Cincinnati State Men's Basketball
Surge defeat previously unbeaten Triton College
Cincinnati, OH - Playing host to Triton College in the final game of the Cincinnati State Surge Classic, Cincinnati State defeated the Trojans 83-79 on Saturday night.
In a game which featured 19 lead changes and 9 ties, Cincinnati State got off to a quick start, claiming a 37-19 lead with 7 minutes to go in the first half. Triton would respond with a 12-3 run to finish the half narrowing the Surge lead to 40-31 at the break.
Triton continued its run to start the second half, outscoring the Surge 11-3 in the first 5 minutes. With 6:18 remaining, Triton's Tyre Washington converting a basket and free throw to put the Trojans up 71-66. Cincinnati State responded to the deficit by applying full court pressure forcing Triton into 5 turnovers, leading to a 10-5 run and a tie game with 2:00 minutes remaining. After the teams traded baskets, the Surge owned possession with 48 seconds on the clock. Circling the ball around the perimeter, Orlando Berry found freshman Trent Donald, who converted the eventual game winning shot from the right elbow with 24.5 remaining. Triton's Paul Beene's three point attempt to win the game was unsuccessful as Cincinnati State guard Hugh Hobbs Jr. secured the rebound, was fouled and converted two free throws to give the Surge the 83-29 victory.
Hobbs Jr., who came of the bench, scored 12 of his game high 20 points in the second half. Starting point guard Orlando Berry finished with 14 points, 8 assists, 9 rebounds and 5 steals. Donald, a graduate of Winton Woods High School, finished with 11 points.
Triton, which fell to 8-1 on the season, was led by forward Isaiah Grace's 18 points followed by 14 points from Beene.
Improving to 9-1 on the season and currently ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA national poll, Cincinnati State will return to action on the road when the team participates in the Pete Pavia Memorial Scholarship Basketball Tournament hosted by Monroe Community College on Dec. 7 & Dec. 8.
Surge beat OSU-Club 119-64 in tune up game before this weekend's tournament games
Cincinnati State, which ranks no. 1 in the nation in steals (19.3 spg) & rebounds (53.0 rpg), out rebounded their opponent 62-34 and held a 20-5 edge in 2nd chance points. The Surge forced OSU into 28 turnovers, ultimately leading to a 38-2 advantage in points scored in transition. Chrisean Marsden led on the defensive end for the Surge, tallying 6 blocked shots, 3 steals and 11 rebounds. James Kilpatrick also finished with 11 rebounds to go along with 2 blocks and 2 steals.
"We used this game to work on a few things that we felt we could improve on. Tonight was preparation for this weekend's tournament games," Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said. "Our next five games are really the meat of our out-of-conference schedule and we wanted to head into them with some confidence."
Improving to 7-1 on the season and currently ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA national poll, Cincinnati State returns to action this weekend as the school plays host to the 6-game Cincinnati State Surge Classic. The Surge will face Moraine Valley Community College, the No. 12 ranked team in the NJCAA, on Friday beginning at 7 pm. On Saturday, Cincinnati State hosts Triton College at 5 pm.
Here is a complete schedule of this weekend's tournament games held at Cincinnati State
Fri., Nov. 29
3 pm - Miami University - Middletown vs. Triton College
5 pm - Malcolm X College vs. Lansing Community College
7 pm - Cincinnati State Community College vs. Moraine Valley Community College
Sat., Nov. 30
1 pm - Moraine Valley Community College vs. Malcolm X College
3 pm - Lansing Community College vs. Miami University - Middletown
5 pm - Triton College vs. Cincinnati State Community College
Surge stay undefeated with 75-67 win over Mineral Area in Lake Land Laker Round Ball Classic title game
Mattoon, IL - The Cincinnati State men's basketball team improved to 5-0 overall on the season with a 75-67 win over Mineral Area College in the championship game of the Lake Land Round Ball Classic on Sunday night.
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Surge start season 2-0 with wins over Ivy Tech and Clark State
11.4.13 - Opening the regular season with back to back games at home, the Cincinnati State men's basketball team began the season with one of the best offensive performances in team history with a 142-41 victory over Ivy Tech and a 93-65 win against Clark State.
Sunday's final score against Ivy Tech was the largest point margin of victory in Andre Tate's tenure as Cincinnati State's head coach. Cincinnati State recorded 36 steals and held a 70-0 advantage in points scored off turnovers.
"One of our goals as a team is to pressure teams for the full 40 minutes and create as many steals and points in transition as possible," Tate said. "Looking at the numbers, I would say we got off to a tremendous start in that area of the game."
