Men’s Basketball Recaps

November 2 – vs CBG Prep (MI) in South Holland, IL

The #7 ranked Bulldogs opened their 2021-22 season with a resounding 83-38 victory over CBG Prep from Benton Harbor, MI.

South Suburban open the first 10 minutes of the game pitching a shut out, leading 19-0. They extended that lead to 36-12 at the half time break.

SSC opened the second half on a 23-6 run and led 59-18 with 10:00 to go in the game. They would cruise from there and ended up with the 45 point victory.

South Suburban had six players score in double digits, led by sophomore guard Camron Donatlan’s 12 points. Three players; Damarco Minor, Nmesomachi Nnebedum and Chris Heffner would score 11 points a piece. Freshman center Antonio Leavy would chip in 10 points as well. Donatlan was a stat filler as he also grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out eight assists and snatched four steals.

SSC shot 34 out of 66 (51.5%) from the field, 7/17 (41.2%) from behind the 3-point line, and 8/14 (57.1%) from the free throw line. CBG shot 13/56 (23.2%) from the field, 4/25 (16%) from the “3”, and 8/15 (53.3%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs out rebounded CBG, 50-31.

South Suburban is 1-0 on the season and play again Thursday, November 4th against the Calumet College of St. Joseph’s reserves. Game time is 7:00pm.

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November 4 – vs. Calumet College of St. Joseph’s (IN) JV in South Holland, IL

The #7 ranked Bulldogs hosted the reserve team from Calumet College of St. Joseph (IN). Despite the final score of 104-49, the Bulldogs started out slow.

SSC trailed early 4-0 and led 23-20 with 4:00 to go in the first half. They closed the half on a 18-7 run and took a 41-27 halftime lead.

The second half started out differently. South Suburban opened the first 12 minutes on a 41-12 run and took a 82-39 lead with 8:00 to go.

The cruised home the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by freshman guard Damarco “Polo” Minor’s 30 points. He also dished out 11 assist and grabbed five steals. SSC had three other player score in double digits. Freshman forward Damontae Taylor scored a career high 16 points. Sophomore guards Nmesomachi Nnebedum and Camron Donatlan scored 11 and 10 points respectfully. South Suburban won the rebounding battle 48-30. SSC shot 41/75 (54.7%) from the field, 12/21 (57.1%) from behind the three-point arc, and 10/16 (62.5%) from the free throw line. The Red Storm shot 17/54 (31.5%) from the field, 7/28 (25%) from the “3”, and 8/14 (57.1%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs improve to 2-0 on the season. Their next game in at home this Monday, November 8th vs. Trinity Christian (JV). Game time is 7:00pm.

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November 8 – vs. Trinity Christian College JV in South Holland, IL

The newly ranked #3 Bulldogs hosted Trinity Christian University (JV) and were victorious by a whopping 133-67 score.

The Bulldogs started the game on a 13-2 run. Extended it to 38-18 with ten minutes to go and went into the halftime break with a 67-27 lead.

They never looked back as the second half totally belonged to Coach Pigatti’s squad, outscoring the Trolls 66-20.

The “Dawgs” improved to 3-0 on the season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman forward Damontae Taylor’s career high 31 points. Taylor also had 6 rebounds, three assists and 3 blocked shots. The Bulldogs had five players in total score in double figures. Sophomore center Cameron Bartmann scored a career high 23 points and recorded a double/double by grabbing 12 rebounds as well. He also blocked 4 shots. Sophomore guard Damarco Minor scored 20 points while dishing out 8 assists, and snatching 7 steals. Freshman guard Chris Heffner scored a career high 17 points while snatching 4 steals of his own. Sophomore guard Camron Donatlan scored 16 points while grabbing 8 rebounds dishing out 6 assists and snatching 7 steals.

South Suburban shot 61/96 (63.5%) from the field, 4/13 (30.8%) from behind the three-point line, and 7/10 (70%) from the free throw line. Trinity Christian (JV) shot 23/55 (41.8%) from the field, 8/20 (40%) from the “3”, and 13/16 (81.3%) from the free throw line. The Bulldogs had 24 steals in the game.

They also won the rebounding battle 52-22.

The Bulldogs return to action this Saturday, November 13th. They play Region-IV foe Elgin Community College. Game time is 3:pm.

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November 13 – vs. Elgin Community College in South Holland, IL

The #3 Ranked Bulldogs hosted Elgin Community College in a Saturday afternoon contest. They were victorious, 102-60, improving their record to 4-0 on the season.

The game was tight early as SSC led 20-18 with 11:20 to go in the first half. They SSC defense would tighten up, holding Elgin to just seven points with 8:15 to go in the half. The Bulldogs took a 56-32 lead into halftime.

The Bulldogs would open the second half on a 6-0 run and never look back, finishing 102-60. The 42-point margin of victory was the largest lead of the game.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Sophomore guard Camron Donatlan, who would score a career high 30 points while grabbing 7 rebounds. Camron became the third player this year to score 30 points. Freshman guard Damarco Minor would score 22 points as well as dish out 5 assists for the Bulldogs. South Suburban freshman forward Damontae Taylor would fill up the stat sheet, almost recording a quadruple double as he scored 18 points while grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out 8 assists, and snatching 7 steals. Sophomore forward Nuri Knighten would score 12 points and grab 8 rebounds to round out the double digit scorer for the Bulldogs.

SSC won the battle of the boards 48-33.

South Suburban shot 41-88 (46.6%) from the field, 6/19 (31.6%) from behind the three-point line, and 14-22 (63.6%0 from the free throw line. Elgin shot 21/50 (42%) from the field, 6/19 (31.6%) from the “3”, and 12/20 (60%) from the free throw line.

They continue their early season home stand with a Tuesday, November 16 contest vs. McHenry County Community College. Game time is 7:00pm.

