PLYMOUTH â€“ The Ancilla College menâ€™s basketball team came out of the holiday break playing their most inspired game of the year, upsetting NJCAA #9 Lansing Community College 82-76 in front of a packed house at the LifePlex in Plymouth on Monday night in their MCCAA Western Conference opener.
Antonio Cannon led the Chargers (2-7, 1-0 MCCAA Western) with 30 points in what was arguably his best performance of the season.Â The sophomore guard was instrumental down the stretch, putting the game out of reach with numerous free throws and a late three-pointer to seal the victory.
â€śAntonio played the most mature game he has played all year,â€ť said Ancilla menâ€™s basketball coach Greg Neeley.Â â€śHe was patient, made good decisions, and most importantly, was a great teammate.â€ť
The Chargers appeared the more energized of the teams throughout the game, holding the Stars (2-11, 2-1 MCCAA Western) to under 35 percent shooting on the night.Â Another telling stat was in the assists column, as Ancilla players combined for 16 dimes while Lansing had only seven on the night.
â€śOur guys did a great job of executing and staying together,â€ť said Neeley.Â â€śWe shared the ball as well as we have all year and made enough effort plays on the defensive end to finish the game.â€ť
The performance proved especially meaningful as it followed a special pregame ceremony honoring Ancilla College alum and longtime athletic supporter Dennis Emmons.Â Emmons â€“ who is currently battling cancer â€“ became the first ever recipient of the Charger Award, honoring his service and contributions to Ancilla College athletics over the years.
â€śIt was fitting that we played well on such a special night where we got to honor everything Dennis Emmons has done for Ancilla,â€ť said Neeley.
Cannon was joined in double figures by Joby Renbarger with 11 points and Michael Hornback with 10.
The Chargers resume play on Wednesday, Jan. 12 when they travel to Benton Harbor, MI, to play MCCAA Western conference foe Lake Michigan College.Â Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.