Men’s Basketball Recaps

November 3 – at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs opened their defense of their national championship on the road as they visited Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, IL. They continued their undefeated streak from last season’s perfect 33-0 campaign as they defeated Wright 97-68.

South Suburban opened the game a little shaky as they did not score on their first three possessions of the game. At the 3:00 mark, sophomore point guard Jalen Houston connected on a 3- point basket to give SSC an early 3-2 lead. They would slowly pull ahead of Wright, and took their largest lead of the first half at 30-13 with 7:00 to go in the first half.

They went into halftime with a 47-21 lead.

They would extend their lead to 61-32 with 14:53 to go, and took their largest lead of the game at 92-62 with 2:37 left in the game.

The victory give South Suburban a 1-0 record early in the season.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore guard Nakyel Shelton’s 29 points. He would also lead SSC in rebounding with 13. Returning player from the national championship team sophomore Damontae Taylor would fill up the stat sheet as he scored 18 points while grabbing 9 rebounds, dishing out 7 assists, snatching 2 steals, and blocking 3 shots. Two other returning players; sophomores Chris “CJ” Smith, and Christian Heffner would help SSC dominate the rebounding battle as they grabbed 9 and 8 rebounds, respectfully. Other double digit scores for the Bulldogs were sophomores Rashard Harris (14 points) and Houston chipped in 11 points of his own while snatching 4 steals.

SSC won the rebounding battle 55-27.

South Suburban shot 39/73 (53.4%) from the field, 6/16 (37.5%) from behind the “3” -point line, and 13-25 (52%) from the free throw line. Wright shot 19/76 (25%) from the field, but were a sizzling 10/19 (52.6%) from the “3”, and 21/29 (72.4%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban opens the home portion of its season this Saturday November 5, against Terra State Community College from Fremont, OH. Tip time is 3:00pm.

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November 5 – vs. Terra State Community College (OH) in South Holland, IL.

The #1 Bulldogs opened up their home portion of the 2022-23 season with a convincing 103-64 win over Terra State Community College from Fremont, OH.

The Bulldogs started out slow as Terra State held their last lead of the game at 11-9 with 13:50 to go in the first half. SSC took the lead for good at 19-18 with 10:00 to go.

The Bulldogs then went on a 21-5 run and took a 40-23 lead with 3:30 to go in the first half. Terra State would go on a 15-4 run of their own and cut the gap to 44-36 with :46 to go.

South Suburban went into halftime with a 46-36 lead.

The Bulldogs led 68-52 with 10:00 left to go in the game and proceeded to go on a 21-3 run and take a 89-55 lead with 5:14 to go. The final 39-point margin (103-67) was SSC’s biggest of the game.

Sophomore guard Nakyel Shelton had a career night for the Bulldogs. He scored a career high 42 points while grabbing a career high 18 rebounds. He also dished out 3 assists and snatched 3 steals. Sophomore forward Damontae Taylor scored 15 points for SSC, while grabbing 7 rebounds, and blocking 6 shots. Sophomore center Chris Smith scored 11 points of his own while grabbing 9 rebounds. The only other double digit scorer for SSC was sophomore guard Jalen Houston who scored 11 points while dishing out 5 assists.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 59-35.

The Bulldogs shot 37/72 (51.4%) from the field, 7/20 (35%) from behind the 3-point line, and 22-33 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Terra State shot 22/71 (31%) from the field, 3/15 (20%) from the “3”, and 17-23 (74%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 2-0 on the year.

They continue their home stand with a 7:00pm tip Tuesday, November 8th vs. the JV squad of Trinity Christian University.

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

The #1 Bulldogs won easily 144-53 in a contest that allowed 15 of the 16 players for SSC to play double digit minutes. The sophomore starters Jalen Houston, Nakyel Shelton, Damontate Taylor, Rashard Harris, and Chris “CJ” Smith played the entire first half.

They took an early 25-4 lead with 12:50 left to go in the first half, and cruised to a 75-20 halftime lead.

The bench took over after that.

SSC opened up the second half on a 21-0 run and took a 96-20 lead and never looked back.

