Titans continue strong with fourth straight win
Mat Delaunay contributed 30 points, helping the Titans overcome the Lakers of Southwestern Oregon in overtime.
The Titans are starting to come together as the team that head coach Bruce Chavka had hoped entering this season. The team is on a four-game winning streak after the team's 87-75 victory over Southwestern Oregon in front of a rowdy crowd in Coos Bay Jan 22.
"It was a pretty rowdy atmosphere, but we were able to play through it," freshman point guard Matt Juillerat said.
Sophomore guard Mat Delaunay continued to be a force to be reckoned with on the scoring end. He finished the game with 30 points, his season-high and he has been the leading-scorer for LCC during the winning-streak.
"Delaunay had a great game. He is the big reason why we got the win," freshman point guard Darrel Breazell said. "The team's chemistry is there and that's why we are on a four-game winning streak."
The Titans (9-7, 4-1 Southern Region) sent the game to overtime when sophomore power forward, Robbie Allen tipped-in a missed shot with six seconds left in regulation making the score at 75 going into overtime.
Allen finished the game with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers (5-12, 0-5) were unable to respond to the last second tip-in and the Titans defense held SWOCC to three points in the overtime period.
"Once we went to overtime, everyone just knew we weren't going to lose with the momentum we had," Juillerat said. "We executed flawlessly in the overtime and pulled away."
Kyle Warner scored 19 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field including 3-for-5 from behind the arc. He also added eight rebounds.
"The game was great we played really good as a team, and we had players step up and make crucial shots down the stretch to get us to overtime," Warner said. "In overtime we just out-hustled and outlawed SWOCC."
Chavka couldn't hide his excitement after the game.
"I told my team that my baby is growing up and there is nothing like being a teacher or coach and seeing your team grow up right before your eyes," Chavka said. "I am really proud of them but more importantly I told them I was happy for them to get the job done on the road."
The Titans play on back-to-back nights when they travel to Salem to play Chemeketa Jan. 28 and then return home to play Clackamas Jan. 29.
Tip-off for the home game against Clackamas will be at 6 p.m.