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November 13 – vs. McHenry County College in South Holland, IL

This game was postponed to a later date.

November 20 – vs. Danville Area Community College in South Holland, IL

The match up between the top 20 teams lived up top it’s hype until the last five minutes of the game. In the end #3 South Suburban defeated #20 Danville 88-73.

Danville came into the game on a five-game winning streak which included wins at NJCAA Division 1 Vincennes University and Wabash Valley Community College.

SSC opened up the game with a 11-7 lead. Danville would respond and take their biggest lead of the game at 30-22 with 5:14 left in the first half. South Suburban would close the gap to one at 39-38 at the halftime break.

The Bulldogs would open the second half on a 13-3 run and take a 51-42 lead with 15:00 left to go in the game. Danville would get it as close as 4 points at 54-50 with 10:00 left to go. SSC would then go on a 26-10 run and take their biggest lead of the game at 80-60 with 3:15 to go in the game.

They would then finish out the game with the 15-point victory.

South Suburban had three players score 20+ points, two of them finishing with double/doubles. Freshman guard Damarco Minor would lead SSC in scoring with 27 points. He would also dish out 4 assists. Freshman forward Damontae Taylor would score 21 points while grabbing 13 rebounds, and snatching 6 steals. Sophomore guard Camron Donatlan would score 20 points while grabbing 10 rebounds of his own.

South Suburban would win the rebounding battle 42-28.

SSC shot 30/56 (53.6%) from the field, 5/14 (35.7%) from behind the 3-point line, and 23/30 (76.7%) from the free throw line. Danville would shoot 21/54 (38.9%) from the field, 7/19 (36.8%) from the “3”, and 24/35 (68.8%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 5-0 on the season. They now head out of the road for a 4-game road trip. The first game is this Tuesday, November 23rd at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. Game time is 7:00pm.

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November 23 – at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL

This game was postponed until a later date.

November 30 – at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL

The Bulldogs played their first road contest of the season. They did not travel far as they went a few miles down the road to play arch rival Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. The Bulldogs started out strong as they jumped out to a 15-0 lead and went on to the 95-71 victory.

The beginning surge was led by freshman guard Damarco Minor’s three made 3-point shots. Polo hit his fourth “3” to give SCC a 29-7 lead, and they extended the score to 49-25 at the halftime break.

Prairie State would get as close as 15 points, cutting the Bulldog lead to 78-63 with 7:00 left to go in the game. However, SSC would not let up and extended the lead again for the 24-point victory.

SSC was led in scoring by sophomore guard Camron Donatlan’s 27 points He would also record a double-double as he grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 4 shots. Polo would score 25 points of his own and snatch 5 steals. Freshman forward; Damontae Taylor would score 16 points while dishing out 7 assists and snatching 4 steals. The only other Bulldog who scored in double figures was sophomore forward Nuri Knighten who scored 10 points while grabbing 8 rebounds.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 43-29.

SSC shot 38/60 (63.3%) from the field, 6/14 (42.9%) from the “3”, and 13/16 (81.3%) from the free throw line. Prairie State shot 26/66 (36.4%) from the field, 6/22 (27.3%) from the “3”, and 17/22 (77.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 6-0 on the season. They continue their early season road trip this Thursday December 2nd, as they travel to Des Plaines, IL for a rescheduled game against Oakton Community College that was scheduled to be played November 23rd. Tip time is 7:00pm.

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December 2 – at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL

This rescheduled game that was originally scheduled for November 23rd.

The #2 ranked Bulldogs played their second consecutive road game as they played at Oakton Community College in a make up game from Nov. 23rd. After a slow start, Coach Pigatti’s squad came out with a 84-66 victory.

SSC opened the game leading 6-3 early in the first half. The Owls would then go on a 23-2 run and take a 26-8 lead with 9:00 to go. SSC would respond with a 30-4 run and go into halftime with a 38-30 lead.

The Bulldogs would take their biggest lead of the game at 79-58 with 3:00 to go on to the 18-point victory.

SSC was led in scoring by freshman forward Damontae Taylor’s 28 points. He would also dish out five assists and snatch seven steals. Fellow freshman Damarco Minor would score 21 points of his own, dish out four assists, and snatch five steals to help SSC force 23 Oakton turnovers. The only other double digit scorer for SSC was sophomore guard Camron Donatlan who scored 17 points while grabbing a career high 14 rebounds.

The Bulldogs would win the rebounding battle 38-29.

South Suburban shot 30/65 (46.2%) from the field, 5/18 (27.8%) from behind the 3-point arch, and 19/24 (79.2%) from the free throw line. Oakton would shoot 27/54 (50%) from the field, 8/18 (44.4%) from the “3”, and 4/7 (57.1%) from the free throw line.

SSC improved to 7-0 on the season. They continue their road trip Saturday, December 4th with a 3:00pm tip against the Eagles of Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, IL.

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December 4 – at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, IL

The #2 ranked Bulldogs played their third road game in five days. They traveled to Oglesby, IL to take on Illinois Valley Community College. Coach Pigatti’s squad started out strong and held on to a 74-61 victory.

SSC opened the game on with an 8-0 lead, and extended it to 33-8 with 6:42 to go in the first half. However, Illinois Valley would close the half on a 11-1 run of their own, and SSC led at halftime 34-19.

After the break, South Suburban would extend the lead to 44-25 with 15:46 to go in the game. Illinois Valley would make another run of their own (14-4) and cut the Bulldog lead to nine (48-39) with 11:00 to go in the contest. The lead would stay at nine at when SSC went on a quick 10-4 scoring spurt to give the Bulldogs a 66-51 lead with 3:18 to go. That spurt stopped any comeback bid that Illinois Valley would have.

