Men’s Basketball Recaps

January 30 – at Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL

The #1 Ranked Bulldogs took to the road for their first game of the season as they prevailed over the host team, Danville Area Community College, 69-67 in overtime.

SSC had been in a two-week COVID Lockdown and only practiced a few days before their game in Danville. It showed in the first half. SSC shot a dismal 30% from the field, trailing by as many as 14-points in the first half. They went into the halftime break with a 30-19 deficit.

The Bulldogs opened up the second half on a 7-0 run but the Jaguars did not flinch. They extended their lead to 39-26 with 15:10 to go in the game.

South Suburban would then get back to back 3-point baskets from sophomore guard Ishmael Martin to cap off an 8-0 run and SSC only trailed 39-34 with 14:00 to go.

South Suburban would then tie the game at 56 with 2:34 to go on sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s basket. SSC actually took a 58-56 lead with 1:00 to go. Danville would proceed to make two free throws to tie the game.

The Bulldogs would have two chances to win the game in regulation, but did not convert on any of them. The game went into overtime tied at 58.

SSC would take a 66-60 lead with 2:00 to go in the overtime, only to hold off a late Danville surge for the 2-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Washington who filled up the stat sheet. He would score 25 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, block 6 shots, snatch 4 steals, and dish out 4 assists. Martin would score a career high 19 points.

The only other Bulldog who scored in double figures was sophomore Courtney Fields (12 points). South Suburban shot 26/62 (38.7%) from the field, 9/22 (41%) from behind the “3” point line, and were 12/18 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Danville shot 20/52 (38.5%) from the field, 3/12 (25%) from the “3”, and 24/29 (82.8%) from the free throw line.

Danville out rebounded the Bulldogs 41-36.

#1 South Suburban is now 1-0 on the season as they start the home portion of the schedule Monday night, February 2nd, vs. the JV squad of Trinity Christian College. Game time is 7:00pm.

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February 2 – vs. Trinity Christian College JV in South Holland, IL

The #1 Ranked Bulldogs opened their home slate of games with a resounding 101-53 victory over Trinity Christian University Junior Varsity.

The game was close at 7-5 with 16:00 to go in the first half. SSC went on a 31-3 run to take a 38-8 lead with 7:00 to go in the first half. Then Trinity closed the half on a 20-11 run to cut the Bulldogs lead 49-28 at the half.

South Suburban owned the Trolls from then on. The Dogs would increase their lead every minute of the second half and took their biggest lead of the game, 95-43, with 1:30 to go in the game. They improved to 2-0 on the season.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 35 points and 15 rebounds. He also had 6 steals. Sophomore Tyronn Mosley and Courtney Fields would be the only other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs as the scored 14 and 13 points respectfully. Fields would record his first double/double at South Suburban as he grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs out rebounded Trinity Christian 52-31.

South Suburban shot 38/78 (48.7%) from the field, 7/27 from behind the “3” point line, and were 18/22 from the free throw line. Trinity Christian JV shot 21/56 (37.5%) from the field, 3/19 (15.8%) from the “3”, and 8/15 (53.3%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban next game is this Thursday, February 4th, vs. The Bosco Institute, a prep school out of Crown Point, Indiana. Game time is 7:00pm.

SSC sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington was named NJCAA Division II National-Player-of-the Week. His stat filling performance (25 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 steals, and 3 assists) at Danville Area Community College on Saturday, January 30th earned him the honor.

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February 4 – vs. St. John Bosco Institute (IN) in South Holland, IL

The Bulldogs hosted a very powerful prep school from northwest Indiana, The Bosco Institute. The game was close throughout and there were 16 lead changes and 10 ties. The biggest lead was 6 points by any team throughout the game, but in the end South Suburban survived with a 76-73 victory.

#1 ranked South Suburban improved to 3-0 on the season.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by recently named NJCAA National Player of the Week; sophomore guard, Deshawndre Washington. He scored 29 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, blocked 4 shots, snatched 5 steals, and dished out four assists. Sophomore forward Chance Love scored 15 points of his own while grabbing eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Ishmael Martin was the only other Bulldogs to score in double figures as we chipped in 11 points while dishing out three assists.

The Bulldogs shot a chilling 24/75 (32%) from the field, 6/17 (35.3%) from behind the “3”-point line, and were 23/30 (73.3%) form the free throw line. The Bosco Institute shot 26/75 (40%) from the field, 8/22 (36.4%) from the “3”, and 13/18 (72.2%) from the free throw line.

