PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College men’s basketball will begin its 2011-12 campaign with a season-opening home contest against Lourdes University JVs on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
All home games are free and held at the College’s Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
The Owens men’s basketball program is led by first-year Head Coach David Clarke. His Assistant Coaches are Travis Lewis and Carl Thomas. Owens finished the 2010-11 season with a 10-21 overall record and a 3-9 mark (sixth place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season standings. The Express lost to Columbus State Community College in the NJCAA Region XII Championships.
“We have a very young team with only two veteran returners from last year’s group,” stated Clarke. “However, I am very pleased with the team’s progress during the preseason. They have a very strong work ethic and want to get better each and every day they step onto the court. Our team is very athletic and we intend to play a very aggressive style of basketball, both defensively and offensively. I expect our team to compete for a conference title and beyond.”
Owens has two returning players, including Taronta Cole of Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport H.S.) and Jerron Jamerson of South Bend, Ind. (Washington H.S.). During the 2010-11 season, Cole earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors and was named the team’s Coaches Award recipient. The sophomore guard averaged 1.9 points for the Express. Jamerson, a sophomore guard, averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds during the season. Additionally, he was named the team’s Most Improved Player award recipient.
First-year players are Darien Hill of Ann Arbor, Mich., forward (Pioneer H.S.); Jay Marquette of Toledo, guard (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.); Franklin Lindsey of Toledo, guard/forward (Whitmer H.S.); Kelvin Clark of Chicago, guard (Bogan H.S.); Jeff Burroughs of Belleville, Mich., point guard (Belleville H.S.); Chris Wilson of Toledo, forward (Scott H.S.); James Kelly of Ann Arbor, Mich., forward (Pioneer H.S.); Justin Edmonds of Albion, Mich., guard (Albion H.S.); Milan Mabry of Toledo, guard (Bowsher H.S.), and Jeremy Weemes of Springfield, forward (Springfield H.S.).
- Owens Community College