Men’s Basketball Recaps

January 30 – at Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL

The #1 Ranked Bulldogs took to the road for their first game of the season as they prevailed over the host team, Danville Area Community College, 69-67 in overtime.

SSC had been in a two-week COVID Lockdown and only practiced a few days before their game in Danville. It showed in the first half. SSC shot a dismal 30% from the field, trailing by as many as 14-points in the first half. They went into the halftime break with a 30-19 deficit.

The Bulldogs opened up the second half on a 7-0 run but the Jaguars did not flinch. They extended their lead to 39-26 with 15:10 to go in the game.

South Suburban would then get back to back 3-point baskets from sophomore guard Ishmael Martin to cap off an 8-0 run and SSC only trailed 39-34 with 14:00 to go.

South Suburban would then tie the game at 56 with 2:34 to go on sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s basket. SSC actually took a 58-56 lead with 1:00 to go. Danville would proceed to make two free throws to tie the game.

The Bulldogs would have two chances to win the game in regulation, but did not convert on any of them. The game went into overtime tied at 58.

SSC would take a 66-60 lead with 2:00 to go in the overtime, only to hold off a late Danville surge for the 2-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Washington who filled up the stat sheet. He would score 25 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, block 6 shots, snatch 4 steals, and dish out 4 assists. Martin would score a career high 19 points.

The only other Bulldog who scored in double figures was sophomore Courtney Fields (12 points). South Suburban shot 26/62 (38.7%) from the field, 9/22 (41%) from behind the “3” point line, and were 12/18 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Danville shot 20/52 (38.5%) from the field, 3/12 (25%) from the “3”, and 24/29 (82.8%) from the free throw line.

Danville out rebounded the Bulldogs 41-36.

#1 South Suburban is now 1-0 on the season as they start the home portion of the schedule Monday night, February 2nd, vs. the JV squad of Trinity Christian College. Game time is 7:00pm.

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February 2 – vs. Trinity Christian College JV in South Holland, IL

The #1 Ranked Bulldogs opened their home slate of games with a resounding 101-53 victory over Trinity Christian University Junior Varsity.

The game was close at 7-5 with 16:00 to go in the first half. SSC went on a 31-3 run to take a 38-8 lead with 7:00 to go in the first half. Then Trinity closed the half on a 20-11 run to cut the Bulldogs lead 49-28 at the half.

South Suburban owned the Trolls from then on. The Dogs would increase their lead every minute of the second half and took their biggest lead of the game, 95-43, with 1:30 to go in the game. They improved to 2-0 on the season.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 35 points and 15 rebounds. He also had 6 steals. Sophomore Tyronn Mosley and Courtney Fields would be the only other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs as the scored 14 and 13 points respectfully. Fields would record his first double/double at South Suburban as he grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs out rebounded Trinity Christian 52-31.

South Suburban shot 38/78 (48.7%) from the field, 7/27 from behind the “3” point line, and were 18/22 from the free throw line. Trinity Christian JV shot 21/56 (37.5%) from the field, 3/19 (15.8%) from the “3”, and 8/15 (53.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban next game is this Thursday, February 4th, vs. The Bosco Institute, a prep school out of Crown Point, Indiana. Game time is 7:00pm.

SSC sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington was named NJCAA Division II National-Player-of-the Week. His stat filling performance (25 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 steals, and 3 assists) at Danville Area Community College on Saturday, January 30th earned him the honor.

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February 4 – vs. St. John Bosco Institute (IN) in South Holland, IL

The Bulldogs hosted a very powerful prep school from northwest Indiana, The Bosco Institute. The game was close throughout and there were 16 lead changes and 10 ties. The biggest lead was 6 points by any team throughout the game, but in the end South Suburban survived with a 76-73 victory.

#1 ranked South Suburban improved to 3-0 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 four assists. Sophomore forward Chance Love scored 15 points of his own while grabbing eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Ishmael Martin was the only other Bulldogs to score in double figures as we chipped in 11 points while dishing out three 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 return to action this Monday, February 8th. They will host the reigning #1 team in the country from last year, Milwaukee Area Technical College from Wisconsin. Tip time is 7:00pm.

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The remainder of the home SSC Bulldog and Lady Bulldog Volleyball and Basketball games will be played at the SOUTHLAND CENTER in Lynwood, IL.

