned to action after the Thanksgiving break with a early Christmas present as they got ranked #1 in the country in the latest NJCAA Division II poll. They stated their first day as the new #1 team in the country with a 72-61 home victory over Oakton Community College.
The Bulldogs started out the game like they were refreshed from the holidays as they took an early 15-4 lead and extended it to 25-8 with 8:00 to go in the first half.
However Oakton would not quit, and they scrapped their way back into the game and only trailed by nine at 34-25 at halftime.
The second half would start out with the Bulldogs extending their lead to 50-35 in the first 10 minutes but again Oakton had a scoring run of their own in them. The visitors would go on a 19-9 run and cut the Bulldog lead to 5 at 59-54 with 5:35 to go in the game. SSC would respond back and after a put back basket by sophomore Jalen Brown the Bulldogs had extended the lead back up to double digits with 3:30 to go. South Suburban would then make its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Brown would also record a double /double as he scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore guard Antonio Levy who scored 18 points and dished out 4 assists. Sophomore guard Anthony Strickland would score 11 points and dish out 4 assists of his own. It was not a pretty shooting night for either team. South Suburban shot 40.6% (28/69) for the game, 6 for 21 (28.6%) from behind the “3” point arc, and were 10 of 14 (71.4%) from the free throw line. Oakton shot 22/66 (33.3%) from the field, a dismal 1/11 (9.09%) from the “3”, and 16/19 (84.2%) from the free throw line.
South Suburban won the battle of the boards 43-37, as sophomore Charles Knowles also had double figures in rebound at 11.
South Suburban improves to 9-1 and battle NJCAA Division 1 Kankakee Community College at home on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
South Suburban was coming off Saturday’s defeat to Harper, and for a while it seemed the Bulldogs were headed for a second straight loss at the hands of their neighborhood rival, Prairie State College.
The Bulldogs also were playing without two of their top five scorers as sophomores Anthony Strickland was ill and Korbin McClain was suspended. Freshman reserves Eric Woods and Charles Mason also were suspended.
SSC showed a lot of determination as they came out victorious in an 85-78 come-from-behind victory.
Prairie State took advantage early as the held a 20-17 lead with 9:33 left and actually extended it to 26-11 with 7 minutes to go in the first half. Then back-to-back three-pointers from Bulldog freshman Nick Lehnerer (who scored a career high 10 points), a runner from sophomore Charles Knowles (20 points) and a bucket from sophomore Jalen Brown (11 points, 12 rebounds) over the final two minutes of the half gave SSC a 36-35 lead at the break.
South Suburban went on a 14-4 run early in the second half to take command. Sophomore Antonio Levi capped it off with a layup and a 3-point basket for a 54-44 lead. Levy had 17 second-half points and scored a team high 24.
Prairie State got to within 77-71 with 2:52 to go on, but Bulldog freshman Jerry Davis (12 points) scored six points down the stretch to seal the win for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs shot 46.8% (29/62), were 9 of 23 (39.1%) from behind the 3-point arc, and were 18 for 26 (69.2) from the free throw line. Prairie State shot 28/63 (44.4%), 6/22 (27.3%) from the "3", and were 16/22 from the free throw line.
South Suburban narrowly won the battle of the boards as Knowles grabbed a game high 15 rebound to lead the Bulldogs to a 41-37 rebounding margin.
South Suburban heads into its Thanksgiving break with an 8-1 record and will be back home Tuesday, December 3rd with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off against Oakton Community College.
South Suburban would travel for only its second road contest on the year, and would not be as lucky to survive an early deficit. Their host, the Hawks of Harper College, would put a 83-72 smack down on the #7 Bulldogs to drop them from the ranks of the unbeatens.
SSC’s (7-1) shooting would start out ice cold as they were a dismal 2 out of 17 from the field during the game's first seven minutes. They trailed by their biggest margin of the first half at 19-10 with 10:00 to go in the first half. They would close the margin to 35-31 at half time.
The second half would start out better for the Bulldogs as they tied the score at 35 with 18:00 to go in the game. Harper would then go on a 16-8 run to take a 51-43 lead with 13:00 to go.
South Suburban would then chip away at the lead. SSC took its only lead of the game at 61-60 with 7:30 to go in the game, but would only manage 11 points after that.
Harper’s 11-point margin of victory was its largest lead of the game.
