Men’s Basketball Recaps

November 2 – vs. the Basketball Club of Northwestern University in South Holland, IL

The Bulldogs opened the 2019-20 season with a 129-66 victory over Northwestern University (Club). The Bulldogs were a little sluggish to start the season as Northwestern took an early 6-2 lead.

After several substitutions by 14th year Head Coach John Pigatti, the Bulldogs woke up. They went on a 19-3 run to take a 21-9 lead.

They went into halftime leading 63-27. They never looked back after that.

The Bulldogs only dressed nine players and all nine scored.

Courtney Carter recorded a first for Coach Pigatti. He recorded a quadruple double as he scored a career high 34 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out 10 assists and snatched 10 steals. SSC’s sophomore forward Roland Austin recorded a double/double of his own as he scored a career high 26 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. Other Bulldogs that scored in double digits were: sophomores Joffari Brown and Darien Stewart (career high). They scored 18 and 14 points respectfully. Freshman guard Andre Dickerson recorded a career high as he scored 16 points of his own for the Bulldogs.

South Suburban shot 57/88 (64.8%) from the field, 6/15 (40%) from behind the ”3”-point line, and 9/10 (90%) from the free throw line. Northwestern Univ. (Club) shot 24/59 (40.7%) from the field, 4/17 (23.5%) from the “#”, and 14/21 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

SSC won the rebounding battle 41-28.

South Suburban opens 1-0 on the early season. They travel for two road games this week. They play at Wright College on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00pm.

BOX SCORE

November 5 – at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, IL

SSC traveled up to “The City” to play one of the City Colleges of Chicago, beating the Wilbur Wright College Rams, 101-60.

The Bulldogs trailed early 8-2 but then went on a 7-0 run to take the lead for good at the 16:00 mark of the first half.

They took an 46-32 lead into the half time break.

They outscored the hosts 55-28 in the second half for the 101-60 victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Joffari Brown’s career high 27 points. The Bulldogs had five players score in double digits. Sophomores Courtney Carter, Darien Stewart scored 16 points each. Sophomores Malcolm Bell, and Tariq Deere scored 13 and 11 points respectfully for SSC.

South Suburban shot 36/68 (52.9%) from the field, 4/11 (36.4%) from behind the “3” point line, and were 25/37 (67.6%) from the free throw line. Wright shot 18/62 (29%) from the field, 1/15 (6%) from the “3”, and 23/36 (63.9%) from the free throw line. South Suburban won the rebounding battle 47-38. Sophomore guard Tariq Deere dished out 6 assist in the game without turning the ball over.

South Suburban’s defense created 27 Wright turnovers.

The Bulldogs improve to 2-0 on the season. They continue their road trip this Thursday (November 7th) as they travel to Elgin Community College for a 7:00pm tip.

BOX SCORE

November 7 – at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL

The Bulldogs ended their two game early season road trip with an 86-80 loss to the Spartans of Elgin Community College.

SSC lead by as many as 18 points in the second half. However, discipline problems and insubordination caught up to the Bulldogs. Head Coach John Pigatti, removed sophomore guard Courtney Carter from the game with 7:00 to go. The Bulldogs could not stop the Spartan run and lost their first game of the season.

The game opened favorably for the Bulldogs. They took and early 6-0 lead. SSC extended the lead 38-26 with 1:21 to go in the half when Elgin went on a 6-2 run, making a 3-point shot at the buzzer to close the first half. SSC led 40-32 at the break.

The second half started out well for SSC. The Bulldogs took their biggest lead of the game at 57-39 with 13:33 to go in the game. With a 70-63 lead and 5:00 to go, SSC then gave up 23 points in the last 5:00 of the game which led to their defeat.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomores Malcolm Bell and Joffari Brown who scored 19 points each. Bell recorded a double-double as he grabbed 10 rebounds. Carter scored 15 points and sophomore guard Tariq Deere rounded out the double digit scoring for the Bulldogs as he chipped in 13 points. Elgin was led by sophomore guard Kelvin Cortez-Harvey. He scored a career high 46 points to lead the host to victory. SSC shot 28/51 (55%) from the field, a dismal 2/12 (17%) from behind the “3” point line, and 18/23 (78%) from the free throw line. Elgin shot a sizzling 21/30 (70%) from the field, 7/21 (33%) from the “3”, and 28/31 (74%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 35-26.

