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Trailblazer Basketball Teams Start New Year With Wins

Article by: Paige Allen,
GODFREY – The Trailblazer men’s and women’s basketball teams started 2014 with wins their first week back in action.

The men defeated Oakton Community College 81-61 on Jan. 4, and yesterday both teams posted wins against the Southeastern Illinois College at home in the George C. Terry River Bend Arena. The women won 64-50 and the men won 66-58 over Southeastern.

Men’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Deon Thomas said his team is looking forward to the next game on the road and then a two-game home stretch. His team is 5-7 overall this season, and 4-3 at home.

“We are on a three-game winning streak and ready to post more wins,” said Thomas. “We have a lot of talented players and our men are playing well as a team so we just need to keep being competitive and bringing our best to the court.”

In Wednesday’s game against Southeastern, Mike Sanchez led the Trailblazers with 15 points followed by Davi Austin with 13, and Burak Eslik with 12. Ugur Hortum led in rebounds with 13.

Jaron Young, head women’s basketball coach, said he is proud of his D-II team for defeating the D-I Falcons.

“The game was competitive and our team showed up to play to win. I’m happy with their success today,” said Young, whose women’s team is 4-8 this season.

Ivana Kovacev and Akaylah Mitchell led the Trailblazers against Southeastern with 12 and 11 points respectively. Benesha Childress posted 9 points and 16 rebounds.

Both teams play at Kaskaskia College this Saturday with the women’s game starting at 1 p.m. followed by the men’s game.

The men will next play at home against Olney Central at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, and at home against Wabash Valley at 3 p.m. on Jan. 18.

The women’s next home games are against Jefferson on Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and Lincoln Land at 1 p.m. on Jan. 18.

All games are open to the public and free for students. For more information call (618) 468-6002.