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     The Lakers compete in Division II, Region XII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).  There are 26 total colleges in the region.  The region is composed of teams from both Ohio and Michigan.  Lakeland is also a member of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).  Eight schools compete within the conference in the sport of basketball: Cincinnati State CC, Clark State CC, Columbus State CC, Cuyahoga CC, Edison CC, Lakeland CC, Owens CC and Sinclair CC.  These schools compete throughout the season for the OCCAC title and a trip to the NJCAA Region XII Tournament, which will be held in Michigan in 2002.

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  Plagued by injury upon injury last season, the Lakers are ready to turn the tables on the torments of the 2000-01 season. 
   Despite the way things looked on paper, with a 12-16 overall record and a fifth place Ohio Community College Athletic Conference finish with a record of 4-10, the Lakers were a strong team. Three games were lost by only a basket, while six games were lost by a mere five-point margin.
   This year the strength continues and the Lakeland squad is a definite contender for an OCCAC championship. How can that be considering Lakeland lost its first-ever First-Team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Jonathan Burge, who led the Laker offense with 22.3 points per game? The answer in two words…experience and talent.
   Head Coach Willis Brown led the crusade to add the most talented high school recruits to his already talented and experienced group of sophomores. And by the looks of the Laker roster, Coach Brown’s campaign was a successful one.
   Leading the way in experience are Lakeland sophomore tri-captains Antonn Melton, Doug Viegas and Brad Winton.
  Melton returns in the point guard position, while Viegas and Winton should solidify the wings.
  Melton earned OCCAC Honorable Mention status last season after finishing seventh in league scoring with 14.2 points per game. 
   “It took Melton a few games to adjust to this level of play as a freshman, but by the end of the season he was right where we wanted him, “ said Coach Brown, “This season he’s starting where he left off, knowing when to drive, when to step-back and shoot and when to dump it inside or pass off to the perimeter.”
   One perimeter player who will give Melton a few assists is Viegas. Selected as an OCCAC Honorable Mention pick two years ago and then spending last year on the sidelines because of an ankle injury, he returns to the court as one of the top outside shooters.
   “What’s great about Viegas is his size, quickness and ability to shoot from the outside. Some opponents will have trouble matching up with him,” said Brown.
   As for Winton, he’s never seen a shot he didn’t like.
   “One of our jokes with Brad is if he’s in the gym, he’s in his range,” said Coach Brown, “He’s not afraid to spot up from a good five-feet beyond the arc, and the best part about it is he rarely misses from out there.”
   Other returning Lakers are center Adam Montgomery and guard Keon Avery. Montgomery checks in as this year’s tallest player at 6’8.
   “(Adam) Montgomery was injured all of last year, but will help us in the paint,” said Coach Brown, “He’s a big defensive presence that should pull down a lot of rebounds at both ends.”
  Avery has a tougher role as a returning walk-on behind Melton.
   “Avery has made progress in the last year, but it’s always hard to play behind one of the league’s top point guards. We’re hoping to get him some minutes this year, especially since he’s a good defensive player,” said Coach Brown.
   “Overall I’m happy with what we have coming back,” said Coach Brown, “They’re a good group of kids who have experience at this level and know what to expect. They’re also good leaders and will be able to bring our freshman up to speed very quickly.”
   There are nine new freshmen faces in the blue and gray this season including four of last year’s top area graduating high school seniors, one transfer student and four walk-on players. The top four recruits include Jason Bratten from Mentor, Ernie Cobbin from Kent Roosevelt, Dustin Kinney from Wickliffe and Andy Montgomery from Riverside.
   “Bratten will be extremely valuable to us because of his versatility as a guard,” said Coach Brown, “He’s a good point guard with good size and he’s also a good shooting guard.”
   Another good shooting guard is Cobbin.
   “With great leaping ability, athleticism and a soft shooting touch, Cobbin could do very well in this league,” said Coach Brown, “He’s got all of the necessary skills to have a very successful two years for us.”
  Dustin Kinney could also have a successful two years and is expected to put up solid numbers for the Lakers.
   “(Dustin) Kinney plays well at both ends of the court. He’s not only going to rebound both ways, but he’ll be able to score in a variety of ways; he can take it strong to the basket or even put up it up from outside,” said Coach Brown.
  Andy Montgomery will add fuel to the Laker offensive fire as yet another of the team’s talented guards.
   “(Andy) Montgomery is a classic scorer,” said Coach Brown, “With the ball in his hands, it’s almost an automatic two or three points.”
   Offensive wizard E.J. Kinney comes to Lakeland after red-shirting his first year at Tiffin University.
   “(E.J.) Kinney is our slasher,” said Coach Brown, “He loves to take it to the hoop and we love how he can really finish off a shot, even in heavy traffic.”
   Rounding out the Laker roster are four walk-on players including David Slamic, Adam Bodak, Kameron Banks and Sadi Pinas-Zade. All four come from quality high school programs and Coach Brown is hoping these hard-working players can add depth to the program.
   “Depth is something we haven’t always had, but something we’ve always needed,” said coach Brown, “If these kids keep working, they will become invaluable to our team.”
  “This year, we’re going to be much more aggressive,” said Coach Brown, “Offensively, we’ll look to utilize our perimeter in order to stretch defenses and defensively we’ll be more aggressive than we’ve ever been.”
   “We’re going to constantly pressure the ball and overplay the passing lanes. We’re hoping to get quite a few fast-breaks this season,” said Coach Brown.
   The season will be a tough one as usual, playing in the ever-competitive OCCAC. The Lakers will prepare for league-play with a little more than a month’s worth of non-conference contests, including the Lakeland Invitational and the Kalamazoo Valley Tournament.
   “Our schedule allows us to see some quality teams before beginning our conference schedule,” said Coach Brown, “We travel to Michigan and New York and spend a lot of time on the road early on, and this helps us prepare for the long road to the conference title.”
   Coach Brown is positive the combination of experience and talent his team has will be what’s necessary to make that title dream a reality.
   “The league has a lot of new athletes, but not a lot of returning experience. We’re definitely one of the most experienced teams and I think that fact puts us in the championship hunt,” said Coach Brown.
   So opponents, be prepared, because as of November seventh, it’s open season and the Lakers are armed and ready.
LINKS  SOPHOMORES 2001 - 02
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KEON AVERY #10
Sophomore * 5’10 * Guard
Cleveland Heights, OH
Cleveland Heights High School

