Men’s Basketball Recaps

2016/17 Recaps

November 1 – vs. Trinity Christian University (JV) in South Holland, IL

The South Suburban College Bulldogs opened its 2016-17 season with an impressive win over Trinity Christian College JV team 91-58. 12 out of 14 SSC players who dressed scored in their first game of the season.

Trinity Christian kept it close early, and actually had a 12-8 lead in the first half as they connected on their first four “3” point attempts. At one point in the first half Trinity Christian (JV) was 6 for 10 from behind the arch.

South Suburban got their defense under control late in the first half to take a 45-30 lead into the halftime break.

The second half was a different story for the Bulldogs as they held the Trolls to five points in the first 12 minutes of the second half.

The Bulldogs took their biggest lead of the game at 87-52 with 1:00 to go in the game.

The home victory improved Coach John Pigatti’s home record at South Suburban College to 155-11 in 11 season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore forward Deante Cisero. Deante was a perfect 10/10 from the field and scored 21 points while grabbing 5 rebounds. Returning starting forward, sophomore Anthony Harris was the only other Bulldog in double figures as he scored 13 points grabbed 6 rebounds, blocked 4 shots, and snatched 4 steals. Sophomore guard Armon Benford led the Bulldogs in assists with 5 while also snatching 4 steals.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 36-19.

SSC shot 39/67 (58.2%) from the field, 6/19 (31.6%) from the “3”, and 7/13 (53.8) from the free throw line. Trinity Christian (JV) shot 19/48 (39.6%) from the field, 10/24 (41.7%) from the “3”, and 10/13 (76.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban opens 1-0 on the season, and play a road contest at Waubonsee Community College this Thursday, November 3rd in Sugar Grove, IL. Game time 7:00 p.m.

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November 3 – at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL

The #3 Bulldogs took to the road for their first game away from South Suburban College, and after a tough battle prevailed 74-64 over Waubonsee Community College.

The game started very slow as the Bulldogs trailed 12-8 with 11:00 to go in the first half. They will trailed 20-15 with 4:40 to go in the half but then their defensive intensity picked up and produced several baskets for the Bulldogs. After 4 straight steals South Suburban went on a 17-7 run to end the half and go into the halftime break leading 32-27.

The second half opened with a “3” point made basket by sophomore guard Rasheide Bell, and the Bulldogs vaulted to their biggest lead at 58-44 lead with 10:00 to go in the game.

Waubonsee would close the gap to 64-59 with 3 minutes to go, but could not overtake the Bulldogs.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Bell’s 13 points. Fellow sophomore guard Devon Mingo also chipped in 13 points. The only other double digit scorer for SSC was sophomore forward DeAnte Cisero who scored 11 points while grabbing 6 rebounds.

SSC’s sophomore center Shakur Pinder led all rebounders with 15 and helped the Bulldogs to win the rebounding battle 44-38.

South Suburban shot 27/66 (40.9%) from the field, 5/15 (33.3%) from behind the “3” point arc, and a dismal 15/27 (55.6%) from the free throw line. Waubonsee shot 22/54 (40.7%^) from the field, 2/8 (25%) from the “3”, and 18/28 (64.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 2-0 on the season and return home to play Tuesday night (November 8th) vs. Wright College. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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November 8 – vs. Wilbur Wright College in South Holland, IL

The Bulldogs returned home for a Region IV match up against Wilbur Wright College. The Bulldogs used several defensive spurts to capture a 76-40 win and improve to 3-0 on the season.

The game started out tight as Wright had the game tied at 9 with 13:00 to go in the first half. South Suburban went on a 11-0 run over the next 2:30 to take a 20-9 lead.

The visitors did not quit. They went on an 8-0 run of their own to tighten the gap to 20-17 with 7:42 to go.

SSC would respond with a 6-0 run of their own and take a 26-17 lead with 5:45 to go in the first half.

The Bulldogs would take a 31-25 lead into the half time break. Wright would get as close as 33-28 with 17:00 to go. However, they would only score 12 points in the last 17 minutes as the Bulldogs pulled away for the 36-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore center Shakur Pinder’s 14 points. Freshman guard Jordan Matthews would score a career high 10 points, and sophomore guard Rasheide Bell would also score 10 points for the only other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs.

South Suburban would win the rebounding battle 52-32. SSC shot a poor 24/68 (35.3%) from the field.

