Men’s Basketball Recaps

2018/19 Recaps

November 1 – vs. the Basketball Club of Northwestern University in South Holland, IL

The Bulldogs opened up their 2018-19 campaign with an exciting scoring barrage, and a 123-100 victory over the Basketball Club of Northwestern University.

The Bulldogs started the game on a 8-0 run and held that lead at halftime 51-43.

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 116-82 with 3:30 to go in the game. Northwestern made a scoring run to end the game and were SSC’s first opponent to score 100 points at South Suburban during Head Coach John Pigatti’s 13 seasons at the school.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ career high 41 points. Sophomore forward Chris Johnson recorded a double/double as he scored 22 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were sophomore forwards Allen White (15 pts.) and Isaiah Robinson (12 pts.).

Sophomore guard Jayden Logan scored 42 points to lead Northwestern club team.

“Logan’s scoring performance was one of the best I have seen for an opponent here at South Suburban College” said Pigatti.

South Suburban shot 50/84 (59.5%) from the field, 9/19 (47.4%) from behind the “3” point arc, and 14/19 (73.7%) from the free throw line. Northwestern shot 38/62 (61.3%) from the field, 13/26 (50%) from the “3”, and 11/14 (78.6%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 47-25.

South Suburban starts the season 1-0,and will continue its season beginning four game homestand with a 1:00 p.m. tip this Saturday November 3rd vs. Elgin Community College.

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November 3 – vs. Elgin Community College in South Holland, IL

South Suburban picked up its defensive intensity after giving up 100 points in the home opener and cruised to a 101-67 victory over Elgin Community College. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 18-2 lead and extended their early lead to 31-6 with 10:00 to go in the first half.

They pushed the lead up to 31 points at 56-25 with 1:00 to go and went into the half time break with a 56-29 lead.

Elgin could only get as close as 71-50 with 12:00 to go in the game.

South Suburban then picked up their defensive intensity to end the game and improved their record to 2-0 on the season.

“I was happy with our defensive mind set after Thursday embarrassment of giving up 100 points.” said South Suburban College’s Head Coach John Pigatti.

Sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis scored 36 points while dishing out 5 assists, and snatching 5 steals to lead the Bulldogs. Sophomore forward Chris Johnson recorded his second straight double/double as he scored 18 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to help SSC win the battle of the boards 42-29. Freshman guard Joffari Brown was the only other double digit scorer for South Suburban as he chipped in 12 points.

South Suburban shot 37/64 (57.8%) from the field, 8/15 (53.3%) from behind the 3-point arc, and 19/24 (79.2%) from the free throw line. Elgin shot 24/62 (46.2%) from the field, 2/20 (10%) from the “3”, and 17/28 (60.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban returns to action on Tuesday night vs. Wilbur Wright College. Game Time is at 7:00pm.

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November 6 – vs. Wilbur Wright College in South Holland, IL

After last year’s embarrassing lost to Wilbur Wright College, the 2018-19 Bulldogs sought revenge for the players that came before them. They got it in a convincing 102-73 victory.

The game did not start out well. Wright took an early 5-1 lead and actually held a 2-point lead at 30-28 with 7:48 to go in the first half.

South Suburban then finished the half on a 23-10 run and took a 51-40 lead into the break.

Wright could only get as close as 54-44 with 17:00 to go in the game. South Suburban then went on a 12-3 run to lead 66-47 with 10:00 to go. They never looked back in their 29-point victory.

South Suburban improved to 3-0 on the season.

“After their barrage of six three-point baskets made in the first half, we did a good job defensively, and took away one of their main strengths” said South Suburban Head Coach John Pigatti.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis who scored 33 points while dishing out 3 assists, and snatching 3 steals. SSC’s sophomore guard Jason Towers took advantage of his first start of the year. He scored 23 points while dishing out 4 assists and grabbing 8 rebounds. Sophomore forward Chris Johnson continued his streak of double/doubles as he scored 20 points while grabbing a career high 30 rebounds.

South Suburban shot 33/57 (57.9%) from the field, 6/14 (42.9%) from the arc, and 30.49 (61.2%) from the free throw line. Wright shot 22/73 (30.1%) from the field, 9/33 (27.3%) from the “3”, and 20/31 (64.5%) from the free throw line.

The #2 Bulldogs finish up their 4-game home stand to start the 2018-19 campaign with a 7:00pm tip this Thursday against a four–year university Trinity Christian (JV).

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

The Bulldogs finished up their season starting four game home stand with a convincing 98-69 victory over Trinity Christian University (JV).

SSC’s defense was stifling during the first 10 minutes of the game. They jumped out to a 20-0 lead, and took a 62-38 lead into the halftime break.

In the second half Trinity Christian made 6 three-point field goals while SSC was 0-11 from behind the arc. Trinity Christian won the second half 41-36 but the Bulldogs cruised to the 29-point victory.

SSC was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis who scored 22 points in only 20 minutes of play. Sophomore forward Chris Johnson recorded his 4th straight double/double as he scored 11 points while grabbing 19 rebounds in only 20 minutes. Sophomore point guard Jason Towers scored 11 points to finish out the double digit scorers for the Bulldogs.

South Suburban had their worst shooting night of the season. They shot 35/78 (44.9%) from the field, 3/21 (14.3%) from the “3”, and 25/42 (59.5%) from the free throw line. Trinity Christian (JV) shot 21/62 (33.9%) from the field, 10/26 (38.5%) from the “3”, and 17/25 (68%) from the free throw line.

SSC won the battle of the boards 61-36.

South Suburban improved to 4-0 on the season.

They now head out on the road for three straight contests. They start the road trip in Grayslake, IL at the College of Lake County. The game is Saturday, November 10th. Tip-off is at 3:00 PM.

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November 10 – at College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL

The #2 Bulldogs headed on the road for their first game away from the “Pigpen” at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL and prevailed 97-57.

The game started out rough for SSC as they trailed 7-0. Lake County still led 11-7 with 14:00 to go when South Suburban went on a 6-0 run to take a 13-11 lead. The lead held up the rest of the game.

They went into the half time break leading 53-32.

The Lancers scored the first basket of the second half to trail by 19-points, but they never got any closer. South Suburban head coach John Pigatti said “It was a nice road victory today. I was happy with our effort, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 28 points. He also dished out 6 assists and snatched 3 steals. Freshman guard Joffari Brown scored a career high 19 points, while snatching 4 steals of his own. Other double digit scorers for SSC were sophomores Jason Towers (17 points), Isaiah Robinson (10 points) and Allen White (10 points). Sophomore forward Chris Johnson led the Bulldogs in rebounding as he grabbed 9 of them.

SSC won the rebounding battle 39-27.

South Suburban shot 37/57 (65%) from the field, 5/9 (56%) from behind the 3-point arc, and 18/21 (86%) from the free throw line. Lake County shot 21/64 (33%) from the field, 4/21 (19%) from the “3”, and 11/14 (79%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 5-0 on the season. They continue their early road trip at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL. The game is this Tuesday, November 13th. Tip-off is 7:00 pm.

