By Joseph Hayes
It all seemed good for 30 minutes.
For most of Wednesday night’s game against Macomb Community College, the St. Clair County Community College men’s basketball team appeared well on its way to victory.
But then something happened at SC4 Fieldhouse.
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The Skippers came undone by their own mistakes and as fast as SC4 had captured the momentum, it appeared to leave them; and with it so did the lead.
At the end of 40 minutes, that would mean Macomb would do enough to escape with an 89-74 victory that the score wouldn’t really accurately reflect.
The Skippers had the lead for most of the game. That is, until the wheels seemed to come off late in the second half, and everything came undone.
“Its frustrating, because a lot of the things we were doing well, we just stopped doing the final 10 minutes of the game,” SC4 coach Dale Vos said.
“That’s the part that’s most frustrating. We had a chance and we didn’t continue doing the things that put us in the lead.”
Richard Washington finished the game as SC4’s leading scorer, with a game-high 26 points. Riley Bugg added 17 points and Jalen Miller and Emmanuel Ndambi each scored nine for the Skippers.
SC4 (5-5, 13-11) led 42-37 at halftime, but was outscored 52-32 in the second half; particularly down the stretch in the final minutes of the game.
Doing most of the work for Macomb Community College (6-3, 15-6) was Djuan Seal, who scored a team-high 20 points. Rob Hill would add 18 points and Matthew Richmond and Justin Schultz each scored 11 points.
Macomb would outscore SC4, 40-22, in the paint; and 19-10, in points off turnovers.
Macomb also shot 49.3 percent for the game, while SC4 only shot 38.2 percent for the game.
SC4 will play Saturday at Delta College, before returning home February 12 against Mott Community College.