Second chances at TCC for Brandon Magee
|Brandon Magee poses under the basket, the former Bethel High School player is a sophomore basketball player on the Tacoma Community College team, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. (Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer)|
TODD MILLES; Staff writer
TACOMA, WA -- Men's basketball milestones have rolled in at Tacoma Community College this season.
The Titans are ranked No. 1 in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, and have been since January.
They just completed the first 16-0 season in the NWAACC West Division. And earlier in the year, longtime coach Carl Howell earned his 300th career victory.
Yet, as TCC heads off this week to the NWAACC men's basketball championships in Kennewick, the Titans are only quietly optimistic about the team's chances of claiming the school's first title since 2002.
Plenty hinges on the health of forward Brandon Magee, who missed the final five games of the season with a strained left Achilles' tendon – an injury he suffered in the second half of a home victory over Pierce College.
While he hasn't fully returned to practice yet, Magee said, "I'm going to be out there. That is my mind-set now. ... You don't get too many opportunities in your life like this, so why not go out to do one of the best things ever?”
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