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November 13 – at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL

The Bulldogs continued their early season road trip with a contest at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL. They also continued their winning ways with a 84-66 victory, which improved their record to 6-0 on the season.

SSC jumped out to an early 13-0 lead with 15:40 left in the first half.

Waubonsee then caught fire and went on a 15-7 rum and only trailed 20-15 with 10:40 to go.

South Suburban would take a 41-27 lead into the half time break.

Seven minutes into the second half, Waubonsee got to within 49-41 before the Bulldogs built their lead up to 18 points just three minutes later. They were aided by three Waubonsee turnovers and eight made free throws from four Waubonsee fouls.

Waubonsee never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

SSC’s Rhyss Lewis, the 6’2″ sophomore guard entered the contest leading the nation in scoring averaging 32 points per game. Waubonsee had no answer for him all night as Lewis finished the game with 39 points, including making all 15 of the free throw attempts he took in the game. As a matter of fact, midway through the second half the Chesterton, Indiana native scored 18 straight Bulldog points. Lewis also was a defensive prowl us as he snatched 6 steals and grabbed 4 rebounds. The other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were sophomores Jason Towers (17 points) and Allen White (12 points).

White also recorded his second straight double/double as he grabbed 12 rebounds.

South Suburban shot 29/69 (42%) from the field, 4/14 (28.6) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 22/26 (84.6%) from the free throw line. Waubonsee shot 21/51 (41.2%) from the field, 6/13 (46.2%) from the “3”, and 18/28 (64.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 40-36.

The Bulldogs conclude their early road trip in Chicago Heights, IL with a rivalry game at Prairie State College. The game is this Thursday (November 15th) with a 7:00 pm tip.

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November 15 – at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL

The Bulldogs concluded their three game road trip with a heated rivalry game against Prairie State College. The action was filled with high intensity. In the end, SSC sophomore guard Jason Towers made a 15-foot jump shot with :08 to go, which would win the game for the Bulldogs 73-72.

The game started out with South Suburban taking a 14-11 lead with 11:00 to go in the first half. Prairie State eventually tied the game at 30-30 with 6:00 to go.

South Suburban held Prairie State to one point over the last 6:00 of the half, and went into the half time break with a 38-31 lead.

South Suburban would extend the lead to 58-47 with 11:00 to go in the game. Prairie State would claw their way back into the game. They actually took a 71-69 lead on a made 3-point basket by sophomore swingman Desmond Trapp.

South Suburban’s sophomore forward Sidney Mason would steal the ball with :55 second to go in the game and Towers would be fouled intentionally with :48 to go. He would make both free throws to tie the game at 71. Trapp would then be fouled on a drive to the basket, and make only one of two free throws. That would lead to Towers heroics to win the game for the Bulldogs.

“I was not happy with our overall performance tonight” said South Suburban College’s Head Coach John Pigatti. ”However, I was pleased with our resiliency when we went down late in the game. We executed down the stretch which allowed us to win the game.”

South Suburban was led in scoring by Towers 26 points. Trapp had 22 points for Prairie State. SSC’s sophomore guard and nation’s leading scorer Rhyss Lewis would be help to just 13 points. There were no other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs. South Suburban shot 31/64 (48.4%) from the field, 7/19 (36.8%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 4/6 (66.7) from the free throw line. Prairie State shot 27/54 (50%) from the field, 5/19 (26.3%) from the “3”, and 13/22 (59.1%) from the free throw line.

SSC’s sophomore forward Allen White grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 5 shots to enable South Suburban to win the rebounding battle 37-34.

South Suburban improved to 7-0 on the season. They return home for a Tuesday night (November 20) contest against a nationally ranked opponent, #10 Ancilla College from Donaldson, IN. Tip time is 6:00pm.

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November 20 – vs. #10 Ancilla College (IN) in South Holland, IL

It was a NJCAA Division II top ten battle between #2 South Suburban College and # 10 Ancilla College of nearby Donaldson, Indiana. The game was nip and tuck in the first half, but the #2 Bulldogs pulled ahead and kept the were victorious 79-59.

Ancilla opened up with an early 7-6 lead with 16:00 to go in the first half.

Over the next 14 minutes, SSC went on a 30-18 run and took a 36-25 lead with 2:00 to go in the half. The Bulldogs went into the half time break with a 40-31 lead.

South Suburban would open the second half on a 15-8 run and took a 55-39 lead with 15:00 to go in the game.

Ancilla would only get as close as 58-49 with 9:00 left to go. The Bulldogs defense would clamp down and hold Ancilla to 10 points over the last 9 minutes of the game to insure the 20-point victory.

“I was pleased with the way we closed the game defensively” said South Suburban head coach John Pigatti. “Hopefully this top 10 win will give us some momentum going forward in the season.”

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 26 points. He also snatched 4 steals and dished out 3 assists. Sophomore forward Allen White scored 15 points to help South Suburban with its inside game. Other double digit scorers for SSC were sophomores Jason Towers (14 points) and Haashim Keys (11 points). Sophomore forward Chris Johnson grabbed 15 rebounds to propel South Suburban to win the rebounding battle 51-40.

South Suburban shot a chilling 25/72 (34.7%) from the field, 4/19 (21.1%) from behind the “3” point arc, and a sizzling 25/29 (86.2%) from the free throw line. Ancilla shot 21/59 (35.6%) from the field, 2/15 (13.3%) from the “3”, and 15/21 (71.4%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 8-0 on the season. They will have a little break over the Thanksgiving holiday, and return to action on Tuesday, November 27th at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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November 27 – at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL

After Thanksgiving, the #2 Bulldogs headed on the road to Des Plaines, Il for a contest vs. Oakton Community College.

They started out the game like they had too much turkey. Oakton took an early 5-0 lead. SSC also missed 4 free throws in a row to start the game.

However, the Bulldogs woke up, and took their first lead with at 8-7 with 14:00 to go in the first half. They would go into the halftime break with a 36-30 lead.

Oakton would take their last lead of the night at 41-10 with 15:00 to go in the game.

SSC would proceed to go on a 25-6 run and lead 65-47 with 8:00 to go. They would extend the lead two more points and finish with the 20-point victory.

“We came out a little sluggish to start the game,” said SSC Head Coach John Pigatti. “We did a nice job defensively in the second half to extend the lead, which shows the capabilities of this team. Overall I give our effort a C+.”

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 24 points. He would also dish out 5 assists and grab 4 steals. Fellow sophomores Allen White, Chris Johnson, and Jason Towers would score in double digits as they poured in 14, 12, and 11 points respectfully. Johnson would record his 6th double/double of the year as he grabbed 25 rebounds.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 52-40.

South Suburban shot a chilling 28-73 (38%) from the field, 8/21 (38%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and a season low 15-24 (63%) from the free throw line.

Oakton would shoot 19/55 (35%) from the field, 7/21 (33%) from the “3”, and 13-25 (52%) from the free throw line.

#2 South Suburban improved to 9-0 on the season.

