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Published 10/28/2003
Owens Men's Basketball Opens Season Against Indiana Tech JVs, November 3

Owens Men's Basketball team Owens Community College men's basketball will begin its 2003-04 campaign with a season-opening home contest against the Indiana Tech JVs at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 3.

All home games are played at the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus, which is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission to home games is free.

The Owens men's basketball program is led by Head Coach Jim Welling. In his 18 years as the head basketball coach at Owens, he has guided the Express to many notable achievements including two NJCAA Division II National Championships in 1992 and 1993. Holding a career 474-106 record, Welling was named last year's NJCAA Region XII (District 7) Coach of the Year. This marks the seventh time he has won the award. His Assistant Coaches are Leroy King and Kevin Skaggs.

During the 2002-03 season, the Express finished with a 28-6 overall record and a 12-2 mark (second place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season standings. Owens advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Championships by capturing the regional (District 7) title. Welling's squad finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA Division II poll.

"I'm really looking forward to this basketball season," Welling said. "We have four very experienced players returning from last year's team. Their veteran leadership, along with the addition of our 12 talented first-year players, will enable this team to once again contend for an OCCAC championship."

In addition, the Owens men's basketball program has earned the distinction of being ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll. Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, received the No. 1 ranking.

Owens has four returning players from last year's squad, including Andrae Martin of Ypsilanti, Michigan (Huron High School). During the 2002-03 season, the sophomore forward averaged 8.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

The other returning players to the Express roster are sophomores Terrell Brown of Cleveland, guard (Shaker Heights High School); Ricardo Lucas of Ann Arbor, Michigan, forward (Home Schooled), and Noah Williams of Cleveland, guard (Shaker Heights High School).

First-year players are Dominic Perry-Harrison of Toledo, guard (Central Catholic High School); Calvert Davis of Opelousas, Louisiana, guard (Marine Military Academy); Jerimy Robinson of Elkhart, Indiana, guard (Elkhart Central High School); Anthony Calo of Westerville, guard (Westerville South High School); Willie Tisdale Jr. of Lima, guard (Lima Senior High School); Terrence Jones of Fremont, forward (Fremont Ross High School); Lawrence Logan Jr. of Kalamazoo, Michigan, forward (Loy Norrix High School); Thomas Clay of Oregon, forward (Clay High School); Danny Rose of Taylor, Michigan, forward (Truman High School); Anton Hubbard of Toledo, center (Southview High School); Jeremy Diekman of Martin, center (Genoa High School), and Sean Washington of Columbus, center (Briggs High School).

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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