REACH FOR THE SKY | Men tied for No. 1 in region

02/10/2011 20:58

Lindsey seals game with seconds left

Warren Hollinshead

Issue date: 2/10/11 Section: Sports
 
Freshman guard DeShawn Washington pushes the ball to the basket between two Linn-Benton defenders.
Media Credit: Eugene Johnson
Freshman guard DeShawn Washington pushes the ball to the basket between two Linn-Benton defenders.
Sophomore forward Robby Allen skies over defenders from Linn-Benton.  The men's win put them neck and neck with Chemeketa and Clackamas for No. 1.
Media Credit: Eugene Johnson
Sophomore forward Robby Allen skies over defenders from Linn-Benton. The men's win put them neck and neck with Chemeketa and Clackamas for No. 1.

The Titans are No. 1.

Well, at least they share the spot with Chemeketa and Clackamas in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' Southern Region after a 46-45 win in Albany Feb. 5.

Even more impressive than the men's league standing is the fact that they pulled off the narrow on the road with three absences.

"We found a way to do it," head coach Bruce Chavka said. "I don't know how we did that, it was ugly."

Freshman forward Nick Lindsey put up his first double-double of the season, amassing 13 points and 11 rebounds throughout the game. He sealed the game with two key free throws with two seconds left in the game.

With the score tied 45-45, Lindsey found himself at the free-throw line with the game literally in his hands. His first shot nicked the left ridge of the basket and dropping through to give the Titans the leading point.

"Now, we just have to keep playing like we have been," Lindsey said. "We have a good shot at winning league."

Sophomore forward Robby Allen accounted for 13 points and added nine rebounds.

From start to finish the score was close, never approaching a double-digit lead for either side. The largest lead came early when the Roadrunners were up 12-5.

With only 18 points at halftime and finding themselves down by five, the Titans entered the second half with newfound determination. Stiff defense, tight passing lanes and contested shots became the story of the game for the Titans.

"Defense was my focus, personally," Allen said.

Holding the Roadrunners to a very low 18 percent shooting from behind the arc and 32 percent shooting overall was a defining point to the win.

The Titans didn't fare much better in shooing percentages, either. The men hit 28 percent of their shots from beyond the arc and only 32 percent from the floor overall.

The Titans take the floor on back-to-back nights next week. The first game will be played Feb.11 in Portland against the Panthers. The team plays at home the following night against Mt. Hood. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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