By Brodee Gillam
Back to the basics.
The LCC men's basketball offense was buzzing against Glen Oaks CC, leading the Stars to a 107-73 victory.
The win improved the men's record to 18-5 overall, and to 11-2 in the MCCAA West.
LCC players were looking to get each other involved, dealing 27 assists with only 13 turnovers. The ball movement turned into great looks at the basket for the Stars, allowing them to make 59 percent of their shots.
Sophomore Quae Furlow was the team's leading scorer with 27 points. He also chipped in four rebounds and three assists. Fellow sophomore Jacob Allen had a season-high eight assists in the win.
LCC Head Coach Mike Ingram said Allen filled the role of distributor well without freshman point guard Don Quall Jackson, who did not play in the game.
"Jake spreads the ball around a little bit more and he's been in the system for a couple years … I think he's done a great job of (moving the ball)," Ingram said. "It makes other guys happier knowing that if they run the court; that they are going to get the ball."
Allen said he tried to bring what he thought the Stars' offense was missing in recent weeks.
"Coach gave me the spot at point guard and I noticed the last few games the ball movement hasn't been as good, so that was my main objective to get everyone the ball," Allen said. "We (have) a lot of scorers so it's pretty easy, (I) gave them the ball and they did what they do."
Freshmen Rudy Thompson and Kenny Davis also played well. Both only missed one shot, leading to 10 and 12 points scored, respectively.
After two losses in three games, the Stars bounced back against the Vikings. Davis said the losses put good pressure on LCC.
"I feel like we're just going to play harder knowing that there's more on the line now," Davis said. "The wins are more crucial now at the end of the season."
Thompson has seen more playing time as the season has progressed. He said his versatility is his best asset.
"Defense, just playing hard, trying to get boards and try to knock down the open shot," Thompson said. "(I) do my best to contribute to the team; whatever my job is to do that night."
The Stars were scheduled to play at home on Saturday, Feb. 18 against division rival Lake Michigan College.