LCC men work to get back on track
Lassen College's men's basketball team is finding the preseason to be tougher than usual, but the young team has shown recent signs of maturity. The Cougars (2-10) broke into the win column with wins over Sierra 69-57 and Reedley 71-68 Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8 in Redding.
"The guys are coming together slowly," Lassen head coach Fred Chmiel said. "It's just a matter of getting experience and learning what we need to do as team to win games. We've got plenty of talent on this team to turn it around."
The Cougars came close to putting together a four-game winning streak at the San Joaquin Delta Tournament last weekend, but they came up short in overtime losses to Diablo Valley College and Butte.
"We played well in those two games, but just didn't get the job done down the stretch," Chmiel said.
Against Sierra, Torrance Walker led the way with 20 points and Julian Larry added 13. Tyrice Mitchell scored 10.
Carlos Dawson netted a team-high 19 against Reedley. He was followed by Damian Browne's 14 and 11 points from Steve Humphreys.
Mitchell knocked down 24 points against Butte and Dawson had 18. It was Mitchell's 16 points and Walker's 12 that led the way against DVC.
Lassen is off until the weekend after Christmas when it travels to the Merritt Tournament in Oakland.
The team debuts at home on Thursday, Jan. 10 against Foothill.
Lassen also hosts Ohlone Saturday, Jan. 12.