COLLEGE: After making the team as a walk-on, played in nine games as a Laker freshman… PERSONAL: son of Bobbie Avery and Andre Avery… working on his associate of business degree… BROWN ON AVERY: “Keon was a walk-on player one year ago, who worked hard all season long. We’re hoping he continues to work hard so he can see more playing time this season. He’s a guard with nice quickness and aggressiveness. He’s also a nice kid and we’re glad to have him back this year. Not only does he work hard at basketball, but he also works hard in the classroom and that’s very important.”
 

ANTONN MELTON  #22
Sophomore * 5’10 * Guard
Bedford Heights, OH
Bedford High School

COLLEGE: Played in all 28 games as a freshman… averaged 14.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game… OCCAC Honorable Mention pick… seventh leading scorer in OCCAC… earned Laker Newcomer of the Year… led the team with 86-percent shooting from the line… HIGH SCHOOL: averaged 20.2 points and 5 assists per game his senior year to lead the Bearcats to the Division I State Championship game… First-Team All-Lake Erie League… First-Team All-Northeast Lakes District… Co-Most Valuable Player… four-year Varsity player for Head Coach Everett Herd… PERSONAL: son of Sharon Cash and Gregory Hemphill… working towards his associate of arts degree… BROWN ON MELTON: “We’re counting on Antonn to be our floor general this year. He’s nicknamed “Mouse” because of his uncanny ability to get into little cracks in the defense and make plays.” 
 

ADAM MONTGOMERY  #52
Sophomore * 6’8 * Center
Painesville, OH
Painesville Riverside High School

COLLEGE: Played sparingly during the 1999-2000 season and then spent the 2000-2001 season on the sidelines because of an injury… is a big and strong inside player who will be more of a force this season… HIGH SCHOOL: was a three-year Varsity letterman for Head Coach Rob Winton… PERSONAL: son of Bonnie and Dale Montgomery… computer science major… BROWN ON MONTGOMERY: “Adam is a big space-eating center who scores in close and rebounds well. He also adds much-needed size to our front line. He was injured last season and we’re hoping he has fully recovered and won’t have any setbacks this season.” 
 

DOUG VIEGAS #34
Sophomore * 6’6 * Guard/Forward
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Costa Manso H.S./Madison H.S.

COLLEGE: Started two-thirds of the games as a freshman during the 1999-2000 season… averaged 12.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game… OCCAC Honorable Mention selection… OCCAC All-Academic Team… HIGH SCHOOL: attended Costa Manso High in Brazil before transferring to Madison his senior year where he earned a Varsity letter for Head Coach Bob Peterlin… PERSONAL: son of Vincente and Maria do Carmo Viegas… working towards associate of arts degree with a business major and drama minor… STAR student athlete for his 3.68 accumulative grade point average… BROWN ON VIEGAS: “Doug is an explosive small forward who is very athletic and can shoot the ‘three.’ We’re glad to have him back after a foot injury that sidelined him for all of last year.”

