2003-2004 Men's Basketball News

Boys' Basketball Thunderbird Camp of Champions to Be Held July 18-22

May 20 — Hobbs, NM.
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NMJC Basketball Players Honored

March 10 — Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College is proud to announce the names of those male and female basketball players who were chosen for the Western Junior College Athletic Conference All Conference Team.

For women’s basketball Miranda Swearengin, Toni Atherley and Johnice James were selected. Honorable Mention was given to Eva Vodrazkova. For the men Kareem Lloyd and Fred Campbell were chosen to represent NMJC, and Kareem Telfer was given an Honorable Mention.

Also representing NMJC in the Region V Men’s Basketball All Region Team is Kareem Lloyd from the men. On behalf of NMJC in the women’s Region V All Region Team are Miranda Swearengin and Toni Atherley.

Everyone from NMJC would like to congratulate these players on their magnificent accomplishments.

T-Birds Gain Final Loss

February 26 — Odessa, TX. The season for the T-Birds is over after losing 84-65 to the Odessa College Wranglers. The Wranglers went on a 9-0 run right at the start of the game which deflated NMJC’s spirit right away. At half time the score was 41-22 in favor of Odessa. The final score was 84-65. Head Coach Jeff McCool said, “Odessa played extremely well, and we were not fundamentally sound in any aspect of the game.” The loss ends an over .500 season for the Thunderbirds who have a 17-13 record. McCool said, “Nonetheless, I’m extremely proud of the effort this group has given all season. Although we are disappointed we are not going to the regional game, 17-13 is a good season and something to build on for next year.”

Still a Shot

February 23 — Hobbs, NM. Back in late January, Frank Phillips delivered an 80-72 loss to the T-Birds when they were at home. Last night the Plainsmen were given a taste of how losing a close game feels, as the Thunderbirds won overtime nail biter 99-96.

Fred Campbell led the way for the T-Birds as he scored 28 points, followed by Ronald Hughes with 19. “I thought we had it wrapped up when we were leading by seven points with 40 seconds left. But they fouled and we only made 1 out of 6 free throws, and they managed to take it to overtime. The help Kareem Telfer gave the team was huge when he nailed 12 points in the overtime period,” said assistant coach John Baldwin.

Two things and some luck have to happen in order for the T-Birds to have a chance at the Regional Tournament. One, they have to win at Odessa College on Thursday. Two, Clarendon College needs to beat Frank Phillips. If that happens, then it would come down to power points. Whenever two teams tie, they see which team has beaten more teams ranked higher than they are. Their next game will be in Odessa at Thursday at 4:50 p.m.

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T-Birds Shut Down NMMI

February 19 — Roswell, NM. “We’ve been waiting and waiting to have a good shooting night, and last night it finally happened,” says assistant coach John Baldwin in reference to the 96-62 win over New Mexico Military Institute. That good shooting is credited to the guards – Fred Campbell (27), Jason Siggers (24), Mitch Mormon (21). “We finally had a game where the guys shot really well from the perimeter,” stated head coach, Jeff McCool.

McCool stated he was extremely happy with the offensive effort, but was even happier with the defensive performance that the team demonstrated. “That’s essentially what won the game for us. To hold NMMI to 62 points and rebound the way we did was the key to winning the game,” said McCool. The T-Birds out-rebounded NMMI 39-33.

The Thunderbirds' next game is on Monday night at 7:50 vs. Frank Phillips College.

T-Birds Suffer Close Loss

February 16 — Hobbs, NM. The NMJC Thunderbirds almost pulled off what skeptics believed impossible: beat the number one team in the conference – Midland. However, the same thing happened that has in almost every conference game this season. The T-Birds lost by three – 74-71.

At halftime Midland led by four, but NMJC sank two three-pointers to erase that margin and lead by two. From that point on, the two teams traded the lead for the rest of the game.

“I’m not one to make excuses for losing, but we lost three good players at Christmas Break and that really hurt us. If you look at the close games we’ve lost, it tells you we’re just a few bodies short of being a great team,” says Coach Jeff McCool. McCool says that even though NMJC only has 9 basketball players, the young men that he has now are great players and he couldn’t be more proud.

