College update: Ismail excelling at Macalester

Former Flintridge Prep All-Area player helps team break 13-game losing streak.

February 06, 2014|By Charles Rich,

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Kareem Ismail (Flintridge Prep, 2013) Macalester College men's basketball, freshman: It's been quite a struggle throughout the season for the Scots.

Behind a huge effort from Ismail, Macalester was able to snap a 13-game losing streak that had spanned nearly two months.


Ismail, a center and a former All-Prep League standout, finished with a team-high 15 points and four blocks to propel host Macalester to a 71-67 home overtime victory against Hamline on Saturday in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest. Ismail collected four points in the extra session.

With the score tied at 62 entering overtime, Ismail made a basket to give the Scots a 64-62 lead. He then made another basket to make it 66-64 with 1:20 remaining.

Ismail made seven of 14 shots from the floor.

In a conference home contest against St. Mary's on Monday, Ismail registered nine points in a 79-48 defeat. He then collected a team-best 22 points in Macalester's 64-54 conference road defeat against Gustavus on Wednesday. He converted nine of his 14 shots.

In 20 games, Ismail is averaging 11.7 points and six rebounds per contest.

The Scots feature another local in sophomore guard Dylan Kilgour, a 2012 Crescenta Valley High graduate. Kilgour also hand a hand in the win against Hamline, finishing with 13 points and five assists.

Kilgour leads the Scots with 14.1 points a game. He's recorded 48 assists and 14 steals in 21 contests.

The Scots are 3-18, 2-14 in conference and will next participate in a conference home game against Augsburg on Saturday.

Nick Dragovich (Crescenta Valley High, 2010) Chapman men's basketball, senior: Dragovich, a forward, continues to impress for Panthers.

Though Chapman is 11-9, 5-6 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Dragovich has turned in some good performances lately.

Dragovich had 12 points and seven rebounds Saturday in Chapman's 90-83 home conference defeat against Redlands. He finished with 10 first-half points

In an earlier conference home game against Claremont Mudd-Scripps on Jan. 29, Dragovich finished with four points and 12 rebounds in Chapman's 66-65 setback.

Dragovich, one of five Panthers to have started all 20 contests through Saturday, is averaging 10.2 points a game (third-best on the team) and averages a team-high seven rebounds per game. In addition, he's averaging 1.2 assists and 0.6 steals per contest.

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