BRAD WINTON #32
Sophomore * 6’4 * Guard
Leroy, OH
Painesville Riverside High School

COLLEGE: Played in 26 games as a freshman… averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game… led the team with 43-percent shooting from beyond the arc… HIGH SCHOOL: led team to a PAC Championship… averaged 17.5 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds per game… broke all three-point records for the Beavers…Second-Team All-Region… News-Herald First-Team… Greater Cleveland, Western Reserve and News-Herald All-Star… Head Coach Rob Winton… PERSONAL: son of Rob and Dianna Winton… working toward his associate of arts degree… STAR student athlete for his 3.20 accumulative grade point average fall semester… BROWN ON WINTON: “Brad is a three-point specialist who rarely misses. Midway through last season he really became comfortable with the college level and has continued to gain more confidence ever since. He will figure heavily into our plays this season.” 

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# Name Year Height Position High School
10 Keon Avery SO 5'8 Guard Cleveland Heights 
30 Kameron Banks FR 6'1 Guard Shaker Heights
50 Adam Bodak FR 6'1 Center Painesville Riverside
24 Jason Bratten FR 6'3 Guard Mentor
20 Ernie Cobbin FR 6'2 Guard Kent Roosevelt
44 Dustin Kinney FR 6'6 Forward/Center Wickliffe
14 E.J. Kinney FR 6'3 Guard/Forward Wickliffe
22 Antonn Melton SO 5'10 Guard Bedford
52 Adam Montgomery SO 6'8 Center Painesville Riverside
42 Andy Montgomery FR 6'1 Guard Painesville Riverside
12 Sadi Pinas-Zade FR 5'7 Guard John Marshall
40 David Slamic FR 6'0 Guard Mentor
34 Doug Viegas SO 6'6 Guard/Forward Sao Paulo, Brazil
32  Brad Winton  SO 6'4" Guard/Wing Painesville Riverside


Head Coach: Willis Brown

  The 2001-02 season marks Coach Brown’s seventh season on the Lakeland coaching staff. He was the assistant coach for four years, and then became the interim head coach at the end of the 1998-99 season. As the interim head coach, Brown’s squad went 7-3 and won the OCCAC State Tournament. Last year, the Lakers had a below .500 year, but Coach Brown hopes to change that. He oversees all operations with emphasis on recruiting. This year Coach Brown and his staff have recruited a strong class who will definitely be competitive within the league.
   As for the Lakeland philosophy, Coach Brown agrees with the emphasis on the education of the student athlete both in the classroom and on the court.
   “Our administration and Director of Athletics, Scott Barlow, create an atmosphere for our athletes to have every possible opportunity to become success stories,” Brown said.
   Coach Brown is a 1995 graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in sports administration. He is currently the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center Recreation Director. He currently resides in Chagrin Falls and has two daughters, Miranda (10) and newborn Breanna.
 
 


Terry Bowe, Assistant Coach

     This is Coach Bowe’s second year with the Lakers. His responsibilities include running strength and conditioning programs, compiling statistics and aiding in recruiting. He is a 1996 graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Currently, he is the Assistant Human Resources Director for University Hospital Health Systems Mednet Division. Coach Bowe resides in Maple Heights.


Chris Ulrich, Assistant Coach

  This is Coach Ulrich’s fourth year with the Lakers. His responsibilities include working with post players, formulating scouting reports and breaking down game films. He is a 1992 graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a bachelor’s degree in business.  Coach Ulrich is a former B.W. teammate of Coach Brown. He is currently a customer service manager for Transfer Express, which is off of Tyler Boulevard in Mentor. This is his ninth year working at the company. Coach Ulrich resides in Mentor.

LINKS  2001-02 GAME SCHEDULE
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Date Team Location Time
NOVEMBER
Wednesday 7 Pitt-Titusville  HOME 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 Glen Oaks CC HOME 3 p.m.
Wednesday 14 Mercyhurst NE  Erie, PA 7 p.m.
Saturday 17 Alfred State CC Alfred, NY  2 p.m.
Sunday 18 Monroe CC Rochester, NY 3 p.m.
Tuesday 20 Jamestown CC Jamestown, NY 7 p.m.
Wednesday 28 Genesee CC Batavia, NY  7 p.m. 
DECEMBER
Saturday 1 Macomb CC HOME  3 p.m.
Tuesday 4 Wooster JV HOME 7 p.m.
Saturday 8  Lakeland Invitational
   Erie vs Ancilla
Lakeland vs Mercyhurst NE
HOME 
5:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
Sunday 9 Lakeland Invitational
Consolation Game
Championship Game
HOME
12 p.m.
2 p.m.
Friday 14 Kalamazoo Valley Tourney Kalamazoo, MI 7:30  p.m.
Saturday 15 Kalamazoo Valley Tourney Kalamazoo, MI 1 or 3 p.m.
Saturday 22 Clark State CC * Springfield, OH 3 p.m.
JANUARY
Saturday 5 Sinclair CC *  HOME 3 p.m.
Wednesday 9 Columbus State CC * HOME 5 p.m.
Saturday 12 Cincinnati State CC* Cincinnati, OH 4 p.m.
Wednesday 16 Cuyahoga CC * HOME 5 p.m.
Saturday 19 Edison State CC * Piqua, OH 3 p.m.
Wednesday 23 Owens CC *  HOME 5 p.m.
Saturday 26 Sinclair CC * Dayton, OH 4 p.m.
Wednesday 30 Columbus State CC * Columbus, OH 5 p.m.
FEBRUARY
Saturday 2 Cincinnati State CC * HOME 3 p.m.
Wednesday 6 Cuyahoga CC * Cleveland, OH 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 Edison State CC * HOME 3 p.m.
Wednesday 13 Owens CC * Toledo, OH 5 p.m.
Saturday 16 Clark State CC * HOME 3 p.m.
Saturday 23 OCCAC Tournament
First Round
TBA TBA
MARCH
Friday 1 OCCAC Final Four Sinclair CC (Dayton, OH) TBA
Saturday 2 OCCAC Championship Sinclair CC (Dayton, OH) TBA
Tues-Sat 5-9 Region XII Tournament Kalamazoo, MI TBA