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NMJC – Payback Time

February 12 — Big Spring, TX. About a month ago, the NMJC Thunderbirds lost a close game – one point – to Howard Junior College. This time though, the team hoped it would be different. During their last meeting, the Hawks frequently used a high-post defensive play to confuse NMJC during the game, and won. However, this time the T-Birds easily recognized that play and stopped it.

At half-time the score was close again, NMJC only led by three. When the buzzer sounded and the second half started, NMJC took control. “We just played one of the better games we have all season,” said head coach Jeff McCool. NMJC has given many of their games away by outscoring their opponents in the second half, but not quite having the means to prevent them from outscoring them in the second half. “This time it was different,” said McCool.

NMJC Nearly Topples #1 South Plains

February 9 — Hobbs, NM. As the Thunderbirds (2-7) left the first half with a four point lead over South Plains College, it looked as if they might give the first place team in the conference a run for their money.

“We came out ready in the second half, but we made a few mistakes and let them get ahead, and that’s where they stayed until the buzzer,” said assistant coach, John Baldwin. The final score was 80-73.

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T-Birds Secure Second WJCAC Win

February 5 — Clarendon, TX. The NMJC Thunderbirds coaches Jeff McCool and John Baldwin knew what they were doing by letting the players take a few days off to clear their minds. The result was an 89-75 victory against the Clarendon College Bulldogs. After taking a 10 point lead at halftime, the T-Birds continued to show stellar defense and rebounding in the second half to secure their second win. In their previous meeting between the two teams, Clarendon squeaked by serving NMJC their first loss in conference play, 102-103. “Winning on the road was a little payback for them beating us at our place,” said coach Jeff McCool.

T-Birds Lose Another Close Game

February 2 — Hobbs, NM. The Thunderbirds fell to Odessa College Monday night 70-79, bringing the T-Birds to 1-6 in conference.

Now, halfway through the WJCAC, the T-Birds find themselves trying to salvage the rest of their season in order to participate in post-season play.

Although each of T-Birds losses has come by nine points or less, Assistant Coach, John Baldwin is optimistic about their remaining games. “On a positive note, when we have lost each of our games, they have been by nine or less, which means that we have fought in each game. I would like our next positive to be, play a little harder when we get that close.”

Fred Campbell led the Thunderbirds with 17 points, including four three-pointers. Jason Siggers added 15. Kareem Lloyd clutched the defensive boards well and brought the T-Birds back into the game.

“It was a great team effort,” stated Baldwin. The Thunderbirds play at Clarendon College 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

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Yet Another Close Loss

January 29 — Borger, TX. “We came out and played a really solid first half,” said Assistant Coach, John Baldwin. The T-Birds almost immediately took a 14-point lead, but suddenly entered a rebound drought. Frank Phillips Plainsmen on the other hand were getting the boards, which enabled them to take shots.

Fred Campbell scored 24 points and Kareem Lloyd added 15 to the 80-72 loss. Regardless of the eight-point loss, Baldwin says that it was close until the six-minute mark, and then the Plainsmen took the lead by one. He attributes the eight-point loss to the amount of fouls that they committed at the end.

Baldwin says that now the players are going to take a few days off to clear their minds for the next set of conference games.

NMJC Gets First Conference Win

January 26 — Hobbs, NM. The first half looked like it would be the same old story. NMJC would get just within reach of New Mexico Military Institute and then the buzzer would sound. Game over, NMMI wins by one. When the first half was over and NMJC was only leading by one (40-39), that looked like it would be the case.

Then something magical happened, seven minutes into the second half. Like a giant who had been napping, the Thunderbirds offense and defense awoke when Alvin Thomas sunk a two. A frustrated NMMI watched as NMJC turned two points into a splurge of points. NMMI became so frustrated that the only way that they stopped the splurge was by committing a technical foul on Fred Campbell. After he sank both shots from the stripe, NMJC went on an 18-4 run.

