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Cobra Game Highlights 2013-2014

Cobras take second in National Championship, best finish in school's history

LOCH SHELDRAKE, N.Y. – The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Men’s Basketball team came out strong, but in the end the Rock Valley College Golden Eagles (Rockford, Ill.) were too much for the Cobras, winning the Division III National Championship Saturday night 79-69 in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y.

The Division III National Championship second place finish is the best in CCC&TI Athletics history. This year’s team finished with a 29-7 record, winning the Region X and District VII tournaments.

“I’m proud of them,” said Dr. Ken Boham, President of CCC&TI. “They represented the college and the state of North Carolina well. They’re No 2 in the nation, but No. 1 in our hearts.”

The Cobras came out strong and took an early lead, which it kept the entire first half and 5 minutes into the second half before Rock Valley heated up. In the second half, the Eagles offense woke up and outscored the Cobras 55-37, shooting better than 60 percent from the field as well as 3-point range.

The Cobras were led by Lawrence Jackson, who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Also leading the way were Dre McDowell with 14 points and 4 assists, and TJ Wilson with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

At the conclusion of the game, Jackson, a freshman from Rocky Mount, N.C., was named to the D-III National Championship All-Tournament Team.

Cobras advance to D-III Championship Game

LOCH SHELDRAKE, N.Y. – The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Cobras Men’s Basketball team fought through a slow start and a tough opponent to earn a trip to Saturday’s NJCAA Division III National Championship Game in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. The championship game, which will be held at SUNY-Sullivan, will tip off at 7 p.m. Saturday.

CCC&TI (29-6) defeated Eastfield College (27-7) 72-68 Friday evening, holding off a late rally attempt in a back-and-forth, physical match-up. The two teams faced off in the first round of last year’s NJCAA Division III National Championship tournament, with Eastfield beating CCC&TI and taking second place in the tournament. On Friday, the Cobras had their revenge.

The Cobras were led by sophomore TJ Wilson, who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. He was also 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Also scoring in double figures were freshman Lawrence Jackson with 17 points and freshman Justin Parham, who scored 15 and was a perfect 4 for 4 from 3-point range.

Eastfield dominated early in the game up by as much as 10, but the Cobras fought back to take their first lead of the game with about 4 minutes left in the first half and carried that lead into halftime. After several lead changes, the Cobras held off the Harvesters in the waning minutes of the game. There were seven lead changes in the game.

With the win, the Cobras advance to the championship game of the tournament for the first time. Its previous best finish in the National Championship Tournament was fourth place in 2013. The Cobras will face Rock Valley College Golden Eagles from Rockford, Ill., who later Friday night defeated defending national champions, Brookdale Community College, 80-59.

COBRAS Win Round 1 game in the NJCAA Division III National Championship

LOCH SHELDRAKE, N.Y. – With a tough defense and long-range shooting, the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Cobras Men’s Basketball team beat a tough opponent in the first game of the NJCAA Division III National Championship Thursday in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y.

CCC&TI (28-6) defeated Herkimer County (N.Y.) Community College (26-8) 82-65 Wednesday afternoon behind a strong performance by freshman Lawrence Jackson, who had 30 points, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range, and 12 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were sophomore TJ Wilson (14 points, 10 rebounds), freshman Justin Parham (12 points) and sophomore Robert Harvey (10 points).

The Cobras kept full-court pressure on Herkimer throughout the game and fought off a rally attempt early in the second half, maintaining a double-digit lead the last 10 minutes of the game. The Cobras also shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point range, hitting 60 percent of 3-point attempts in the second half.

With the win, the Cobras advance to the semifinals of the tournament, being held on the campus of SUNY-Sullivan, for a rematch against Eastfield College (Mesquite, Texas) at 5 p.m. Friday. In the quarterfinal game at the 2013 NJCAA Division III National Championship, Eastfield defeated CCC&TI 101-98 in overtime. CCC&TI won its next two games to finish fourth in the tournament and Eastfield took second place.

