The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


March 22, 2013

Cyclones unleashed in victory

DANVILLE —  There was only one word Moraine Valley Community College coach Dedrick Shannon could find to describe his Cyclones basketball team: resilient.

It might be fitting the team from Palos Hills, Ill. wears camouflage uniforms because Shannon and his squad take pride in the way they battle game after game. They have been in plenty of battles throughout the season, and Thursday’s NJCAA Division II national tournament quarterfinal was no different.

Entering the tournament, the Cyclones had only lost five battles, and it had begun to look as though the Monroe Community College Tribunes would hand them their sixth.

But Moraine Valley lived up to its uniform representation, and fought its way back from a 12-point deficit to pull out an impressive 78-74 win over the Tribunes to advance to tonight’s 8 p.m. championship semifinal game against Brown Mackie College.

“Our guys are just resilient and they get after it,” Shannon said. “They’re not going to back down and we’re not going to lay down and allow just anybody to win. I think people kind of look at our size and our stature and they kind of look over us a little bit and don’t think we have that kind of scoring punch. They did a great job.”

After taking a 13-12 lead with 12 minutes, 17 seconds to go in the first half, the Tribunes led and controlled nearly all aspects of the game until late in the second.

The Cyclones tied the game at 48-48 with 13:01 to go, but the Tribunes responded by once again taking control. Monroe Community College built a 12-point advantage with 4:53 remaining in the contest, and seemingly had the win in hand. Moraine Valley had other plans.

A 13-4 run by the Cyclones pulled them to within 69-67 at the two-minute mark, and then a few key defensive stops helped push them over the edge.

The Tribunes had a one-on-one layup opportunity with 53 seconds to go, but Moraine Valley’s Karrington Ward had one of his eight blocks to prevent Monroe from taking a five-point lead.

“We just take pride in our defense,” Ward said. “I took it personal that we were down. Coach said we’ve got to get some stops, so I just kept playing until the end and made some great stops. As a team, we made great defensive stops.”

Immediately following the block, Ward scored on a layup to pull the Cyclones to within 74-73 with 46 seconds left, and then took their first lead since early in the first half on a basket by Gerald Dorsey (22 points). Ward then scored his final points of the contest on a pair of free throws to seal the win.

“When coach called that time out, I said we’ve got to fight until the end,” Ward said. “We’ve got to fight to the end. We came out, made some defensive stops, and got the offense going.

“We felt they were controlling the game, but we just had to bring out our heart, and the dog fight in us. We got it done.”

Ward finished with 22 points, eight blocks, and 12 rebounds.

Gary Dallas led Monroe with 5 points and had nine boards. The No. 2-seeded Tribunes became the third top-three seed to drop in the tournament.

“It gives us a lot of momentum,” Ward said of the win. “We took a lot of strides out there tonight. We just got it going, and hopefully it carries over until tomorrow.”

Text Only
  • SPT- Cn0418 - Covington softball photo 2 Trojans cruise to victory COVINGTON, Ind. - The Covington softball team had a big first inning as they scored five runs on their way to defeating Attica 11-1. Attica threatened to score in the first, getting Karrah Pattengale to second, but they were unable to drive her home.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lunger steps up for Buffaloes GEORGETOWN -- In only the second start of his career, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman pitcher Tyler Lunger pitched a five-hit complete game as the Buffaloes defeated Milford 8-2 on Thursday in Vermilion Valley Conference action. "I feel I threw well

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT - CN0418 - Danville boys tennis photo Maroons blitz young Vikings DANVILLE -- In the process of gaining experience, the Danville boys tennis team has taken a few lumps in the first few weeks of season. On Thursday afternoon, the Champaign Central Maroons delivered a few lessons to the younger Vikings with a 9-0 vic

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peelman pitches no-hitter as Vikings beat Maroons CHAMPAIGN -- Alissa Peelman pitched a no-hitter as the Danville High School softball team beat Champaign Central 11-0 in five innings on Thursday in Big 12 Conference action. Peelman was also 3-of-4 with three RBIs for the Vikings while Mackenzie Kin

    April 18, 2014

  • Thursday's Local Scores PREP BASEBALL At Georgetown Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 8, Milford 2 Milford 101 000 0 -- 2 5 10 GRFC 200 141 x -- 8 8 3 WP -- Tyler Lunger. LP -- Clayton Rieches. Two or more hits -- GRFC: Dylan Bina, Ethan Silva. 2B

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT - CN0417 - Andy Bott photo Better late than never for Bott BISMARCK -- Marshall golf coach Matt Grobe completely surprised Bismarck-Henning standout Andy Bott with an e-mail earlier this year. Bott, who is a three-time all-stater for the Blue Devils, was preparing to attend Illinois Wesleyan in the fall. "Ou

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT- CN0417- Westville softball photo Nourie, Tigers beat Comets 20-4 in five inning game MUNCIE -- On a very windy day which made playing softball tough for both teams, Westville defeated Oakwood in five innings 20-4 with some good offensive production and a solid pitching performance from Stefanie Nourie. Nourie got her first win of the

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT- Cn0417 - Seeger baseball photo 2 Falcons make quick work of Pats WEST LEBANON, Ind. - North Vermillion sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning and scored seven runs en route to a 13-1 win over the homestanding Seeger Patriots. The visiting Falcons got five hits including doubles by Jordan West

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0417 - Local Roundup photo Salt Fork's Learnard pitches perfect game JAMAICA -- Salt Fork's Ross Learnard finally got back on the mound on Wednesday for the first time in a week and he did not disappoint, pitching a perfect game as the Salt Fork baseball team beat Schlarman Academy in five innings. "He had his breakin

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT- CN0416 - NV softball photo 2 Patriots smash Falcons CAYUGA, Ind. - Seeger took an early lead, extended it and then kept North Vermillion at bay as the Patriots defeated the host Falcons 14-3 in five innings. The visitors scored one run in the top of the first inning and, after North Vermillion went do

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

NCAA basketball
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014

Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here:

Must Read
AP Video
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video