Men’s basketball loses opening playoff game against Lamar Community College


Coach Jason Ficca gives advice to his players during the Golden Eagles lose to North Platte Community College on Jan. 27. Nikole Anderson

Laramie County Community College men’s basketball sophomore guard Elijah Oliver eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in the Golden Eagles’ playoff loss to Lamar Community College.

The LCCC men’s basketball team lost to Lamar Community College 76-74 on March 3.

Oliver led the Golden Eagles in scoring with a game-high 28 points. Sophomore guards Landon Taliaferro and De’Zhon Wyche both scored in double-digits, with 20 and 14 points respectively. Taliaferro, along with freshman guard Zaire Mateen, led the team with six rebounds each.

The Runnin’ Lopes were led by sophomore forward Sam Boone, who scored 21 points, while sophomore guard Richard Caldwell added 20 points. Freshman guard Aaris Bonds recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Oliver needed 15 points going into the Golden Eagles playoff game to eclipse the 1,000 point mark. With 28 points, Oliver finishes his LCCC career with 1,013 points and is the first Golden Eagle to reach the 1,000 point mark since Deshon Portley scored 1,221 points between the 2012-14 seasons.

The Golden Eagles finished the 2017-18 season three games over .500, with a final record of 17-14. The Golden Eagles had a rough finish to the season, losing three out of its last four games and finishing conference play with a 13-10 record.


About Tyler Haak (64 Articles)
Tyler Haak is a young man who grew up in the great state of Wyoming. After graduating from East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he decided to pursue a higher education. He moved to Laramie, Wyoming, where he was accepted into the College of Business at the University of Wyoming. During his time there he studied accounting and finance but he could never find what he was truly passionate about. Along with attending the University of Wyoming, he also spent a year and a half at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. Tyler finally found his passion after attending the Colorado Media School in Denver, Colorado. He originally attended the school because of his passion for sports radio, but he became very interested in the video side of sports. After graduating from CMS, he took a job at the University of Wyoming working sporting events with the video and audio crew. Tyler is currently still with the University of Wyoming and has decided to pursue his education further in hopes to become a full-time employee in sports broadcasting. Tyler is enrolled at LCCC and will receive a degree in Mass Media in the spring of 2018. He plans on furthering his education and receiving a sports broadcasting degree once he is done at LCCC.

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