The Bosco Institute out rebounded the Bulldogs 49-48. However SSC’s defense forced 21 Bosco turnovers.

The Bulldogs return to action this Monday, February 8th. They will host the reigning #1 team in the country from last year, Milwaukee Area Technical College from Wisconsin. Tip time is 7:00pm.

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The remainder of the home SSC Bulldog and Lady Bulldog Volleyball and Basketball games will be played at the SOUTHLAND CENTER in Lynwood, IL.

February 8 – vs. Milwaukee (WI) Area Technical College in Lynwood, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs hosted the 2019-20 #1 team in the country Milwaukee Area Tech. The game was played, as will all remaining home games for the 2021 season, at the Southland Rec Center in Lynwood, IL. The South Suburban athletics facility is being used for a COVID-19 vaccine site.

The game was as advertised with two #1 ranked teams. The game had 13 lead changes, and was tied 11 times. However, in the end the Bulldogs prevailed 69-68.

The game was tight from the beginning. Neither team held more than a 7-point lead. SSC led 31-24 with 3:00 left to go in the first half.

Milwaukee Area Tech would go on a 8-2 run to close the half and the Bulldogs led 33-32.

Milwaukee would take a 43-38 lead with 13:30 to go in the game. SSC would respond with a 18-6 run and take a 56-49 lead with 9:00 to go. Milwaukee Area Teach would then go on a 10-2 run of their own to take a 59-58 lead with 5:00 to go. SSC would regain the lead until Milwaukee Area tech made a three point basket with :21 to go to take a 68-67 lead.

South Suburban’s sophomore forward Chance Love would rebound a missed shot with :11 to go. He made the lay-up but missed the free throw to give SSC the 69-68 lead. South Suburban’s sophomore G/F Demarius Byrd would block a last second “3”-pont shot by Milwaukee Area Tech to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 28 points. He also grabbed 15 rebounds, blocked 3 shots and snatched 3 steals. Sophomore’s Ishmael Martin and Tyronn Mosley would be the only other double digit scorers for SSC. They scored 12 and 11 points respectfully. Mosley would record a double/double (his second as a Bulldogs) as he grabbed 10 rebounds.

South Suburban and Milwaukee Area Tech tied in the rebounding category with 54 rebounds each.

South Suburban shot a chilling percentage in their new home. They shot 30/86 (34.9%) from the field, 3/16 (33.3%) from behind the “3”-pont line, and a horrible 6/18 (33.3%) from the free throw line. Milwaukee Area Tech shot 23/67 (34.3%) from the field, 2/19 (10.5%) from the “3”, and 20/34 (58.8%) from the free throw line. South Suburban improved to 4-0 on the season.

Their Thursday evening contest vs. Trinity Christian (JV) was canceled due to COVID protocol in the Trinity Christian program. They return to the Southland Rec Center on Sunday, February 14th, with a 2:00pm tip vs. Bay College in Michigan.

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February 14 – vs. Bay College (MI) in Lynwood, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs playing their second game at their new home, The Southland Center as they hosted Bay College from Escanaba, MI. The foul prone Norse were defeated by the Bulldogs 94-52.

Bay Collège had no answers for South Suburban’s game plan. They committed 29 fouls in the game as it seemed every time SSC drove to the basket, they were fouled. The Bulldogs shot 43 free throw’s in the game.

However, the game did start out slow as both teams struggled early to make baskets. SSC didn’t even make its first field goal of the game until 5:00 into it. The Bulldogs slowly built a 41-28 lead.

The second half was a different story. The Bulldogs opened the second half on a 24-9 run and took a commanding 65-37 lead with 10:00 left to go in the game. They would cruise to the 42-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 19 points. He also grabbed 17 rebounds. He dished out 7 assists and snatched 3 steals. It was his 5th straight game recording a double/double. Sophomores Chance Love, Ishmael Martin, and Demarius Byrd would also score in double figures as they chipped in 18, 18 and 10 points respectfully. Freshman Anthony Mabon recorded career highs in scoring (15) and rebounds (5).

South Suburban dominated the boards as they held a 58-37 advantage. They would also force 24 turnovers.

South Suburban shot a chilling 28/75 (37.3%) from the field, 8/22 (36.4%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 30/43 (69.8%) from the free throw line. Bay College shot 18/58 (31%) from the field, 2/25 (16%) from the “3”, and 12/24 (50%) from the free throw line.