A dismal 4/20 (20%) from behind the “3” point arc, and 24/36 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

Wright shot 25% from the field as well (13/52). They were 5/15 (33.3%) from the “3”, and 9/15 (60%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban now heads on the road for 4 straight games starting this Thursday at the College of Lake County, in Grayslake, IL.

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November 10 – at College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL

South Suburban started its four-game road trip with an impressive 91-50 victory at the College of Lake County.

Defense intensity was the theme for the Bulldogs to start the game as they opened with a 26-5 start.

After substitution by the Bulldogs the defensive intensity fell, as Lake County went on a 11-0 run to cut the lead to 26-16. However, the Bulldogs regrouped and took a 44-25 lead into the half time break.

South Suburban opened the second half like it did the first, and went on a 17-4 run to take a 61-29 lead.

They never looked back as they posted a 41-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rasheide Bell’s 18 points. Bell also dished out 3 assists and snatched 3 steals. Other double digit scorers for SSC were sophomores Armon Benford and Shakur Pinder. They scored 12 and 10 points respectfully. Benford also dished out 7 assists.

Pinder recorded a double/double as he grabbed 14 rebounds as well.

South Suburban snatched 19 steals which helped their shooting percentage. SSC shot a sizzling 37/60 (61.7%) from the field. The continued the hot shooting from behind the “3” point arc. They were 6/11 (54.5%).

However, at free throw line they were freezing. They shot 11/23 (47.8%).

The Lancers shot 15/24 (27.8%) from the field, only 1/8 (12.5%) from the “3”, and 19/29 (65.5%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 4-0 on the year. They play at the defending National Champions, and current #1 team in the nation, Rock Valley College this Saturday in Rockford, IL.

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November 12 – at Rock Valley Community College in Rockford, IL

South Suburban continue its road trip at a tough, hostile environment, Rock Valley College in Rockford, Il. Rock Valley is the current #1 team in the country and they are the Defending NJCAA Division III National Champions.

After a nip and tuck first 30 minutes the Bulldogs pulled away for a 78-65 victory.

The win improved the Bulldogs to 5-0 on the season.

SSC had a 15-13 lead early in the first half. Rock Valley answered with 21-12 run and took their biggest lead of the game at 34-27 with 4:00 to go in the first half.

South Suburban would close the gap at half time to four at 42-38.

The Golden Eagles would continue to lead 53-50 with 14:40 to go in the game. After SSC sophomore guard Rasheide Bell stole a pass and scored on the following lay-up. He completed the three point play the old fashion way (with a free throw) to give the Bulldogs the lead for good at 57-56 with 10:00 to play.

SSC would continue to lead 68-65 with 4:00 to go and would hold the #1 team in the country scoreless the rest of the way to complete its 13-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Bell’s 21 points. Sophomore guard Armon Benford’s would chip in 19 points of his own. He would also dish out 7 assists while not turning the ball over once. He would also grab 5 rebounds. Sophomore center Shakur Pinder would come 1 rebound shy of a double/double as he scored 11 points while grabbing 9 rebounds.

The only other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs was sophomore Deante Cisero who scored 10 points.

Rock Valley would win the rebounding battle 35-28.

SSC shot 32-64 (50%) from the field, 5/14 (35.7%) from behind the “3” point arc, and 9/16 (56.3%) from the free throw line. The Eagles would shoot 22-47 (46.8%) from the field, 6/13 (46.2%) from the “3”, and a sizzling 15/17 (88.2%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs would force 19 Rock Valley turnovers, led by Benford’s 5 steals.

South Suburban continues its four-game road trip with a rivalry game at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL on Tuesday. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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November 15 – at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL

The Bulldogs headed to the next suburb to play their south suburban rival Prairie State College. They are located 10 minutes from South Suburban College in nearby Chicago Heights, IL.

After blowing a 15-point half time lead, the Bulldogs pulled away late in the game for a 76-63 victory.

They improved to 6-0 on the season.

Prairie State opened with a 10-3 lead with 16 minutes to go in the first half. They continued to lead 15-11 with 11:00 to go when Bulldog sophomore guard Armon Benford snatched 2 straight steals and SSC took the lead at 16-15.

The Bulldogs led 42-25 at halftime.

The first 5 minutes of the second half belonged strictly to the home team,. Prairie State went on a 16-5 run to start the half and pulled within 44-41.

They tied the score at 52-52 with 10:00 to go in the game.