The head back home for two games starting Thursday 11/29/18, with a 7:00 pm tip vs. Mc Henry County College.

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November 29 – vs. McHenry County College in South Holland, IL

The #2 Bulldogs returned home for a contest vs. Region IV foe McHenry County College. After a slow start they picked up their intensity and were victorious 72-58.

McHenry started the game out with a 4-0 lead. SSC would then go on a 7-1 run to take a 7-5 lead with 17:00 to go in the first half. McHenry would actually take their last lead of the game at 12-11 with 12:56 to go.

The Bulldogs would go on a 20-8 run and lead 31-20 with 5:50 to go. South Suburban would go into the half time break with a 37-29 lead.

South Suburban would open the second half on a 18-5 run and lead 57-34 with 10:30 to go in the game.

The Scots would get as close as 10 points at 61-51 with 4:30 to go. They could never close the gap, and SSC would improve its record to 10-0 on the season.

“I was not happy with our overall performance tonight.” said SSC Head Basketball Coach John Pigatti. “We got the big lead in the second half and did not finish the game strong. We will have to address that!”

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Jason Tower’s 23 points. The Bulldogs had two player record double/doubles for the game. Sophomores Chris Johnson (13 points/16 rebounds) and Isaiah hale (12 points/10 rebounds). Both points and rebounds were career highs for Robinson. Sophomore Haashim Keys (10 points) was the only other double digit scorer for the Bulldogs.

The leading scorer in the nation; SSC’s Rhyss Lewis, was held to only 7 points.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 53-39.

South Suburban shot 27/65 (41.5%) from the field, 6/19 (31.6%) from behind the “3” point arc, and 12/23 (52.2%) from the free throw line. McHenry shot 21/58 (36.2%) from the field, 4/14 (28.6%) from the “3”, and 12/22 (54.5%) from the free throw line. The Bulldogs continue their brief home stand on Saturday 12/1/18, with a 3:00 pm tip vs. Kennedy King College of Chicago, IL. It will also be designated as “Kid’s Day”.

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December 1 – vs. Kennedy-King College in South Holland, IL – KID’S DAY

#2 South Suburban concluded its short home stand with some defensive prowess. In the end they had their best defensive performance of the year defeating their NJCAA Division 1 opponent Kennedy King College 83-37.

The Bulldogs opened up the game on a 18-4 run. With 4:00 left in the first half, they led 34-9. They took a 41-19 lead into the half time break.

SSC opened up the second half on a 13-0 run and led 54-19 with 14:00 to go in the game. They held Kennedy King to just 8 points the last 10:00 of the game to secure the victory.

“I was pleased with our defensive mind set today,” said SSC Head Basketball Coach John Pigatti. “We have stressed the importance of defense winning games, and we bought into that philosophy today.”

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Jason Towers’ career high 27 points. Bulldog sophomore Rhyss Lewis contributed 20 points of his own. SSC sophomore forward Chris Johnson recorded his 8th double/double of the season as he scored 12 points while grabbing 20 rebounds.

SSC won the rebounding battle 67-42.

South Suburban shot 32/80 (40%) from the field, 7/26 (26.9%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and were a chilling 12/26 (46.2%) from the free throw line. Kennedy King shot 14/63 (22.2%) from the field, 4/22 (18.2%) from the “3”, and 5/13 (38.5%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs improved to 11-0 on the season.

It is the best start to the season in Coach Pigatti’s 13 seasons at the school. They head on the road for two games next week. The bulldogs will be in Cicero, IL to face Morton College on Tuesday December 4th at 7:00pm.

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December 4 – at Morton College in Cicero, IL

The Bulldogs headed on the road with their new #1 acquired ranking in their pocket. It has always been a struggle when they are named #1 in the country. It is the 7th time in 13 seasons that Head Coach John Pigatti has had a team ranked #1 in the country. When they get the ranking they have lost 4 of those next games. This time they traveled to Morton College.

After struggling with Morton, SSC pulled away late for a 90-79 victory.

The game started with Morton taking a quick 7-2 lead with 16:25 left in the first half. 8 quick points by the Bulldogs gave them a 10-7 lead 2 minutes later.

Morton took another lead at 34-32 with 4:00 to go in the half. South Suburban would lead 39-38 at halftime.

The Bulldogs would open the second half on a 7-0 run to take a 46-38 lead with 18:30 left to go in the game. Morton would claw back and take a 59-58 lead with 11:30 to go. They would still lead 62-61 with 10:00 left in the game.

SSC would then go on a 13-3 run and take a 74-65 lead with 4:30 to go in the game. South Suburban would hold its biggest lead at 87-74 with 1:20 left. They would leave with the 11-point victory and improve its record to 12-0 on the season.

Pigatti had these thoughts on the game: “Morton played great tonight. The made 11 3-point shots and were ready for our pressure defense. We survived this game and will take any road victory we can get!”

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 34 points. He also dished out 3 assists and snatched 4 steals. SSC sophomore guard Jason Towers would score 24 points to help the Bulldogs. The only other double digit scorer for SSC was sophomore forward Allen White (12-points).

Sophomore forward Chris Johnson grabbed 22 rebounds to help SSC win the rebounding battle 45-29.

South Suburban shot 30-65 (46.2%) from the field, 11/24 (45.8%) from the “3”, and 19-30 (63.3%) from the free throw line. Morton shot 22/55 (40%) from the field, 11/22 (50%) from the “3”, and 24/30 (80%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban will continue to takes its #1 ranking on the road this weekend. They play at Kalamazoo (MI) Valley Community College on Saturday, December 8th. Tip time is 3:00 pm (EST).

NOTE: Sophomore guard Jason Towers was named NJCAA District 3 Player-of-the-Week. Last week, he averaged 20.3 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2.7 blocked shots in 3 Bulldog victories.

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December 8 – at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, MI

The #1 ranked Bulldogs concluded their two game road trip with a convincing 86-46 victory over Kalamazoo Valley Community College, in Kalamazoo, MI.

The Bulldogs opened the game making two 3-point baskets and running out to an early 12-0 lead. They extended it to 29-8 with 8:00 to go in the first half.

They went into the halftime break with a 49-23 lead.

The second half was very similar to the first half. The Bulldogs defensive intensity picked up, and they held their hosts to only 23 second half points, in route to the 40-point victory.

“I was encouraged by the way we started the game. I was also happy with our defensive intensity throughout the game,” said SSC Head Basketball Coach John Pigatti.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 27 points. Sophomore guard Jason Towers scored 19 points while blocking 4 shots. The only other double digit scorer for the Bulldogs was sophomore guard Nathan Shead; who scored all his 10 points in the first half.

Sophomore forward Chris Johnson led the Bulldogs in rebounding with 10. His efforts helped SSC win the rebounding battle 58-44.

South Suburban shot 27/63 (43%) from the field, 11/22 (50%) from the “3”, and 21/31 (68%) from the free throw line. Kalamazoo Valley shot 17/74 (23%) from the field, 5/26 (19%) from the “3”, and 7/15 (47%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 13-0 on the season.