The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore guard Antonio Levy who scored a career high 30 points and fellow sophomore Charles Knowles would contribute 20 points of his own. No other Bulldog scored in double digits.
South Suburban would shoot an embarrassing 41.7% (25/60) from the field, a dismal 5/17 (29.4%) from behind the “3” point line, but were a perfect 17 for 17 from the foul line. Harper shot 30/61 (49.2%) from the field, 5/10 (50%) from the “3”, and 18/20 (95%) from the free throw line.
Harper dominated the rebounding battle 37-30. This Tuesday,
South Suburban will try to regroup after this tough defeat. They return home to play their neighborhood rival, Prairie State College, Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs were looking for a quick start to their home game vs. Morton, but that did not transpire and they had to once again make an incredible comeback. They did succeed and defeated their visitors 80-76 to remain unbeaten (7-0) on the year.
The game started with SSC leading 20-18 mid-way thru the first half. However, Morton would go on a 17-9 run to end the half and take a 35-29 lead into the halftime break.
The second half was one filled with scoring runs by each team. The Panthers would start out the half on a 9-1 and take its biggest lead of the game at 44-31 with 17:30 to go in the game.
South Suburban would go on the next scoring run. They scored 12 out of the next 15 points to pull within four at 47-43 with 13:10 to go. The next few minutes of the game were disastrous for the Bulldogs. Morton would score 11 points in one minute of play and build its lead back up to 13 at 58-45 with 12:12 to go in the game.
SSC would then go on a 12-2 run and pull within three at 60-57 with 9 minutes to go. Morton would then again build its lead to ten at 67-57 with 6:30 to go.
Then the Bulldogs tighten up its defense and forced several Panther turnovers. Sophomore Antonio Levy tied the game with a 3-point basket at the 5:00 mark. Then Bulldog’s sophomore forward Jalen Brown was fouled on a defensive rebound. He made both free throws to put SSC in the lead for good. South Suburban would extend its lead to 7 with 2:00 to go, and they would survive the tough home game for the victory.
South Suburban had three players in double figures led by Levy’s 21 points. Sophomores Korbin McClain (15 points) and Brown’s 14 points help SSC score 51 points in the second half to help with the victory.
South Suburban shot 30 for 69 (43.5%) from the field, only 25% (4/16) from behind the “3” point line, and were 16 of 18 from the free throw line. Morton shot 25/52 (48.1%) from the field, 2/10 (20%) from the “3”, and 24/32 (75%) from the charity stripe.
Morton won the battle of the boards 36-34, but SSC had a season high 7 blocks led by Brown’s four.
South Suburban will travel to Palatine, IL on Saturday, November 23 to play its second road game of the year against Harper College.
The South Suburban College Bulldogs were looking to start it’s home game versus Black Hawk East College a lot better than it has been doing in the first five games of the season. Coach John Pigatti got his wish as they jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first 3 minutes of the game. However, that would not last. Black Hawk East then started to get tough, and actually throughout the game played harder and tougher than the Bulldogs, but in the end SSC would prevail 85-67.
The visitors from Kewanee, IL would actually keep the game close the entire first half. They would trail 23-21 with 7:09 to go in the first half but could never get the lead. South Suburban led at halftime 36-33. The Warriors would get as close as it could to the home team, who improved its home record under Coach Pigatti to 110-5.
SSC led 38-37 with 17:41 to go in the game, and then the Bulldogs would tighten its defense. SSC went on a 13-4 run to take a 51-41 lead with 14:22 to go and the it never got under double digits after that. SSC biggest lead was 83-59 with 5:00 to go.
The Bulldogs only had two players in double figures but both of them had career highs. Sophomores Anthony Strickland, and Charles Knowles scored 23 and 21 points respectfully to lead the way. Strickland would also dish out 8 assists and snatch 5 steals.
Sophomore forward Jalen Brown would grabbed 10 rebounds and freshman guard Lavell Boyd would grab a career high 8 rebounds to help the Bulldogs win the battle of the boards 51-38.
Both teams did not shoot it well. South Suburban shot 34/74 (45.9%) from the field, a chilling 3/13 (23.12%) from behind the “3” point line, and only 14/23 (60.9%) from the free throw line. Black Hawk East shot it worse as they were a freezing 18/62 (29%) from the field, and 2/15 (13.3%) from the “3”. However, the visitors did shoot it well, and often, from the free throw line as they were 29/39 (74.4%).