The Bulldogs would not fold in the arch rival game. Sophomore guard Devon Mingo made two straight “3” point baskets to give SSC the lead for good.

South Suburban extended its lead to 76-61 with 2:00 to go in the game.

The victory was the third straight in their current four-game road trip. They finish the trip with a Thursday contest in Cicero, Il at Morton College at 7:00 p.m.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Mingo’s 23 points. Sophomore forward Anthony Harris opened the game with a thunderous dunk and scored 16 points while grabbing 5 rebounds. Sophomore Center Shakur Pinder scored 13 points while grabbing 9 rebounds. The only other double digit scorer for SSC was sophomore guard Rasheide Bell; who scored 11 points while grabbing 8 rebounds of his own.

The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 44-41.

SSC shot 27/59 (45.8%) from the field, 6/20 (30%) from behind the “3” point arc, and 16/19 (84.2%) from the free throw line.

Prairie State shot 24/62 (38.7%) from the field, 2/12 (16.7%) from the “3”, and 13/28 (46.4%) from the free throw line.

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November 17 – at Morton College in Cicero, IL

South Suburban finished its early season four-game road trip with an astounding 80-43 victory over Morton College.

Sophomore guard Rasheide Bell started out on fire for the Bulldogs as he would score 13 out of the first 15 points for SSC.

The Bulldogs would take a 34-12 lead with 5:00 to go in the first half and cruise to a 40-18 halftime lead.

SSC would start out the second half like the first and take a 58-23 lead with 12:00 to go in the game.

They would cruise to the 37-point victory and improve to 7-0 on the season.

Bell would finish with 22 points to lead all scorers. He would also grabbed 5 rebounds and dish out 4 assists. Freshman forward Phazon Calhoun would score a career high 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds of him own. Other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were sophomores Shakur Pinder and Deante Cisero who scored 11 points each.

South Suburban shot 28/59 (47%) from the field, 6/17 (35%) from behind the “3” point line, and 18/33 (55%) from the free throw line.

Morton shot 17/60 (28%) from the field, 5/23 (23%) from the “3”, and 4/7 (57%) from the free throw line. South Suburban won the rebounding battle 49-36.

South Suburban returns home Tuesday, November 22nd to play Northwestern University (Basketball Club) before they head home for the Thanksgiving break.

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November 22 – vs. Northwestern University Basketball Club in South Holland, IL

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

The Bulldogs returned home for the holidays and were not in the holiday spirit for their visitors from the Northwestern University Basketball Club. They smashed their guest 114-60 to improve to 8-0 on the season.

Coach John Pigatti implored the posse system for all of his 15 players. He played them in groups of 3 for this game. The starting group consisted of sophomores, Armon Benford, Rasheide Bell, Anthony Harris, Shakur Pinder, and Ehab Eltayeb.

They opened the game on a 39-13 run and put the game out of reach early. The Bulldogs would take a 58-25 lead into the halftime break.

The first posse would then go on a 30-12 run to start the second half and give SSC its biggest lead of the game at that point; 88-37 with 11:37 to go.

The Bulldogs 2nd and 3rd groups took over from there, and cruised home for the victory.

All 15 players for the Bulldogs scored, led by Bell’s 18 points. Pinder recorded his 6th double/double of the season as he scored 17 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. Benford controlled the game at point guard by dishing out 9 assists while not turning the ball over once.

South Suburban shot 45/78 (57.7%) from the field, 8/16 (50%) from behind the “3” point arc, and 16/27 (59.3%) from the free throw line.

Northwestern shot 18/43 (41.95) from the field, 4/16 (25%) from the “3”, and 20/34 (58.8%) from the free throw line.

The win was Coach Pigatti’s 299th career victory, all at South Suburban College. His career record is 299-62 (82.8%). He will go for #300 next Tuesday at Oakton College. His home record at SSC is 157-11 (93.5%). He was just awarded the hoopdirt.com Junior College Coach-Of-The Week for the Bulldogs three-game road victories last week.

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November 29 – at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

The Bulldogs took to the road to play Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Il. After a rugged start the Bulldogs pulled away for a 74-55 victory.

South Suburban improved to 9-0 on the season, and more importantly Coach John Pigatti won his 300th career victory (all at South Suburban College). His career record is 300-62.

The game was tied at 9 early and still close at 32-28 with 4:56 to go in the first half. SSC closed with a 10-5 run and took a 42-33 lead into the halftime break.

