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.
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.
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.
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.