Parkland wins opening round thriller!
Grant Gibson hit the game winning basket off a perfect pass from
Terrion Howard with 17.9 seconds left and Jessy Cantinol blocked two Tribune
shots in the final five seconds as the underdog Parkland Men's Basketball team
upset #8 Monroe CC 61-59 in the opening round of the NJCAA D-II Basketball
Tournament. The win sets up a showdown for the Cobras (23-11) against #1
Triton (32-2) at 6:30 on Thursday night at the Mary Miller Gym on the Danville
Area CC campus. The two teams played during the regular season with
Triton coming away with a 71-65 win back on December 5th in River Grove.
Tuesday's contest could not have started any worse for PC as they
missed their first seven shots and found themselves down 10-2 after the first
five minutes. The Tribunes led by nine at 19-10 with 11:10 left in the
half before the Cobras went on a 12-0 run to give them a 22-19 lead at the 7:43
mark. Neither team would lead by more than three for the remainder of the
half and Monroe would take a two point lead into the break. The Cobras stayed
in the game by making 14-19 free throws while shooting just 28% from the field
to 50% for Monroe.
The Cobras still found themselves down two at 46-44 with 9:05 to
play before Cournelius McIntosh scored five straight points on an old fashioned
three point play and another field goal and Jessy Cantinol made 1-2 from the
line to give PC a four point lead with 7:02 to go. Monroe would seemingly take
control of the contest as they went on an 11-0 run fueled by three consecutive
three pointers to turn a four point deficit into a seven point lead, 57-50,
with only 5:29 left on the clock.
The final minutes were all Cobras however as they would rally for
the win. Cantinol made a bucket and Austin Howard hit a pair of free
throws to close the lead to 57-54 at the 3:44 mark. Both teams would fail to
score over the next two mintues and another Cantinol basket cut the margin to
one with exactly 2:00 left. Monroe's Isaiah Davis lay-up with 1:14 to
play made it 59-56 Monroe before McIntosh drained a game tying three with only
55.5 showing on the clock. The Tribunes turned the ball over with 28.7 to play
before Howard and Gibson connected for the game winning shot. With the large
pro-Parkland crowd cheering on the Cobras, the defense would rise to the
occasion in the final seconds, as Monroe got off three shots with a
chance to send the game to overtime but Cantinol swatted away Dykweil Bryans
final attempt to seal the win.
The victory was a total team effort with McIntosh leading the way
with 13 points and Austin Howard and Cantinol each scoring 10. Cantinol
also grabbed 10 rebounds to help give PC a 36-33 edge on the glass. Monroe was
paced by 21 points from Davis while no other Tribune would make it to double
figures. Monroe shot 42% to just 37% for the Cobras on the night but
PC forced 17 turnovers and outscored them 16-9 at the line.
Parkland will get a well deserved day off before returning to
action Thursday night while Monroe (24-5) will take on MCC-Penn Valley at 11:00
am that same day in the consolation bracket.
Game 1: #2 Lansing (27-4) 91 Dakota County 78
Game 2: #7 Essex (27-4) 92 Columbus State 69
Game 3: #3 Kirkwood (28-4) 86 Frederick 61
Game 4: #6 Louisburg (28-5) 105 South Mountain 91
Game 5: #1 Triton (32-2) 79 MCC-Penn Valley 70
Game 6: Parkland (23-11) 61 #8 Monroe 59
Game 7 11:00: #4 South Suburban (31-2) vs Kansas City
Game 8 1:00: #5 Schoolcraft (22-10) vs Cecil (20-9)
Game 9 3:00: Dakota County (20-11) vs Columbus St (24-7)
Game 10 6:00: Lansing (27-4) vs Essex (27-4)
Game 11 8:00: Kirkwood (28-4) vs Louisburg (28-5)
Game 12 9:00 Frederick (13-17) vs South Mountain (20-13)
Game 13 11:00 MCC Penn Valley (16-16) vs Monroe (24-5)
Game 14 1:00 Loser Game 7 vs Loser Game 8
Game 15 3:00 Loser Game 10 vs Loser Game 11
Game 16 6:30 Triton (34-2) vs Parkland (23-11)
Game 17 8:30 Winner Game 10 vs Winner Game 11
Parkland open Nationals on March 15 with Monroe CC
The Parkland Men’s Basketball team will open with Monroe CC
of New York (24-4) at 8:30 on Tuesday night March 15 at the Mary Miller Gym on
the campus of Danville Area CC. A win would send the Cobras (22-11) into a
Thursday night 6:30 game against the winner of Triton/MCC Penn Valley. A
loss would mean an 11:00 am game against the loser of that contest. The
tournament is set to run from March 15-19.
Opening round games:
Tuesday March 15:
Game 1: 9:00 Lansing MI. (28-4) vs Dakota County Tech
Game 2: 11:00 Essex NJ. (26-4) vs Columbus State OH.