The Bulldogs could never pull ahead comfortably in the second half, but did prevail with the 19-point victory.

South Suburban had 3 players score in double figures. Sophomore forward Anthony Harris led SSC with 17 points, while dishing out 7 assists and grabbing 7 rebounds. Sophomores Rasheide Bell and Shakur Pinder scored 14 and 10 points respectfully.

Pinder also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds.

South Suburban shot 29-66 (44%) from the field, only 6-22 (27%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 10-14 (71%) from the free throw line. Oakton shot 21-51 (41%) from the field, 3-10 (30%) from the “3’, and 10-21 (48%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle by the slimmest of margins, 39-38.

The Bulldogs return home for a three-game home stand before their final exams. They will play McHenry on Thursday, December 1st at 7:00pm.

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December 1 – vs. McHenry County College in South Holland, IL

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

The Bulldogs struggled early in their return to the “Pig Pen” (their home court), as they hosted McHenry County College. After a spirited 2nd half, SSC pulled away for a 86-61 victory.

The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 on the season.

The first half started slow as the Bulldogs sported a single digit lead the entire half, and took its biggest first half lead at 33-24 as they entered the halftime break.

They still held a 5-point lead at 46-41 with 12:00 to go in the game. Then the defense took a spirited turn, and they held McHenry to 4-points over the next 10 minutes to pull away for the 25-point victory.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore center Shakur Pinders 23 points, and career high 22 rebounds. SSC also had 2 other player score in double digits. Sophomore guards Rasheide Bell and Devon Mingo scored 13 and 12 points respectfully.

Pinder also snatched 5 steals while blocking 4 shots.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 49-29.

SSC shot 29/65 (44.6%) from the field, 7/26 (26.9%) from behind the “3”-point line, and a chilling 21/36 (58.3%) from the free throw line. The Trolls of McHenry shot 20/51 (39.2%) from the field, 4/15 (26.7%) from the “3”, and 17/27 (635) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday, December 3rd at 3:00pm vs. Kennedy King College from Chicago. It is also designated as Kid’s Day on Saturday with a special guest appearance by SANTA CLAUSE!!!

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December 3 – vs. Kennedy-King College in South Holland, IL

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

The South Suburban College Bulldogs got their first real home test of the season. They played NJCAA Division 1 Kennedy King College, and after a fierce battle came out with a nail biting 69-68 victory.

The Bulldog’s record improved to 11-0 on the season.

Kennedy King opened the game with a 12-5 lead with 15:00 to go in the first half. SSC then went on a 14-2 run and took a 19-14 lead with 11:30 to go. The Statesmen would eventually take a 31-30 lead with 3:15 to go in the first half.

However, the Bulldogs would take a 40-37 lead into the half time break.

The Bulldogs would open the second half with a 17-7 run, and after a series of baskets by SSC’s sophomore guard’s Rasheide Bell, and Devon Mingo; South Suburban would take a 57-44 lead with 10:00 to go in the game.

Kennedy King would not fold.

As the Bulldogs continued with the 13-point lead at 60-47 at the 8:56 mark of the second half, Kennedy King would race out with a 14-3 run and cut the Bulldogs lead to two at 63-61 with 2:30 to go. The Bulldogs would extend the lead to 67-61 and snatch a steal to extend the margin.

However, a missed dunk by Bell and two free throws made by Kennedy King kept the visitors close.

South Suburban would take a 4-point lead with :09 to go but Bulldog sophomore forward Anthony Harris would foul a Kennedy King “3”-point shooter; and the visitors had three free throw attempts with 1.7 seconds to go in the game. Kennedy King elected to make all three free throws and SSC inbounded the ball safely to preserve the victory for South Suburban.

South Suburban had 5 players score in double figures led by sophomore center Shakur Pinder’s 15 points. Other double digit scorers were Bell (13pts.), Mingo (12pts.), Harris (12pts.), and sophomore guard Armon Benford’s 11 points.

Pinder grabbed 15 rebounds to help South Suburban win the battle of the boards 36-33. Mingo snatched 4 steals to help SSC force 18 Kennedy King turnovers. South Suburban shot 23/51 (45.1%) from the field, 4/11 (36.4%) from behind the “3”point line, and 19/32 (59.4%) from the free throw line. Kennedy King shot 24/60 (40%) from the field, 3/13 (23.1%) from the “3”, and 17/25 (68%) from the free throw line.

