Titan men fall 61-74 and begin league play with loss
at Delaunay attempts to score as the Titans lose at home game Jan. 8.
The Titans opened league play against Linn-Benton on Jan. 8 and with only five wins. ead coach Bruce Chavka's squad was off to a much rougher start than he hoped for going into the regular season.
"Going into it, I'm pretty fired up," Chavka said, "Hopefully we can play with a lot of passion and energy."
In the end, more than passion and energy were needed in the 61-74 loss the to the Roadrunners.
Sophomore guard Mat Delaunay lead the way for the Titans (5-7, 0-1 Southern Region) with 19 points and five assists, and sophomore forward Kyle Warner continued his strong performance with 16 points and five rebounds.
Early in the first half of the game LCC jumped out to a 5-4 lead, but a three-pointer by Linn-Benton's sophomore guard Mike Kruesi sparked a 10-2 run for the Roadrunners. With that run the Roadrunners took command of the game and LCC struggled to keep the score close.
Halfway through the first half freshman point guard Darrell Breazell went down with an ankle injury. It was later diagnosed as a season-ending injury.
This is the second season-ending injury for Chavka's team. Sophomore Kirk Forstrom is out with a broken ankle for the second season in a row.
At halftime the Titans found themselves down 37-25 following a buzzer-beating full court shot by the Roadrunners' sophomore guard Taylor Roos.
The Titans started the second half more aggressive, and were able to close the gap to a five-point lead.
Linn-Benton (4-7, 1-0) then took control of the game before closing out the victory.
"I'm glad we scraped and clawed," Chavka said when asked about the second half effort. "Now it's back to the drawing board."
The Titans take the court Jan.14 in Gresham against Mt. Hood and then return home the next day to host Portland. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 6 p.m.