The victory improves South Suburban’s record to 8-0 on the season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman guard Damarco Minor’s 28 points, 23 in the second half. He would also grabbed 5 rebounds, dish out 4 assists, and snatch 4 steals. Bulldog, sophomore forward Nuri Knighten would score a career high 17 points while grabbing 6 rebounds of his own. Freshman forward Damontae Taylor would fill up the stat sheet for SSC as he would score 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dish out 7 assists, and snatch 5 steals. The only other double digit scorer for the Bulldogs was sophomore guard Camron Donatlan. He would record his second straight double/double as he scored 10 points while grabbing 12 rebounds.

South Suburban would win the rebounding battle 38-35.

SSC shot 25/47 (52%) from the field, 1/7 (14.3%) from behind the three-point arch, and 23/31 (74.2%) from the free throw line. Illinois Valley would shoot 19/56 (35%) from the field, 6/20 (30%) from the “3”, and 17/26 (65.4%) from the fee throw line.

South Suburban will now take a week off for final exam week. They return to action next Saturday, December 11th with another road game at The College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. Game time is 3:00pm.

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December 11 – at The College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL

The #2 ranked Bulldogs played their fourth straight road game of the 2021 campaign as they beat the College of Lake County, 89-51. The “Dawgs” came out flat at the start, but picked up their defensive intensity in the second half.

Lake County opened up the game scoring on their first five possessions of the game. They led 21-14 with 12:49 to go in he first half. SSC’s sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum hit one of his 3 three-point baskets to give the Bulldogs the lead for good at 23-21 with 8:00 to go in the first half.

The Bulldogs led 37-28 at half time.

Lake County cut the Bulldog’s lead to 42-35 with 16:00 to go in the game when SSC’s defense picked up. They outscored Lake County 47-16 the rest of the way for the 38-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Camron Donatlan’s 28 points. He also recorded a double/double as he grabbed 13 rebounds. He also dished out 6 assist and snatched 8 steals. Another Bulldog recorded a double/double. Freshman forward Damontae Taylor scored 21 points of his own, while grabbing 13 rebounds as well. Freshman guard Damarco Minor scored 18 points, and Nnebedum rounded out the double digit scorers for the Bulldogs as he chipped in 11 points of his own.

South Suburban shot 36/76 (47.4%) from the field, 4/16 (25%) from the “3”, and 13/18 (72.2%) from the free throw line. Lake County shot 21/48 (43.8%) from the field, 6/13 (46.2%) from the “3”, and ¾ (75%) from the free throw line.

SSC won the rebounding battle 48-23.

South Suburban improved to 9-0 on the season. They return home Tuesday, December 14th for a game against rival Moraine Valley Community College. Game Time is 7:00pm at the Physical Fitness and Athletic Center in South Holland.

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December 14 – vs. Moraine Valley Community College in South Holland, IL

The #2 Bulldogs hosted another rival when Moraine Valley Community College came to town. It was a hard fought, spirited game and in the end the Bulldogs prevailed 93-71, as they improved to 10-0 on the season.

The Cyclones opened the game up with high intensity. They took a 15-3 lead with 15:18 left to go in the first half. That would be their largest lead.

After a few South Suburban time outs, Pigatti’s Bulldogs woke up. SSC freshman forward Damontae Taylor stole an errant Moraine Valley pass and proceeded to go down and dunk the ball, SSC took its first lead of the game with 8:00 to go in the first half, 24-23. Moraine Valley would regain the lead at 31-26 with 5:30 to go.

SSC would then close the first half on a 15-6 run and take a 41-37 lead into the halftime break.

Moraine Valley tied the game at 47 with 15:40 left to go in the game. South Suburban answered by go on a 25-9 run and take a 72-56 lead with 6:00 to go. They would then extend the lead to 21 points, their largest of the game and the final victory margin.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Taylor’s 24 points. He would record a double/double as he grabbed 11 rebounds. He also snatched 6 steals and dished out 4 assists. SSC freshman guard Damarco Minor would score 23 points while grabbing 8 rebounds, and dishing out 4 assists. The Bulldogs had 2 other players score in double figures. Sophomore guards Nmesomachi Nnebedum and Camron Donatlan would score 16 and 14 points respectfully.

South Suburban shot 35/60 (58.3%) from the field, 6/11 (54.5%) from behind the three-point line, and 17/25 (68%) from the free throw line. Moraine Valley shot 24/51 (47.1%) from the field, 8/22 (36.4%) from the “3”, and 15/22 (68.2%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban dominated the rebounding battle 47-31.

The Bulldogs stays at home for their next contest as they play Region IV foe Kishwaukee College December 16th. Tip time is 7:00 pm.

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December 16 – vs. Kishwaukee College in South Holland, IL

The #2 ranked Bulldogs hosted Region IV foe Kishawukee College and after a slow first half, they picked up their intensity and were victorious 97-61.

The game was close at the 12:30 mark of the first half as SSC led 20-16. They would extend their lead to 49-33 at the halftime break.

Kishwaukee pulled to within 14 at 54-40 with 17:30 to go in the game. SSC led 65-49 at the 12:00 mark of the second half

The Bulldogs would proceed to go on a 15-0 run and take a 80-49 lead with 9:30 to go in the game. They would never look back, and improved their record to 11-0 on the season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman guard Damarco Minors’s 34 points. He would also grab 4 rebounds and snatch 4 steals. Sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum would score a career high 22 points for the Bulldogs while snatching a career high 5 steals. The Bulldogs had one other player score in double figures. Sophomore guard Camron Donatlan was very close to recording a triple double. He scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 8 assists.

SSC won the rebounding battle 47-25.

South Suburban shot 36/66 (54.5%) from the field, 7/19 (36.8%) from behind the “3” point line, and 18/27 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Kishwaukee shot 17/47 (36.2%) from the field, 8/21 (38.1%) from the “3”, and 19/28 (67.9%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban heads out on the road for an afternoon contest December 21st as they travel to Cicero to play Morton College at 4pm.