The Bulldogs fall to 2-1 on the season. They return home next week for three straight home games. The first one is Tuesday, November 12 vs. Waubonsee Community College. Tip off is 7:00pm.

BOX SCORE

November 12 – vs. Waubonsee Community College in South Holland, IL

The Bulldogs were trying to bounce back from a tough defeat last week. The loss at Elgin, the first lost in November for a Coach Pigatti Bulldog team since 2012, dropped the Bulldogs to #10 in the latest NJCAA Division II poll.

SSC started their first of three straight home games this week. They responded to the challenge and defeated Waubonsee Community College, 79-73.

The game was tight early, 7-6 SSC, in the first minute of the game. SSC went on a 16-2 run to take a 23-8 lead with 12:00 to go in the first half. Waubonsee would respond with a 28-8 run of their own, and tied the game at 31 with 4:00 to go. Both teams went into halftime tied at 41.

The visiting Chiefs started the second half with a 5-0 run to take a 46-41 lead. South Suburban would respond with a 9-0 run of their own and took a 50-46 lead with 14:00 left in the game. The game was nip and tuck from then on.

The game was tied at 68 with 2:00 to go when SSC broke lose for the 6-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Tariq Deere’s 26 points. 3 other players scored in double digits. Sophomore guards Courtney Cater and Joffari Brown scored 13 and 10 points respectfully. Freshman guard Octavius Parker II played in his first game as a Bulldog and recorded his first career double-double. He scored 10 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

Waubonsee won the rebounding battle 40-39.

SSC shot 26/74 (35%) from the field, 7/27(26%) from behind the “3” point line, and 20/26 (77%) from the free throw line. Waubonsee shot 27/72 (38%), 7/27 (26%) from the “3”, and 12/21 (57%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 3-1 on the season and continue their home stand on Thursday, November 14th when they play their south suburban rivals Prairie State College. Tip time is 7:00 p.m.

BOX SCORE

November 14 – vs. Prairie State College in South Holland, IL

The #10 Bulldogs hosted their south suburban rival Prairie State College. After a sluggish, first half they picked up the intensity and came out with a 79-59 victory.

SSC opened up the game with an early 15-8 lead with 14:46 to go in the first half. However, Prairie State would be the more aggressive team in the first half, led 35-32 at halftime.

The Bulldogs picked up their defensive effort in the second half and held the Pioneers to 8 points in the first 12:00 of the half. SSC lead by as many as 27 points (73-46) and went on for the 20-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Joffari Brown’s career high 31 points. Sophomore forward Malcolm Bell scored 19 points of his own, grabbed 6 rebounds and swatted 5 blocked shots. Sophomore guard Tariq Deere scored 15 points for the Bulldogs as well. Sophomore point guard Courtney Carter grabbed a career high 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward Roland Austin swatted a career high 6 block shots.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 42-27.

South Suburban shot 33/64 (52%) from the field, 5/17 (29%) from behind the “3” point line, and 8/12 (67%) from the free throw line. Prairie State shot 24/65 (37%) from the field, 8/21 (38%) from the “3” and only 3/10 (30%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 4-1 on the season and conclude their home stand this Saturday (November 16th) as they play The College of Lake County. Tip time is 3:00 pm.

BOX SCORE

November 16 – vs. The College of Lake County in South Holland, IL

The #10 Bulldogs finished their three game home stand with a 105-90 victory over the College of Lake County.

The game was marred by a barrage of fouls in the first half. There were 30 fouls called on both teams in the first half. SSC after the first half, 52-45.

The second half was less of a foul fest. South Suburban extended their lead to double digits early and they never relinquished the double digit lead once it was established.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore forward Malcolm Bell who scored a career high 35 points while recording a double-double as he grabbed 13 rebounds. Sophomore guards Joffari Brown and Tariq Deere had 19 and 17 points respectfully for the Bulldogs. Josh Falls who was playing in his first game for South Suburban scored 13 points while grabbing 6 rebounds. The only other double digit scorer for SSC was freshman guard Octavius Parker II. He chipped in 12 points.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 36-22.