February 8 – vs. Milwaukee (WI) Area Technical College in Lynwood, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs hosted the 2019-20 #1 team in the country Milwaukee Area Tech. The game was played, as will all remaining home games for the 2021 season, at the Southland Rec Center in Lynwood, IL. The South Suburban athletics facility is being used for a COVID-19 vaccine site.

The game was as advertised with two #1 ranked teams. The game had 13 lead changes, and was tied 11 times. However, in the end the Bulldogs prevailed 69-68.

The game was tight from the beginning. Neither team held more than a 7-point lead. SSC led 31-24 with 3:00 left to go in the first half.

Milwaukee Area Tech would go on a 8-2 run to close the half and the Bulldogs led 33-32.

Milwaukee would take a 43-38 lead with 13:30 to go in the game. SSC would respond with a 18-6 run and take a 56-49 lead with 9:00 to go. Milwaukee Area Teach would then go on a 10-2 run of their own to take a 59-58 lead with 5:00 to go. SSC would regain the lead until Milwaukee Area tech made a three point basket with :21 to go to take a 68-67 lead.

South Suburban’s sophomore forward Chance Love would rebound a missed shot with :11 to go. He made the lay-up but missed the free throw to give SSC the 69-68 lead. South Suburban’s sophomore G/F Demarius Byrd would block a last second “3”-pont shot by Milwaukee Area Tech to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 28 points. He also grabbed 15 rebounds, blocked 3 shots and snatched 3 steals. Sophomore’s Ishmael Martin and Tyronn Mosley would be the only other double digit scorers for SSC. They scored 12 and 11 points respectfully. Mosley would record a double/double (his second as a Bulldogs) as he grabbed 10 rebounds.

South Suburban and Milwaukee Area Tech tied in the rebounding category with 54 rebounds each.

South Suburban shot a chilling percentage in their new home. They shot 30/86 (34.9%) from the field, 3/16 (33.3%) from behind the “3”-pont line, and a horrible 6/18 (33.3%) from the free throw line. Milwaukee Area Tech shot 23/67 (34.3%) from the field, 2/19 (10.5%) from the “3”, and 20/34 (58.8%) from the free throw line. South Suburban improved to 4-0 on the season.

Their Thursday evening contest vs. Trinity Christian (JV) was canceled due to COVID protocol in the Trinity Christian program. They return to the Southland Rec Center on Sunday, February 14th, with a 2:00pm tip vs. Bay College in Michigan.

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February 14 – vs. Bay College (MI) in Lynwood, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs playing their second game at their new home, The Southland Center as they hosted Bay College from Escanaba, MI. The foul prone Norse were defeated by the Bulldogs 94-52.

Bay Collège had no answers for South Suburban’s game plan. They committed 29 fouls in the game as it seemed every time SSC drove to the basket, they were fouled. The Bulldogs shot 43 free throw’s in the game.

However, the game did start out slow as both teams struggled early to make baskets. SSC didn’t even make its first field goal of the game until 5:00 into it. The Bulldogs slowly built a 41-28 lead.

The second half was a different story. The Bulldogs opened the second half on a 24-9 run and took a commanding 65-37 lead with 10:00 left to go in the game. They would cruise to the 42-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 19 points. He also grabbed 17 rebounds. He dished out 7 assists and snatched 3 steals. It was his 5th straight game recording a double/double. Sophomores Chance Love, Ishmael Martin, and Demarius Byrd would also score in double figures as they chipped in 18, 18 and 10 points respectfully. Freshman Anthony Mabon recorded career highs in scoring (15) and rebounds (5).

South Suburban dominated the boards as they held a 58-37 advantage. They would also force 24 turnovers.

South Suburban shot a chilling 28/75 (37.3%) from the field, 8/22 (36.4%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 30/43 (69.8%) from the free throw line. Bay College shot 18/58 (31%) from the field, 2/25 (16%) from the “3”, and 12/24 (50%) from the free throw line.

Pigatti’s Bulldogs improved to 5-0 on the season. They play NJCAA Division 1 #15 Triton College this Tuesday, February 16th at the Southland Center. Game time is 7:00pm.

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February 16 – vs. Triton College in Lynwood, IL

The Game was touted as one of the best games in the country; as two nationally ranked teams squared off at the Southland Center (temporary home of the Bulldogs). The NJCAA Division II #1 ranked South Suburban Bulldogs hosted NJCAA Division 1 #15 Triton College. The game did not disappoint but in the end Triton came out with the 67-62 victory.