Every Cincinnati State player who logged playing time scored. Leading the Cincinnati State offense was sophomore guard Hugh Hobbs, who scored a game high 23 points off the bench in just 15 minutes of playing time. Sophomore and last year's leading scorer Winston Grays finished with 20 points in just 9:33 of action. Freshman Trent Donald, a Winton Woods graduate, finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds in his collegiate debut. Orlando Berry recorded a game high 9 assists to go along with 15 points and 4 steals. Jarod Jones, a freshman from Pontiac, MI, came off the bench to contribute 12 points, including three dunks in a span of two minutes.
"For the first game of the season, I was extremely happy with the result. We have guys who can flat out score. Without a doubt, this was one of the best statistical performances my team has ever had," Tate said. "We just have to put the emphasis on how to keep getting better and improve."
In a 93-65 win over Clark State on Monday, the difference in the game proved to be Clark State's inability to take care of the ball. The Surge defense forced Clark State into 24 turnovers compared to just 3 by Cincinnati State, resulting in a 28-0 advantage in points scored off of turnovers.
Four players finished in double digits for the Surge. Leading the way was freshman James Kilpatrick, who finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Sophomore Orlando Berry had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Winston Grays finished with 17 points. Forward Terron Ramsey, a freshman from Detroit, MI, had the double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
"We didn't have our best shooting night but we took care of the ball and played great defense in the second half. With this game out of the way, our focus turns to next weekend's road games against Truman and a tough team in State Fair Community College," Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said.
The Surge travel to compete in the Lake Land Laker Invitational in Mattoon, IL with games against Truman College on Friday and State Fair Community College on Saturday.
Revamped Cincinnati State basketball roster ranked in preseason top 20
After a injuring plagued 2012-13 season, Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate enters the upcoming season with a new group of student-athletes which, he believes, can contend for a national title.
“We had a lot of talent last season. Unfortunately, due to injuries we were never able to put it all together at the right time,” Tate says. “This season, our team has a chip on their shoulder and have already displayed the toughness and dedication needed to get where we want to be.”
Entering the season ranked No. 20 in the preseason poll, the Surge return three players from last year’s 21-9 team. Shooting guard Winston Grays, last year’s leading scorer, averaged 16.2 points per game and was selected to the OCCAC All-Conference Team. Hugh Hobbs, who spent time playing point guard and shooting guard, averaged 10.1 points off the bench and is projected to play big minutes this season. Forward Chrisean Marsden also returns after leading the team in rebounds last season, averaging 7.2 per game.
Newcomers to the 2013-14 roster include transfer point guard Orlando Berry, freshman power forward Terron Ramsey and small forward Trent Donald.
Berry, who is looking for a fresh start after playing one season at Columbus State Community College, is projected to be Tate’s starting point guard. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Berry put together an impressive resume while playing for Taft High School. Berry helped lead the Senators to the 2012 State title while being named All-State and Cincinnati State Metro Conference's "Athlete of the Year." In his senior season at Taft, he averaged a league leading 8.2 assists and 3.1 steals to go along with 14.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
A 6'6, 204 lb forward from Detroit, Michigan, Ramsey averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds per game while leading Melvindale Academy to a 17-4 overall record and the Class C Regional Semifinals during his senior season. Ramsey started all four years while playing for three different coaches.
While adjusting to different coaching styles, Ramsey thrived during his senior season earning Class C All-State honors. At the conclusion of the season, The Detroit Free Press named Ramsey as one of Michigan's Top 100 Student-Athletes.
Donald, a 6’4 combo-guard from Winton Woods High School, comes to Cincinnati State after averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds his senior season. Donald was named an Enquirer Div. I All-Area selection and an Associated Press 3rd Team selection.
The Surge open the season with back to back home games on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, Cincinnati State hosts Ivy Tech at 5 pm. Monday’s game against Clark State is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Cincinnati State adds Winton Woods standout Trent Donald and Moraine Valley transfer McKinley Bell
The Cincinnati State men’s basketball team added two players to the 2013-2014 roster with the recent signings of Trent Donald and McKinley Bell.
A 6’4 combo-guard from Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, OH, Donald comes to Cincinnati State after averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds his senior season. Donald was named an Enquirer Div. I All-Area selection and an Associated Press 3rd Team selection.
“Trent is an extremely versatile player. What I like about him is that he played all five positions in high school. He has the ability to take advantage of any matchup on the offensive end,” Cincinnati State Head Coach Andre Tate said.