With five minutes to go, one of the NMMI players found an open lane and drove in for a monstrous slam. “It was a defensive lapse on our part, but, at the same time I think it just ignited us because, it woke the team up and let us know that we could still lose,” said Coach Jeff McCool.

Many NMJC players scored well into the double digits. Kareem Lloyd had 26 points, Fred Campbell – 25, Alvin Thomas – 19 and Jason Siggers – 15.

Their next game is Thursday, January 29 at Frank Phillips College, in Borger, TX at 7:50 p.m. CST.

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Thunderbirds Lose Another Squeaker

January 22 — Midland, TX. On January 22, the Thunderbirds traveled to Midland to try and win their first conference game this year. Six points was the margin of loss this time, 65-59, another close game. Assistant coach, John Baldwin said, “It comes down to the same thing we’ve faced all conference long. We’re doing a lot of good things, but we aren’t shooting the ball well.” Fred Campbell made 20 points and Jason Siggers netted 19. While NMJC played solid defense throughout the game they had 26 turnovers and shot 28 percent.

The Thunderbirds return to action Monday night at 7:30 p.m. against New Mexico Military Institute in the Caster Activity Center.

T-Birds Fall to 0-3 in WJCAC

January 19 — Hobbs, NM. Caster Activity Center erupted in a flurry of screams and yells as Fred Campbell sunk a three to tie the game with Howard College. There was only one problem: the shot was officially ruled two points because his toe was on the line. Instead of the game going into overtime, it ended with Howard winning 76-75.

“Heartbreaking,” is how head coach of the T-Birds, Jeff McCool describes it. “When you’ve lost the first three games in very much the same way, it’s disappointing.” McCool also says that it’s too early to throw in the towel – we need to keep our heads up and understand that in all three games we’ve beat ourselves because of the mistakes we’re making – especially defensively.

T-Birds Shut Down in OT

January 15 — Levelland, TX. The T-Birds fell behind the South Plains College Texans 40-25 in the first half, but exploded in the second half to throw this game into overtime. However, they ended up losing to the Texans 84-73. Kareem Lloyd led with 23 points followed by Fred Campbell who added 13 in the loss.

Interview with Coach McCool before the Game | Player of the Game, Interview with Coach McCool after the Game, and Game Stats

T-Birds Lose Opening See-Saw Game

January 12 — Hobbs, NM. Clarendon College Bulldogs 103, NMJC Thunderbirds 102. That score is even closer than it looks when you take into account that, midway through the second half they were down by 17 points. As the final two minutes of the half trickled down, Jason Siggers netted the tying point, and was fouled too. He netted the foul shot and now NMJC led by one, then the Bulldogs went back on top from the foul line. Then after the timeout called by coach Jeff McCool, an NMJC player stepped on the line and turned the ball over to Clarendon. Then it was over.

This was the Thunderbirds' opening conference game and, “The game had that conference to it. It was a real dogfight,” said McCool. He also said that five guys were in double figures, but the whole team did well and that was proud of all of the players.

The team travels to South Plains College Thursday.

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T-Birds Lose Heartbreaker

January 8 — Hobbs, NM. In the final seconds of the game, a three-point attempt by Jason Siggers bounced off the rim, giving Otero Junior College (12-0; No. 17 in the country) a 64-61 win. It was virtually a dogfight during the last 20 minutes of the game. Momentum would seem to swing towards the T-Birds several times, only to have it lost by a rushed shot or poor defensive play. Otero’s coach Moser said that he was impressed by the Thunderbirds saying that they could have easily lost. That ovation from their coach did little to relieve NMJC Coach Jeff McCool though. “Although we lost, this is the kind of game that I enjoy playing. When you play Otero, you play a very similar game that you are going to get into at conference. They are well coached, fundamentally sound and they play hard,” said McCool.