SSC plays its final game of it’s home stand on Tuesday, December 6 vs. Bryant Stratton College of Milwaukee, WI. Game time is 7:00 pm.

NOTE: SHAKUR PINDER was named REGION IV-A Player of the Week for his efforts this past week.

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December 6 – vs. Bryant & Stratton College – Milwaukee (WI) in South Holland, IL

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

The Bulldogs played their final game before their exam week and closed out the three-game home stand with a 78-64 victory over Bryant Stratton College of Milwaukee, WI.

South Suburban improved to 12-0 on the season. They also moved up in the latest NJCAA National Division II Poll to #2.

The game started out slow for SSC as they held a 10-6 lead with 13:30 to go in the first half. SSC then went on a 11-3 run to take a 21-9 lead with 10:00 to go.

The Bobcats would not fold, stayed close and South Suburban only took a 31-26 into the half time break.

Bryant Stratton would pull within four at 38-34 with 17:00 to go in the game.

SSC would extend its lead to ten with 10:00 to go, and cruise to the 14-point victory.

The Bulldogs were led by sophomore center Shakur Pinder’s 10th double /double of the season. Pinder would score 24 points and grab 17 rebounds. Sophomore forwards Anthony Harris and Deante Cisero would score 15 points apiece to help the Bulldogs in their winning effort.

South Suburban College would win the rebounding battle 40-30.

SSC shot 32/70 (45.7%) from the field. They shot a dismal 3/20 (155) from behind the “3”point line, and 11/21 (52.5%) from the free throw line.

The visitors shot 18/41 (43.9%), only ¼ (2550 from the “3’, and 27/37 (73%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs will now break from their schedule to take final exams. They resume play next Friday, December 16th at the Gogebic Community College Winter Classic Tournament in Ironwood, MI. Their first game is at 4:00 p.m. against Madison College (formally Madison Area Technical Community College).

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GOGEBIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE WINTER CLASSIC in Ironwood, MI.

December 16 – vs. Madison College (WI) vs. South Suburban College

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

The Bulldogs headed north after their finals to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. They played at the Gogebic Community College Winter Classic. Their first round opponent was Madison Area Technical College.

After a sluggish start in which Madison took a 10-4 lead, SSC picked up steam and the #1 team in the country survived with a 75-69 victory. South Suburban College improved to 13-0 on the season.

The Bulldogs took the lead for good, 15-13 at the 9:50 mark of the first half.

South Suburban then went on an 8-0 run where SSC took a 23-13 lead. They headed into the half time break with the double digit lead at 36-24.

In the second half, Madison could not break into SSC’s lead. They came as close as 56-50 with 6:00 to go in the game.

South Suburban would then go on a 15-8 and take a 71-58 cushion into the final minutes.

Madison would score a few baskets at the end of the game to make the 6-point margin.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rasheide Bell’s 16 points. Two other sophomores scored in double digits: Deante Cisero and Ehab Eltayeb would score 12 and 11 points respectfully. Bell would help SSC force 22 Madison turnovers as he snatched a career high 6 steals.

Both team would tie the rebounding total at 33 apiece.

South Suburban would shoot 29/50 (58%) from the field, 2/7 (28.6%) from behind the “3” point arc, and a dismal 11/23 (47.8%) from the free throw line.

Madison would shoot 16/36 (44.4%) from the field, 6/17 (35.3%) from the “3”, and 19/25 (76%) from the free throw line.

#1 South Suburban will continue playat the Gogebic Winter Classic with a Noon tip tomorrow vs. Milwaukee Are Tech College.

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December 17 – vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI) vs. South Suburban College

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

A change in the starting lineup is all Coach John Pigatti needed to get his Bulldogs off to a good start in their final game of the Gogebic Winter Classic.

They opened against Milwaukee Area Tech with a 43-13 lead.

Milwaukee then settled down for the final 6:00 of the first half and only trailed the Bulldogs 47-25 at halftime.

The closest Milwaukee would get in the second half was 74-60 with 2:00 to go in the game. South Suburban would then coast to the 18-point victory; 78-60.

The win improves #1 South Suburban to 14-0 on the season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore forward Anthony Harris. He would score 18 points while grabbing 5 rebounds, dishing out 4 assists, and snatching 3 steals. Sophomore center Ehab Eltayeb would post his first career double/double as he scored 16 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Fellow sophomore forward Deante Cisero would be the only other Bulldog to score in double digits as he contributed 15 points while grabbing 6 rebounds.