This week, they will take a break for finals exam. They return to the home court on Saturday on Saturday, December 15 as they host the “North American JUCO/Prep Classic”. They play Quakerdale Prep Academy of New Providence, Iowa at 1:00 pm.

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NORTH AMERICAN JUCO/PREP HOLIDAY CLASSIC in the Athletic and Physical Fitness Center at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL

December 15 – vs. Quakerdale Preparatory Academy (IA)

The #1 ranked Bulldogs hosted their annual “NORTH AMERICAN JUCO/PREP HOLIDAY CLASSIC. Their first game was versus Quakerdale Prep out of Iowa. They Bulldogs were not gracious host as they handed their prep school visitors a 99-56 defeat.

SSC jumped out to an early 12-2 lead. Quakerdale then cut the lead to 13-11 with 12:50 to go in the first half. South Suburban held a 23-20 lead with 6:00, when they went on a 20-9 run and took a 43-29 lead into the half time break.

South Suburban opened up the second half on a 7-0 run and never looked back. They outscored their visitors 56-27 in the second half.

Their 43-point victory improved their record to 14-0 on the season.

“I thought we were a little sluggish in the first half. The second half I saw a much better effort from our team” said South suburban College’s Head Coach John Pigatti.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 30 points. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and snatched 3 steals. Sophomore forward Allen White scored 18 points while grabbing 8 rebounds for SSC. South Suburban forward Chris Johnson recorded his 10th double/double of the season as he scored 11 points while grabbing 16 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jason Towers was the only other Bulldogs in double figures as he chipped 12 points of his own. Freshman Malcolm Bell took advantage of his first start of the season. He blocked a career high 8 shots.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 67-32.

South Suburban shot 41/83 (49.4%) from the field, 4/20 (20%) from behind the “3- point arc, and 13/20 (65%) from the free throw line. Quakerdale shot 16/53 (30.2%) from the field, 5/17 (29.4%) from the “3”, and 19/26 (73.1%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs conclude the classic tomorrow with a 3:00pm tip vs. Southwestern Academy of Canada.

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December 16 – vs. Southwest Academy from London, ONT, Canada

The #1 Bulldogs concluded their annual “NORTH AMERICAN JUCO/PREP HOLIDAY CLASSIC” with a trouncing of their foes, Southwest Academy from Canada, 114-52.

SSC started the game on an 11-0 run. They actually led 30-5 with 10:00 to go in the first half.

They led 56-24 at halftime.

The second half was no different for the Bulldogs as 11 out of the 13 players who dressed scored in the 62-point victory. The Bulldogs improved to 15-0 on the season.

“I was concerned with their 3-point shooting.”

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 43 points (a career high). Lewis outscored SW Academy by himself in the first half as he dumped in 31 points by halftime. Other double digit scorers for SSC were freshman, Joffari Brown (12 points), sophomore Jason Towers (11 points), and freshman Malcolm Bell (10-points, a career high).

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 52-25.

SSC shot 47/82 (57.3%) from the field, 11/21 (52.4%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 9/13 (69.2%) from the free throw line. Southwest Academy shot 18/56 (32.1%) from the field, 7/16 (43.8%) from the “3”, and 9/13 (69.2%) from the free throw line.

For his efforts this weekend, Lewis was named NJCAA District 3 Player-of-the-Week.

South Suburban heads on the road Thursday, December 20th for a big Region IV game vs. Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL. Game time is 3:00 pm.

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December 20 – at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs took to the road for their final contest before Christmas Break. They traveled to Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL.

After a hard fought Region IV contest, SSC was victorious 75-71. They improved to 16-0 on the season.

South Suburban started the game like they wanted to get to their Christmas break early. They turned the ball over on three of their first four possessions and trailed 4-3 with 15:40 to go in the first half.

After SSC’s sophomore guard Jason Towers was subbed into the game, he proceeded to score 16 straight points for the Bulldogs. That scoring outburst gave them a 23-16 lead with 9:11 left to go in the half.

Carl Sandburg would then go on a 13-2 scoring run of their own and take a 29-25 lead with 5:00 left. South Suburban would close the first half on a 10-5 run and take a slim 35-34 lead into the half time break.

The Chargers would score the first basket of the second half and take their last lead of the game at 36-35. South Suburban would then go on a 21-11 scoring run and take a 56-47 lead with 8:00 left to go in the game. They would extend the lead to 62-51 with 4:30 left to go.

However, the hosts would not cave in. Sandburg proceed to make 3 straight “3”-point shots and actually closed the gap to 2 points at 73-71 with :08 to go in the game.

South Suburban would successfully inbounds the ball versus the Carl Sandburg press, and Towers would be fouled. He proceeded to hit two straight free throw to clinch the game for the Bulldogs.

“I thought we started out sluggish, and ended very poorly. However, we made just enough plays to win the game, and that is what good teams are supposed to do. Carl Sandburg was ready for this game and I give them all the credit in the world.” said South Suburban Head Basketball Coach John Pigatti. “Playing on the road in Region IV is never easy. It is a war every night. This time we just survived.” Pigatti added.

Towers led all scorers with 27 points, which ties his career high. SSC sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis would score 25 points of his own. Both Towers and Lewis would dish out 5 assists as well. South Suburban sophomore forward would record his 11th double/double of the season as he scored 12 points while grabbing 12 rebounds.

South Suburban shot a chilling 22/59 (37%) from the field. They shot better from behind the “3”-point arc as they were 10/26 (38%). They also shot 21/27 (78%) from the free throw line. Carl Sandburg shot 19/49 (39%) from the field, 4/15 (27%) from the “3” and 29/38 (76%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle by a slim 37-36 margin.

The Bulldogs now head home for the Christmas break. They return to action on Saturday, December 29th with a home contest vs. Lake Michigan College from Benton Harbor, MI. Tip time is 3:00pm.

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December 29 – vs Lake Michigan College in South Holland, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs (17-0) remained undefeated win a convincing 93-46 victory over their visitors, the Lake Michigan College Red Hawks.

It was the Bulldogs first game after the Christmas break. They started out a little sluggish and led 25-18 with 6:00 to go in the first half.

SSC then went on a 19-5 run to end the first half and rolled into the half time break leading 44-23.

SSC led 56-33 with 13:30 to go in the game. Over the next 8:00 they went on a huge 32-5 run to take a 50-point lead at 88-38. They cruised to the end for a convincing 47 point victory.

“I was happy with our defensive focus today. We did a great job on the scouting report, and our guys were really focused. That is hard to do after a long Christmas Break. Hopefully we can gain some momentum as we head into the new calendar year,” said South Suburban Head Coach John Pigatti.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 31 points. Fellow sophomore guards; Jason Towers and Nate Shead were the only other Bulldogs to score in double digits. They chipped in 13 and 11 points respectfully. Sophomore forward Chris Johnson grabbed 20 rebounds to help SSC win the rebounding battle 52-36.

