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Coach Brown hopes defense better in Ina

January 30, 2013
By Chet Novak of LAKE LAND COLLEGE



Lake Land College head basketball coach, Cedric Brown, is surely hoping the gym bag carrying the defense gets loaded on the bus to Ina tonight.

That's because of the narrow loss his squad suffered to the Volunteers of John A. Logan College Saturday night at Laker Field House. The Vols won 92-89.

Because the Rend Lake Warriors were idle that night, the JAL win caused a three-way tie for second place in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, with LLC, JAL, and RLC, all crowding the second best placement with 6-2 conference records. (Southwestern Illinois College won that night and slipped into first place.)

Brown's concern was the lack of defense in Saturday's game, and while that may be true of both teams, it is the Lakers Brown has to worry about since they are heading to Waugh Gymnasium tonight to play the Warriors of RLC.

Brown's JG-TC interview and the post-game report are here.

The Warrirors (RLC) are riding high this season, sporting an overall record of 14-2 to go along with their 6-2 GRAC record. As the only NJCAA Division II team in the 9-team conference (the balance are Div-I), Rend Lake can play will less pressure, never having to expect to win against the Div-I teams. For the Warriors, the entire GRAC season is like prep for the post-season, where they get to play, shall we say, less recruited teams, a stigma that goes with being in a lower NJCAA class.

For every GRAC match-up, RLC gets a shot at knocking off Goliath, and if they don't pull it off, nobody thinks much less of them. This season, however, expectations may be a little higher for the Warriors, regardless of the Goliath effect. Oh, RLC head coach Randy House might try to play the pressure off with the underdog approach, but that's not playing as well any more. Why? Because House has done such a great job with his charges, and especially since battling on the hardcourt with a bunch of older, tougher, siblings, so to speak, helped his team take the regional last season and make a national finals appearance.

So now, here come the Lakers, who are on a two-game losing streak and a dissappointing loss to a Logan team Saturday that featured Aaron Adeoye, who had a heckuva night. Just how heckuva? See the full article, here, on BoothGuy, to find out how Adeoye manhandled the offensive end of the court for the Vols.

Tonight, Waugh Gymnasium, Cedric Brown, Randy House, the wheels are turnin', and the chalk s burnin'. Lakers, Warriors, in a bigtime GRAC matchup.


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