It was a career night for several Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore Casey Nsamba’s career high 24 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Kaevon Anderson scored a career high 12 points while grabbing 5 rebounds. Freshman LeQuan Washington recorded his first career double/double as a college player (10 points and 10 rebounds).

In total, eight players scored in double figures. Nakyel Shelton (18 pts.), Damontae Taylor (16 points) Jalen Houston and Christian Heffner (15 points each) and Delaware Hale (12 pts).

The Bulldogs shot 66/97 (68%) from the field, 6/18 (33.3 %) from behind the “3”-point line, and 6/9 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Trinity Christian University (JV) shot 19/79 (24.1%) from the field, 7/28 (25%) from the “3”, and 8/11 (72.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban also won the rebounding battle, 79-26.

SSC, 3-0, finish their first home stand of the year this Saturday, November 12th with a 3:00pm tip vs. Jackson College from Michigan.

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South Suburban College sophomore guard Nakyel Shelton was named NJCAA Men’s Basketball Division II National Player-of-the-Week. Shelton averaged 34.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals a game, and 1 block shot a game. He helped lead the Bulldogs to two victories this past week over Chicago’s Wilbur Wright College, 97-69, and over Terra State Community College (OH), 103-64.

November 12 – vs. Jackson College (MI) in South Holland, IL.

South Suburban’s defense was the story in this game as it helped the #1 Bulldogs to a 75-56 home victory over previously unbeaten Jackson (MI) College.

SSC held the visitors scoreless for the first 7 minutes of the game. They led 9-0 with 13:00 to go in the first half. They held a 17-9 lead with 8:00 to go when Jackson went on a 9-0 run to take a 18-17 lead with 5:00 left to go. Jackson grabbed it biggest lead at 22-18 with 4:30 to go.

However, South Suburban fought back and took a slim 33-32 lead into the halftime break.

SSC’s defense became the difference-maker in the second half. They held Jackson to just six made baskets the entire half. The Bulldogs took their biggest lead at 73-50 with 1:00 to go and never looked back.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore point guard Jalen Houston’s 23 points. He also dished out 5 assist, snatched 5 steals and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nakyel Shelton recorded his 3rd double/double of the season as he scored 20 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. The only other double digit scorer for SSC was sophomore forward Damontae Taylor who chipped in 11 points while grabbing 7 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Rashard Harris led all rebounders as he grabbed 13 to help SSC win the battle of the boards 49-30.

South Suburban shot 29/62 (46.8%) from the field, they were 0/8 from behind the “3” point line, and a dismal 17/29 (58.6%) from the free throw line.

It was the first time in the 17 seasons at South Suburban College that a Coach Pigatti team did not make a three-point basket the entire game.

Jackson shot 16/53 (30.2%) from the field, 3/16 (18/8%) from the “3”, and 21/31 (67.7%) from the free throw line.

The 4-0 Bulldogs head on the road Tuesday, November 15th for a 7:15pm tip at McHenry County College up in Crystal Lake, IL.

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November 15 – at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The South Suburban College men’s basketball team went on the road up to Crystal Lake, Illinois for a midweek contest at McHenry County County College. After a slow first half, their defense picked up and the #1 ranked Bulldogs prevailed 95-51.

The game started with SSC grabbing an early 7-2 lead. McHenry would take its only lead of the game at 12-11 with 9:30 to go in the first half. SSC would go on a 23-9 run and take a 34-21 lead with 1:20 to go. McHenry would close the half on a 6-0 run, but the Bulldogs led 34-27 at halftime.

South Suburban (5-0) would open the second half on a 12-0 run and take a 46-27 lead with 15:00 to go in the game. Over the next 10 minutes they would outscore their hosts 31-14 and take their biggest lead of the game at 77-41 with 5:41 left to go. They would never look back.