Pigatti’s Bulldogs improved to 5-0 on the season. They play NJCAA Division 1 #15 Triton College this Tuesday, February 16th at the Southland Center. Game time is 7:00pm.

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February 16 – vs. Triton College in Lynwood, IL

The Game was touted as one of the best games in the country; as two nationally ranked teams squared off at the Southland Center (temporary home of the Bulldogs). The NJCAA Division II #1 ranked South Suburban Bulldogs hosted NJCAA Division 1 #15 Triton College. The game did not disappoint but in the end Triton came out with the 67-62 victory.

The game was tight throughout the first half. Triton led SSC 26-24 with 4:00 left to go in the first half. Triton would proceed to go on a 14-2 run to close out the half with a 40-26 lead.

The second half was one for the ages.

South Suburban opened on a 5-0 run, but that did not last. Triton actually took its biggest lead of the game at 48-33 with 15:30 to go in the game.

The Bulldogs would continue to chip away at the lead and actually pulled within one at 58-57 with 3:25 to go. SSC would have several chances to take the lead but it’s poor shooting night hurt that come back bid. Triton took a 65-62 lead with :11 to go.

SSC’s sophomore forward Tyronn Mosely drove down the court and pulled up for a “3”-point shot to tie the game. His shot was just short and Triton held on for the victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by stat-filling sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington. He scored a game high 28 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, dished out 7 assist, and snatched 4 steals. Mosely was the only other Bulldog who scored in double figures as he chipped in 14 points of his own. South Suburban shot a chilling 25/72 (34.7%) from the field, 5/25 (20%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 7/9 (77.8%) from the free throw line. Triton shot 24/60 (40%) from the field, 7/15 (46.7%) from the “3”, and 12/22 (54.5%) from the free throw line.

Triton won the battle of the boards 45-35.

South Suburban falls to 5-1 on the season. They return to the Southland Center this Friday, February 19th with a NJCAA Region IV contest vs. Bryant & Stratton College from Milwaukee, WI. Tip time is 5:00pm.

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February 19 – vs. Bryant & Stratton College (WI) in Lynwood, IL

The #1 ranked Bulldogs played Bryant & Stratton College from Milwaukee, WI. a rare Friday afternoon game at the Southland Center. However, the Bulldogs played like they have never played a Friday afternoon matinee in the first half. They prevailed 77-69 in overtime in the end.

The first half started out nip and tuck. SSC trailed Bryant & Stratton (WI) 15-13 with 12:00 to go in the first half. Bryant & Stratton would go on a 24-11 run and take a 39-24 lead with 5:00 to go. The Bulldogs would trail 44-31 at halftime.

The second half did not start out much better for the Bulldogs. They trailed 56-40 with 11:30 to go in the game. They would still trail 67-55 with 1:55 to go in the game.

Then SSC got their defense intensity to where it should of been earlier in the game. They reeled off eight straight points by snatching a few steals, and tied the game at 67 with just under a minute to go. No one scored during the rest of regulation and the game went to an extra 5:00 period.

The Bulldogs would only give up two points in the overtime as they improved their record to 6-1 on the season.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 25 points. He would also grab 17 rebounds for his 7th straight double double this season. He also dished out 4 assists and blocked 3 shots. Sophomore Courtney Fields also recorded a double/double for the Bulldogs as he scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Sophomores Ishamel Martin, Tyronn Mosely and Demarius Byrd would score in double digits as well. They scored 11, 10, 10 points respectfully.

South Suburban out rebounded Bryant & Stratton 46-35.

SSC shot 26/66 (39.4% ) from the field, 3/17 (17.6%) from behind the “3” point line, and 22/30 (73.3%) from the free throw line. Bryant & Stratton shot 27/71 (38%) from the field, 9/21 (42.9%) from the “3”, and 6/9 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban completes it extended home stand at the Southland Center this Sunday, February 21st when they play the International Sports Academy, a prep school out of Cleveland, Ohio. Game time is 6:00 p.m.

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February 21 – vs. International Sports Academy (OH) in Lynwood, IL

Coach Pigatti’s squad hosted the International Sports Academy, a prep school from Cleveland, Ohio, in a rare Sunday evening contest. They took a double digit lead in the middle of the first half and never looked back as the #1 Bulldogs won 93-80 to improve to 7-1 on the season.