SSC shot 42/69 (60.9%) from the field, 4/10 (40%) behind the “3” point line, and 17/24 (70.8%) from the free throw line. Lake County shot 29/51 (56.9%) from the field, 7/15 (46.7%) from the “3”, and 25/35 (71.4%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs improved to 5-1 on the season. They head out on the road for their next two games. They start north of the border on Tuesday, November 19th with a Top 10 match up vs. #6 Milwaukee Area Tech. Tip time in Milwaukee, WI is 8:00pm.

BOX SCORE

November 19 – at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, WI

The #9 Bulldogs visited #6 Milwaukee Area Technical College in a early season Top 10 match up. SSC played from behind all game and ended up on the short end of a 76-66 Stormers’ victory.

South Suburban trailed early 24-16, but held the host to only 5 points in the last 7:00 of the half to lead at halftime, 32-29.

The second half started out poorly for the Bulldogs as they gave up 20 points in the first 7:30 and Milwaukee led 49-41.

The score 64-56 with 5:30 to go when SSC’s sophomore guard Tariq Deere hit back-to-back 3’s to pull SSC within 64-62 with 4:30 to go. South Suburban could only muster up 4 points the rest of the way.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Deere’s 17 points, while freshman guard Octavius Parker II scored a career high 17 points as well. SSC’s leading scorer sophomore guard Joffari Brown was the only other Bulldog in double digits as he scored 14 points.

South Suburban took 80 shots on the night and missed 55 of them. They were 25/80 (31.3%) from the field, 6/26 (23.1%) from the “3”, and 10/15 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Milwaukee Area Tech shot 30/69 (43.5%) from the field, 4/22 (18.2%) from the “3”, and 12/24 (50%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs dropped to 5-2 on the season. They conclude their road trip in Crystal Lake, IL on Thursday (November 21st) with a 7:15pm tip at McHenry County College.

BOX SCORE

November 21 – at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL

The #9 Bulldogs continued their road trip at McHenry County College. They were sticking licking their wounds from their top 10 match-up loss at Milwaukee Area Tech, they got back on the winning ways with a 86-60 victory over the Scots to improve to 6-2 on the season.

SSC started the game trailed 21-12 with 11:52 left in the first half. They still trailed 29-24 with 6:00 left. SSC’s freshman guard Octavius Parker II hit a “3” point shot to give the Bulldogs the lead for good at 32-31.

SSC held McHenry to 9 points in the last 6:00 of the half and went into halftime with a 40-35 lead.

The second half was all about the Bulldog’s defense. They held McHenry to 8 points in the first 11:00 and opened on a 30-8 run to take a 70-43 lead. They extended that lead to 76-45 with 7:30 left and never dropped the lead below 20, in route to their 26-point victory.

South Suburban as led in scoring by sophomore forward Malcolm Bell’s 16 points. SSC’s sophomore guard Courtney Carter was a stat filler. He scored recorded a double=double by scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He also dished out 8 assist, and snatched 8 steals. Sophomore forward Roland Austin was the only other Bulldog to score in double digits as he chipped in 12 points.

South Suburban won the battle of the boards 54-23.

SSC shot 38-76 (50%) from the field, 6/14 (42.9%) from the “3”, and 4-6 (66.7%) from the free throw line. McHenry shot 19/54 (35.2%) from the field, 6/18 (33.3%) from the “3”, and 18/28 (64.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban returns home for a Tuesday night, November 26th contest vs. Oakton Community College. Tip time is 7:00pm.

BOX SCORE

November 26 – vs. Oakton Community College in South Holland, IL

The #8 Bulldogs were not in the holiday spirit of being gracious hosts, as they defeated the Owls of Oakton Community College, 104-44.

SSC took an early 16-2 lead and they did not give up their first basket until 13:14 of the first half. They went into the halftime break leading 45-22.