Game 3: 1:00 Kirkwood IA. (27-4) vs Frederick MD.
Game 4: 3:00 Louisburg NC (27-5) vs South Mountain AZ.
Game 5: 6:30 Triton Il. (31-2) vs MCC-Penn Valley
Game 6: 8:30 Monroe CC
NY (24-4) vs Parkland College (22-11)
Wednesday March 16:
Game 7: 11:00 South Suburban IL. (31-2) vs Kansas City KS.
Game 8: 1:00 Schoolcraft MI. (22-10) vs Cecil MD
Game 9: 3:00 Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Game 10: 6:00 Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2
Game 11: 8:00 Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4
Thursday March 17:
Game 12: 9:00 Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4
Game 13: 11:00 Loser Game 5 vs Loser
Game 14: 1:00 Loser Game 7 vs Loser Game 8
Game 15: 3:00 Winner Game 10 vs Winner Game 11
Game 16: 6:30
Winner Game 5 vs Winner Game 6
Game 17: 8:30 Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game
Friday and Saturday Schedule TBA
Women sweep M-WAC awards, pair named All-Region
The Midwest Athletic Conference champion Parkland Women’s
Basketball team swept the top awards on the All-Conference team released
today. Sophomore Kassidy Alderman was
named the M-WAC Player of the Year, Kerstyn Lowery earned Freshman of the Year,
and Coach Mike Lindemann was selected as the Coach of the Year for the Cobras
who won their 6th straight M-WAC title. Alderman and fellow sophomore Josie Zerrusen
were First Team selections while Lowery was a 2nd team choice. Alderman and Zerrusen were also named First
Team All-Region 24.
Alderman and Zerrusen tied for the team lead in points per
game averaging 13.0 per contest.
Alderman shot 44.6% from the field, a team-high 39.4% from three-point
rage and 76.5 from the line. She also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per
game. Zerrusen shot 41.8% on the season and 30.0 from three point range, and a
team best 87.7 from the charity stripe. Zerrusen also grabbed 5.8 rebounds and
averaged 2.8 assists per contest. The pair helped PC to a two-year record of 59
wins and only 11 defeats. Lowery was
third on the team in scoring averaging 11.2 points a game. She shot 39.2% from
the field and 35.8% from behind the arc while leading the team in steals.
Lindemann enjoyed another outstanding season,winning his third straight M-WAC title and appeared in the Region 24 title game for the third consecutive time. In three seasons as the Cobras head coach, Lindemann now stands at 86-21 a winning percentage of .804
National bound PC Men earn honors
Region 24 and Midwest Athletic Conference champions Parkland
College placed a pair of players on the All-Region Team and one on the
Guard Austin Howard earned 1st Team All-Region
and All-Conference honors for leading the Cobras to their second straight M-WAC
title. Through hard work and daily dedication, Howard improved his team leading
scoring average to 13.9 points per game after averaging just 4.3 as a freshman.
Howard shot 44.8% from the field for the year including 42.7% from three-point
range. He also shot 72.9% from the free throw line. Austin’s season high
was 22 points against both Lincoln Trail and Danville.
Fellow sophomore Jessy Cantinol was also a 1st
Team All-Region selection. Cantinol averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds for
the 22-11 Cobras. Last year as a freshman Jessy averaged just 4.9 ppg and 4.1
rpg. He scored a season high 22 points. against nationally-ranked
Kirkwood and finished in double figures in over half of the Cobras games this
season. He reached double digits in rebounds five times this year with a high
of 14 at Lincoln College.
Fourth year Cobra Head Coach Anthony Figueroa was named the
M-WAC Coach of the Year for guiding his team to an undisputed conference title
as the Cobras earned the title for the second straight season. Under Figueroa’s
guidance, Parkland has had four straight winning seasons and his record is
(83-42) during that span. Just as impressive is the Cobras improvement in the
classroom as the team earned an over-all grade point average over 3.0 this past
Parkland Men headed to Nationals!!!
Corneilus McIntosh scored 9 straight points and 13 out of 16
for Parkland midway through the second half to help build an 11 point
lead and the Cobras held on to beat Rend Lake 82-78 to win their first Region
24 title since 2011. Parkland (22-11) will head to Danville March 15-19 and
will find out their opponent later this week.
The Cobras got out of the gate quickly grabbing an early
11-4 lead only to see the Warriors score seven straight to tie the
contest. PC would lead by as many as eight in the half and took a 35-31
lead into the break. Parkland led just 44-42 with 16:29 left when
McIntosh took over. Three straight baskets sandwiched around a Rend Lake score
gave PC a 50-44 lead before he drained a three to push the lead to nine. After
the Warriors scored four straight, McIntosh hit two free throws and tipped in a
rebound to make it 59-48 with 10:04 to go. The lead would reach 14 before
Rend Lake got within four during the final seconds but could not get any
Rend Lake out shot PC 50% to 43% on the afternoon and out
rebounded the Cobras 30-27. However PC turned the ball over just 7 times and
Austin Howard made 12-14 free throws, including 8-8 in the second half,
while the Warriors struggled at the line all game making just 10-22.
