Eagles season nears end


Kyle Russel

Jens Solderholm fights for possession of the ball against A.J. Sharp of Sauk Valley during the final heated moments of what was a close game on January 29. The game would end with a missed equalizing shot from Illinois Valley resulting in a 68-70 loss.

The postseason is rapidly approaching for the IVCC men’s basketball team. As the season nears its close the Eagles sit with a 12-16 record (3-7 conference). The Eagles only have two regular season games remaining with a match-up against the nationally ranked powerhouse Kishwaukee Kougars on Feb. 17 (due to printing deadline results can be found at www.ivleader.com).

The Eagles played Kishwaukee in Malta on Jan. 22 and came within nine points of winning the game even pulling the game within a point with under two minutes remaining.

At the time of that game Kishwaukee was the No. 1 nationally ranked team in Division II men’s basketball.

When the Kougars came to town this time they were ranked eighth in the nation. The Eagles boast a home record of 8-8.

The game also marked sophomore night for four of the Eagles players. Torrance Johnson, Tyree Coe, Jazz Drane, and Adam Thorson were all honored at the game.

The match up against Kishwaukee provided an opportunity for the Eagles to head into the postseason with confidence and momentum on their side.

The team lost four out of its last five games, prior to publication, and looks to turn things around before postseason play begins.

The production of Jens Solderholm has provided a scoring spark for the Eagles. Solderholm has averaged 16.9 points per game since entering the lineup earlier in the year.

Solid rebounding and scoring performances from sophomore Torrance Johnson is also another encouraging sign for the Eagles. Johnson is one of the most productive rebounders in the conference, averaging nearly a double-double each game.

In addition, contributions from Tyree Coe and Jazz Drane on both sides of the ball have been significant factors in the Eagles success this season.

The chemistry of the lineup and the defensive approach of Coach Chris Herman gives the Eagles an opportunity to surprise in the postseason.

The Eagles will either host or be part of a play in postseason game that will be determined by seeding.