They opened the second half on a 27-17 run and took a 72-39 lead with 10:30 to go in the game. They held Oakton to only five points the rest of the way, to seal the 60-point victory.

SSC was led in scoring by sophomores Malcolm Bell and Joffari Brown. Both score a team high 23 points. Sophomore Courtney Carter recorded a triple-double as he scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, while dishing out 12 assists. Sophomores Roland Austin and Tariq Deere also scored in double digits for the Bulldogs. They scored 12 and 10 points respectfully.

The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 39-15.

South Suburban shot 44/69 (63.8%) from the field, 6/12 (50%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 10/12 (83.3%) from the free throw line. Oakton shot 12/33 (36.4%) from the field, 2/9 (22.2%) from the “3”, and 18/31 (58.1%) from the free throw line.

SSC improved to 7-2 on the season. They will have a week off before hosting Morton College on Tuesday, December 3rd. Tip time is 7:00pm.

BOX SCORE

December 4 – vs. Morton College in South Holland, IL

The #8 ranked Bulldogs returned to the court after the Thanksgiving holiday with a resounding 70-50 victory over Morton College.

They opened the game making four 3-point shots and took an early 12-0 lead. They held Morton to only 3 made field goals in the first half. SSC led 33-15 at halftime.

South Suburban opened the second half on a 10-2 run and took their biggest lead 64-35 with 6:00 to go in the game. They milked the clock at the end of the game and came out with the 20-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by freshman guard Octavius Parker II. He scored a career high 18 points. The Bulldogs had 2 other players score in double figures. Sophomores Malcolm Bell and Tariq Deere scored 12 and 11 points respectfully.

SSC won the rebounding battle 33-19.

South Suburban shot 27/53 (50.9%) from the field, 8/23 (34.8%) from the “3”, and was a perfect 8/8 from the free throw line. Morton shot 18/40 (45%) from the field (65%) in the second half, 5/18 (27.8%) from the “3”, and 9/19 (47.4%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 8-2 on the season. They play Trinity Christian College Junior Varsity squad at home this Thursday, December. Tip time is 7:00pm.

BOX SCORE

December 5 – vs. Trinity Christian College Junior Varsity in South Holland, IL

The #8 Bulldogs played their last game at home for a while, and did not disappoint. They handled their business and defeated Trinity Christian (JV) 107-56.

SSC took and early 35-11 lead and led 55-19 at half time. They never look back after that.

Every player scored for the Bulldogs. Sophomore guard Courtney Carter led SSC in scoring with 19 points. He also grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, and snatched 6 steals. Four other Bulldogs scored in double digits. Sophomore guard Joffari Brown had 13 points. Sophomores Malcolm Bell, Tariq Deere, and freshman guard Octavius Parker II scored 12 points a piece.

South Suburban shot 40/70 (57.1%) from the field, 12/20 (60%) from behind the “3” point line, and 15/21 (71.4%) from the free throw line. Trinity Christian (JV) shot 20/49 (40.8%) from the field, 7/26 (26.9%) from the “3”, and 9/13 (69.2%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban shared the ball well and they assisted 25 times on 40 made baskets.

SSC also won the rebounding battle 37-26. South Suburban improved to 9-2 on the season.

The Dawgs head out on the road this Saturday (December 7) to play Chicago’s Kennedy King College. Tip time is 3:00 pm. This will be their last contest before final exams.

BOX SCORE

December 7 – at Kennedy King College in Chicago, MI

This game was postponed and rescheduled for January 14, 2020.

Delta College Lynn Conway Classic

December 14 – vs. Schoolcraft College at Delta College in University Center, MI

The #4 Bulldogs played their second Top-5 match up in the last three weeks, as they took to the court to play the #2 Schoolcraft College in Delta Colleges Lynn Conway Classic.

The game was played at a national tourney pace with the intensity of a playoff game. The game went to overtime, and in the end, The Ocelots of Schoolcraft beat SSC 101-93.