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T-Birds Humiliate Rockland

January 6 — Hobbs, NM. 78-37 was the final score of the game between the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds and Rockland Community College. The Thunderbirds took a 30 point halftime lead, and the score didn’t get prettier as the second half came to a close either. Jason Siggers led the T-Birds with 21 points and Kareem Lloyd added 13.

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T-Birds Defeat Cochise

January 5 — Hobbs, NM. It wasn’t a very pretty game. One that was rich in fouls and slow play, nonetheless the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds walked away with a 90-58 win in the first day of the Thunderbird shootout.

During the game, NMJC made it to the free-throw line 46 times, and out rebounded Chochise College 44-23. Jason Siggers scored a team high 18 points during the rout.

The T-Birds go for a repeat performance against Rockland Community College tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

T-Birds Batter Wayland Baptist

December 2 — Hobbs, NM. With this being the T-Birds last game for more than a month, they wanted to leave a lasting impression. And that’s exactly what they did scoring a season high 120 points as they beat Wayland Baptist JV 120-53. This improved their record to 10-3, the best since Jeff McCool has ever had since coaching this team.

“Ronald Hughes had a great game,” touts coach Jeff McCool. Hughes had 23 points and 19 rebounds. Five other T-Birds also managed to score in double figures as well. McCool says that the whole team is the most well rounded and mature he and Assistant Coach, John Baldwin have had in their five years coaching the ball team.

“This is just a really good end to our fall semester,” says McCool. The men’s basketball season is over until January 5, 2004. Then it’s three more non-conference until January 12. All three games are in Caster Activity Center.

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T-Birds Dominate Lubbock Christian 117-69

November 25 — Lubbock, TX. Six players from New Mexico Junior College were under the weather on November 25– the day they faced Lubbock Christian University JV. With NMJC having players under the weather, coach Jeff McCool had a reason to be worried.

However, it didn’t turn out as one.

The T-Birds mopped the floor with LCU in the first-half, leading by 32 points (57-25). Only one LCU player reached the double digit mark, while six NMJC players did. Kareem Lloyd led the way with an impressive 20 points.

T-Birds Lose to Falcons

November 23 — Colorado Springs, CO. When the final game of the Air Force Prep Invitational was over, it left the NMJC Thunderbirds three points behind the Air Force Prep Falcons. The score was 80-77 . However, the T-Birds took a one-point lead with 3:02 left in the game.

T-Birds Glide Past Trinidad

November 22 — Colorado Springs, CO. In the semifinals of the Husky Invitational Tournament, the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds trounced Trinidad State Junior College 83-66. Karim Telfer scored 24 points to help NMJC win 83-66. Aside from Telfer’s outstanding night, NMJC continued their season of balance with 11 T-Birds scoring. In the finals, NMJC will face the winner between Air Force Prep and Lamar Community College. McCool, Head Basketball Coach stated, that no matter what happens in the final game, his team has met their goal for the weekend.

T-Birds Defeat Air Force JV

November 21 — Colorado Springs, CO. In the first round of the Husky Invitational Tournament Friday, the New Mexico Junior College T-Birds trounced the Air Force Academy Falcons 79-58. Fred Campbell was one of the players who scored in double digits with 13, and Karim Tefler was the other who added 11. Jeff McCool, Men’s Basketball Coach, said it was a good game for his team and that he was happy with the balance that his team exhibited.

T-Birds Blow Out Wayland Baptist 100-52

November 17 — Plainview, TX. NMJC usually doesn’t come away with much after beating a JV team. However, many players came away with something they haven’t seen much of – playing time. In an unusual move, Jeff McCool, Head Basketball Coach, started an almost completely different lineup than the norm – the only starter that started was Fred Campbell. The result was a triple-digit blow-out by the T-Birds.

“It was really good timing for us, because it’s been really hectic since November 1 and some of the guys who aren’t playing as much start to lose confidence and that hurts your depth overall as a team. Consequently, they struggle against legitimate competition,” said McCool.

The T-Birds will face legitimate competition when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the Air Force Prep Husky Invitational this Friday at 4 p.m.