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December 18 – at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL

This game was cancelled.

December 21 – at Morton College in Cicero, IL

This game was postponed until a later date.

December 29 – vs. Lake Michigan College in South Holland, IL

The #2 ranked Bulldogs came back from Christmas break and picked up right where they left off with a resounding 93-58 victory over the visiting Lake Michigan College.

SSC jumped out early to a 28-6 lead with 10:00 left to go in the first half. They would lead 51-24 at the half time break.

They would open the second half on a 5-0 run to take a 56-24 lead, and never looked back.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman point guard Damarco Minor’s 25 points. He would also grab 7 rebounds and dish out 6 assists. SSC sophomore guard Camron Donatlan would record a double/double as he scored 18 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. He also dished out 7 assists, blocked 5 shots, and snatched 3 steals. There would be 3 more Bulldogs who scored in double figures. Sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum scored 18 points, freshman forwards Damontae Taylor and Chris Smith would score 12 and 15 points respectfully.

South Suburban would win the rebounding battle 53-21.

South Suburban shot 36/72 (50%) from the field, 11/26 (42.3%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 10/18 (55/6%) from the free throw line. Lake Michigan shot 17/55 (30.9%) from the field, 6/19 (31/6%) from the “3”, and 18/29 (62.1%) from the free throw line.

Pigatti’s men improved to 12-0 on the season. The Bulldogs are set to begin 2022 at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL on January 2nd.

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January 2 – at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL

This game was postponed.

This game was postponed due to a COVID outbreak in the Carl Sandburg program. SSC will play again at home on Saturday January 8th vs. Spoon River College. Game time is 1:00pm.

January 8 – vs. Spoon River College in South Holland, IL

The #2 Bulldogs hosted Spoon River College from Canton, Il and came away with a hard fought 96-80 victory to improve their record to 13-0 on the season.

SSC opened up a 13-4 lead early but the Snappers fought back to cut the lead to one at (23-22) with 7:00 to go in the first half. The Bulldogs would go on a 20-10 run to end the half with a 43-32 lead.

Spoon River could get no closer that nine points in the second half, and SSC took its biggest lead of the game at 91-70 with 3:40 to go in the game.

The 16-point victory kept SSC’s perfect record at home (9-0).

South Suburban was led in scoring by stat sheet filler sophomore guard Camron Donatlan. He scored 30 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds, dishing out 7 assists, and snatching 5 steals. The Bulldogs had 3 other players score in double figures. Freshman Damarco Minor and Damontae Taylor scored 23 and 16 points respectfully. Taylor recorded a double/double as he also grabbed 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum scored a career high 19 points to round out the double digit scorer for South Suburban.

SSC shot 35/61 (57.4%) from the field, 9/17 (52.9%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 17/24 (70.8%) from the free throw line. Spoon River shot 26/50 (52%) from the field, 7/16 (43.8%0 from the “3”, and 21/30 (70%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs return to action January 10th as they play a home makeup game with McHenry County College. Game time is 3:00pm.

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January 10 – vs. McHenry County College in South Holland, IL

This rescheduled game that was originally scheduled for November 13, 2021.

The Bulldogs took to the floor with their new #1 ranking and came out victorious against McHenry County College, 85-52, improving to 14-0 on the season.

The game started out slow for SSC. They trailed 16-14 with 10:00 to go in the first half. They went on a 28-11 run to close out the half and took a 42-27 lead into the halftime break.

They quickly got a comfortable lead in the second half and cruised to the 33-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman point guard Damarco Minor’s 21 points. He also dished out 9 assist. Fellow freshman Damontae Taylor filled up the stat sheet. He scored 17 point, grabbed 8 rebounds and snatched 7 steals. Sophomore guard Camron Donatlan rounded out the double figure scorer for SSC, and he scored 15 points of his own. South Suburban shot 29/67 (43.3%) from the field, 5/21 (23.8%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 22/36 (61.1%) from the free throw line. McHenry shot 21/59 (36.6%) from the field, 5/21 (23.8%0 from the “3”, and 5/12 (41.7%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs now head north to Escanaba, MI for a two-day tournament at Bay College. They play Gogebic Community College Saturday, January 15th. Game time is 2:00pm (EST). Then they play Bay College on Sunday at 1:00pm (EST).

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January 15 – vs. Bay College at Bay College in Escanaba, MI.

Due to COVID in the Gogebic Community College program, their game vs. GCC was canceled. SSC played the host school Bay College a day earlier than scheduled.

The #1 ranked Bulldogs traveled to Escanaba, MI to play in two games. The quick change in the schedule affected the Bulldogs as they had to overcome their biggest deficit of the season. In the end though SSC was victorious 74-60.

The Bulldogs started the game with a 17-11 lead with 11:00 to go in the first half. They would be held to one field goal and three free throws for the rest of the half and trailed Bay College 27-22 at halftime.

The second half was an emotional rollercoaster.

SSC opened up the half on a 7-0 run to take a 29-27 lead. However, Bay College would go on a 13-1 run to give SSC their biggest deficit of the season at 40-30 with 15:00 to go in the game. With 13:15 to go in the game, Bay still led 42-32 when SSC would go on a quick 10-0 run and tie the game at 42 with 10:30 to go.

South Suburban would take the lead for good, 51-50, with 8:00 to go when sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum would connect on one of his five made 3-point baskets.

The Bulldog’s 14 point margin of victory would be their largest lead of the game as SSC improved to 15-0 on the season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman guard Damarco Minor’s 20 points. He would also record a double/double as he grabbed 11 rebounds. He also dished out 4 assists. The Bulldogs had 2 other players score in double figures; Nnebedum and fellow sophomore Camron Donatlan would score 17 and 14 points respectfully.