South Suburban shot 32/70 (45.7%) from the field, 5/23 (21%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 24/36 (66.7%) from the free throw line. The Red Hawks shot 13/54 (24.1%) from the field, 5/22 (22.7%) from the “3”, and 15/20 (75%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban returns to action after the new year with a road contest in Springfield, IL at Lincoln Land College on Saturday, January 5th. Tip time is 3:00pm.

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January 5 – at Lincoln Land College in Springfield, IL

The #1 Ranked Bulldogs tipped off the new year on the road at Lincoln Land College. They came away with an unimpressive 81-64 victory, to improve their record to 18-0 on the season.

SSC started the game out with a 10-2 run. However, their host were not going to fold. They actually took a 15-14 lead with 12:00 to go in the first half. South Suburban would then extend their lead to 30-18.

Lincoln Land would then close the half on a 11-4 run and trail 34-39 at the half time break.

South Suburban would open the second half on a 11-5 run and take a 45-34 lead. They would extend it to 55-40 with 10:00 to go in the game. They would then finish the game uneventfully, and go home with a 17-poiont victory.

“I was very disappointed in our discipline as a basketball team today. I will address that at our next practice. I give Lincoln Land a lot of credit. They were shorthanded as well as us, but they fought hard and really exposed our weaknesses. We have to go back to work and correct those areas,” said South Suburban College Head Basketball Coach John Pigatti.

South Suburban was without 2 of their top 7 players (Jason Towers and Sidney Mason). Sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis led South Suburban in scoring with 21 points. SSC sophomore forward Chris Johnson recorded his 11th double/double of the season, as he scored 14 points while grabbing 18 rebounds. Freshman guard Darien Stewart was perfect from the field (5/5), as he scored a career high 13 points for the Bulldogs. South Suburban shot 33/65 (50.8%) from the field, 5/19 (26.3%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 10/20 (50%) from the free throw line.

Lincoln Land shot 16/56 (28.6%) from the field, 4/15 (26.7) from the “3”, and 28/36 (77.8%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 48-28.

SSC returns home Tuesday, January 8th, for a tough Region IV contest vs Bryant & Stratton College from Milwaukee. Tip time is 7:00pm.

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January 5 – vs. Bryant & Stratton (WI) College in South Holland, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs hosted the 13-5 Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats of Milwaukee, WI. After a very entertaining first half, SSC pulled away for a 85-71 victory and improved to 19-0 on the season.

It was a fast paced game of scoring runs in the first half. SSC jumped out early to a 17-4 lead with 14:11 to go in the first half. The visitors would then go on a 10-0 run of their own and only trail 17-14 with 10:00 to go.

The Bobcats would take their only lead of the night at 29-28 with 3:00 to go.

SSC would go on a 11-5 scoring run to take a 39-34 lead into the half time break.

Stratton would pull within two at 40-38 early in the second half. Over the next 10 minutes, The Bulldogs would go on a 33-18 run and take their biggest lead of the game at 73-56 with 7:20 to go in the game.

Bryant & Stratton would then close the gap to 75-67 with 4:00 to go.

SSC would close the game on a 10-4 run for the 14-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis 37 points. Sophomore guard Jason Towers and Haashim Keys would score 13 and 10 points respectfully for the Bulldogs. Sophomore forward Chris Johnson would record his 12th double/double of the season as he scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

South Suburban shot 26/61 (42.6%) from the field, 11/23 (47.8%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 22/31 (71%) from the free throw line. Bryan & Stratton would shoot 26/56 (46.4%) from the field, 1/11 (9.09%) from the “3”, and 18/25 (72%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 38-34.

The #1 Bulldogs head on the road for their next contest in Oglesby, IL where they play at Illinois Valley Community College this Saturday (January 12th). Tip time is 3:00 pm.

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January 12 – at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, IL

Postponed due to weather. Rescheduled for January 27.

January 15 – vs. Don Bosco Institute (IN) in South Holland, IL

The #1 Bulldogs hosted The Bosco Institute of Crown Point, IN for this prep school/JUCO match-up and prevailed 78-61.

The game started very slow for South Suburban. They trailed 4-0 with 16:00 to go in the first half. Freshman forward Malcolm Bell would score the first basket for the Bulldogs at the 15:33 mark.

He would then proceed to score SSC’s first 11 points of the game, and help the Bulldogs surge to a 17-9 lead with 8:30 to go in the first half. Bell would actually make a “3” point shot as the buzzer sounded to end the first half.

SSC would go into the halftime break with a 34-21 lead.

The second half was a game of scoring runs. South Suburban would start the half on a 12-2 run and take a 46-23 lead with 16:00 to go in the game. The Dons of the Bosco Institute would then go on a 10-2 run of their own and pull within 48-33 with 14:40 to go.

SSC would then go on a 10-2 run, and take a 58-35 lead with 10:00 go in the game. The Bulldogs would take their biggest lead of the game at 74-49 with 3:20 to go.

Bosco would end the game on a 12-4 run to make up the final scoring margin.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore guard (and former Bosco player) Rhyss Lewis’ 25 points. Rhyss also grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and snatched 2 steals. Bell scored 16 of his career high 22 points in the first half. He grabbed 4 rebounds, and blocked 6 shots. Sophomore guard Jason Towers was the only other Bulldog to score in double digits. He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, snatched 5 steals, and blocked 2 shots. SSC sophomore forward Chris Johnson helped SSC win the rebounding battle (41-36) as he grabbed 15 rebounds.

South Suburban shot 27/61 (44.3%) from the field, 8/20 (40%) from the “3”, and 16/25 (64%) from the free throw line.

Bosco shot 22/59 (37.3%) from the field, 2/15 (13.3%) from the “3”, and 15/18 (83.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 20-0 on the season. Saturday, January 19th, SSC heads out down I-57 to Danville, IL for their next game at Danville Area Community College. DACC is the site of the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.

NOTE:Due to weather concerns, tip-off time has been moved from 3:00 to 1:00 pm.

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January 19 – at Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL

The #1 Bulldogs traveled to Danville, IL., the site of this year’s National Championship Tourney. Hopefully, they previewed their talents in a 73-64 victory over the Danville Area Community College Jaguars.

The game started out sluggish as the Bulldogs trailed 16-13 with 8:27 to go in the first half. SSC sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis was fouled on a made “3”-point shot and made the free throw for a 4-point play. That gave the Bulldogs the lead for good in the first half and went into the half time break with a 28-25 lead.

The game see-sawed back and forth during the second half. In fact, there were 16 lead changes in the game. Danville took a 36-35 lead with 12:30 to go in the game.

South Suburban then went on a 4-0 run to take a 39-36 lead with 11:30 to go. The Jaguars would go on a 9-3 run and take a 49-44 lead with 7:00 to go. SSC would then picked up its defensive intensity and would go on a 20-1 run and take a 64-50 lead with 2:00 to go in the game. The 9-point victory would be the closest Danville would get to the Bulldogs the rest of the way.

Lewis would lead all scorers with 32 points. South Suburban’s freshman forward Malcolm Bell would score 13 points while grabbing 9 rebounds. SSC’s Jason Towers was the only other Bulldog to score in double digits as he chipped in 11 points of his own.

