Titan men look to repeat against Umpqua

02/11/2010 11:41

Team tries to rally and come together.

Mike Partee and Sarah Delp

Freshman guard Aric Wright (10) shoots for a three late in the game however it wasn't enough to lift the Titans past Linn-Benton Saturday.
Media Credit: Javier Magallanes
Freshman guard Aric Wright (10) shoots for a three late in the game however it wasn't enough to lift the Titans past Linn-Benton Saturday.
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The Titan men were optimistic when it came to their match against Umpqua Community College Feb. 10.

"We've already won against them once. We just need to play like we have been practicing the last two days," sophomore forward Justin Hartford said.

For the men, working together hasn't been their strongest attribute during the season so far.

"The season's been a little frustrating," Hartford said. "We need to play more as a team."

"Our biggest hurdle this year has been ourselves," sophomore point guard Darrell Wilcox said.

The men look to take lessons they learned against Linn-Benton last Saturday and apply what they learned to their strategy in order to pull out a win against Umpqua.

"For the UCC game, we will treat our preparation like every conference game and that is teach, teach, teach and be demanding without being demeaning," head coach Bruce Chavka said. "The southern region is a great challenge on the road or at home."

The Titans had a rough first half on Saturday against the Roadrunners but managed to bring the offense online in the second quarter, but it was too little, too late. The game ended with an 85-94 loss.

The Titans came out weak in the first half and only scored 35 compared to LBCC's 44, but managed to turn on the burners for the second half. Unfortunately, the Roadrunners matched them point for point after halftime with both teams scoring 50.

"We prepared like crazy to play LBCC," Chavka said. "I thought they out-played us.

"We practice harder than we played on Saturday. That was disappointing."

With a current season record of 6-13, the Titan men really need to find the missing ingredient that is keeping them from more victories.