The winner of Friday’s matchup will advance to the NJCAA Division III National Championship Finals, which will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday.

All of the games are being live streamed on the Internet at www.njcaatv.com/menbkbchamp/. Live results also will be posted on the CCC&TI Facebook page and Twitter feed (@cccti) during each of the games.

COBRAS Win District VII Tournament

The Caldwell Cobras overcame a slow start to advance to the District 7 Championship game tomorrow at 1:00. The Cobras fell behind by as many as 16 points in the first half behind 11 three pointers by Oxford Emory before rallying to go into halftime down by 2.  Caldwell was able to take the lead in the second half and held off the Eagles to win 81-73. The Cobras will now have a rematch of last years District Championship game against the West Georgia Golden Knights. The game is at Surry Community College and will start at 1:00 pm.  

COBRAS Win Region 10 Conference

The Caldwell Cobras defeated the Sandhills Flyers 90-85 to claim the Region 10 Conference Tournament Championship. The Cobras were led by Lawrence Jackson who hit seven 3 pointers and finished with 32 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. Caldwell led most of the game but Sandhills stayed within striking distance the entire game. The Cobras will now move on to the District tournament this upcoming weekend at Surry Community College. Caldwell will be joined by the top teams from Georgia and Maryland. The Cobras are now 25-6 on the season. 

COBRAS vs Moravian Prep

The Caldwell Cobras defeated Moravian Prep 92-73 and moved to 21-6 on the season. The Cobras were led by LJ Jackson who hit six three pointers and finished with 20 points. Caldwell travels to Spartanburg Methodist on Wednesday for their next game.

COBRAS vs Wytheville CC

The Caldwell Cobras were able to overcome a poor shooting performance to beat Wytheville Community College 86-77. The win put the Cobras at 19-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play. Caldwell will travel to Central Carolina on Saturday for another conference match-up.

COBRAS vs Sandhills CC

The Caldwell Cobras were defeated by Sandhills Community College 80-70 and dropped to second place in the conference. The Flyers were able to use second chance points and points off turnovers to control the game. Sandhills had five players reach double-figures. The Cobras are now 18-6 on the season and 3-2 in the conference. Caldwell will play again at home on Wednesday against Wytheville Community College at 7:00.

COBRAS vs Belmont Abbey JV

The Caldwell Cobras defeated Belmont Abbey JV team 82-21 to make their overall record 17-5. Caldwell was led by Lawrence Jackson who had 19 points.

COBRAS vs Davidson CCC

With first place in the conference on the line, the Cobras knew the significance of Wednesday night’s game against Davidson County Community College. After Caldwell was left out of this week’s NJCAA National Ranking Poll and Davidson moved up to 6th in the nation, the Cobras felt they had something to prove. In a sloppy game, the Cobras took control early and led most of the game by double figures. Davidson continued to fight throughout the game and stayed within striking distance but the Cobras held on to win 106-94. Caldwell was led by Justin Parham and TJ Wilson who both had 20 points. AJ McKenzie and LJ Jackson followed behind both adding 14. Davidson was led by Robert Story who made 5 three pointers and finished with 21 points. The Cobras are now tied with Sandhills Community College for first place in the conference. Caldwell will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to Wytheville Community College for another conference game.

COBRAS vs Movavian Prep

The Caldwell Cobras cruised to a 94-58 victory over Moravian Prep on Saturday afternoon to improve their record to 15-5. The Cobras were led by Lawrence Jackson who had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Caldwell will be back in action on Wednesday when they host conference rival Davidson County Community College at 7:00. Admission is Free!