The game was tight throughout the first half. Triton led SSC 26-24 with 4:00 left to go in the first half. Triton would proceed to go on a 14-2 run to close out the half with a 40-26 lead.

The second half was one for the ages.

South Suburban opened on a 5-0 run, but that did not last. Triton actually took its biggest lead of the game at 48-33 with 15:30 to go in the game.

The Bulldogs would continue to chip away at the lead and actually pulled within one at 58-57 with 3:25 to go. SSC would have several chances to take the lead but it’s poor shooting night hurt that come back bid. Triton took a 65-62 lead with :11 to go.

SSC’s sophomore forward Tyronn Mosely drove down the court and pulled up for a “3”-point shot to tie the game. His shot was just short and Triton held on for the victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by stat-filling sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington. He scored a game high 28 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, dished out 7 assist, and snatched 4 steals. Mosely was the only other Bulldog who scored in double figures as he chipped in 14 points of his own. South Suburban shot a chilling 25/72 (34.7%) from the field, 5/25 (20%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 7/9 (77.8%) from the free throw line. Triton shot 24/60 (40%) from the field, 7/15 (46.7%) from the “3”, and 12/22 (54.5%) from the free throw line.

Triton won the battle of the boards 45-35.

South Suburban falls to 5-1 on the season. They return to the Southland Center this Friday, February 19th with a NJCAA Region IV contest vs. Bryant & Stratton College from Milwaukee, WI. Tip time is 5:00pm.

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February 19 – vs. Bryant & Stratton College (WI) in Lynwood, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs played Bryant & Stratton College from Milwaukee, WI. a rare Friday afternoon game at the Southland Center. However, the Bulldogs played like they have never played a Friday afternoon matinee in the first half. They prevailed 77-69 in overtime in the end.

The first half started out nip and tuck. SSC trailed Bryant & Stratton (WI) 15-13 with 12:00 to go in the first half. Bryant & Stratton would go on a 24-11 run and take a 39-24 lead with 5:00 to go. The Bulldogs would trail 44-31 at halftime.

The second half did not start out much better for the Bulldogs. They trailed 56-40 with 11:30 to go in the game. They would still trail 67-55 with 1:55 to go in the game.

Then SSC got their defense intensity to where it should of been earlier in the game. They reeled off eight straight points by snatching a few steals, and tied the game at 67 with just under a minute to go. No one scored during the rest of regulation and the game went to an extra 5:00 period.

The Bulldogs would only give up two points in the overtime as they improved their record to 6-1 on the season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 25 points. He would also grab 17 rebounds for his 7th straight double double this season. He also dished out 4 assists and blocked 3 shots. Sophomore Courtney Fields also recorded a double/double for the Bulldogs as he scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Sophomores Ishamel Martin, Tyronn Mosely and Demarius Byrd would score in double digits as well. They scored 11, 10, 10 points respectfully.

South Suburban out rebounded Bryant & Stratton 46-35.

SSC shot 26/66 (39.4% ) from the field, 3/17 (17.6%) from behind the “3” point line, and 22/30 (73.3%) from the free throw line. Bryant & Stratton shot 27/71 (38%) from the field, 9/21 (42.9%) from the “3”, and 6/9 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban completes it extended home stand at the Southland Center this Sunday, February 21st when they play the International Sports Academy, a prep school out of Cleveland, Ohio. Game time is 6:00 p.m.

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February 21 – vs. International Sports Academy (OH) in Lynwood, IL

Coach Pigatti’s squad hosted the International Sports Academy, a prep school from Cleveland, Ohio, in a rare Sunday evening contest. They took a double digit lead in the middle of the first half and never looked back as the #1 Bulldogs won 93-80 to improve to 7-1 on the season.

The game was nip and tuck early. It was actually still tied at 21 with 10:00 to go in the first half. The Bulldogs would go on a 22-5 run and take their biggest lead of the half at 43-26 with 3:00 to go.

They would go into the halftime break with a 51-35 lead.

The second half was one where the Bulldogs just kept their double digit lead throughout. SSC biggest lead was at 70-51 with 11:45 to go in the game and they would cruise to the 13-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore Tyronn Mosely’s career high 22 points. Sophomore Deshawndre Washington continued his streak of double/doubles as he has recorded one in every game this season (20 points and 14 rebounds.) Sophomores Courtney Fields and Demarius Byrd scored 15 and 12 points respectfully. Freshman guard Joel Webb recorded a career high in points (11) and rebounds (6) for the Bulldogs. SSC shot 34/74 (45.9%) from the field, 4/14 (28.6%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 21/31 (67.7%) from the free throw line. The International Sports Academy shot 30/70 (42.9%) from the field, 9/25 (36%) from the “3”, and 11/21 (52.4%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 45-35.