SSC would win the rebounding battle 33-32.

South Suburban recovered from it’s horrible offensive shooting performance (29% from the field, and 9% from the three-point line) and finished the game shooting 24/55 (43.6%) from the field, 8/24 (33.3%) from the “3”, and 18/28 (64.3%) from the free throw line. Bay College shot 17/46 (37%) from the field, 9/18 (50%) from the “3”, and 17/24 (70.8%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs return home for a four-game homestand starting with a game vs. Olive Harvey Collège on January 20th at 7:00pm.

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Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no spectators allowed in the Athletic and Physical Fitness Center, Bulldogs home games can be seen on South Suburban College’s Athletics YouTube channel.

January 20 – vs. Olive Harvey Collège in South Holland, IL

The #1 Bulldogs returned home for a Region IV tilt vs. Olive Harvey College and were victorious 92-76, improving their record to 16-0 on the season.

The Bulldogs jumped out early on their visitor. They took a 13-4 lead with 17:00 to go in the first half. Olive Harvey would close the gap on several occasions in the first half but SSC led 41-32 at halftime.

South Suburban again jumped out quickly in the second half. They went on a 17-2 run to take their biggest lead at 58-34 with 15:00 to go in the game.

Olive Harvey would not quit and pulled to within 12 on several occasions in the second half before the final 16-point margin at the end of the game.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Camron Donatlan’s 28 points. He would also grab 13 rebounds. The Bulldogs had three other players score in double figures. Freshmen Damontae Taylor and Damarco Minor would score 20 and 16 points respectfully. Sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum would score 15 points as well.

SSC shot 33/68 (48.5%) from the field, 6/16 (37.5%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 20/22 (90.9%) from the free throw line. Olive Harvey shot 26/56 (46.4%) from the field, 4/14 (28.6%) from the “3”, and 20/27 (74.1%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban would win the rebounding battle 43-33 after being out rebounded in the first half.

The Bulldogs continue their home stand Saturday January 22, 2022 vs. Illinois Valley Community College. Game time is 1:00pm.

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January 22 – vs. Illinois Valley Community Collège in South Holland, IL

The #1 Bulldogs played Illinois Valley for the second time this year. Illinois Valley had added two impact players at the semester and played the Bulldogs tough for 27 minutes. In the end the Bulldogs were victorious 75-55.

The game started out with Illinois Valley taking a 18-17 lead with 8:00 to go in the first half.

South Suburban would tie the game at 27 a piece with 5:40 to go in the first half and take a 37-34 lead into halftime.

Illinois Valley tied the game at 39 with 17:00 to go in the game.

South Suburban picked up the defensive intensity, going on a 36-11 run and take their biggest lead, 75-50, with 2:00 left to go in the game.

Illinois Valley would outscore South Suburban College’s bench 5-0 during the last stretch of the game for the 20-point scoring margin.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Camron Donatlan’s 24 points. He would also grab 7 rebounds, and dish out 5 assists. SSC freshman forward Damontae Taylor would score 20 points of his own, and grab 9 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum, would score 16 points to round out the Bulldogs who scored in double figures. The Bulldogs leading scorer; freshman Damarco Minor would be held to 6 points, but dished out 12 assists.

SSC would win the rebounding battle 40-22.

South Suburban shot 29/53 (54.7%) from the field, 4/13 (30.8%) from behind the 3-point line, and 13/20 (65%) from the free throw line. Illinois Valley shot 20/51 (39.2%) from the field, 7/16 (43.8%) from the “3”, and 8/11 (72.7%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs improved to 17-0 on the season. They play the undefeated Bosco Institute from Indiana at home Tuesday January 25th at 7:00pm.

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January 25 – vs. The Bosco Institute in South Holland, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs hosted a The Bosco Institute, very powerful prep school from northwest Indiana. The game was close throughout. There were 16 lead changes and ten ties. The biggest lead by any team throughout the game was six points. In the end South Suburban survived with a 76-73 victory, improving to 18-0 on the season.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by recently named NJCAA National Player of the Week; sophomore guard, Deshawndre Washington. He scored 29 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, blocked 4 shots, snatched 5 steals, and dished out 4 assists. Sophomore forward Chance Love scored 15 points of his own while grabbing 8 rebounds. Sophomore guard Ishmael Martin was the only other Bulldogs to score in double figures as we chipped in 11 points while dishing out 3 assists.

The Bulldogs shot a chilling 24/75 (32%) from the field, 6/17 (35.3%) from behind the 3-point line, and were 23/30 (73.3%) form the free throw line. The Bosco Institute shot 26/75 (40%) from the field, 8/22 (36.4%) from the “3”, and 13/18 (72.2%) from the free throw line.

The Bosco Institute out rebounded the Bulldogs 49-48. However SSC’s defense forced 21 Bosco turnovers.

The Bulldogs end their homestand Saturday afternoon, January 29, against Black Hawk College from Moline.

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January 29 – vs. Black Hawk Collège – Moline in South Holland, IL

The #1 Bulldogs hosted Region IV foe Black Hawk College. After a hard fought game, the 19-0 SSC prevailed 104-81.

The Bulldogs led early 33-20 with 9:00 to go in the first half. Black Hawk cut the lead to 56-48 at the halftime break.

South Suburban then opened up a 68-57 lead with 15:00 to go in the game. Black Hawk made a run back, and cut the Bulldogs lead to four at 72-68 with 10:00 to go.

The Bulldogs would outscore Black Hawk 32-13 in the final ten minutes of the game for the 23-point victory.

