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The Wright year

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March 28, 2018

The Orange Coast College regional champions with Yarrawonga’s Lloyd Wright pictured sitting in front on the right.

Yarrawonga basketball prodigy Lloyd Wright has had a stellar season after being a significant contributor to the recent success of his American college Orange Coast College Basketball team.

Orange Coast College (OCC) became the Orange Empire Conference Champions for the first time in 40 years with Lloyd receiving the ‘All Conference First Team’ honours for the Conference.
They have also won Regional Championships and made the Elite 8 California State Championships for the first time in 40 years.
In the post season Lloyd has continued his fantastic form averaging 21.33 points per game in 26.33 minutes per game of court time or 32 points adjusted for a 40-minute game.
Orange Coast College (OCC’s) Head Coach Steve Spencer praised Lloyd, not only as a leading scorer, but hitting the big shots down the stretch and credits him with a lot of the OCC 2017 – 2018 success.
“Lloyd has had a good season, he wants the ball when the game is tight,” Steve said.
“He has hit a number of game winners in this conference season, I could not be prouder of the guys.
“The 2018 Orange Empire Conference Championship is something that can never be taken away for the group.”
Lloyd also made the Orange Empire Conference ‘All Conference First Team’.
OCC won the Regional Championship on March 3 with Lloyd scoring 17 of his 23 points after half time to lead OCC to an 80 – 77 win over Citrus College.
Coach Spencer said post game that Lloyd continues to perform when he is needed to most, hitting a big 3 with minutes to go in the game to maintain the lead and 2 free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give OCC the 3-point lead and the win.
The Regional Championship victory qualified OCC for March Madness California State Tournament in Ventura California March 8 – 12.
OCC met Fresno City in the third quarter final recently, going down 80 – 96.
Lloyd scored 19 points but it was not enough to avoid elimination from the California State Championships.
Lloyd said he is most comfortable and happy playing under the guidance of Steve Spencer after the coach has spent the last 15 years coaching at OCC and spent many years before that coaching Adelaide 36ers in the NBL in Australia.
“His coaching credentials and basketball experiences are second to none,” Lloyd said.
“I have learned a great deal from my coach.
“I have learnt how to win, he has made me a tougher competitor on court – I credit my success this season to coach Spencer and coaching staff and a great group of team mates, it has been a fantastic result for the whole school, it was lit.”

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