The Bulldog will now head out on the road for two games this week. They open their road trip with a game at NJCAA Division 1 Highland Community College. Highland had been to the NJCAA Division 1 National Championship Tourney nine times in the last 14 years. The game will be this Thursday, February 25th. Game time is 6:00pm.

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February 25 – at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL

The NJCAA Division II top ranked Bulldogs took to the road for the first time in the month of February. The stop was Freeport, IL where they faced NJCAA Division 1 powerhouse Highland Community College. The Bulldogs did not put together a full 40-minute effort and were beaten soundly 76-53.

SSC played toe-to-toe with Highland for the first 12:00 of the game. The game was tied 23-23 with 8:00 to go in the first half. Highland would proceed to go on a 19-11 run to end the half, leading 42-34 at halftime.

The second half was a disaster for the Bulldogs. SSC could not make a basket and Highland would go on a 26-11 run and take their biggest lead 67-43 with 6:00 to go in the game.

The rest was history as SSC took their second worst defeat in the 15 years that Coach John Pigatti has been at South Suburban College.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 18 points. He also kept his perfect double/double streak alive this year as he grabbed 15 rebounds. Sophomore forward Chance Love also recorded a double]double for the Bulldogs as he scored 14 points while grabbing 15 rebounds.

Highland won the rebounding battle 38-35.

South Suburban shot a chilling 23/63 (36.5%) from the field, 2/15 (13.3%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 5/10 (50%) from the free throw line. Highland shot 31/67 (46.3%) from the field, 6/20 (30%) from the “3”, and 10/16 (62.5%) from the free throw line.

SSC falls to 7-2 on the season. They continue their road swing this Saturday, February 27th with a Region IV match-up at Morton College in Cicero, IL. Tip is 1:00 pm.

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February 27 – at Morton College in Cicero, IL

The Bulldogs continued their road trip with a bounce back 79-74 win at Morton College in a Region IV matchup.

South Suburban came out strong in the first half and built a 19-point lead. They went into the halftime break with a 42-26 lead.

The second half was a different story. Morton opened the half on a 21-5 run to tie the game at 47 with 12:50 to go. SSC would then get their offense back on track. They would take a 65-55 lead with 6:00 to go in the game. Morton would chip away at the lead and pull to with in three at 77-74 with :07 to go. SSC’s sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington would rebound his own missed free throw and put it back in the basket to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.

South Suburban improved to 8-2 on the year.

Washington led the Bulldogs in scoring with 29 points. He would also grab 15 rebounds. The other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were sophomore guards Ishmael Martin and Markese who would score 16 and 10 points respectfully.

South Suburban would win the rebounding battle 39-31.

SSC shot 33/63 (52%) from the field, 5/12 (41.6%) from behind the arc, and 8/13 (61.5%) from the free throw line. Morton shot 26/51 (51%) from the field, 8/19 (42.1%) from the “3”, and 14/18 (77.8%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs return to the Southland Center this Tuesday, March 2nd as they play the Judson University Junior Varsity squad from Elgin, IL. at 5:00pm.

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March 2 – vs. Judson University JV in Lynwood, IL

The #4 ranked Bulldogs hosted the Judson University JV squad and cruised to a 97-68 victory.

They broke open the lead in the middle of the first half and took a 54-34 lead into halftime. They were never challenged in the second half and actually took their biggest lead of 95-61 with 2:00 to go in the game.

The victory improves the Bulldogs record to 9-2 on the season.

South South Suburban was led in scoring and rebounding by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington. He has recorded a double/double in every game he has played in this season. In this game he scored a career high 40 points while grabbing a career high 21 rebounds. The only other double digit scorer for the Bulldogs was sophomore guard Ishmael martin. He scored 16 points while dishing out 4 assists. SSC shot 36/76 (47.4%) from the field, 2/8 (25%) from behind the 3-point line, and 23 ou of 28 (82.1%) from the free throw line. Judson University shot 23/57 (40.4%) from the field, 5/16 (31.3%) from the “3”, and 17/28 (60.7%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs return to action this Thursday, March 4th at Triton College in River Grove, IL. The Trojans are ranked #12 in NJCAA Division 1. Game time is 7:00 pm.

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