The Bulldogs has five players score in double figures, led by Freshman forward Damontae Taylor’s 28 points. SSC guards sophomore Camron Donatlan and freshman Damarco Minor scored 24 and 21 points respectively. Minor also recorded a triple double by dishing out 12 assists while snatching 11 steals. Freshman center Chris Smith scored a career high 14 points for the Bulldogs while grabbing a career high10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum scored 11 points of his own to round out the double digit scorers for SSC.

Black Hawk outrebounded the taller Bulldogs, 32-28.

South Suburban shot 42/73 (57.5%) from the field, 7/17 (41.2%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 13/18 (72.2%) from the free throw line. Black Hawk shot 23/53 (43.4%) from the field, 4/12 (33.3%) from the “3”,and 31/36 (86.1%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to play Saturday afternoon, January 30, with a make-up game against Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL.

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January 30 – at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL

This rescheduled game was postponed.

The Bulldogs will play at home Tuesday, February 1, 2022 against NJCAA Division 1 Kankakee Community College. Game time is 7:00pm.

February 01 – vs. Kankakee Community College in South Holland, IL

The #1 ranked NJCAA Division II SSC Bulldogs took on the NJCAA Division 1 Kankakee Community College Kougars and dominated from start to finish in a 94-53 victory.

SSC started out with an early 30-10 lead with 7:50 to go in the first half. They went into the halftime break with a 50-20 lead.

The Bulldogs opened the second half on a 6-0 run. However, Kankakee would put together a 12-2 run of their own to cut SSC’s lead to 58-32.

They never got closer as Pigatti’s Bulldogs won the second half 44-33 for the 41-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Camron Donatlan’s 31 points. He filled the stat sheet up as he grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 7 assist, and snatched 4 steals. The Bulldogs had 3 other players score in double figures: freshman guard Damarco Minor (18 pts.), freshman forward Damontae Taylor (15 pts.) and freshman center CJ Smith (10 pts).

SSC won the rebounding battle 48-27.

South Suburban shot 40/82 (48.8%) from the field, 8/28 (28.6%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 6/13 (46.2%) from the free throw line. Kankakee shot 18/48 (37.5%) from the field, 7/14 (50%) from the “3”, and 10/22 (45.5%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 20-0 on the season. They play Thursday, February 3 at home verses the junior varsity squad from East West University, a four-year school in Illinois. Game time is 7:30pm.

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February 03 – vs. East West University JV in South Holland, IL

The #1 Bulldogs played the junior varsity squad from East West University and were victorious 103-47. They added this game very quickly due to COVID and weather cancellations.

SSC jumped out early on their visitor by scoring the first 14 points of the game. They actually had a 32-8 lead with 8:00 to go in the first half. East West fought back on trailed 49-25 at halftime.

The second half was not any better for the visitors as SSC continued its scoring spurts while playing aggressive defense in the 56-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Camron Donatlan’s, and freshman forward Damontae Taylor’s 24 points. Donatlan added 10 rebounds as well as snatching 5 steals. Taylor grabbed 6 rebounds while dishing out 6 assists. Three other Bulldogs scored in double figures: Sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnedebum scored 12 points, while freshmen guards Damarco Minor and Christian Heffner scored 10 points apiece.

South Suburban dominated the rebounding game 48-25.

SSC shot 42/73 (57.5%) from the field, 6/18 (33.3%) from behind the “3”-pont line, and 13/17 (76.5%) from the free throw line. East West Univ. (JV) shot 16/51 (31.4%) from the field, 4/23 (17.4%) from the “3”, and 11/22 (50%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs improved to 21-0 on the season. They head on the road Saturday, February 5th to play a top 10 matchup vs. #9 Milwaukee Area Technical College in Wisconsin. Game time is 2:00 pm.

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February 05 – at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, WI

It was a battle of top 10 teams as the #1 Bulldogs invaded #9 Milwaukee Area Tech. The game lived up to its hype as both teams played their hearts out. In the end, the higher ranked SSC was victorious 93-83.

South Suburban struck first as they opened up an early 14-4 lead with 15:00 to go in the first half. They extended the lead to 32-18 with 8:00 to go. SSC continued to lead 41-29 with 4:30 to go when the Stormers went on a 14-6 run to close the scoring gap to 47-43 at halftime.

The host team scored the first four points in the second half to tie the game at 47. SSC would then go on a 18-6 scoring run of their own to take a 65-53 lead with 14:00 to go in the game.

Milwaukee Area tech closed the gap, 68-61, with 10:00 to go in the game. SSC went on a 13-3 run and take their biggest lead of the game at 81-64 with 6:20 left. SSC’s sophomore guard Camron Donatlan would score 12 straight points during that scoring spurt for the Bulldogs. He would finish with 24 points (20 in the second half).

Milwaukee Area Tech would get no closer than eight and the Bulldogs left Milwaukee with a 10-point victory.

South Suburban had three other players score in double figures. Freshmen Damontate Taylor and Damarco Minor would score 21 and 20 points respectfully. Sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum would score 16 points (14 in the first half).

South Suburban shot 38/64 (59.4%) from the field, 6/16 (37.5%) from behind the 3-point line, and 11/18 (61.1%) from the free throw line. Milwaukee Area Tech would shoot 29/75 (38.7%) from the field, 3/20 (15%) from the ”3”, and 22/33 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

SSC out rebounded MATC 42-21 despite 20 offensive rebounds from the Stormers.

South Suburban improved to 22-0 on the season and return home Tuesday, February 8th for a 6:00 pm contest vs. Illinois Benedictine University (JV).

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SSC sophomore guard Camron Donatlan was named NJCAA National Division II Player-of-the-Week. Donatlan averaged 26.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 7 assists, 3.3 steals a game, and one block shot a game.

February 08 – vs. Illinois Benedictine University JV in South Holland, IL

The Bulldogs returned home and played Illinois Benedictine University (JV). This game was added because of the COVID cancellations. Although slated as a JV game, the Eagles brought some varsity players and seniors and gave #1 SSC all they could handle. In the end, SSC won 78-73. It was their first single digit victory of the season. The Bulldogs improved to 23-0 on the season.

