Titans pull upset, 82-76

01/28/2010 14:02

Men's team triumphs over Mt. Hood Saints

Mike Partee and Eder Campuzano

The Mt. Hood Saints couldn't stop the Titans from pulling a major upset Wednesday. Leodis Roach drives down the court against the Saints. The Titan point guard claimed two rebounds during the game.
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The Mt. Hood Saints couldn't stop the Titans from pulling a major upset Wednesday. Leodis Roach drives down the court against the Saints. The Titan point guard claimed two rebounds during the game.
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The Titan men entered the court with grim determination and the hope that this time would be different. The Mt. Hood Saints couldn't stop LCC from pulling a major upset with a final of 82-76.

The team's powerhouse Dominique Watson led the board with 32 points scored for the Titans. The sophomore guard attributed the victory to the hard practices the team endured leading up to the game.

"That's what motivated us to play hard tonight," Watson said. "No hurt. No glory."

Head coach Bruce Chavka was very animated when the timer hit zero.

"I'm ecstatic," he said. "The emphasis was to play hard for 40 minutes and we did."

The Saints were the second ranked team in the Northwestern Athletic Association of Community Colleges' south division prior to the game.

Freshman point guard Leodis Roach entered the game full of optimism about the Titans' prospects of a victory. "We have a great potential." Roach said. "We just need to get on the same page with each other. We have nine games left and we need to win them all."

Getting on the same page might just have been the missing ingredient to this team. The inability to set aside ego and work together as a cohesive force has been a breaking point for many teams.

At 6-11, the Titans needed this victory to set the mood for the remainder of the season and potentially claim a playoff spot in the NWAACC finals tournament.

"I don't think that Mt. Hood is as good as the rankings show," freshman forward Kyle Warner said before the game. "I think Umpqua has a better team than them." Warner scored eight points for LCC.

With this victory behind them, The Titans has its sights set on the matchup against the Panthers at Portland Community College on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.