South Suburban would win the rebounding battle narrowly 34-33.

The Bulldogs shot 25/54 (46.3%) from the field, 10/21 (47.6%) from the “3”, and 13/16 (81.3%) from the free throw line. The made their last 8 free throw attempts to seal the victory. Danville shot 20/50 (40%) from the field, 3/10 (30%) from the “3”, and 21/31 (67.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 21-0 on the season.

As a NJCAA Division II participant, they will step up in level as they play two NJCAA Division 1 teams. The first game being Olive Harvey College at home on Wednesday, January 23rd. Tip time is 7:00pm. Then they will play at Kankakee Community College on Saturday the 26th. Game time for KCC is 3:00pm.

Note: SSC sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis was named District 3 Player-of-the-Week for the second time this season.

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January 23 – vs. Olive Harvey College in South Holland, IL

The NJCAA Division II #1 ranked Bulldogs had a 70-game home winning streak, having not lost at home for the past five seasons. They had a 199-11 record at home during Coach John Pigatti’s 13 seasons at the SSC.

The quest for number 200 fell short as they were defeated by the visiting NJCAA Division 1 Olive Harvey College, 85-81.

It was the first time Coach Pigatti had lost to the Panthers during the regular season. He is now 12-1 against the City College school.

The game started with Olive Harvey scoring on 7 of its first 9 possessions. They took an early 22-16 lead with 12:00 to go in the first half. SSC would proceed to go on a 9-1 run over the next minute and take a 25-23 lead with 11:00 to go.

South Suburban’s sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis would hit back-to-back 3-point baskets to give the Bulldogs a 36-30 lead with 7:00 to go.

SSC would actually take its biggest lead of the game at 44-37 with 3:53 to go. The Bulldogs took a 49-46 lead into the half time break.

South Suburban would extend its lead to 62-55 with 14:00 to go in the game. Olive Harvey would proceed to go on a 20-9 run and took a 75-71 lead with 7:00 to go.

South Suburban would actually take its last lead of the game at 79-78 with 2:30 to go. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs would not score another field goal. They would only make two free throw the rest of the way, as Olive pulled ahead for the road victory.

“I am very disappointed in our defense execution at the beginning of the game, and our offensive execution at the end of the game,” said South Suburban Head Basketball Coach John Pigatti. “Olive Harvey was the tougher team tonight. They made tough shots and we did not respond well to their toughness. We have a lot of improving to do if we are going to make any noise in March. This loss stings and is extremely painful.”

Lewis led all scorers as he scored 35 points. Fellow back court mate sophomore Jason Towers scored 24 points as well. No other Bulldogs had more than 6 points.

Olive Harvey out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 37-30.

South Suburban shot 30/63 (47.6%) from the field, 10/24 (41.7%) from behind the arc, and 11/14 (78/6%) from the free throw line. Olive Harvey shot 35/65 (53.8%) from the field, 7/15 (46.7%) from the “3”, and 8/10 (80%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban drops to 21-1 on the season.

They continue their NJCAA Division 1 week with a Saturday, January 26th contest at Kankakee Community College. Tip time is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

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January 26 – at Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, IL

The losing streak continued for the Bulldogs as they headed on the road and were defeated by the Kankakee Community College Cavaliers, 75-70.

The game started with Kankakee leading 22-20 with 7:30 to go in the first half. South Suburban then went on a scoring run and actually led 39-33 at half time.

SSC extended the lead to 11 early in the second half. That lead shrunk very quickly as Kankakee actually tied the game at 51 with 14:00 to go in the game.

South Suburban could never get the lead after that. They pulled to within 2 at 69-67 with 2:00 to go, but as the shot clock was winding down on the next possession, sophomore forward Chris Johnson was called for a foul and Kankakee made both free throw to seal the victory.

“I am extremely upset with our play in the second half We got out scored 41-32 in that half. There is no excuse for our play, and we better right the ship before our season come to a screeching halt”. said SSC head basketball coach John Pigatti. Pigatti added; “The players want to do things their way right now and evidently it’s not working. They better start listening or there will be major changes around here.”

South Suburban’s only bright spot of the day was sophomore forward Allen White. White scored a career high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

The other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were sophomores Rhyss Lewis (18 points) and Jason Towers (16 points). South Suburban’s shooting was a chilling as the upcoming polar vortex. They shot 26/73 (36.6%) from the field, 6/22 (27.3%) from behind the “3” point line, and 12/22 (54.5%) from the free throw line. Kankakee shot 23/50 (46%) from the field, 5/14 (35.7%) from the “3”, and 24-31 (77.4%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban falls to 21-2 on the season.

They will make up their road game in Oglesby, Il against Illinois Valley Community College (postponed from 1/12/19) this Tuesday, January 29th. Game time is 7:30pm.

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January 29 – at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, IL – RESCHEDULED FROM 1/12

Postponed due to weather. Rescheduled for February 27.

February 2 – vs. Kishwaukee College in South Holland, IL – COMMUNITY DAY

It was a long time since the Bulldogs had won a basketball game. Two weeks to be exact. That was the longest head basketball coach John Pigatti has gone without a victory here at South Suburban College. The losing streak ended as they beat visiting NJCAA Region IV foe Kishwaukee College, 88-57.

Kishwaukee actually held an early 11-9 lead with 14:00 to go in the first half. SSC would go on a 12-2 run, and took a 21-13 lead with 10:00 to go.

They extended the lead to 30-17 with 7:00 to go, and took a 39-27 lead into the half time break.

South Suburban opened the second half on a 9-2 run and took a 48-29 lead with 17:00 left to go in the game. The Kougars would pull as close as 56-44 with 8:48 to go.

The Bulldogs would close the game on a 32-13 run for the final 31-point victory.

“it was nice to finally get a victory. It’s been a long time” said Coach Pigatti. “I was pleased with our defense for the most part. We have a long way to go offensively, but hopefully we will start listen to the coaching staff and solve these problems,” Pigatti added.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 35 points. He also filled up the stat sheet as he grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, blocked 3 shots, and snatched 2 steals. SSC’s only other double digit scorer was sophomore guard Jason Towers who chipped in 19 points of his own. Sophomore guard Haashim Keys led the Bulldogs with 7 assists and 5 steals.

Sophomore forward Chris Johnson and freshman forward Malcolm Bell grabbed 10 rebounds each as South Suburban won the rebounding battle 51-40.

South Suburban shot 33/74 (44.6%) from the field, 10/24 (41.7%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 12-18 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Kishwaukee shot 19/54 (35.2%) from the field, they were 0/13 from the “3”, and 19-38 (50%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban who dropped to #6 in the latest NJCAA Division II poll , improved to 22-2 on the season. They now have the week off and return to action Saturday, February 9th with a 3pm tip against Region IV foe Black Hawk College.

At this game; former Men’s Basketball great and SSC’s first ever National-Player-of-the year, 2013 graduate Michael Harris will be honored as he was recently inducted into the NJCAA Region IV Hall-of-Fame. There will also be an Alumni Game played after the Men’s Basketball Game on that day as well. It will Coach Pigatti’s first ever Alumni game since he has been here at South Suburban College.