Illinois Benedictine started the game out strong as they held their biggest lead at 22-14 with 11:00 to go in the first half. South Suburban would rally and take a 39-35 lead into halftime.

SSC started the second half on a 14-5 run and took a 53-40 lead with 15:00 to go in the game.

Benedictine would not fold. They actually cut SSC’s lead to two at 72-70 with just 40 seconds to go. Six straight free throws by Bulldog point guard freshman Damarco Minor sealed the victory for SSC.

Minor led SSC in scoring with 27 points. Sophomore guard Camron Donatlan scored 22 points of his own. Freshman forward Damontae Taylor would round out the double digit scored for the Bulldogs a he chipped in 13 points.

South Suburban lost the rebounding battle 35-33.

Pigatti’s squad shot 26/56 (46.4%) from the field, 4/15 (26.7%) from behind the 3-point line, and 22/27 (81.5%) from the free throw line. Illinois Benedictine University shot 26/61 (42/6%) from the field, 11/27 (40.7%) from the “3”, and 10/16 (62.5%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs continue their short home stand with a game vs. Wilbur Wright College Thursday, February 10th at 7:00pm.

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February 10 – vs. Wilbur Wright College in South Holland, IL

SSC hosted Region IV foe Wilbur Wright College and were victorious 92-38.

The #1 Bulldog starters only led 9-4 with 16:00 to go in the first half.

Coach Pigatti made an adjustment. He went to the bench and subbed the starting five out and the bench came to play. They immediately went on a 14-0 run to help SSC lead 48-11 at halftime.

SSC never looked back as every Bulldog player scored in the game.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman forward Damontae Taylor’s 19 points. Sophomore guard Camron Donatlan recorded a double-double as he scored 13 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jordan Wood scored a career high 10 points for the Bulldogs as well. South Suburban shot 39/68 (57.4%) from the field, 6/20 (30%) from behind the arch, and 8/12 (66.7%) from the free throw line. The visiting Rams shot 12/57 (21.1%) from the field, 5/19 (26.3%) from the “3”, and 9/17 (52.9%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban dominated the boards, 51-25.

The Bulldogs head out on the road Saturday, February 12th for a game at Richard Daley College. Game time is 3:00pm.

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February 12 – at Richard Daley College in Chicago, IL

The NJCAA Division II #1 ranked Bulldogs took to the road to play NJCAA Division 1 Richard Daley College.

SSC (25-0) dominated from start to finish. They took a 63-17 halftime lead and closed out with a 120-32 victory.

Every Bulldog scored for the second straight game with five scorers in double digits. Freshman Damarco Minor (18pts.) Sophomore Damontae Taylor (16 pts.), Sophomroe Nmesomachi Nnebedum (15 pts.), Sophomore Osiris Atisso (career high 13 pts.) and Freshman Chris Smith (10 points).

South Suburban shot 51/78 (65.4%) from the field, 11/25 (44%) from behind the three-point line, and 7/11 (63.6%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs play a rescheduled game om Monday, February 14th in Cicero, IL against Morton College. Game time is 7:00 pm.

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February 14 – at Morton College in Cicero, IL

This rescheduled game was cancelled. The Bulldogs play their final regular season home game Tuesday February 15th against another NJCAA Division 1 from Chicago, Harry S. Truman College. Game time is 7:00pm.

The College has announced spectators will be allowed in the Athletic and Physical Fitness Center for Bulldogs home games. Home games can still be seen on South Suburban College’s Athletics YouTube channel.

February 15 – vs. Harry S. Truman College in South Holland, IL

The #1 ranked NJCAA Division II Bulldogs hosted NJCAA Division I Truman College and won the contest in dominating fashion, 103-39.

SSC started out the game 15-0 and lead 37-2 with 9:00 left to go in the first half and went into halftime with a 60-12 lead.

The second half never got any better for Truman as South Suburban improved to 26-0 on the season.

They finished off the regular season home schedule with a perfect 19-0 record.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum career high 22 points. He was 6/8 from behind the 3-point line. Four other Bulldogs scored in double figures; sophomore forward Damontae Taylor (14 pts.), freshman guard Dominykas Ramonas (career high 14 pts.), sophomore forward Osiri Atisso (11pts.), and sophomore center Cameron Bartmann (10pts.).

South Suburban shot 43/79 (54.4%) from the field, 14/30 (46.7%) from the “3”, and 3/6 (50%) from the free throw line. Truman shot 12/50 (24%) from the field, 4/21 (19%) from the “3”, and 11/15 (73.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban concludes its regular season Saturday, February 19th as they travel north to Milwaukee to take on Bryant & Stratton (WI) College. Game time is 3:00pm.

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February 19 – at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee, WI

The #1 Bulldogs concluded the 2021-22 regular season with a road contest at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee. It was a game of runs and SSC had a few more in them as they were victorious 76-61.

The Bulldogs (27-0) finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in school history.

SSC took an early 6-2 lead with 18:00 to go in the first half. Bryant & Stratton’s Bobcats went on a 14-2 run and take their biggest lead of the game at 16-8 with 12:50 to go in the half. South Suburban would proceed to go on a 16-0 run of their own and take a 22-16 lead with 7:35 left. With 4:00 to go, SSC took their biggest lead of the half, 34-22.

However, the Bobcats held SSC scoreless the rest of the half and tied the game at 31-31 at the break.

The second half started with the Bulldogs building a small lead only to have Bryant & Stratton again tie the game at 41 with 13:29 left to go. The Bulldogs would go on a 19-8 run and take 60-49 lead with 7:50 left to go. Bryant & Stratton would get as close as seven at 61-54 with 5:30 left.