COBRAS vs Spartanburg Methodist

The Caldwell Cobras turned in an impressive performance on Tuesday night beating Spartanburg Methodist College who is known for being one of the top Junior Colleges in the nation. Last season, Spartanburg spent the majority of the year ranked as the number one team in the nation for Division One Junior Colleges. Caldwell jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. After having a double-digit lead most of the game, Spartanburg made an impressive run to send the game into overtime. In overtime, it was all Caldwell as the Cobras used the extra period to pull away and win 87-77. The Cobras were led by Lawrence Jackson who had 24 points and 12 rebounds. The win gave the Cobras their 5th win this season over a Division I opponent. Caldwell is now 14-5 overall and will be back in action at home on Saturday at 2:00

COBRAS vs Clinton JC

The Caldwell Cobras defeated Division I opponent Clinton Junior College 88-73. The Cobras were led by Lawrence Jackson who had a season high 33 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Justin Parham got the Cobras going from the outside making five three pointers and finishing with 18 points. Caldwell is now 10-3 on the season and will travel to Brunswick Community College on Thursday for a three game tournament against all Division I opponents.

COBRAS vs Davidson CCC

After dropping two straight games the Caldwell Cobras responded by winning their conference opener on the road at Davidson County Community College 88-83. The Cobras went into halftime tied at 34 apiece but used a relentless effort on the boards to take the lead early in the second half. Caldwell was lead by Robert Harvey who had 17 points and AJ McKenzie who added 15. Lawrence Jackson and Ranako Little both had double-doubles with Jackson having 14 points and 13 rebounds while Little added 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Caldwell Cobras are now 9-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Cobras will be back in action this Saturday at home at 2:00.   

COBRAS vs Denmark

The Caldwell Cobras eight game winning streak was snapped as they lost to Denmark Tech 83-76. The Cobras fought back in the second half but could not overcome a bad first half performance that left them down 45-30 at the half. Caldwell was led by Lawrence Jackson who had 28 points and 11 rebounds. Elijah Hampton and A.J McKenzie followed with 18 and 15 points respectively. The Cobras are now 8-2 on the season and will be back in action Thursday as they travel to play Division I opponent Clinton Junior College in South Carolina.

COBRAS vs CVCC

The Caldwell Cobras won their 8th straight game by defeating Catawba Valley Community College 83-70 and improved their overall record to 8-1. The Cobras were led by Lawrence Jackson who had 18 points while Elijah Hampton added 14. Dre McDowell had some big plays down the stretch and finished with 12 points. David Gaither had 13 points and Ranako Little finished with another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Catawba Valley was led by Darrion Evans and Trevin Miller who had 19 points and 14 respectively. The Caldwell Cobras will be back in action at home on December 2nd against Denmark Tech at 7:00.

COBRAS vs Belmont Abbey JV

The Caldwell Cobras defeated Belmont Abbey's JV team 102-49 and improved their overall record to 7-1. The Cobras were lead by Elijah Hampton and Lawrence Jackson who had 22 and 17 points respectively. Ranako Little added another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Charles Tinsley had a break out game with 8 points and 12 rebounds. The Cobras will be back in action next Tuesday, November 26th, at home versus rival Catawba Valley Community College at 7:00.

COBRAS vs Denmark Tech

The Caldwell Cobras extended their winning streak to six by beating division I opponent Denmark Tech 83-76. The Cobras got off to a slow start and went into halftime down 40-33. Elijah Hampton led the charge in the second half scoring 21 of his game high 23 points in the second half. Justin Parham was hot from the outside hitting 5 threes to finish with 15 points. LJ Jackson tallied another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Caldwell Cobras are now 6-1 on the season and will play at home on Monday against Belmont Abbey at 7:00.

COBRAS vs CVCC

The Caldwell Cobras were never able to find a rhythm and despite shooting 22 for 83 from the field the Cobras were able to hold off Catawba Valley Community College 75-65. Caldwell jumped out to an early 15-4 lead but the Buccaneers fought back and continued to stay within striking distance the entire game. The Cobras were lead by Elijah Hampton who matched his career high with 27 points and Justin Parham who followed with 14.  LJ Jackson added another double-double to the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Ranako Little also had a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds. The Cobras are now 5-1 on the season and will travel to Wake Tech on Saturday to face Division I opponent Denmark Tech at 4:00.  