South Suburban took and early 7-4 lead, but Schoolcraft went on an 11-0 run to lead 15-7 with 11:00 to go. South Suburban responded with an 18-0 run of their own and take a 25-15 lead with 6:00 to go in the first half. Schoolcraft would end the half on a 20-7 run and lead 35-32 at the break.

The second half was a shootout. Schoolcraft took a 48-41 lead with 14:00 to go in the game. SSC would eventually take a 70-69 lead with 5:00 left to go. Schoolcraft would then make two 3-point shots to build a 74 70 lead. An old fashioned three-point play (a made basket and a free throw) the by the Bulldogs Joffari Brown would tie the game at 74 with 3:08 top go. Schoolcraft would take the lead back 83-81 when Brown was fouled with :07 to go in the game. He would proceed to make both free throws to force the overtime.

The Ocelots would start the overtime on a 10-0 run and never look back. Schoolcraft improved to 11-0 on the season. South Suburban fell to 9-3.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Brown’s 30 points (his second 30+ game of the season). SSC’s sophomore guard Courtney Carter would fill the stat sheet as he scored 28 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 6 assists and snatched 6 steals. Sophomore Forward Malcolm Bell was the only other double digit scorer for the Bulldogs, as he chipped in 13 points of his own.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 39-38.

SSC shot 36-78 (46.2%) from the field, 9/23 (39.1%) from the “3”, and 12-16 (75%) from the free throw line. Schoolcraft shot 33-65 (50.8%) from the field, 12/26 (46.2%) from the “3”, and 23/29 (79.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban plays host Delta College on Sunday (December 15). Tip time is 5:00 pm (EST).

BOX SCORE

Delta College Lynn Conway Classic

December 15 – vs. Delta College in University Center, MI

The Bulldogs had to rebound from a heart breaking overtime lost the previous day to the #2 Schoolcraft College Ocelots. Their opponent was host Delta College. The Pioneers are receiving votes in the Top 20 on the NJCAA Division II poll.

The Bulldogs responded late in the second half to pull away for a 76-65 victory.

SSC opened up on an early 22-16 lead with 10:00 to go in the first half and would go on to lead at halftime, 42-39.

Delta would take a 51-50 lead with 12:00 to go in the game. An old school running hook shot by South Suburban’s sophomore forward Josh Falls would give the Bulldogs the lead for good at 58-57 with 7:46 to go. SSC would extend the lead to 66-59 with 3:00 to go. South Suburban would make its free throws down the stretch to seal the 11-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Courtney Carter. He filled the stat sheet up again for the second straight night. He scored 19 points grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 8 assets and snatched 6 steals. SSC had 2 other double digit scorers: freshman Octavius Parker (17pts), and sophomore Malcolm Bell (15 pts).

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 39-30. South Suburban shot 20/42 (47.6%) from the field, 7/17 (41.2%) from behind the “3” point line, and 29/40 (72.5%) from the free throw line.

Delta shot 15/50 (30%) from the field, 2/10 (20%) from the “3”, and 33/38 (86.8%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 10-3 on the season. They continue their Michigan Region road trip with a Wednesday December 18th game at Ancilla College in Donaldson, IN. Tip time is 7:00 pm (EST).

BOX SCORE

December 18 – at Ancilla College in Donaldson, IN

The #9 Bulldogs took to the road to play Ancilla College, another Top 15 team. Looking to win a game versus a ranked opponent, South Suburban was victorious 87-81.

The game started out with Ancilla taking an early 14-7 lead. After back-to-back made 3-point shots by South Suburban’s sophomores Roland, Austin and Courtney Carter, the Bulldogs drew within 1 point. That margin held up until halftime with Ancilla leading 39-38.

Ancilla extended their lead to 58-80 with 9:00 to go in the game. However, South Suburban decided to pick up their defensive intensity. SSC went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 58 with 7:00 to go. South Suburban would then go on an 11-2 run to take a 69-60 lead with 3:00 to go.

They would never look back and would leave Donaldson, IN with their first victory of the season against a ranked opponent.

South Suburban was led in scoring by fellow sophomores Carter, and Joffari Brown’s 19 points. Sophomores Malcolm Bell and Darien Stewart scored 12 and 11 points respectfully to round out the double digit scorers for the Bulldogs.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 40-36.

