Category Archives: Basketball

Titans vaporize Lakers at home, hit road undefeated

After defeating the Clackamas Cougars 83-62, Lane women’s basketball team played their second consecutive home game against the Southwestern Oregon Lakers on Jan. 13.

Before the game, Lane head coach Greg Sheley said his team could have performed much better in their win over Clackamas four days prior.

“We’re going to work on trying to clean it up a little bit tonight — take a little bit better care of the ball [and], hopefully, we’ll shoot a little higher percentage,” Sheley said before the game. “If we can do those things, we can cruise to a nice little victory.”

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Overtime win redeems Titans

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Sophomore guard Usama Zaid drives past Southwestern Oregon Community College Laker Jake Lucero during the first half of the Wednesday, Jan. 13 game at Lane.

It took an additional five minutes beyond regulation to decide the victor of the Lane men’s basketball game against the Southwestern Oregon Lakers at Titan Coliseum Jan. 13. The extra time extended a burst of late energy that narrowly won the game for the Titans.

Lane head coach Bruce Chavka had more questions than answers before the game. One major question still loomed over his head: what level of effort was he to expect, and from whom?

“It’s really a challenge to get us to play for 40 minutes right now and we’ve tried everything in our bag of tricks,” Chavka said. “[But] we got a few more to try and we’ll see what happens.”

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Titans still hungry after devouring Clackamas at home

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Lane Titan Shelby Snook weighs her options amidst the gaggle of opponents between her and the hoop in Saturday’s game versus Clackamas.

After 11 straight road games, Lane women’s basketball team returned to their home court on Jan. 9 to face the Clackamas Cougars. Although the Titans seemed to have control the entire duration of the game, the team feels they could have performed better in their victory.

The Titans went into the game 1-0 having won their first conference game against the Clark Penguins 85-69 one week prior.

The Titans took the floor — many players wore matching headbands in similar fashion to the Karate Kid. Lane head coach Greg Sheley said before the game he wanted to play up-tempo and the lead quickly exchanged three times before Lane pushed their lead to two possessions.

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Buzzer-beater crushes Titans

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Clackamas Community College Cougar Forward Ryun Gibson is swarmed by his teammates after making a game-winning 3-point shot from the top of the key at the buzzer.

Lane men’s basketball team played their second conference game on Jan. 9 against the Clackamas Cougars at Titan Coliseum. The Titans made a run late in the fourth quarter but were ultimately defeated by a last second 3-pointer.

“I think these are two teams that are going to compete for those precious four playoff spots. It’s going to be a good tough ball game,” Clackamas head coach Clif Wegner said in the moment leading up to the matchup.

The Titans’ first conference game resulted in a 92-83 loss to the Clark Penguins which kicked off a seven day stretch between games. However, it did not seem Lane Head Coach Bruce Chavka found the week to be constructive and his frustration leaked through gritted teeth when he spoke.

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At south hills, Titans return with win

Raekwon Mingledoff, Lane’s freshman guard attempts a reverse layup in the Titan gym while contested by Darrell Wilcox — who last played for the Titans in 2010 — in the Lane Alumni game on Dec. 6, 2015.
Raekwon Mingledoff, Lane’s freshman guard attempts a reverse layup in the Titan gym while contested by Darrell Wilcox — who last played for the Titans in 2010 — in the Lane Alumni game on Dec. 6, 2015.

On Thursday, Dec. 3, the 51-foot glowing cross of New Hope Christian College beckoned basketball fans from every part of the community to their hillside campus, where the New Hope Deacons hosted the Lane Titans in a non-conference basketball match at Rexius Gym.

“We’re still taking baby steps [and] growing as a unit,” Titan’s head coach Bruce Chavka said in the final moments leading up to the game. “This is our third game of the year and they [Deacons] have had quite a few more games than us. It should be an up and down kind of game.”

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Titans come out on top

The Titan Classic delivered 12 games of basketball excitement last weekend. Spectators from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered for the three day invitational basketball meet. Lane hosted Pierce, Linn-Benton and Spokane community colleges.

“We never lose at home,” Titan’s sophomore guard Shelby Snook said. “That’s our goal every year. It’s something that is really important to us and we take great pride in defending our floor.”

The Titan defense forced 64 turnovers, paving the way for a lightning-fast offense. The Titans scored a combined 213 points (87 off turnovers) while only allowing 111 points in their victories over both the Pierce Raiders and Linn-Benton Roadrunners. Spokane won its first two games in similar fashion and awaited the Titans in the final event, sporting warm-up uniforms that read “Bigfoot basketball never stops.”

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Lane women sweep Titan Classic tournament

The second annual Titan Classic delivered 12 games of basketball excitement last weekend. Spectators from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered for the the three day invitational basketball meet. Lane hosted Pierce, Linn-Benton and Spokane Community Colleges in the Titan Gym on Lane’s main campus.

“We never lose at home,” Titan’s sophomore guard Shelby Snook said. “That’s our goal every year. It’s something that is really important to us and we take great pride in defending our floor.”

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Clark leads Titans’ tourney trip; Lane pushes top ranked Bellevue to the brink in final game

Tre Clark looks for an opening as the Lane Men’s Basketball team beat Umpqua 79-76 on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Photo: Taylor Neigh

Tre Clark looks for an opening as the Lane Men’s Basketball team beat Umpqua 79-76 on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Photo: Taylor Neigh

Jarrid Denney
Sports Reporter

Lane’s successful basketball season came to an end March 9 after a 74-72 overtime loss to the Bellevue Community College Bulldogs.

The Titans, advancing past the first round of the Northwest playoffs for the first time since 1999, finished eighth overall in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) men’s basketball tournament in Kennewick, WA, ending with a 19-12 record.

“I was very pleased with our effort,” Lane head coach Bruce Chavka said. “Our guys competed all three nights. Overall, I’m just pleased with the group of guys we had this year … We didn’t have any knuckleheads. We had really good guys who bought into what we were doing.”

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Titans fall in tournament final

Jarrid Denney
Sports Reporter

Lane women’s basketball head coach Greg Sheley has repeatedly said that he expects his team to contend for a championship every year.

The Titans fell short of that goal this year, but there was no disappointment on Sheley’s behalf, as his team spent last weekend making one of the more improbable and impressive playoff runs in school history.

With just eight healthy players on their roster, and a sixth place ranking in the final coaches poll, Lane entered the tournament as underdogs for the first time in Sheley’s tenure.

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Titans tournament bound; sophomores lead Lane to best regular season finish since 2001

Duce Namazi dribbles down the court as the Lane men’s basketball  team took second place in the NWAC South Region by taking the  win over Chemeketa Community College on Saturday, Feb. 28.Taylor Neigh

Duce Namazi dribbles down the court as the Lane men’s basketball team took second place in the NWAC South Region by taking the win over Chemeketa Community College on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Photo: Taylor Neigh

Jarrid Denney
Sports Reporter

With their 101-99 victory over the Chemeketa Community College Storm on Feb. 28, the Lane men’s basketball team clinched second place in the Northwest Athletic Conference South Region — their best finish since 2001 — and punched their ticket to the NWAC tournament.

Lane entered the game in a three-way tie for second place and, depending on how other games around the conference turned out, were in danger of finishing as low as fourth in the region.

They were able to outlast the Chemeketa Storm in a thrilling overtime affair that featured nine ties and 16 lead changes.

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