SSC was led in scoring by sophomore guard Nakyel Shelton’s 27 points. He would also record his 4th double/double of the season by grabbing 12 rebounds. He would also dish out 4 assists, and snatch 2 steals. Sophomore point guard Jalen Houston would score 14 points for SSC, while dishing out 4 assists and snatching 3 steals. Two other sophomores scored in double figures for the Bulldogs. Damontae Taylor finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and Jeremiah Staten had 11 points. The Bulldogs had two other sophomore players grab double figure rebounds. Rashard Harris, 12 rebounds, and Chris Smith (10 rebounds) helped SSC dominate the rebounding battle 64-42.

Pigatti’s Bulldogs shot 38/91 (41.8%) from the field, 7/26 (26.9%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 12/21 (57.1%) from the free throw line. McHenry Shot 19/58 (32.7%) from the field, 5/24 (20.8%) from the “3”, and 8/11 (72.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban returns home this Saturday, November 19th as they host the College of Lake County. Tip time is 3:00pm.

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November 19 – vs. College of Lake County in South Holland, IL.

The #1 Bulldogs continued their winning ways with a convincing 86-37 home victory over the College of Lake County.

SSC took an early 9-2 lead with 15:30 and took their largest lead of the first half at 36-12 with 1:55. Pigatti’s crew went into halftime with a 38-16 lead.

The Bulldogs started the second half on a 24-4 run and led 62-20 with 11:00 left to go in the game.

The four points for Lake County were all free throws as the Lancers did not score their first basket of the second half until the 8:50 mark. The only made three baskets the entire second half. SSC took its biggest lead of the game at 86-36 with :50 left in the game.

Saturday’s win makes the Bulldog’s 6-0 on the season. Going back to last year’s historic 33-0 season, the Bulldogs’ 39 victories is the longest winning streak in NJCAA Division II history and is the longest winning streak in college basketball, regardless of division.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore point guard Jalen Houston’s 19 points. He also recorded a double/double as he grabbed 10 rebounds. To fill his stat sheet out he also dished out 5 assists, and snatched 3 steals. Sophomore forward Damontae Taylor scored 18 points while grabbing 8 rebounds of his own for the Bulldogs. SSC’s sophomore guard Nakyel Shelton continues his double/double tear as he recorded his 5th one in 6 games this season by scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. South Suburban shot 35/73 (46.9%) from the field, 6/23 (26.1%) from behind the three-point line, and 10/17 (58.8%) from the free throw line. Lake County shot 10/55 (18>2%) from the field, 0/11 from the “3”, and 17/20 (85%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban continues its home stand vs. Oakton Community College this Tuesday, November 22nd. Tip time is 7:00pm.

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November 22 – vs. Oakton Community College in South Holland, IL.

The top ranked Bulldogs extended the longest winning streak in all of national college basketball to 40 games defeating Oakton Community College, 82-46.

The game started with SSC taking an early 24-7 lead with 10:00 to go in the first half. Oakton would then go on a 14-4 run and cut the Bulldog lead to 28-21 with 6:00 to go.

South Suburban would take a 43-27 lead into the half time break.

The Bulldogs would open the second half on a 16-2 run and take a 59-29 lead with 15:19 to go in the game. The Owls would not make it first field goal of the second half until the 11:00 mark of the second half. They would only make 5 baskets the entire second half. South Suburban would take its biggest lead of the game at 77-37 with 4:00 to go and never looked back.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Nakyel Shelton’s 18 points and 9 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jalen Houston would score 16 points while snatching 7 steals, and dishing out 5 assists. Sophomore forward Damontae Taylor would score 14 points while snatching 9 steals, and dishing out 5 assists. for the Bulldogs. The only other double digit scorer for SSC was sophomore center Chris “CJ” Smith who chipped in 10 points of his own.

South Suburban shot 28/65 (43.1%) from the field, 6/18 (33.3%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 20/31 (64.5%) from the free throw line. Oakton shot 15/43 (34.9%) from the field, 4/11 (36.4%) from the “3”, and 12/16 (75%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 42-40.

After improved to 7-0 on the season, the Bulldogs will take a week off for the Thanksgiving break and return to their home floor next Tuesday November 29th vs. south suburb rival Prairie State College. Tip time is 7:00pm.

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