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February 9 – vs. Black Hawk College in South Holland, IL – ALUMNI DAY

The #4 ranked Bulldogs hosted Region IV foe Black Hawk College of Moline, IL on Alumni Day. The new dogs put on a show for the former Bulldog greats as they were victorious 85-50.

The game started with SSC leading 9-6 at the 16:17 mark of the first half. The proceeded to go on a 16-0 run and take a 25-6 lead.

Black Hawk would only score 7 more points the entire half, and SSC led 48-13 at halftime.

South Suburban extended the lead to 76-46 with 6:30 to go, but did not play the second half with the intensity they had in the first half.

The 35-point margin of victory was the same margin at the half.

Black Hawk tied SSC 37-37 in the second half which did not please Head Coach John Pigatti.

“I was very disappointed in our effort and focus in the second half. The bench did nothing to improve our team today. The lack of focus we had in the second half is concerning to me as we head into post season play. We need to get it straightened out FAST!,” said Pigatti.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis. He filled the stat line in the game in limited minutes. He scored 26 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, snatched 3 steals and blocked 1 shot.

Freshman forward scored 15 points for SSC as well.

South Suburban shot 35/66 (53%) from the field, 8/15 (53.3%) from behind the “3”-point line, and were 7/12 (58.3%) from the free throw line. Black Hawk shot 18/65 (27.7%) from the field, 1/22 (4.55%) from the “3”, and 13/17 (76.5%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 46-38.

South Suburban improved to 23-2 on the season. They return home for a Valentine’s Day game vs. Lincoln Land College. Tip time is 7:00 pm.

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February 14 – vs. Lincoln Land Community College in South Holland, IL

The #3 Bulldogs hosted Loggers from Lincoln Land Community College on Valentine’s Day. It was not all candy and flowers as things got heated in the 93-91 Bulldog victory.

Lincoln Land started the game hitting their first four 3-point shots and took an early 10-point lead. The Loggers held the lead throughout the first half and led 39-35 at half time.

South Suburban played with more intensity in the second half. They took their biggest lead of the game at 76-65 with 8:00 left in the game.

The Bulldogs held on for the 2-point victory.

“I was very disappointed in our team tonight. We let a team with nothing to lose, which only had 4 wins on the season, out tough us. Our proper mindset was not here tonight. Give all the credit to the toughness level Lincoln Land played with. We were lucky to win this game.” said Head Coach John Pigatti.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 28 points. Sophomore guard Jason Towers scored 26 points for the Bulldogs as well. The only other double digit scorer for SSC was sophomore forward Chris Johnson. He recorded a double/double as he scored 17 points while grabbing 19 rebounds.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 53-27.

SSC shot 30/73 (41.1%) from the field, 10/27 (37%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 23/34 (67.6%) from the free throw line. LLCC shot 32/64 (50%) from the field, 9/20 (45%) from the “3”, and 18/19 (94.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 25-2 on the season. They play at arch rival Moraine Valley Community College this Saturday, February 16th. Tip time is 3:00pm.

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February 16 – at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL

The #3 Bulldogs headed to their south suburban rival Moraine Valley Community College for a tough Region IV contest on Saturday. They started out slow but in the end prevailed 81-70, to improve to 25-2 on the season.

Moraine Valley took an early 12-4 lead with 16:00 to go in the first half. SSC then went on a 15-5 run and took a 19-17 lead with 8:30 to go.

The Bulldogs led 36-33 at half time.

South Suburban went on a 15-7 run to start the second half and led 51-40 with 15:00 to go in the game. The Cyclones pulled to within 4 at 58-54 with 9:20 to go. They could not pull any closer and the Bulldogs left Palos Hills with a 11-point victory.

“I was not pleased with our start of the game defense. After a few adjustments we played better on that end of floor. Moraine Valley is one of the most talented team we have played this season. We are fortunate to leave their gym with a victory”, said South Suburban College Head Coach John Pigatti.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Jason Towers 22 points. The Bulldogs leading scorer this season, Rhyss Lewis, scored 17 points (11 points under his average) and freshman forward Malcolm Bell scored 15 points to help SSC’s victory.

South Suburban out rebounded Moraine Valley 37-35.

SSC shot 29/69 (42%) from the field, 7/15 (47%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 16/20 (80%) from the free throw line. Moraine Valley shot 23/54 (43%), 4/14 (29%) from the “3”, and 20/32 (63%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs continue their road swing this Tuesday, February 19 at NJCAA Division 1 foe Richard Daley College. Tip Time is 7:00 pm.

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February 19 – at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, IL

The #3 SSC Bulldogs headed on the road to Chicago to face their last NJCAA Division 1 foe, the Richard J. Daley College Bulldogs. After blowing a big second half lead, they held on for the 83-80 victory to improve to 26-2 on the season.

South Suburban trailed early in the game 8-2. Our Bulldogs then went on a 21-9 run and took a 23-17 lead with 8:30 to go in the first half.

Daley would not quit. They tied the game at 33 with 2:00 to go.

South Suburban had a 39-33 lead with 1:00 to go, when the host Bulldogs closed on a 4-0 run, and SSC went into the halftime break leading 39-37.

SSC would open a big lead during the second half. They led 67-53 with 8:15 to go in the game.

However, that’s when things got crazy. SSC would give up 27 points in the last eight minutes. Daley pulled to within one at 75-74 with 2:28 to go. They were trailing 80-79 with :40 to go when South Suburban’s Rhyss Lewis blocked a shot with :20 to go to help seal the victory.

“I was not pleased with the way we blew the 14-point lead in the second half. However, I was happy with our defensive focus at the end of the game to help us win.” said South Suburban College’s Head Coach John Pigatti.

Lewis led SSC in scoring with 28 points. Sophomore forward Chris Johnson recorded a double/double for the Bulldogs as he scored 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Freshman Malcolm Bell (12 points) and Sophomore Jason Towers (11points) were the other double digit scorers for the visiting Bulldogs.

SSC won the rebounding battle 47-32.

South Suburban shot 33/69 (47.8%) from the field, 8/16 (50%) from behind the 3-point line, and 9/12 (75%) from the free throw line. Daley shot 26/59 (44%) from the field, 7/15 (47%) from the arch, and 21/32 (66%) from the free throw line.

SSC finishes its 2018-19 home schedule this Thursday, February 22nd vs. Danville Area Community College. It’s Sophomore Night as the eight sophomores, who will be playing in their last home game at the “DAWG HOUSE”, are honored before the game. Tip time is 7:00pm.

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February 21 – vs. Danville Area Community College in South Holland, IL – SOPHOMORE NIGHT

Thursday was “Sophomore Night” for the #3 Bulldogs. They had not lost a “Sophomore Night“ the 12 other times they played during Coach John Pigatti’s tenure at the school. Unfortunately, Danville (who SSC beat earlier in the season) did not get the memo and they trounced the Bulldogs 84-67. It was the worst home defeat in Coach Pigatti’s 13 season at South Suburban College.

