VANCOUVER, Wash.– For the second straight NWAC South Region game, Lane Community College had to battle for their tenth win of the season against a four-win Clark College squad.
Starting in the opening half, the Titans held a 28-24 lead on the Penguins and were looking solid though on the wrong end of the rebounding game down 14-10 by the halftime break.
That and defense played a factor in Clarks sudden surge that turned a four-point Lane lead into a 37-32 Titan lead in a few minutes thanks to the help of the deep ball and overall field goal percentage.
“I think we just got to keep getting our guys into the beat of buying into defending and rebounding. Keeping with that, we have a chance and if we don’t we’ll be in trouble,” said Head Coach Bruce Chavka as the Penguins shot 52.9 from three-point range and 51.5 percent from the field as a whole in the first half.
But surely though, Lane answered that Adversity call behind Tayler Martliez’ play as the sophomore scored 19 of his 27 points as they built a double-digit lead in the early going of the second half of Saturday afternoon’s contest.
“We knew coming in here being an away game at their place, it was going to be a battle,” said the Kearns, Utah native. “We never underestimate, we knew they could play ball and shoot the ball really well.
“We were just waiting for our ball game, we were ready for a battle and games like that you want to be apart of and it was fun to pull one of those out.”
But what happened next saw what would be considered the dagger to some teams as Clark not just cut into the lead, but took a one-point lead at 62-61.
For the Titans however, it was not anything more than just another challenge a fun game as they once again picked themselves off the mat and answered the bell once more; slowly pulled away for good in the 93-79 win to improve to 2-0 in the league season and 10-4 overall
“Coach did a good job, they called a timeout call us over and told us if we want to pull this game out, we need to start playing defense,” said when Chavka called time when the Penguins made their run to take that 62-61 lead. “And so I think we took it upon ourselves to play some D, got a couple of key steals and that really helped us a lot. We just battled.”
In that second half, the defense won the battle in rebounds with 16 to Clark’s four offensive rebounds and picked up five steals to help capitalized on the Penguins decline in percentage in shooting that was at 36.8-percent after that strong start to the game.
Winning their first two games is great and all, but with Southwestern Oregon Community College (Wednesday at Coos Bay) and an always well-coached Clackamas Community College team Saturday at home (4pm start), work is yet to begin as the NWAC South Region League season is just kicking off.
“Just practice hard, just take every day day-by-day,” said Martliez who also added nine rebounds and four steals to go with his 27 points and seven three-pointers. “Make sure we come together as a team and the best is yet to come.”
Tre’Var Holland was the second Lane CC player to score in the 20’s with 21 points to go with six assists. Keiron Goodwin was a point off of the 20-point threshold with 19 points and added six rebounds in the win.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL- Lane 98, Clark 41. The Titans sailed to a quick 56-20 halftime lead thanks to Taeli Carrillo setting the pace with all of her 18 points coming in the first half. Rachel Fielder had eight rebounds and Sierra Carrier had a double-double off the bench with a 18 point, 12 rebound performance for Lane as the squad improves to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in NWAC South Region play.