The game was nip and tuck early. It was actually still tied at 21 with 10:00 to go in the first half. The Bulldogs would go on a 22-5 run and take their biggest lead of the half at 43-26 with 3:00 to go.

They would go into the halftime break with a 51-35 lead.

The second half was one where the Bulldogs just kept their double digit lead throughout. SSC biggest lead was at 70-51 with 11:45 to go in the game and they would cruise to the 13-point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore Tyronn Mosely’s career high 22 points. Sophomore Deshawndre Washington continued his streak of double/doubles as he has recorded one in every game this season (20 points and 14 rebounds.) Sophomores Courtney Fields and Demarius Byrd scored 15 and 12 points respectfully. Freshman guard Joel Webb recorded a career high in points (11) and rebounds (6) for the Bulldogs. SSC shot 34/74 (45.9%) from the field, 4/14 (28.6%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 21/31 (67.7%) from the free throw line. The International Sports Academy shot 30/70 (42.9%) from the field, 9/25 (36%) from the “3”, and 11/21 (52.4%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 45-35.

The Bulldog will now head out on the road for two games this week. They open their road trip with a game at NJCAA Division 1 Highland Community College. Highland had been to the NJCAA Division 1 National Championship Tourney nine times in the last 14 years. The game will be this Thursday, February 25th. Game time is 6:00pm.

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February 25 – at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL

The NJCAA Division II top ranked Bulldogs took to the road for the first time in the month of February. The stop was Freeport, IL where they faced NJCAA Division 1 powerhouse Highland Community College. The Bulldogs did not put together a full 40-minute effort and were beaten soundly 76-53.

SSC played toe-to-toe with Highland for the first 12:00 of the game. The game was tied 23-23 with 8:00 to go in the first half. Highland would proceed to go on a 19-11 run to end the half, leading 42-34 at halftime.

The second half was a disaster for the Bulldogs. SSC could not make a basket and Highland would go on a 26-11 run and take their biggest lead 67-43 with 6:00 to go in the game.

The rest was history as SSC took their second worst defeat in the 15 years that Coach John Pigatti has been at South Suburban College.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 18 points. He also kept his perfect double/double streak alive this year as he grabbed 15 rebounds. Sophomore forward Chance Love also recorded a double]double for the Bulldogs as he scored 14 points while grabbing 15 rebounds.

Highland won the rebounding battle 38-35.

South Suburban shot a chilling 23/63 (36.5%) from the field, 2/15 (13.3%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 5/10 (50%) from the free throw line. Highland shot 31/67 (46.3%) from the field, 6/20 (30%) from the “3”, and 10/16 (62.5%) from the free throw line.

SSC falls to 7-2 on the season. They continue their road swing this Saturday, February 27th with a Region IV match-up at Morton College in Cicero, IL. Tip is 1:00 pm.

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February 27 – at Morton College in Cicero, IL

The Bulldogs continued their road trip with a bounce back 79-74 win at Morton College in a Region IV matchup.

South Suburban came out strong in the first half and built a 19-point lead. They went into the halftime break with a 42-26 lead.

The second half was a different story. Morton opened the half on a 21-5 run to tie the game at 47 with 12:50 to go. SSC would then get their offense back on track. They would take a 65-55 lead with 6:00 to go in the game. Morton would chip away at the lead and pull to with in three at 77-74 with :07 to go. SSC’s sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington would rebound his own missed free throw and put it back in the basket to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.

South Suburban improved to 8-2 on the year.

Washington led the Bulldogs in scoring with 29 points. He would also grab 15 rebounds. The other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were sophomore guards Ishmael Martin and Markese who would score 16 and 10 points respectfully.

South Suburban would win the rebounding battle 39-31.

SSC shot 33/63 (52%) from the field, 5/12 (41.6%) from behind the arc, and 8/13 (61.5%) from the free throw line. Morton shot 26/51 (51%) from the field, 8/19 (42.1%) from the “3”, and 14/18 (77.8%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs return to the Southland Center this Tuesday, March 2nd as they play the Judson University Junior Varsity squad from Elgin, IL. at 5:00pm.

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March 2 – vs. Judson University JV in Lynwood, IL

The #4 ranked Bulldogs hosted the Judson University JV squad and cruised to a 97-68 victory.

