The Cyclones pushed hard in their opening games of the season at the Triton College Tournament Nov. 1 and 2, going 2-0 on the weekend.
Their first matchup with Daley College was big on offense with the Cyclones prevailing 107-98. Dontia Johnson led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Saunders added 19 points. Jalen Hughes finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and led with 11 assists.
The next day saw a nail-biter with Malcolm X College. It was a tough game, and a handful of Cyclones were dealing with nagging injuries, but they demonstrated their will to win. Trailing by six at halftime, the Cyclones continued their press to win 63-57. Johnson led again with 17 points and nine rebounds. Hughes collected nine points and eight assists while Saunders banked 10 points.