SSC shot 30-66 (45.5%) from the field, 3/12 (25%) from the “3”, and 24/31 (77.4%) from the free throw line. Ancilla shot 26/60 (43.3%) from the field, 7/16 (43.8%) from the ‘3”, and 22/27 (81.5%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 11-3 on the season. They are back in action this Saturday, December 21 as they have a 3:00 pm tip vs. Kalamazoo Valley (MI) Community College, their fourth straight Michigan region team.

The day is designated as Kid’s Day. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be passing out goodie bags for the Kids.

BOX SCORE

December 21 – vs. Kalamazoo Valley (MI) Community College in South Holland, IL. KIDS’ DAY

The # 9 Bulldogs completed the first half of their season with a 12-3 record with a 77-59 home victory over Kalamazoo (MI) Valley Community College.

The game started with Kalamazoo Valley taking an early 10-8 lead with 15:00 to go in the first half. Over the next seven minutes, South Suburban shut out the visitors, going on a 12-0 run and taking a 20-10 lead with 8:00 to go. SSC held a 33-15 lead with 3:30 to go in the first half.

The Bulldogs went into halftime only leading 33-21.

South Suburban opened up the second half on a 14-8 run and took a 47-29 lead with 15:00 to go in the game. They took their largest lead at 75-50 with 4:00 to go.

After a late barrage of made 3-point shots by Kalamazoo Valley, SSC came away with the 18-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore forward Malcolm Bell’s 21 points on 10/12 shooting. The only other Bulldog to score in double digits was sophomore guard Joffari Brown who chipped in 15 points of his own.

SSC won the rebounding battle 26-21.

South Suburban shot 34/60 (56.7%) from the field, a chilly 3/13 (23.1%) from the “3”, and 6/8 (75%) from the free throw line. Kalamazoo Valley shot 23/41 (56.1%) from the field, 8/17 (47.1%) from the “3”, and 5/9 (55.6%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban takes a few days off for the Christmas holiday. They return to action this Saturday (December 28th) with a road contest at Lake Michigan College in Benton Habor, MI. Tip time is 3:00pm (EST).

BOX SCORE

December 28 – at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI

The #9 ranked Bulldogs played their last contest of 2019 at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI. After a slow start they woke out of their mid-winter nap and defeated the Red Hawks 85-71.

The host jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. They extended the lead to 25-15 with 11:40 to go in the first half.

South Suburban would proceed to go on a 16-0 run and take a 31-25 lead with 6:30 to go in the first half. The Bulldogs would take a 47-34 lead into the halftime break.

Lake Michigan cut SSC’s lead to 52-43 with 15:30 to go in the game. South Suburban would then go on a 19-4 run and take a 71-47 lead with 9:50 to go in the game.

South Suburban would fall back asleep and Lake Michigan cut the lead to 12 with 2:00 to go. South Suburban would hang on for the 14-point victory.

SSC was led in scoring by sophomore guard Tariq Deere’s career high 27 points. He would also snatch 6 steals. Fellow sophomore Josh Falls would record his second double/double of the season as he scored 12 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Andre Dickerson scored his career high 18 points (14 in the first half) to help SSC pull away from their hosts.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 35-27.

SSC shot 33/63 (52.4%) from the field, 8/19 (42.1%) from behind the “3” point line, and 11/13 (84.6%) from the free throw line.

Lake Michigan had a great shooting night from the “3”. They were 25/55 (45.5%) from the field, a sizzling 17/28 (60.7%) from the “3”, and 4/10 (40%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban closes out 2019 with 13-3 record. They will play five straight home games to start the new year. The first game for the home stand is Friday January 3, 2019 vs. Carl Sandburg College. Tip time is 3:00pm.

BOX SCORE

January 3, 2020 – vs. Carl Sandburg College in South Holland, IL

The # 9 Bulldogs welcomed #21 Carl Sandburg into the “Pigpen” and started off the new year victorious with a 78-55 win.