They broke open the lead in the middle of the first half and took a 54-34 lead into halftime. They were never challenged in the second half and actually took their biggest lead of 95-61 with 2:00 to go in the game.

The victory improves the Bulldogs record to 9-2 on the season.

South South Suburban was led in scoring and rebounding by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington. He has recorded a double/double in every game he has played in this season. In this game he scored a career high 40 points while grabbing a career high 21 rebounds. The only other double digit scorer for the Bulldogs was sophomore guard Ishmael Martin. He scored 16 points while dishing out 4 assists.

SSC shot 36/76 (47.4%) from the field, 2/8 (25%) from behind the 3-point line, and 23 out of 28 (82.1%) from the free throw line. Judson University shot 23/57 (40.4%) from the field, 5/16 (31.3%) from the “3”, and 17/28 (60.7%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs return to action this Thursday, March 4th at Triton College in River Grove, IL. The Trojans are ranked #12 in NJCAA Division 1. Game time is 7:00 pm.

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March 4 – at Triton College in River Grove, IL

The NJCAA Division 2 #4 ranked Bulldogs went into Triton College, the NJCAA Division 1 ranked team, to try and amend an earlier loss to the #12 Trojans. The game did not go as planned for the Bulldogs as they hung tough in a 88-76 loss to Triton.

SSC had four scholarships cut this year and are trying to play against top tier junior college teams.

The Bulldogs got down early and trailed 44-32 at half time. They would chip at the Triton lead and cut the lead to 4 points with a little over 3:00 to go in the game. However, Triton did not falter and the they handed the Bulldogs their 3rd loss of the season.

SSC is now 9-3 on the year.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshanwdre Washington’s 20 points. He continued his perfect streak of double/double games as he grabbed 14 rebounds as well. South Suburban had two other players score in double digits, as sophomore forwards Courtney Fields, and Tyronn Mosely scored 19 and 12 points respectfully.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle against the taller and more athletic Triton team 36-35.

South Suburban shot 32/65 (49.2%) from the field, 9/17 (52.9%) from behind the 3-point line, and were only 3 out of 6 (50%) from the free throw line.

Triton shot 34/57 (59.6%) from the field, 4/13 (30.8%) from the “3”, and 16/24 (66.7%)from the free throw line.

South Suburban play at their new home court for the 2021 season, the Southland Center, when they play the junior varsity team from Aurora University on Wednesday (March 10th) afternoon at 4:00 pm.

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March 10 – vs. Aurora University JV in Lynwood, IL

The #5 ranked Bulldogs coming off a tough loss at Triton College got back on the winning ways as they defeated the junior varsity squad of Aurora University, 122-75.

The Bulldogs who played with the most emotion they have had all year, jumped out to a 40-9 lead and never looked back, taking a 60-28 lead into the halftime. The second half saw little playing time for the Bulldog starters while the bench took over from there.

Sophomore Deshawndre Washington led the Bulldogs in scoring with 29 points. Freshman forward Grant Hall scored a career high 20 points. Other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were sophomore Courtney Fields, 14 pts., and a career high 14 points from sophomore guard Devante Hughley.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 50-19.

SSC shot 44 out of 72 (61.1%) from the field, 6 of 12 (50%) from behind the three-point line, and 28/34 (82.4%) from the free throw line. Aurora University shot 27/57 (47.45) from the field, 5/13 (38.5%) from the “3” and 16/18 (88.9%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban next game is a Region IV match-up at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL. The game is this Saturday, March 13th. Tip time is 2:00 pm.

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March 13 – at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL

The #5 Bulldogs traveled to Galesburg, Il for a Region IV matchup against Carl Sandburg College. Despite the host’s hot shooting, the Bulldogs prevailed 85-75. Carl Sandburg made more three-point field goals than two-pointers in the game, but could not overcome the Bulldogs.

The Chargers started out the game on a 4-0 run. SSC countered with a 9-0 run of their own and never relinquished the lead after that and went into the halftime break with a 44-32 lead.

They extended the lead to 51-34 with 14:00 to go, but Carl Sandburg’s hot shooting from the “3” pulled them to within 9 points at 58-49 with 12:00 to go. SSC extended their lead to 78-60 with 4:00 left and hung on for the ten point victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 27 points. He has recorded a double/double in every game this season as he grabbed 16 rebounds. Another Bulldog sophomore forward Chance Love also recorded a double/double as he scored 11 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. Three more Bulldogs scored in double figures. Sophomores Tyronn Mosley and Courtney Fields scored 14 points apiece, and sophomore guard William Washington scored 12 points of his own.

