The Lane men’s basketball team put itself back in the playoffs picture with back-to-back wins this week.
The Titans are now 3-2 versus Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges South Region opponents and are locked in a three-way tie for third place in the region.
On Jan. 15, the Titans recorded a season-high 22 assists on their way to a crushing 105-82 win over the 4-13 Linn Benton Community College Roadrunners.
Sophomore Alex Sattley led the Titans with 21 points and five assists, and freshman Dyrall Goods added 16 points and six boards.
The Titans hosted the Portland Community College Panthers on Jan. 18. An already-thin Titans squad was forced to play the game with only eight players after starting sophomore guard Alec Breazeale was sidelined for the game, nursing a hand injury.
The Titans put in their first two points with a huge backdoor alley-oop from Sattley to sophomore Zach Kirschbaum.
Despite that electrifying start, the first half was a struggle for the Titans.
Kirschbaum got into foul trouble in the first few minutes, creating a defensive void down low, making it easy for the Panthers to score.
Lane had trouble getting to the basket and were held to just 32 points on 34 percent shooting in the first half, putting them in an 11-point hole at halftime.
Coming out of the locker room, the Titans were able to put together a 26-8 run fueled by suffocating defense and a four-point play from Sattley.
The Panthers were held to 26 percent shooting in the second half and only scored 25 points. Kirschbaum was able to play more aggressively, putting up 13 points in the second half while pulling down 12 rebounds, finishing with 15 points and 16 boards.
Sophomore Dale Baker also had a big night on the boards, pulling down 14. Kirschbaum was fouled with 16.8 seconds left and hit both free throws to put the Titans up three. They were able to hold the lead and finish with a 73-68 victory putting them at a conference record of 3-2.
“That was a huge effort. We battled through the storm,” Titans head coach Bruce Chavka said. “We needed that victory; that keeps us in the race.”