Both Lane basketball teams won their games against the Mt. Hood Saints Saturday, Jan. 23, at Titan Coliseum. While it was business as usual for the women’s team, the men’s team gave fans a glimpse of their new way of doing things.
The men’s team achieved their fifth straight win with a 100-63 victory over the Saints and advanced to second in the South Region with a 5-2 record.
A steal by Lane guard Davonte Cleveland resulted in a hoop from Lane guard Jacob Bigler that gave the Titans their largest lead of the game with a 39 point advantage.
There were no lead changes during the game and Lane scored 41 points off of turnovers, forced 20 steals and had five players with double-digit scoring.
In an interview following the game, Cleveland attributed the Titans’ recent success by in large to improved defense. “Usually we’re an offensive team but we’ve been locking up lately,” Cleveland said.
At the end of the night, Cleveland registered 13 points, six assists and five steals. Bigler was the Titan’s leading scorer with 24 points and Lane guard/forward Usama Zaid had 21 points.
Before the game Zaid said the Titans were committed to playing with a high level of energy the entire game. Lane head coach Bruce Chavka recognized the effort.
“We showed up ready to go right from the get-go and second half also, so it was a good team effort,” Chavka said. “I’m excited and hopefully we can get it rollin’.”
LANE WOMEN WIN SEVENTH STRAIGHT
Lane women’s team also never gave up the lead during their 85-51 win over the Saints that added a seventh win to their flawless season.
Lane guard/forward Mallory Shields gave the Titans their largest lead with a steal that she took all the way back for a basket despite being fouled. She sank her free throw, converting the three-point play and putting the Titans up by 42 points.
Following the victory Shields said there is still room for improvement. The Titans were beginning to get to a level that would give them a chance at making a deep run at the end of the season.
“We wanted to come out and start from the beginning playing disciplined basketball that we know how to play so I think we did a pretty good job of that,” Shields said.
Shields was Lane’s leading scorer with 25 points and Lane guard Shelby Snook recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists.
“We had some really good shooting performances. We had a good percentage from the free-throw line, the field, the three-point line — all around,” Snook said.
Equally as impressive as their offense, the Titan’s defense forced 21 turnovers and allowed only 17 points at halftime.
As the Titans attempt to build their lead in the South Region, Lane head coach Greg Sheley says he is proud of his team and plans to finish the season “one game at a time.”
“As long as we just keep focusing on what we need to do to keep getting better everyday we should be very successful in the remainder of the season,” Snook said.
The Titans go on the road to face the Linn-Benton Roadrunners next. Lane will return to Titan Coliseum Saturday, Jan. 30, when they match up against the Clark Penguins at 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for the general public and free for students.