South Suburban improved to 6-0 on the season and closes its three game home stand on Thursday night (November 21) with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off against Morton College.
The Bulldogs returned home to begin a three game home stand but did not get off to a good start.
They trailed Lake County 10-2 with 17:12 left in the first half. After a South Suburban time out, things got back in place for the Bulldogs as they went on a 18-0 run to never look back and win 104-80.
The 18-0 run was capped off by a thunderous dunk by sophomore forward Charles Knowles who recorded his first double/double as a Bulldog by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Lake County would get as close as 32-26 with 8:40 to go in the first half, but SSC’s freshman guard Jerry Davis III hit a buzzer beater to send South Suburban into halftime with a 54-39 lead.
The Bulldogs would start out the second half a lot better as they went on a 16-5 to take a 70-44 lead with 15:30 to go in the game. Lake County would pull as close as 85-69 with 9:00 to go, but SSC would go on a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 94-69. The Bulldogs then cruised to their 4th home victory of the season.
Sophomore guard Antonio Levy would score a career high 29 points and snatch 4 steal to lead the Bulldogs. Sophomore guard Anthony Strickland scored 15 points and dished out 5 assists. Sophomore forward Jalen Brown would score 15 points and grab 8 rebounds as well.
South Suburban shot 36/73 (49.3%) from the field, 5/14 (35.7%) from behind the “3” point line, and were 27/38 (71.1%) from the free throw line. Lake County would shoot 24/53 (45.3%) from the field, 8/18 (44.4%) from the “3”, and 24/39 (61.5%) from the charity stripe.
South Suburban won the battle of the boards 53-30.
SSC improves to 5-0 on the season and continues its home stand on Tuesday, November 19th with a 7:00 p.m. tip off against Black Hawk East College.
Recap to come.
South Suburban hosted the top ranked team in the country and defending National Champions Rend Lake College, as they were looking to avenge last season’s 85-83 overtime defeat at the NJCAA National Tournament.
In that game, the Bulldogs would blow a 23-point lead with 10 minutes to go in the contest and shoot less than 50% from the free throw line.
This game turned out to be the exact opposite of last year’s game. The visitors would take a 19-point lead in this contest and end up surrendering the lead South Suburban, who also made its final 14 free throw attempts to win the game 79-71.
The game had a tournament feeling to it even though it was an early November contest. South Suburban would take a 12-9 lead with 11:40 to go in the first half. Rend Lake would then pick up its defensive intensity and go on an 11-0 run to take a 20-12 lead with 8:00 to go before the break.
They would extend that lead and hold SSC to two points in the last five minutes of the half and go into halftime with a huge 38-21 lead.
The Bulldogs shot a dismal 22.6% (7/31) from the field and were 1/11 from behind the “3” point line in the first half.
Rend Lake also dominated the boards in the first half as they out rebounded SSC 34-12.
Rend Lake would score right out the gate in the second half and hold a 40-21 lead, its largest of the game. The Bulldogs would not quit, just like Rend Lake last year. They would go on a 20-4 run of their own and pull within striking distance at 44-41 with 12:00 to go in the game.
Rend Lake would not relinquish their lead that easily, and still led 58-50 with 6:00 to go in the game. Sophomore forward Jalen Brown would connect on two 3-point baskets and SSC would take its first lead since the beginning of the game 61-60 with 4:45 to go.
Unlike in last year’s contest, South Suburban would be sharp from the free throw line. They would connect on the their last 14 free throws of the game and secure the victory. They were led by sophomore guard Korbin McClain 10/10 from the charity stripe.
South Suburban eventually picked up their shooting percentage from the field as well. They took the same amount of shots as the first half (31) but this time they made 21 of them and ended up shooting 27/62 (43.5%) from the field. They also picked up their “3” point shooting, as they went 5/10 in the second half and ended up 6/21 (28.6%). SSC was a very respectable 19/25 (76%) from the free throw line.
Rend Lake shot 25/74 (33.8%) front he field, were 5/18 (27.8%) from the “3”, and shot 16/24 (66/7%) from the free throw line. The smaller Bulldogs did clean up their rebounding deficiencies in the second half and only lose the battle of the boards 50-33.