McIntosh led PC with a career high 18 while Austin Howard
added 17 points and also handed out five assists. . Quadre Lollis had a huge
game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Parkland starting center Luke Beesley
missed the game due to a sprained ankle suffered in the final minute in the
Cobras semi-final win over Danville. Rend Lake had three players in
double figures with Randy Thomas scoring 19, Centennial graduate Dedric Bryd
with 18, and Ivy with 14.
Men advance to title game
Spark plug Terrion Howard had a game high 22 points on Saturday
to lead the Parkland Men’s Basketball team to a 78-70 win over rival #15
Danville Area CC. The Cobras (21-11) will take on Rend Lake (17-14) with a trip
to Nationals on the line. The Warriors beat ICC 84-75 in the earlier
semi-final. Parkland and Rend Lake split their two games in the regular season.
Playing in front of a large and spirited crowd, the first
half was a back and forth affair with the Cobras grabbing a 32-29 lead at
intermission. PC pushed the lead to nine at 45-36 with 15:33 to go but Cayman
Meier made a three-pointer and was fouled to complete a four point play. After
a PC basket, the Jaguars went on an 8-0 run sparked by a technical on the
Cobras Jessy Cantinol. DACC grabbed their only lead of the half at 48-47
with 12:03 remaining but a technical on Davion Watson of DACC helped PC to go
an 8-0 run of their own, with six of the points scored by Howard, to push the
lead to 55-48 with 8:35 left.
DACC would not go away quietly and they
rallied to tie the contest at 59 with 3:59 to go. After the two teams traded
baskets, Jessy Cantinol made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 62-61 PC and after a
pair of missed chances by DACC, Howard drained a huge three-pointer to push the
lead to four. DACC missed a three and the Cobras Grant Gibson answered
with a three of his own to make it 68-61 PC with 1:48 left and DACC would
get no closer.
Joe Larry once again came off the bench and scored 13 points
while Jessy Cantinol added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Two other DACC
players had big games as Deionte Simmons had 11 points and 13 rebounds
while Lucky Ogobomo scored 8 points and grabbed 10 boards. The Jaguars,
who lost all three games to the Cobras this season, bow out at (24-8).
Men win 20th, rout Lincoln in Region 24 opener
The Parkland Men’s Basketball picked up their 20th
win of the season and moved into the Region 24 semi-finals with an impressive
73-45 win over Lincoln. The victory means the Cobras (20-11) will
take on DACC (24-7) at 3:00 in the second semi-final on Saturday. The
Jaguars rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Lincoln Land 80-63. In
the first game on Saturday, Rend Lake (16-14) will face off against Illinois
Central. ICC beat John wood 79-72 in overtime in Friday’s first game while Rend
Lake had an opening round bye.
Leading just 19-17 with 5:18 to go in the half, PC went on a
12-0 run to end the half to push the lead to 31-17. Lincoln would not
score for the first three minutes of the second half as the Cobras would extend
the lead to twenty at 37-17. The Lynx would get no closer than 15 points the
remainder of the contest. Parkland shot 50% on the day to just 36%
for Lincoln. The Cobras were especially effective inside the arc,
shooting 58% on the game. Joe Larry came off the bench to pace a balanced
attack finishing with 15 points. Terrion Howard added 13 points while
Jessy Cantinol had 10. Quadre Lollis and Grant Gibson both added 9 points
in the contest. Luke Beesley grabbed 9 rebounds for the Cobras while
Howard dished out 6 assists. Cantinol added 4 big steals which were
converted into fast break points for the Cobras.
Red-hot shooting helps PC knock off Lynx
The Parkland Women’s Basketball team made 10-13 shots from
behind the arc in the first half as they cruised to a 97-45 rout of Lincoln
College in the opening round of the Region 24 Tournament. The victory
earned the Cobras a semi-final match at 2:00 Saturday against Lincoln Land
(18-10). The Loggers edged John Wood 48-46 in their game this afternoon.
On the afternoon, the Cobras made a season high 15-29 from
three-point range as they outscored the Lynx 45-0 from behind the arc.
Kassidy Alderman and Kerstyn Lowery were both a perfect 4-4 from three while
Charity Godbold made 4 of 6. Alderman led the attack with 19 points while
Godbold came off the bench to score 18. Lowery had 15 points in just 15 minutes
of action. Payton Bieber added 12 points while Josie Zerrusen tossed in
11. Lauren Moses pulled down 12 board as the Cobras won the battle of the
glass 51-28. Parkland also handed out 28 assists on the afternoon as
Taylor Jordan and Layne Buzan each handed out 6. PC also forced 32
On the other side of the bracket, ICC pounded Lewis and
Clark 97-54 while Lake Land pulled away for an 87-62 win over Danville Area.
