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.

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