SSC won the rebounding battle 46-23.

South Suburban shot 30/65 (46.2%) from the field, 7/19 (36.8%) from the “3”, and 18-24 (75%) from the free throw line. Carl Sandburg shot 27/62 (43.5%) from the field, a sizzling 15/29 (51.7%) from the “3”,and 6/12 (50%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 11-3 on the season. They return home to the Southland Center this Tuesday, March 16th, for a game verses Morton College. Tip time is 7:00 pm.

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March 16 – vs. Morton College in Lynwood, IL

The # 5 ranked Bulldogs returned to the Southland Center for a big Region IV matchup vs. Morton College. The Bulldogs completed the season sweep of Morton with a 68-59 victory.

The game was tight throughout, and SSC led 30-26 at the half. In the second half, the Bulldogs extended the lead to 63-50 with 3:00 to go and never looked back.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshanwdre Washington’s 21 points, 17 of those points came in the second half. Sophomore forward Chance Love recorded a double/double for the Bulldogs as he scored 16 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. Two other Bulldogs scored in double figures. Sophomores Markese Hill and Courtney Fields scored 12 points apiece.

Morton won the rebounding battle 42-34 as they crashed the offensive glass for 16 rebounds.

South Suburban shot 28 of 56 (50%) from the field. They did not make a three-point shot (0/9), and were 12/19 (63.2%) from the free throw line. Morton shot 23/70 (32.9%) from the field, 3/15 (20%) from the ”3”, and 10/15 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 12-3 on the season. They head out of the road this Thursday, March 18th, for a 7:30 tip at Kankakee Community College.

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March 18 – at Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, IL

The Bulldogs, ranked #5 in NJCAA Division II, traveled to Kankakee Community College and won their first game of the year against a Division I opponent, 90-87.

Kankakee led for the entire first half until SSC’s sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington hit a three-point basket as time expired to tie the game at 36 at halftime.

South Suburban opened the second half on a 20-10 run and led by as much as 15 points in the second half. Kankakee made several three-point baskets late in the game to pull within 3 points.

The bigger NJCAA Division 1 team Kankakee won the battle of the boards 34-31.

South Suburban was led in scoring by Washington’s 34 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Chance Love scored a career high 23 points and grabbed 9 rebound for SSC as well. Two other sophomores scored in double digits for the Bulldogs: Tyronn Mosely (14 points), and Courtney Fields (13 points all in the second half).

South Suburban shot 32/58 (55.2%) from the field, 4/9 (44.4%) from the “3” and 22/31 (71%) from the free throw line. Kankakee shot 32/66 (48.5%) from the field, 9/27 (33.3%) from the “3”, and 14/22 (63.6%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 13-3 on the season. They return to the Southland Center this Saturday for a noon tip verses Region IV foe Carl Sandburg College.

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March 20 – vs. Carl Sandburg College in Lynwood, IL

The #5 ranked Bulldogs took on the Carl Sandburg Chargers for the second straight Saturday. The results were the same… a Bulldogs victory 91-78. But the games were totally different in nature.

In the first game, Carl Sandburg made more three-point shots (15) than two-pointers (14). This game they only made six three-point shots, but made 23 two pointers.

The Bulldogs were short handed with two players out due to sickness, sophomore forward Tyronn Mosely and freshman guard Joel Webb. NO, they did not have COVID.

The game was played very tightly from the onset. South Suburban grew a 10-point (45-35) lead at halftime.

Carl Sandburg would cut the Bulldog lead to six at 70-64 with 7:30 to go in the game. However, South Suburban would hit a few three-point shots to extend their lead, going on an 8-0 run, and finish with a double digit victory.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guards Deshawndre Washington’s 33 points. He also grabbed 15 rebounds. Sophomore forward Chance Love scored 22 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs had two other players score in double figures, sophomores Demarius Byrd (11 points), and Markese Hill (10 points).

South Suburban won the battle of the boards 44-28.

SSC shot 37/78 (47.4%0 from the field, 6/18 (33.3%) from the “3”, and 11/18 (61.1%) from the free throw line. The Chargers shot 29/56 (51.8%) from the field, 6/11 (54.5%) from beyond the arc and 14/16 (87.5%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 14-3 on the season. They play their final regular season home game at the Southland Center this Wednesday March 24th against Illinois Preparatory Academy. Game time is 7:00pm.