Women outlast Lincoln Land, advance to Region 24 title game
The #17th ranked Parkland Basketball team used a 16-2 run to
close out the first half as they pulled away from pesky Lincoln Land 64-47 to
earn a spot in the Region 24 Championship game. PC will play #4 Illinois
Central (28-4). The Cougars overcame a double-digit first half deficit to rally
past Lake Land 74-65 to earn the other spot.
Parkland used solid defense and a strong bench
to up end the Loggers. A strong second quarter was the key as PC turned a 19-17
lead into a 35-19 halftime lead with the run. Parkland led by between 15-25
points for the entire second half as they rested players in anticipation of
playing three games in three days. The Cobras were paced by Kassidy Alderman
who had 12 points while Josie Zerrusen added 11, Kerstyn Lowery chipped in 9,
Layne Buzan had 8, and Megan Jackson came off the bench to add 8 as well.
Lauren Moses grabbed a team high 9 rebounds while Buzan and Payton Bieber each
had 7 for PC. The Cobras won the battle of the boards 50-35 on the afternoonICC ends Women's season in title game
A third straight trip to Nationals was not in the making
Sunday as the Illinois Central College Cougars ended the Cobras two-year run
with an 85-70 win over Parkland in the Region 24 Final in Lincoln. The #4
Cougars (29-4) advance to Nationals while the Cobras see their season come to
an end at (24-9).
The Cobras picked the wrong day to have an off shooting
night as PC could never get untracked from the field. ICC shot 54% in both
halves while PC shot just 31%. Parkland was especially ineffective from three
where they made just 4-29 from behind the three-point line. ICC built a
47-28 halftime lead and eventually pushed the lead to 32 before the never say
die Cobras put up a fierce rally. PC outscored ICC 42-25 the rest of the way
and actually go the deficit down to as few as 12 with 2:22 left in the game but
could get no closer.
Sophomore Josie Zerrusen ends her Parkland career with 17
points and 5 assists. Kassidy Alderman and Layne Buzan added 9 points while
Kerstyn Lowery added 8. Fellow sophomore Lauren Moses just missed another
double-double with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Despite the loss, congratulations
go out to this group that compiled a two-year record of 59-11, finishing as
NJCAA Runner-Up in 2015 while also earning two M-WAC titles. Congratulations to
Coach Mike Lindemann and his staff as well as all of the players on another
exciting and successful season.
Cobra Hall of Fame Induction
The Parkland College Foundation and Athletic Department are proud to announce the 2015 Hall of Fame class. This is the ninth class since the start of the Hall of Fame in 2007. This year’s induction ceremony will take place on Saturday February 20th at halftime of the Parkland Men’s Basketball game vs Lincoln. There will be a reception after the game in the Parkland Student Union.
This year’s inductees:
- Mark Carlson (Baseball):
Former Cobra catcher and current Major League Baseball umpire is in his 17th season and worked his first MLB World Series this past November after working the Cubs-Cardinals National League Division Series.
- Troy Douglas (Track and Field):
NJCAA All-American, holds school record in four events and two relays. Went on to compete in 1988, 1992, and 1996 Olympics for Bermuda and 2004 for the Netherlands. Currently the Head Coach for the Bermuda Track and Field Association.
- Antiwan Easley (Men’s Basketball):
2nd Team NJCAA All-American in 1992-93 for (19-15) Men’s team. Career high 27 vs Lake County. Averaged 16.5 points per game, leading the team in scoring and assists, earning Region 24 Player of the Year honors.
- Mike Hamby (Baseball):
2001 NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year. Is the all time Cobra career hits leader (182) and second in career batting average (.419). Hit 425 as a freshman and .413 as a sophomore.
- Mike Hatfield (Track and Field):
Was NJCAA Track and Field All-State performer 6 times, NCAA All-American in the 3000 Steeplechase at Eastern Illinois. Member of the EIU National Champion Cross-Country team. Member of the EIU and Hoopeston Hall of Fame’s. Also wrestled while at Parkland.
- Holly Nichols (Softball):
1st Team All-American in 2007. Hit .389 with 4 home runs and 52 RBI her sophomore season and led the team in runs scored with 81. Helped team to two-year record of 95-25.
- Kim Roberts (Women’s Basketball):
2nd Team NJCAA All-American in 1992-93, averaged 18.5 points per game for (23-9) Cobras. Led nation in three-pointers made (107) shooting 51% (107-210) on the year. Career high 33 vs Rend Lake. Also an NJCAA Academic All-American.