SSC won the rebounding battle 39-27.

South Suburban shot 29/55 (52.7%) from the field, a frigid 3/14 (21.4%) from behind the “3’ point line, and 11/14 (78.6%) from the free throw line.

MATC would shoot 13/35 (37.1%) from the field, 3/7 (42.9%) from the “3”, and 25/30 (83.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban returns to action on Thursday afternoon at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL. Game Time is 3:00 p.m.

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December 22 – at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL.

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

The #1 Ranked Bulldogs continued their road trip before Christmas break at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL. The venue has always been a tough place for the Bulldogs to play. The host gave SSC everything they could handle for the first half, but the Bulldogs pulled away and went home for Christmas with an 89-58 victory.

The Bulldogs trailed 24-20 with 9:00 left to go in the first half. Then South Suburban tightened up its defense and went on a 21-5 run over the last 9:00 of the half and took a 41-29 lead into the half time break.

The Bulldogs scored 8 points in the last minute of the half to take that lead.

South Suburban continued its run into the second half. They opened up on a 19-5 run and took a 60-34 lead with 12:00 to go in the game. They got the lead to as high as 38 at 77-49.

The 31-point victory was the biggest victory margin for the Bulldogs at Carl Sandburg during Coach John Pigatti’s 10+ season at the school.

South Suburban was led by sophomore forward Anthony Harris’ career high 23 points. He also recorded his first double/double of the season by grabbing 10 rebounds. Another Bulldogs scored a career high as freshman guard Jordan Matthews scored 15 points while snatching 4 steals. Two other Bulldogs scored in double figures as sophomore guards Rasheide Bell and Devon Mingo scored 13 and 10 points respectfully.

SSC won the rebounding battle 46-29.

South Suburban shot 35-70 (50%) from the field, 3/10 (30%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 16/21 (76%) from the free throw line. Carl Sandburg shot 21/54 (39%) from the field, 5/21 (24%) from the “3”, and 11/18 (615) from the free throw line.

South Suburban goes into the holiday break with a 15-0 record.

They return home to play our Michigan foe, Grand Rapids College on December 30th. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

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December 30 – vs. Grand Rapids Community College in South Holland, IL.

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

The Bulldogs returned home for the holiday to host Grand Rapids Community College from Michigan. They finished out the 2016 calendar year with an impressive 86-68 victory, improving their season record to 16-0.

The Bulldogs were sluggish to start as they trailed their visitors 20-12 with 13:00 to go in the first half. SSC proceeded to wake up and go on a 36-13 run to finish the half and take a 48-33 lead into the half time break.

The Raiders would cut the lead to 10 at 56-46 but that would be the closest they would get. South Suburban continued its double digit lead the entire half and finished with the 18-point victory.

South Suburban was lead in scouring by sophomore forward Deante Cisero. He recorded his first career double/double as he scored a career high 22 points, while grabbing a career high 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Rasheide Bell would score 22 points as well for the Bulldogs as he shot 4/5 from behind the “3’ point line.

Sophomore guard Devon Mingo would be the only other Bulldog to score in double digits, as he chipped in 13 points of his own.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 50-30. They shot 33/81 (40.7%) from the field, 5/17 (29.4%) from the “3”, and 15/19 (78.9%) from the free throw line. Grand Rapids shot 24/61 (39.35) from the field, 7/19 (36.8%) from the “3”, and 13/21 (61.9%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban will have a week off before it hosts a Region IV contest against Kishwaukee College on Saturday, January 7th. Tipoff is at 3:00 p.m.

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January 7 – vs. Kishwaukee College in South Holland, IL.

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

#1 South Suburban started the 2017 Calendar year with a big Region IV home game vs. Kishwaukee College as they won 97-49 in a game that defensively was pleasing to head coach John Pigatti. The Bulldogs improved their record to 17-0 on the season, which gives them the best start to a season in school’s history.

The game started out tight as SSC held an 8-7 lead with 16:00 to go in the first half. They proceeded to go into the half time break with a 45-29 lead. The lead stood at 55-34 with 15:23 to go in the game when SSC went on a 15-8 run to take a 70-42 lead with 10:00 left to go in the game.