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March 24 – vs. Illinois Preparatory Academy in Lynwood, IL

The #3 Bulldogs played their last game at The Southland Center, their home away from home this season. They played one of their best games of the season and were victorious 103-59 over Illinois Prep.

The game started out slow but the Bulldogs picked up the defensive intensity and took a 49-31 lead into the half time break.

Illinois Prep never got any closer, and the Bulldogs kept extending their lead until the final buzzer sounded and the 44-point margin of victory was their largest lead of the night.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 28 points. He also recorded a double/double as he grabbed 15 rebounds. He also dished out 4 assists and blocked 4 shots. Washington currently leads the country in scoring and rebounding, as a guard.

SSC had another player record a double/double as sophomore forward Chance Love scored 16 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. South Suburban had 2 other players score in double figures. Sophomores Courtney Fields and Markese Hill scored 13 and 10 points respectfully.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle 45-28.

The Bulldogs shot 39/72 (54.2%) from the field, 5/12 (41.7%) from behind the “3”-point line, and were 20/27 (74.1%) from the free throw line. Illinois Prep shot 21/59 (35.6%) from the field, 7/24 (29.2%) from the “3”, and 10/18 (55.6%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban improved to 15-3 on the season. They head out on the road for their final two games of the regular season as they play a Top-15 match up at #14 Spoon River College in Canton, IL Saturday, March 27th. Tip time is 1:00 pm.

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March 27 – at Spoon River College in Canton, IL

The #3 Bulldogs took to the road for their NJCAA Division II Top 15 matchup at #14 Spoon River. SSC were not up for the challenge as they were defeated 73-66 and dropped their record to 15-4 on the season.

SSC actually started out fine as they took a 21-12 lead with 10:00 to go in the first half. They kept that 9-point lead (24-15) until the 7:30 mark of the first half when Spoon River would go on a 17-6 run and close the half with a 32-30 lead.

South Suburban started the second half aggressively on the offensive end, but could only convert 2 out of 5 free throws and could not take the lead. Spoon River would up the lead to 60-47 with 6:00 to go in the game.

South Suburban would then go on a 15-5 run of their own and close the gap to three at 65-62 with 1:50 to go. Spoon River would then make one of the 3 three-pont shots made in the game to up the lead to six and never look back.

South Suburban as led in scoring by sophomore Deshawndre Washington’s 27 points. He would be the only Bulldog to make a three-point shot in the game. He also grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked 5 shots. Only two other Bulldogs scored in double figures were sophomores Tyronn Mosely and Chance Love scored 13, and 12 points respectfully.

South Suburban won the rebounding battle by a narrow 35-34 margin.

SSC shot 24/52 (46.2$%) from the field, 3/8 (37.5%) from the “3”, and 15/25 (60%) from the free throw line. Spoon River shot 26/62 (41.9%) from the field, 3/15 (20%) from the “3”, and 18/25 (72%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban finishes the regular season portion of the schedule Wednesday, March 31st with a match up with the always tough Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. Tip time is 5:00pm.

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March 31 – at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL.

The #5 Bulldogs concluded their 2020-21 regular season with a road contest at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL. Moraine Valley just started playing games this past month as a club team this year, but the game counts as a regular season contest for SSC.

It was a hard fought battle, but in the end SSC prevailed 77-71 to finish with a 16-4 regular season record.

The game went back and forth with both team having several scoring runs. South Suburban took a 35-32 lead into the halftime break.

Moraine Valley opened up the second half on fire and took a 6 point lead. South Suburban battled back and actually led by nine with 2:00 to go. The victory allows the Bulldogs to head into the Region IV playoffs as the #1 seed.

South Suburban was led in scoring by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 31 points. He also grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 8 assists, snatched 4 steals and blocked 4 shots. Two other Bulldogs scored in double figures; sophomore forwards Chance Love and Tyronn Mosley scored 13 and 11 points respectfully. South Suburban shot 28-62 (41.9%) from the field, a chilling 1/16 (6.3%) from behind the three-point line, and 24/33 (72.7%) from the free throw line. Moraine Valley did not keep their statistics.

SSC opens Region IV tournament play Wednesday, April 7th at 5:30pm vs. Carl Sandburg College. The game will be played at Triton College. This is the 11th time in 15 seasons that South Suburban has been the #1 seed in the Region IV tournament during Coach John Pigatti’s fifteen seasons at the helm.

