Lane men hold on for hoops victory
OLYMPIA — Duce Namazi scored 15 points with three three-pointers to lead Lane Community College to a 72-66 men’s basketball victory over Lower Columbia in the Grays Harbor Crossover tournament at South Puget Sound Community College on Friday.
Mitch Franz also had 12 points and Malik Leaks and Tre Clark scored 11 each for the Titans (4-5), who scored 45 in the second half after leading 27-17 at the break.
Next up for Lane is a game against Edmonds today at 5 p.m.
Titans edged by Redwoods in overtime in preseason tourney
EUREKA, Calif. — Dale Baker scored 25 points and Malik Leaks added 24 for the Lane men’s basketball team, but it wasn’t enough Saturday as the Titans blew an 11-point halftime lead and lost 96-95 in overtime to the College of the Redwoods at the Redwood Classic.
Durrell Porter scored 18 points and Duce Nmazi added 11 for Lane, which plays at 11 a.m. today against Mendocino.
Porter paces Lane men in rout of Willamette JV
Durrell Porter recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in leading Lane to a 94-83 victory against Willamette University’s JV in a nonconference men’s basketball game Sunday.
Mitch Franz added 19 points, Willy Malos scored 17 and Malik Leaks finished with 14 points for Lane. The Titans held a 47-25 advantage in rebounds, including a 20-7 edge on the offensive end.
Matt Logan scored a game-high 27 points on 7-for-11 shooting from behind the three-point line to lead the Bobcats.
Conin Oishi scored 14 points and Nathan Sherfey added 13 for Willamette.
Bemidji scoops up second Titan
For the second time in four weeks, a Lane basketball player has committed to play at Bemidji (Minn.) State University, an NCAA Division II school.
Lane standout Alex Sattley has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Beavers next season, and will accompany Titans teammate Zach Kirschbaum, who signed with the Beavers in May.
Sattley chose Bemidji over Holy Names University, a NCAA Division II school in Oakland, Calif.
“(Bemidji) was a better school for me academically and for basketball,” Sattley said. “I took a visit and I really enjoyed the campus, and all the guys there were really supportive.”
Sattley said that the fact that Kirschbaum had already signed with the school played a part in his choice, but he ultimately had to do what was best for him. He is planning to dual-major in business and exercise science, and hopes to play basketball overseas after college.
In his only season at Lane, Sattley led the Titans with 19.11 points per game, which ranked 12th in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Sattley shot 33 percent from three-point range and scored a season-high 34 points in a Jan. 8 home game.
“He’s instant offense,” Lane head coach Bruce Chavka said. “Having him around was great. He could just score. You always have to have a go-to guy to get some points for you, and he did that for us.”
Sattley and Kirschbaum were the Titans’ top two offensive threats all season long. They scored 48 percent of Lane’s points, and both earned NWAACC Second Team All-Southern Region honors.
“I’m excited,” Kirschbaum said. “It’s always good when you have someone that you have already played with and have chemistry with. Both of us can spread the floor really well, and we can create a lot of different options on the pick and roll as well.”
Sattley, a Portland native, and Kirschbaum, who grew up in Las Vegas, both said they are not looking forward to the Minnesota weather.
“That’s one part that I’m just not thinking about,” Sattley joked.