This is when the defense for the Bulldogs picked up. Over the next 8:30 minutes South Suburban held Kishwaukee scoreless and took their biggest lead of the game at 96-42 with 1:30 to go. They cruised home for the victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore forward Anthony Harris’ 21 p[points on 9/12 shooting. Sophomore guard Rasheide Bell scored 19 points for SSC as he also was sizzling from the field and shot 8/11. Sophomore guard Armon Benford recorded his first career double/double for the Bulldogs as he scored 10 points while dishing out 10 assists. Sophomore guard Devon Mingo’s defense was key for the Bulldogs as he snatched a career high 9 steals.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 36-31.

South Suburban shot 42/71 (59.2%) from the field, 4/16 (25%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 9/15 (60%) from the free throw line. Kishwaukee shot 19/48 (39.6%) from the field, they were 0/7 from the “3”, and 11/19 (57.9%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban returns home on Tuesday night for a big game with national poll ranking implications against #11 Parkland. Earlier this year, Parkland defeated previously #1 Triton 80-70.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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January 10 – vs. Parkland College in South Holland, IL.

Due to NJCAA sanctions against the 2016-17 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Program, this game has been forfeited.

It was a battle of national ranked teams in the “Pigpen” as #1 South Suburban hosted #10 Parkland.

In front of the biggest crowd in recent history, the Bulldogs survived a fierce battle and came out with a 74-63 victory to improve to 18-0 on the season. It is the best start to a season in school history. They also broke another record, as they won their 33rd straight home game (which is the longest in school history as well).

SSC started out the game strong as they took an early 10-2 lead with 14:30 to go in the first half. They extended the lead to 16-7 with 11:00 to go. Parkland then got into an offensive rhythm as they started hitting some key shots. After their buzzer beating basket, they went into half time trailing 35-30.

Parkland continued its run to start the second half. They went on a 10-1 run and took a 40-36 lead with 16:00 to go in the game.

South Suburban would come back and tie the game at 43 with 13:50 to go.

With 4:00 to go in the game, The Cobras would takes its final lead at 59-57. Then Bulldog freshman Jordan Matthews would step up when his number was called.

He connected on two straight “3”-point shots and made all 6 of his free throw during a South Suburban 16-4 run to end the game which sealed the victory for the home team.

Matthews along with sophomore guard Armon Benford would lead SSC in scoring with 14 points. Benford would also grab a team high 9 rebounds, dish out 6 assists and snatch 6 steals. Sophomore forward Anthony Harris would score 13 points, while grabbing 5 rebounds as well for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs would win the battle of the boards 31-26. They would also force 22 Parkland turnovers.

South Suburban shot 27/54 (50%) from the field, 4/13 (30.8%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 16/21 (76.2%) from the free throw line. Parkland would shoot 20/41 (48.8%) from the field, 5/12 (41.7%) and 18/24 (75%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs will now head on the road for two games. On Saturday they travel to Oglesby, Il to play Illinois Valley Community College. Tip time is 3:00 pm.

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January 14 – at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Il

The Bulldogs headed on the road for their first road contest of the 2017 calendar year. It was a successful beginning as they defeated the host Illinois Valley Community College Eagles 98-54.

The game started out close as SSC held a 14-11 lead with 13:00 to go in the first half.

Their defensive pressure then picked up and the Bulldogs held Illinois Valley scoreless for almost 8:00 as they increased their lead to 41-14.

They headed into the half time break with a 50-21 lead.

The second half was a continuous barrage of lay-ups and defensive prowess an the Bulldogs increased their lead.

The Bulldogs 44-point margin of victory was the largest at Illinois Valley in school’s history.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore forward DeAnte Cisero. He scored a career high 25 points while grabbing a career high 16 rebounds. He also snatched 4 steals and blocked 3 shots.

Sophomore guard Rasheide Bell scored 23 points while dishing out 5 assists. Freshman guard Jordan Matthews continued his scoring spree; as he poured in 14 points while dishing out a career high 7 assists. Freshman forward Lee Howard took advantage of his first career start as he scored 8 points while grabbing a career high 8 rebounds.

South Suburban shot 37/71 (52%) from the field, 5/15 (33.3%) from behind the “3” point line, and 19/24 (79.2%) from the free throw line. IVCC shot 14/52 (27%) from the field, 2/14 (14%) from the “3”, and 24/37 (64.9%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban begins classes this week for the new term, and continues its road trip on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago.

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January 20 – at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago, Il

Recap to follow.

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