South Suburban started the game on a 7-0 run. They extended the lead to 26-8 with 10:00 to go in the first half. The Bulldog’s offense then went stagnant during the final 10:00 of the half as the visiting Chargers pulled to within ten at the halftime break, 37-27.

South Suburban led 44-35 with 16:00 to go in the game. They proceeded to go on a 18-2 run and took a 62-37 lead with 9:00 left to go and never looked back.

The victory improved the Bulldogs 14-3 on the season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore forward Malcolm Bell who scored 24 points while grabbing 7 rebounds. Two other Bulldogs scored in double figures. Sophomores Josh Falls and Tariq Deere scored 16 and 14 points respectfully. Sophomore point guard Courtney Carter dished out a game high 12 assists.

The rebounding battle ended up in a tie as both teams grabbed 30 rebounds.

South Suburban shot 32/57 (56.1%) from the field, 7/19 (36.6%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 7/9 (77.8%) from the free throw line. Sandburg shot 20/48 (41.7%) from the field, 1/9 (11.1%) from the “3”, and 14/19 (73.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban now has a week off and returns to action on Saturday, January 11th at home vs. Illinois Valley Community College. Tip is at 3:00pm.

BOX SCORE

January 11, 2020 – vs. Illinois Valley Community College in South Holland, IL

The Bulldogs last home game before the second semester starts was a victorious one as they defeated Illinois Valley Community College, 79-63 to improve to 15-3 on the season.

Illinois Valley, on the strength of three straight made 3-point baskets, took an early 15-14 lead with 12:30 to go in the first half. South Suburban then picked up its defense and finished the half on a 27-14 run and took a 41-29 lead into the half time break.

South Suburban took a 52-38 lead at the beginning of the second half. Illinois Valley proceeded to go on a 16-4 run and close the gap to 56-54 with 8:30 to go in the game. SSC then went on a 10-0 run to take a 66-54 lead with 4:45 to go. They would never let the lead back under double digits and leave with the 16-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Tariq Deere’s 20 points. He also snatched 5 steals. The other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were sophomores: Malcolm Bell (15 pts), Courtney Carter (13 pts) and Roland Austin (12 pts). Carter dished out 14 assists, grabbed 8 rebounds, and snatched 6 steals.

SSC won the rebounding battle 29-24.

South Suburban shot 35/70 (50%) from the field, 6/15 (40%) from the “3”, and 3/8 (38%) from the free throw line. Illinois Valley shot 19/42 (45%) from the field, 7/15 (47%) from the “3”, and 18/20 (90%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs return to action at home this Monday, January 13th vs. Aurora University JV. Tip time is 7:00 pm.

BOX SCORE

January 13, 2020 – vs. Aurora University JV in South Holland, IL

The Bulldogs moved up to #7 in the latest NJCAA Division II poll and took to the floor to prove that ranking when they hosted the junior varsity squad from Aurora University. They had a sluggish first half, but picked up their intensity in the second half to come away with a 82-47 victory.

SSC jumped out to an early 12-0 lead, but did not play the rest of the half very intensely. They only led 32-21 at halftime.

The second half was a different story. They opened up with a 28-7 run and took a 60-28 lead. They never looked back and improved to 16-3 on the season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Malcolm Bells 16 points. He also grabbed 7 rebounds. Sophomore guard Tariq Deere recorded a double-double for the Bulldogs, as he scored 13 points while dishing out 12 assists. SSC’s sophomore forward Roland Austin recorded his first double-double of the season; as he scored 11 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. The only other Bulldog to score in double figures was sophomore forward Josh Falls who scored 12 points. Sophomore guard Courtney Carter filled up the stat sheet for the Bulldogs as he scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished out 5 assist, and snatched 7 steals.

SSC won the rebounding battle 49-30.

South Suburban shot 36/78 (46%) from the field, 2/14 (14%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 8/10 (80%) from the free throw line. Aurora Univ (JV) shot 15/54 (28%) from the field, 5/22 (23%) from the “3”, and 12/16 (75%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban returns to action this Wednesday January 15th with a 7:00pm tip against Kennedy-King City College.

BOX SCORE