By Brodee Gillam
After bouncing back from its 0-2 start with a win over Aquinas College, the LCC men's basketball stumbled again with No. 8 ranked Mott CC, 78-75, on Nov. 15.
The road game was back-and-forth until the end, where the Stars dropped the ball. The loss put LCC's record at 1-3.
LCC Head Coach Mike Ingram said the team is developing, and the next step in development is end-of-game execution.
"We're just getting better," Ingram said. "We've got a lot of freshmen, got a lot of inexperienced players. If you've been watching my reactions a little bit, I know that we've got a lot to learn, so there's no use in (stressing).
"(We're) bringing them along slowly. Guys are getting better. Right now, what we need to work on is closing out games. I think with us being 1-3, we could easily be 4-0 if we could close out some games."
Smith finished with 15 points. Young had a great overall game with 24 points, 12 boards and five assists.
Sophomore Josh Horford was another stabilizing player on the court despite the loss. Horford had a double-double, scoring 13 and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Sophomore sharpshooter Kenny Davis, who was shooting 36 percent from three-point range before the loss, said playing his role off the bench as a sophomore helps the team in a few different ways.
"I feel like being a sophomore and a leader of the bench … when the bench team goes in there they need a leader," Davis said. "When I hit threes, I feel like a lot of energy comes."
The Stars were scheduled to play on Nov. 18 against St. Clair CC. Their next home game is Wednesday, Nov. 22 against Oakland CC at 7 p.m.