Colby Downs T-Birds

November 15 — Colby, KS. 89-75 was the margin the NMJC T-Birds lost to the nationally ranked Colby Community College Trojans. The T-Birds started the game well with a 12-point lead. Then both teams made adjustment and the Trojans engaged a 2-3 zone defense that bewildered NMJC. They confused them so much in fact that the Trojans forced 15 turnovers, and outrebounded NMJC 39-23. Regardless of the loss, Coach Jeff McCool noticed some positives for NMJC. They were able to cut a 20-point Trojan lead to six, and chalk this game up to good experience.

T-Birds Win on the Road

November 14 — Colby, KS. In the Colby Community College Classic, in Colby, Kansas on 11-14-03, the NMJC men pounded Central Nebraska Community College Raiders, 81-66. This makes the T-Birds 5-1.

The T-Birds took the lead early, going up 11-2 in less than two minutes. After that original surge, the Raiders never got closer than nine.

Mitch Mormon and Kareem Lloyd were the two high scorers of the night, each earning 15 points apiece. Fred Campbell netted 13. They rebounded 44 compared to the Raiders' 30. The T-Birds also shot 44% from the field.

T-Birds Lose Heartbreaker

November 8 — Hobbs, NM. “We have three areas we like to excel in,” said Assistant Men’s Basketball coach John Baldwin. “Play with an unselfish offense, good defense, and rebounding.” These are the keys to what NMJC uses to win basketball games. However, the T-Birds fell just short of a win in the game against New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) on Saturday.

It was a nail biter right to the end. Mitch Mormon put up a great basket that put the men up by one point with 26 seconds to go. NMMI got the ball back, shot once and missed, shot again and missed, finally they got a third opportunity and made it. The buzzer goes off, and it’s the ballgame. A final score of 71-72, NMMI hands NMJC their first loss of the season.

The All Tournament Team consisted of Anthony Harley (NMJC), Kareem Telfer (NMJC), Jason Siggers (NMJC), Ed Phillips (NMMI), and Kevin Brandon (NMMI).

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T-Birds Thrash Cochise

November 7 — Hobbs, NM. Cochise College (CC) has been to the National Tournament two out of the last three years. One might think that would be enough to strike fear into a normal opposing basketball team. But, NMJC isn’t a normal basketball team. Fresh from serving Lubbock Christian University a 90-56 loss the previous night, they weren’t about to be intimidated.

“We came out with lots of energy and played a complete game,” said Assistant Men’s Basketball coach John Baldwin. He went on to say they played as a team, “And we came away with a big win.”

The score was an astounding 71-57. Baldwin stated, “When you’re able to hold a team like that to 57 points, you’re doing something right.” Cochise College scored 96 points against the New Mexico All-Stars the next night.

T-Birds Mar LCU

November 6 — Hobbs, NM. The first half of this game didn’t go well for NMJC. After some adjustments in the second half, the T-Birds took control of the court and handed Lubbock Christian University a 90-56 loss. Four NMJC players ended the game by scoring in double figures: Jason Siggers - 16, Fred Campbell - 13, Alvin Thomas - 12, and Anthony Harley - 11. Tomorrow night NMJC plays the Cochise College Apaches.

T-Birds 2-0 in Tournament to Start Season

November 1,2 — Altus, OK. New Mexico Junior College T-Birds won their first game of the season Saturday night by beating Conners State College 77-60. Revenge was sweet due to Conners beating the T-Birds in a National Tournament 6 years ago in triple overtime. “Our defense was good and we shot the ball well that night,” stated John Baldwin, Assistant Coach.

The next night NMJC played Western Oklahoma – sponsor of this tournament. “This was the home team and it was a hard fought game by both sides, but our key was playing some of the best defense we’ve ever had this early in the year,” said John Baldwin, Assistant Coach. The final score of the game was 75-63. The T-Birds jumped out to an early lead, Western Oklahoma came within 6, the T-Birds then increased the lead to 15, and the outcome was the T-Birds winning by 12. “We told them that our discipline was what will win this game, and it did,” said Baldwin.

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