The first half was great competition for both teams. Danville took a 23-16 lead with 10:00 to go. South Suburban would go on a 11-3 run and take a 27-26 lead with 5:00 left to go in the first half. They would lead 33-32 with 2:25 to go when the Jaguars would close the half on a 5-0 run including making a 45-foot heave shot with no time left on the shot clock. They took a 37-33 lead in to the half time break.

The second half was all Danville. SSC had pulled to within 40-37 with 17:30 to go in the game.

However, Danville would go on a 16-2 run and take a 56-39 lead with 12:00 to go in the game. They would extend the lead to 20 at 71-51, and the Bulldogs could get no closer than 12 points.

“I am extremely embarrassed the way we played at home tonight. It was Sophomore Night and I guess the intensity was too much for our team. It is one of the worst defeats I have ever had here at South Suburban.” said Pigatti.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 17 points. He had scored 32 points at Danville a month earlier. The only other double digit scorer for the Bulldogs was freshman guard Joffari Brown (14 points).

Danville out rebounded SSC 41-37.

South Suburban shot 23/63 (36.5%) from the field, 7/19 (36.8%) from behind the “3”-point arc, and 14/18 (77.8%) from the free throw line. Danville shot 29/63 (46%) from the field, 6/17 (35.3%) from the “3”, and 20/21 (95.2%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban falls to 26-3 on the season.

They conclude the regular season tomorrow night with a make-up game (cancelled twice because of weather) at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, IL. Tip time is 7:30pm.

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February 22 – at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, IL – RESCHEDULED FROM 1/27

The #3 ranked Bulldogs concluded their regular season with a makeup contest at Illinois Valley. The Bulldogs, playing without one of their best players, would struggle in this game. They ended up victorious, holding back IVCC 78-75.

Haashim Keys suffered a torn patella tendon in Thursday night’s game against Danville.

Illinois Valley started out on fire offensively. They took an early 5-0 lead, and extended it to 15-9 with 16:00 to go in the first half.

SSC Head Coach John Pigatti would call time out and sub all five starters out of the game.

The new crew went on a 13-0 run and took a 22-15 lead with 9:50 left to go. They would build the lead to 10 at 33-23 with 5:25 to go.

However Illinois Valley continued their hot shooting and only trailed 38-35 at halftime.

In the second half, South Suburban would extend their lead to 58-48 with 11:49 to go in the game. Illinois Valley would rally and trail 66-63 with 4:15 left. SSC would take a 71-64 lead with 2:37 left in the game. They actually held their 7-point lead at 73-66 with 1:16 to go.

Illinois Valley would hit several 3-point baskets down the stretch.

With 01.5 second to go and the score tied 76-76, Bulldog sophomore guard Nate Shead went to the free throw line and calmly made both free throws to seal the victory.

“I was happy to escape with a victory tonight, especially after last night’s embarrassing loss. We will need to play better, and find out how to play without H, if we are going to make some noise in the region tourney.” said Pigatti.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 19 points. Sophomore forward Chris Johnson would record another double/double as he scored 18 points while grabbing 15 rebounds. Sophomores Jason Towers (11 points) and Sidney Mason (12 points-career high) scored in double digits as well for the Bulldogs.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 48-24.

South Suburban shot 29/68 (43%) from the field, 5/16 (31%) from the arch, and 15/18 (83%) from the free throw line. Illinois Valley shot 25/53 (47%) from the field, 10/19 (53%) from the “3”, and 15/21 (71%) from the free throw line.

SSC finished the regular season with a 27-3 record. That record ties for the best regular season record during Coach Pigatti’s 13 seasons at the school. They received a first round bye in the NJCAA Division II Region IV Tournament. They will play March 3rd at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL at 12:00 noon vs. the winner of the Oakton Community College and Black Hawk College.

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NJCAA REGION IV DIVISION II TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL

March 3 – vs. Oakton Community College at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL.

The Bulldogs played in their 13th straight Region IV Semi-Final Game in 13 seasons since Joh has been head coach. They have now been victorious 12 times as they defeated Oakton Community College, 87-58.

The game started with the Owls shooting lights out. They made their first six shots of the game and took a 15-4 lead with 14:29 left to go in the first half. They continued their 11-point lead at 21-10 with 10:51 to go.

South Suburban then turned up its defensive intensity. Oakton only scored 9 points the rest of the half as SSC went on a 29-9 run to end the half.

The Bulldogs led 39-30 at halftime.

South Suburban would open the second half on a 22-7 run and pull ahead for good at 67=37 with 12:22 to go in the game. Oakton could never get any closer and the Bulldogs came away with the 29-point victory.

The victory improves SSC record to 28-3 on the season and advances South Suburban to the Region IV District 3 Championship Game on March 9th.

“I was very disappointed in the start of the game. However, after a few defensive adjustments, we took some pride in our defense and came away with the victory,” Said Pigatti. “If we start that way against Milwaukee on Saturday we will be in trouble.”

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Jason Towers 23 points. Bulldog sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis had a stat filling game. He recorded a double/double as he scored 15 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. He also dished out 5 assists and snatched 5 steals. Other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were: Freshmen Malcolm Bell (14 points) and Joffari Brown (12 points), while sophomore forward Chris Johnson recorded a double/double as he chipped in 12 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

SSC won the rebounding battle 53-39.

South Suburban shot 31/74 (41.9%) from the field, 8/21 (38.1%) from behind the 3-point arc, and 17/21 (81%) from the free throw line. Oakton shot 16/60 (26.7%) from the field, 8/27 (29.6) from the “3”, and 18/23 (78.3%) from the free throw line.

The #1 ranked Bulldogs will play #3 Milwaukee Area Technical College from Wisconsin at 5:00 pm.

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NJCAA REGION IV DIVISION II TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

March 9 – vs. #3 Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI) at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL.

The top seed Bulldogs were trying to capture their 10th Regional Championship in the 13 seasons Coach John Pigatti has been at the school. Unfortunately, missed free throws (1-6) in the last two minutes, and missed shots (0-4) in the last :40 cost the Bulldogs the title as they fell to Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) 75-72.

Milwaukee Tech jumped out to an early 30-20 with 6:23 left to go in the first half. South Suburban would come back, and after a made “3” point shot at the half time buzzer, MATC only led 39-37.

South Suburban would own the first 15:00 of the second half. They actually took a 71-61 lead with 4:45 to go in the game. However MATC would out score SSC 14-1 the rest of the way for the championship.

South Suburban was lead in scoring by sophomore guard Rhyss Lewis’ 21 points.

SSC out rebounded MATC 47-41, but lost the game at the free throw line.

South Suburban shot 23/59 (39%) from the field, 7/22 (31.8%) from the “3”, and were a disappointing 19/32 (59.4%) from the free throw line. MATC shot 26/66 (39.4%) from the field, 4/22 (18.2%) from the “3”, and 19 /28 (67.9%) from the free throw line.

SSC finished the season 28-4.

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