COBRAS vs Prince George CC

The Caldwell Cobras finished their two game road trip with a win against Division III 2013 Region 20 Champions Prince George Community College 90-84. Caldwell went into halftime up 47-32 but after a lackluster performance in the second half the Cobras had to fight down the stretch to secure the win. CCC&TI was lead by Sophomore Elijah Hampton with 23 points. LJ Jackson turned in another double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. David Gaither had several key plays in the final minutes and finished with 12 points. The Cobras are now 4-1 on the season and will travel to rival Catawba Valley Community College Tuesday to face the Buccaneers at 7:00.

COBRAS vs Hargrave Military Academy

The Caldwell Cobras came into Fridays game as major underdogs but proved worthy of their National NJCAA 8th place ranking knocking off National Powerhouse Hargrave Military Academy 92-88. Hargrave who was the National Prep School Championship runner-ups in 2012 and currently has 9 former players in the NBA, went up by 9 in the first half, but the Cobras refused to give up and took a 3 point lead into half-time! After a second half that saw both teams take leads the Cobras took control and made free throws down the stretch to secure the win. The Cobras were lead by Freshman Ranako Little who had 25 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double in four games. Sophomore Elijah Hampton knocked down six three pointers to score a season high 27 points. LJ Jackson dominated the boards pulling down 15 rebounds and chipping in 13 points. Hargrave was lead by 6'8 Clemson signee, Donte Grantham, who hit ten three pointers and finished with 39 points. The Cobras will be back in action tomorrow at Louisburg College against Prince George Community College out of Maryland at 5:00.

COBRAS vs Limestone JV

The CCC&TI men's basketball team won their regular season home opener against Limestone College JV team 103-74. Caldwell jumped out to an early 23-2 lead and never looked back. The Cobras were lead by Freshman Ranako Little who recorded his second double-double in three games with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Elijah Hampton and Justin Parham both chipped in 11 for the Cobras. Lawrence Jackson also had a solid effort with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Limestone was lead by Reggie Bonner and Kennan Summers who had 23 and 15 points respectively. Caldwell continued to struggle to take care of the ball committing 20 turnovers for the third straight game. The Caldwell Cobras will travel to Louisburg College this Friday to take on perennial powerhouse Hargrave Military Academy at 8:00.

COBRAS vs Montgomery College

The Caldwell Community College Men's Basketball team was victorious Saturday afternoon in a 92-83 win over Montgomery College. The Cobras took a 49-35 halftime lead and never looked back. In the Cobra's second game in two nights, they had four players reach double figures in scoring. The Cobras was lead by Freshman Ranoko Little, who scored 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Returners Elijah Hampton and Robert Harvey finished with 17 and 15 points respectively. Freshman guard, Justin Parham was a spark off the bench, knocking down three 3-point baskets to help him score 12 points for the game. Caldwell had trouble stopping Montgomery guard D'Angelo Vaughn , who finished with a game high 29 points. CCC&TI Men's basketball team is now 1-1 on the season and look to improve their record Tuesday night at home against Limestone College JV. The game will start at 7:00 and admission is free.

COBRAS vs Patrick Henry

The Caldwell Cobras opened up regular season play on the road against Patrick Henry in Martinsville, VA. After a sloppy game in which the Cobras had 24 turnovers and missed 17 free throws they still held onto a one point lead with 19 seconds left. However, after a strong defensive stand Patrick Henry made a contested three to win the game 68-66. The Cobras were lead by Lawrence Jackson who had 24 points and 14 rebounds in his Caldwell debut. Caldwell is back in action tomorrow at 2:00 when they face Montgomery College.

 

Head Coach: Matt Anderson
Assistant Coach: Jamison Mclver
Athletic Director: Matt Anderson