South Suburban would close the game out on a 15-7 run for the 15-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman guard Damarco Minor’s 29 points. He would also snatch four steals. SSC’s sophomore guard Camron Donatlan would score 20 points, grabbed a game high 16 rebounds, while dishing out 5 assists. The only other Bulldog to score in double figures was Freshman forward Damontae Taylor. He recorded a double-double as well as he scored 12 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, while snatching 4 steals.

SSC won the rebounding battle 43-28.

South Suburban shot 29/63 (46%) from the field, 4/12 (33.3%) from behind the “3”, and 14-21 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Bryant & Stratton shot 22-60 (36.7%) from the field, 3/18 (16.7%) from the 3-point line, and 14/24 (58.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban will now move to post season play as the #1 seed in the District 3 Tournament. They received a first round bye and will play in the Midwest District 3 Semi-Final game Sunday. February 27th at South Suburban College. Tip time is 2:00pm.

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NJCAA DIVISION II MIDWEST DISRICT 3 TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL

February 27th – vs Illinois Valley Community College at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL.

The #1 seeded Bulldogs survived and advanced to the Region IV District 3 Championship Game as the defeated the Eagles of Illinois Valley Community College 68-57 in the Semi-Finals in South Holland.

It was a tight game throughout. SSC jumped out to an early 16-9 lead with 11:40 left to go in the first half. An 8-1 run by Illinois Valley tied the game at 17 with 8:40 to go as the game seesawed back and forth for the rest of the half.

Illinois Valley took its biggest lead of the game, 35-31, with :40 to go and went into the halftime break with a 35-33 lead.

Illinois Valley regained that four point lead at 37-33 as the second half began. SSC took the lead back for good at 40-39 with 18:00 to go and built up a nine point lead at 53-44 with 11:00 to go in the game.

IVCC would get to as close as four points at 59-55 with 4:20 to go, but the Bulldogs held the Eagles to just two points the rest of the way to complete the 11-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman guard Damarco Minor’s 23 points. Sophomores Camron Donatlan (16 pts.) and Nmesomachi Nnebedum (11 pts) would be the only other double digit scored for SSC. Minor would record a double-double as he grabbed 13 rebounds.

The rebounding battle was even as both schools hauled down at 40 rebounds.

South Suburban shot 26/62 (41.9%) from the field, a chilly 4/20 (20%) from behind the 3-point line, and a freezing 12/22 (54.5%) from the free throw line. Illinois Valley shot 22/59 (37.3%) from the field, 4/15 (26.7%) from the arch, and 9/13 (69.2%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban (28-0) will host Waubonsee Community College in the Region IV District 3 Championship Game on Saturday March 5th in SSC’s Physical Fitness and Athletic Center in South Holland. Tip off is scheduled for 2:00pm.

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NJCAA DIVISION II MIDWEST DISRICT 3 TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

March 5th – vs Waubonsee Community College at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL.

The #1 Ranked Bulldogs played in their 15th Region IV Championship game. It was the first time in 16 years that SSC hosted the game. After 39:55 of the a hard fought title game, it down to one final play. Waubonsee missed a shot at the final horn as South Suburban prevailed 74-73, snatching victory from defeat.

The game started with the Bulldogs taking an early 5-0 lead. They extended the lead to 15-6 with 13:52 left to go in the first half. The Chiefs missed a wide open lay-up with ten seconds to go ignited a five point SSC turnaround. Bulldog freshman guard Damarco Minor connected on a made a 3-point basket as time expired to enable South Suburban to take a 40-25 lead into the halftime break.

The second half was a game of scoring runs.

Waubonsee struck first as they opened on a 13-2 run and trailed 42-38 with 15:30 to go. They would pull to within one point at 51-52 with 10:00 to go.

South Suburban would go on a 8-0 run to take a 60-51 lead. Waubonsee answered with a 8-0 run of their own and pull to within two at 61-59 with 6:00 to go. SSC’s sophomore guard Nmesomachi Nnebedum would connect on back to back “3”’s to give the Bulldogs a 67-59 lead with 5:00 to go.

With 2:00 to go in the game, SSC took a 74-66 lead but would not score a basket the rest of the way. Suffering from shooting woes of their own, The Bulldogs even missed the front ends of a pair of one-and-one free throw opportunities, which allowed Waubonsee to have a chance to win the game.

The visitors grabbed the rebound from the missed Bulldog free-throw and Waubonsee’s Dreavon Brown throw up a buzzer-beater from just behind the arch. The shot bounced off the rim as the Bulldogs claimed their 12th Region IV title during the 16 seasons of Coach John Pigatti’s tenure at South Suburban College. The victory capped an undefeated regular season (29-0) for South Suburban.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Minor’s 29 points. They would have two other players score in double figures. Sophomore guard Camron Donatlan recorded a double-double as he scored 14 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Freshman Damontae Taylor would score 12 points as well for the Bulldogs.

Waubonsee won the rebounding battle 42-36.

SSC shot 29/68 (42.6%) from the field, 11/22 (50%) from the “3”, and were a chilly 5/15 (38.5%) from the free throw line, going 0/5 from the free throw line in the second half. Waubonsee shot 29/65 (44.6%) from the field, 5/12 (41.7%) from the “3”, and 10/16 (62.5%) from the free throw line.

Minor was named Tournament MVP. Donatlan and Taylor were named to the All-Tournament Team. Pigatti was named Region IV Midwest District-A Coach-of-the-Year, his 12th Coach-of-the-Year award while at SSC.

The Bulldogs qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament which will be held March 15th-19th at Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL.

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NJCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at Danville Area Community College’s Mary Miller Center in Danville, IL.

March 16th – #16 Florida Gateway College vs #1 South Suburban College

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