SSC was led in scoring by sophomore guard Antonio Levy, who had 17 points as he also dished out 7 assists. Brown and McClain played extremely well in the second half as Brown scored all 14 of his points and grabbed all 8 of his rebounds during the final 20 minutes of play. McClain would make all 10 of his free throws in the second half as well.
South Suburban defeated its third # 1 team in the country at home during Coach Pigatti’s eight seasons in South Holland. They now have a 109-5 home record during his tenure.
The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 on the season and head on the road November 12 for a 7:00p.m. game at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, IL.
This game started a very challenging week for the Bulldogs as #11 Waubonsee Community College Chiefs invaded South Holland for a battle between two high ranked teams in the country. The #7 Bulldogs won this high contested game 72-57.
Waubonsee got out of the gates early as they started on a 9-0 run, to take the early lead. South Suburban’s sophomore forward Jalen Brown then made back-to-back “3” point shots and South Suburban was back in the game.
The Bulldogs finally took the lead for good on a basket by sophomore forward Charles Knowles, and SSC led 27-26 with 3:00 to go in the first half. South Suburban went into the halftime break with a 31-27 lead.
The Bulldogs were bound and determined not to start the second half like they did the first, and opened with a 12-4 run to take a 43-31 lead. SSC would take its biggest lead of the game at 59-43 with 8:40 to go in the game.
Waubonsee would not quit. They went on a 14-4 run and cut their hosts’ lead to 63-57 with 3:16 to go, but could never pull any closer.
SSC had three players in double figures led by Brown’s 22 points. Sophomore guards Antonio Levy and Korbin McCain had 16 and 12 points respectively. The Bulldogs shot a sizzling 31 of 58 (53.4%) from the field and were 50% (7/14) from behind the 3-point line, led by Brown’s 4/6 shooting from long range. South Suburban only shot 4 free throws in the contest and made 3 of them.
Waubonsee shot 21/47 (44.7%) from the field, were only 2/11 (18.2%) from behind the arch, and shot 13/19 (68.4%) from the charity stripe.
SSC won the battle of the boards 43-26. South Suburban shared the ball in this contest, as sophomore guard Anthony Strickland had 8 assists to lead the Bulldogs who dished out 24 total.
South Suburban improved to 2-0 on the season and finish this incredible week with a contest Thursday night. November 7, with #1 ranked, and defending National Champions, Rend Lake College.
The men’s basketball team opened its 2013-14 season with a bang as they defeated Northwestern Univ. (Club) 105-60.
The Bulldogs have a brand new look this year. They only have three players back from last year’s highly successful team, so the team is an unknown so far. However, they made a huge splash in the opener as they scored 105 points. The 45 point margin of victory was the highest victory margin in a home opener for Coach Pigatti, who is starting his eighth season as the head coach.
The game started out slow for the Bulldogs as Northwestern took an early 8-5 lead, but then SSC picked up the defensive pressure and went into the halftime break by doubling the visitors point production, and led 58-29.
The Bulldogs came out to start the second half with a great deal of defensive purpose. The went on a 8-0 run and never looked back. SSC was led in scoring by three of the new players to the team.
Sophomores Korbin McClain, Jalen Brown, and Antonio Levy led the Bulldogs with 17, 16 and 13 points respectively. Every Bulldog scored in the game. Another newcomer to the squad, sophomore Charles Knowles led South Suburban in rebounding as he almost recorded his first double/double as a Bulldog. He grabbed 12 rebounds and collected 9 points along the way. McClain had a good night on the boards as well as he grabbed 7 of his own, and SSC won the battle of the boards 50-39.
Levy led the team in assists and steals with 7 and 4 respectively. The Bulldogs shared the ball well as they dished out 24 assists. South Suburban shot 45/89 (50.6%) from the field, and were 8/23 (34.8%) from behind the “3” point line. SSC also shot 7/11 (63.6%) from the free throw line. Northwestern Univ. (Club) shot 18/55 (32.7%) from the field, 6/22 (27.3%), and were 18/26 (69.2%) from the free throw line.
South Suburban starts the season 1-0 and has a huge week this week. They play #11 Waubonsee on Tuesday at 7pm. Then the defending national champion and current No. 1 team in the country Rend Lake College come to South Holland for a 7:00 p.m. game on Thursday. That game will also be televised live on internet TV. Go to www.Ihigh.com to watch it live.