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Published 11/4/2005

Owens Express Men's Basketball Opens Season Against Kellogg Community College, Nov. 4

Owens Express Men's Basketball Team Owens Community College men's basketball will begin its 2005-06 campaign with a season-opening home contest against Kellogg Community College as part of the Tip-Off Classic on Friday, November 4. The game will begin at 6 p.m.

The second game of the evening will see Hillsborough Community College take on Gloucester Community College starting at 8 p.m. On Saturday, November 5, the consolation game will occur at 1 p.m., while the Tip-Off Classic championship contest will begin at 3 p.m. All home games are free and held at the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo.

The Owens men's basketball program is led by head coach Jim Welling. Now in his 20th year as the Express head coach, Welling recently announced that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2005-06 campaign. In his 19 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. Welling holds a career 524-120 overall record. His assistant coaches are Leroy King and Jack Trainer.

Welling's team finished the 2004-05 season with a 27-6 overall record and an 11-3 mark (second place) in the OCCAC. Owens advanced to the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships before losing to Cuyahoga Community College. The Express was ranked as high as No. 2 in the NJCAA Division II men's basketball poll.

"I'm really looking forward to this basketball season," said Welling. "We have a great group of student-athletes who are extremely hard workers. Our team's veteran leadership, along with our talented first-year players, will give us a great opportunity to contend for an OCCAC championship."

In addition, the Owens men's basketball program has earned the distinction of being ranked No. 10 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll. Cecil Community College in North East, Md., received the No. 1 ranking.

Owens has three returning players from last year's squad, including Brian Sellers of Cincinnati (Western Hills H.S.). During the 2004-05 season, the sophomore guard/forward averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 33 games. His postseason honors included being named Owens' Most Improved Player award recipient.

The other returning players to the Express roster include DeAuntay Scott of Cleveland, guard (Cleveland East H.S.) and Zach Diekman of Martin, center (Genoa H.S.).

First-year players are Chris Trobaugh of Elkhart, Ind., guard (Jimtown H.S.); Johnny Willhite of Kalamazoo, Mich., guard (Loy Norrix H.S.); Larry White of Pontiac, Mich., guard (Pontiac H.S.); DeShawn Walker of Detroit, guard/forward (Western International H.S.); Julian Logan of Kalamazoo, Mich., guard/forward (Loy Norrix H.S.); Majok Chol of Woodstock, Va., guard/forward (Massanuten Military Academy); Alex Davenport of Belleville, Mich., guard/forward (Belleville H.S.); Keenan Davis of Zion, Ill., guard/forward (Zion-Benton Township H.S.); Craig Ash of Pontiac, Mich., forward (Pontiac H.S.); Vershawn Chears of Toledo, guard/forward (Scott H.S.); Devin Washington of Columbus, guard/forward (Briggs H.S.); Jordan Murphy of Bowling Green, forward (Otsego H.S.), and Brandon Stephens of Flint, Mich., forward (Carman-Ainsworth H.S.).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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