Home Games in Bold 
OCCAC Games Denoted with *
Tournaments in Italics with Gray Background

LINKS  2001- 02 GAME RESULTS & STATISTICS
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Game Opponent
OCCAC
Won/Loss 
Score
1 Pitt-Titusville (PA)  
 Won 
107-81
2 Glen Oaks CC (MI)  
 Loss 
89-92 OT
3 Mercyhurst NE (PA)   
 Won 
101-85
4 Alfred State (NY)  
 Won 
97-82
5 *Monroe CC (NY) (27 D-I)  
 Loss 
68-80 
6 Jamestown (NY)   
Loss
75-93
7 *Genesee CC (NY) (15)  
 Loss 
80-94
8 Macomb CC (MI)
Loss 
63-67 
9 College of Wooster JV  
Won 
78-75 OT 
10 Mercyhurst NE (PA)
Won 
75-63 
11 Ancilla College (IN)
Won
77-64    
Coca-Cola/News-Herald Classic Champions
RECORD
 
6-5 overall
0-0 OCCAC

Home Games in Bold Type
Tournament games in italics 
* Teams ranked by the NJCAA Top 50 Poll

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If you're a high school athlete with your sights set on playing Division I, II or NAIA basketball, then Lakeland is the right place for you. 

   Our basketball program is designed to allow freshmen to step on the court immediately and begin perfecting their game.  As a junior college, Lakeland gives athletes the opportunity to strengthen their skills for the next level without being locked into a four-year program. 

   The opportunity to play Division I, II or NAIA ball may not be waiting for you upon
graduation from high school, but it could be there upon graduation from Lakeland. Also, possible offers on the table at this point in your basketball career can only get better after a successful two years at Lakeland. 

   Our coaching staff prides itself on maintaining relationships with four-year colleges. Check out the list of higher level programs that were in the stands and in contact with our program this past season looking to take Lakers to the next level: 

NCAA Division I
Bowling Green State University (OH)
Colorado State University (CO)
Hampton University (VA)
Illinois State (IL)
Iowa State (IA)
Kent State University (OH)
Marist College (NY)
St. Francis New York (NY)
Stoneybrook (NY)
Texas Christian University (TX)
University of Central Florida (FL)

NCAA Division II
Armstrong Atlantic State University (GA)
Ashland University (OH)
California University of Pennsylvania (PA)
Gannon University (PA)
Mercyhurst University (PA)
Stonehill College (MA)
University of Missouri St. Louis (MO)
University of North Carolina Pembroke (NC)
University of South Carolina Spartanburg (SC)

NAIA - II
Urbana University (OH)

CANADA
University College of Cape Breton - Nova Scotia 

   Of course, these are just a few of the schools that have made offers, including full-rides, to Laker men basketball players in the past year.  This list does not include all of the four-year colleges and universities that have taken interest in our student athletes through personal contact with our coaching staff. 
 

  RECAP Men's Basketball 2000-01

 

It was a tough one this season after losing two starters. The Lakers finished in fifth place in the OCCAC with a record of 4-10 and 12-16 overall. Six of the losses were by five points or less, while a total of nine games were lost by 10 points or less. Sophomore Jonathan Burge broke the 1,000 point mark in his career this season after leading the conference in scoring. He was voted Most Valuable Player in the OCCAC and was selected to the Region XII First Team, while also being an NJCAA First Team All-American. Other Laker honorees include sophomore Dave Pisarcik, who was voted to the OCCAC Second Team, in addition to sophomore Carlos Smith and freshman Antonn Melton who were OCCAC Honorable Mention picks. Head Coach Willis Brown's record now stands at 27-31 overall and 10-18 in the OCCAC after two seasons. SOFTBALL 2000-01

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