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NJCAA DIVISION II REGION IV MIDWEST TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL

April 7th – vs Carl Sandburg College at Triton College in River Grove, IL.

The #1 seeded Bulldogs opened Region IV tournament play with a 87-66 semi-final victory over Carl Sandburg College. It was the third meeting between the two teams in less than a month.

Carl Sandburg jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead. The Bulldogs offense gained momentum as they took a lead of 36-27 with six minutes left in the first half.

The Chargers closed out the first half on a 15-8 run, leaving SSC with a two-point lead at halftime, 44-42.

The game would stay close in the opening minutes of the second half, SSC led by 7 (58-51) with 12:00 to play in regulation. The Bulldogs took control of the contest with a 25-11 scoring run, leading 83-62, with 2:00 left.

Bulldog forward, Deshawndre Washington, the nation’s leading scorer would only tally eight points, but he had plenty of help from teammates, as the Bulldogs had five players score in double digits.

Sophomores Tyronn Mosley and Chance Love had 19 points apiece, while Sophomores Markese Hill and Demarius Byrd had 14 and 10 points respectively. Freshman Anthony Mabon netted 11 points.

SSC shot 39 for 71 (54.9%) from the field, 3 for 17 (17.6%) from behind the “3” point line, and 6 for 13 (46.2%) from the free throw line. Carl Sandburg shot 23 for 57 (40.4%) from the field, 6 for 23 (26.1%) from the “3”, and 14 for 19 (73.7%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 37-34.

The Bulldogs are now 17-4 on the season and have advanced to play Bryant & Stratton (WI) in the NJCAA Division II Region IV Championship Game on Friday April 9th. Tip off at 7:00 P.M. at Triton College in River Grove, IL.

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NJCAA DIVISION II REGION IV MIDWEST TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

April 9th – vs Bryant & Stratton (WI) at Triton College in River Grove, IL.

The top seeded Bulldogs played in their 14th Regional Championship game during Head Coach John Pigatti’s 15 seasons at the helm. They came out with their 11th Regional Championship with a 84-69 victory over Bryant & Stratton College.

SSC led 19-15 with 8:00 to go in the first half. Bryant & Stratton would close the first half strong and take a 36-35 lead into the halftime break.

In the outset of the second half, the Bulldogs outscored Bryant & Stratton 25-8, leading 60-44 with 10 minutes left to play in the game. SSC never relinqueshed that lead and settled for a 15 point victory.

Two Bulldog players recorded a double-double, DeShawndre Washington had 31 points and 13 rebounds, as well as sophomore Chance Love, who had 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Sophomore Tyronn Mosley would be the only other Bulldog to score in double figures as he chipped in 15 points.

SSC shot 30 for 60 (50%) from the field, only 1 for 6 (16.7%) from behind the “3”-point line, and 21 for 31 (67.7%) from the free throw line. Bryant & Stratton shot 27 for 71 (38%) from the field, 5 for 16 (31.3%) from the “3”, and 12 for 18 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

South Suburban out rebounded Bryant & Stratton 40 to 30.

With the victory, South Suburban improved their record to 18-4, and qualify for the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament, which we be held April 20th through April 24th, 2021 at the Mary Miller Center on the Campus of Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL.

Accolades for the Bulldogs in this year’s Regional Tournament include, DeShawndre Washington being named Tournament M.V.P., Chance Love named to All-tournament team, as well as Coach Jon Pigatti being named Region IV Coach of the Year for the 11th time in 15 seasons at South Suburban.

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NJCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at Danville Area Community College’s Mary Miller Center in Danville, IL.

The Men’s Basketball Team participated in the 2021 NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament in Danville, IL. The Bulldogs placed 8th. Sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington was named to the NJCAA Division Ii All-Tournament Team.

On Tuesday, April 20th, the first day of the tournament, the #3 Bulldogs were defeated by #14 Henry Ford College from Michigan, 67-58.

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On the 22nd, the Bulldogs rebounded with an exciting win against North Central Missouri College, 85-83.

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The next day, the Bulldogs continued their winning ways as they defeated Southeast Community College (NE), 77-74.

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However, the winning streak was stopped Saturday as SSC was defeated in the 7th place game by Southern Arkansas University Tech, 66-63.

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