McKinley Bell comes in as a sophomore transfer after playing at Moraine Valley Community College. Bell averaged 11 points, 7 rebounds and 1.5 steals during his freshman season at M.V.C.C. Coming to a team with many new faces, Coach Tate expects Bell to take on a leadership role.
“McKinley is a guy who will lead by word and by example. He has a constant motor and doesn’t stop,” says Tate. “We think he is going to have a great impact on and off the floor.”
Donald and Bell are expected to help improve upon on Cincinnati State’s 21-9 mark from a season ago. Other incoming players include Orlando Berry (Taft HS/ Cincinnati, OH), MHSAA All-State forward Terron Ramsey (Melvindale Academy/ Detroit, MI), IHSAA All-State guard Shaquon Alexander (Hales Franciscan/ Chicago, IL) and Jarod Jones (Pontiac Central/ Pontiac, MI).
Guard Orlando Berry transfers to play in hometown at Cincinnati State
Orlando Berry, a point guard originally from Taft High School, has transferred from Columbus State to play for Andre Tate and the Cincinnati State Surge next season.
Departing sophomore Nicholas Robertson to play at Lourdes University
Cincinnati State departing sophomore Nicholas Robertson has signed with Lourdes University and will play for the Gray Wolves next season.
While playing at Cincinnati State, Robertson emerged as a defensive leader for the Surge. He set the program's single season record for charges taken (68) and charges taken over a two-year span (107). In his sophomore season, he helped the team to a 21-9 overall record. He started 18 of 30 games averaging 18.7 minutes per game.
"Nick emerged as a leader for us on the defensive end of the floor," said Cincinnati State Head Coach Andre Tate. "Lourdes is getting a tough, physical player that will work hard everyday."
Robertson plans to major in Early Childhood Education while playing for Coach Andre Smith next fall. Lourdes competes in the Wolverine - Hoosier Athletic Conference as a member of the NAIA. Last season, the Wolves finished 22-10 with a 16-6 conference record.
Illinois All-State guard Shaquon Alexander signs with Cincinnati State
Shaquon Alexander, a 6'3 guard from Chicago, IL, has signed with Cincinnati State and will play for Head Coach Andre Tate and the Surge next fall.
In his senior season at Hales Franciscan High School, Alexander averaged 20.1 points, 6.6 assists, 1.9 steals, 2.2 blocks and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was a AP Class 2A All-State selection, named to the Chicago Catholic Conference 1st-Team, and was the Chicago Sun Times Athlete of the Week in February.
Alexander's crowning moment of his senior season came in the 2A Regional final against Englewood. In the final seconds of regulation, Alexander converted a double-clutch three pointer to force overtime. He would eventually lead the Spartans to an overtime victory and the regional title, leading all scorers with 27 points.
"Everytime I have seen Shaquon play, he has stood out as the best player on the floor," Coach Tate says. "He is a statistics machine with a high degree of toughness to his game. I think he can be something special for us next season."
Alexander joins a 2013-2014 roster which also includes incoming freshmen Jarod Jones (Pontiac HS/ Pontiac, MI) and All-State forward Terron Ramsey (Melvindale Academy/ Detroit, MI).
Metro-Detroit area standouts Jarod Jones and Terron Ramsey sign with Cincinnati State
Melvindale Academy’s Terron Ramsey and Pontiac High School’s Jarod Jones have signed with Cincinnati State and will play for Head Coach Andre Tate next fall.
A 6'6, 204 lb forward from Detroit, Michigan, Ramsey (pictured-center) averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds a game while leading Melvindale Academy to a 17-4 overall record and the Class C Regional Semifinals. Ramsey started all four years while playing for three different coaches.
While adjusting to different coaching styles, Ramsey thrived during his senior season earning Class C All-State honors. The Detroit Free Press named Ramsey as one of Michigan's Top 100 Student-Athletes.
“Terron is a tough kid. We are looking for him to bring that same toughness and intensity in every game,” says Coach Tate.
Jones, a 6'2 combo guard from Pontiac, Michigan, averaged 14.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.4 steals for the Phoenix of Pontiac High School.
"Jarod is extremely versatile and works hard at his game. He has the ability to do a lot for us on both ends of the floor," Head Coach Andre Tate says.
He was selected to the All-North Oakland Area Third Team, named in the Top 20 Players of Oakland County and earned All-OAA Red Division honors.
Jones and Ramsey will join returning sophomores Winston Grays, Mycle Shadie, Chrisean Marsden and Kevin Marshall for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
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