By The Beacon Staff
Since the last publication of the Beacon, Seawolves basketball teams have posted an 8-5 record. With more than two-thirds of the season played the teams are winding down the regular season and gearing up for the YSCC post-season playoffs with the hopes of winning in New Hampshire and a trip to the USCAA Nationals.
At the top of the highlight list has to be the CMCC men’s game played in Auburn on December 11th. The pace in the first half was quick and frantic as both teams pushed each other trying to build a lead. CMCC grabbed a quick 4 point lead to which SMCC responded to taking a small lead which CMCC responded to eventually retaking the lead. After 10 minutes of play the score was knotted at 17. CMCC grabbed the next 4 points. Both teams jockeyed for the lead over the next few minutes with neither team able to pull ahead, and with a little less than 7minutes left the teams found themselves knotted at 25.
In the next few minutes SMCC built an 11pt lead which Tyheem Simon started with a jump shot, sparking the Seawolves to an and a 36-25 lead. CMCC’s Preston Isner responded by sinking a pair of free throws and draining 4 more points before the half-time horn sounded cutting the lead from 11 to 6.
The start of the second half saw Isner starting the Mustangs off on the right foot with a layup pulling CMCC to within four points. The Seawolves’ responded with three consecutive 3pters by Jordan DeRosby, Grayson Waterman, and Kevin Fabian that padded the SMCC lead to 12 points.
What followed next could have put a lesser team away as the Mustangs went on a 15-4 run, which chopped the SMCC lead to 1pt. Again, SMCC responded building an 8pt lead only to see CMCC cut the SMCC’s lead to 59-58, with 7:49 to play.
Over the next 6 minutes both teams traded baskets as neither team could gain any breathing space. With 1 minute remaining the Mustangs grabbed a 70-68 lead and then magic happened. First, Atencio Martin grabbed an offensive rebound and scored tying the game at 70. CMCC’s Carrington Miller drained a jumper to give the Mustangs a 2pt edge with 19 seconds left. After a timeout, the Seawolves executed a last second play that appeared to be executed flawlessly. Jordan DeRosby came off a baseline screen by Carlos Gonzalez receiving a pass in the corner from Kevin Fabian and launched a shot for the win that hit nothing but the bottom of the net. (See photo on front page). The Mustangs got off a last second shoot that went wide right and the Seawolves walked off of the CMCC court with a well deserved win.
Three days later, the Seawolves saw their basketball fortunes swing the other way when Central Penn visited South Portland and survived a hard fought overtime game escaping with a 93-92 victory. At tip-off SMCC was ranked first in the USCAA coaches poll and Central Penn ranked 3rd.
After 10 minutes of play Central Penn held a 2pt lead 18-16 as neither team could gain early game momentum and garb a significant lead. After Shaki Stanten made a free throw to pad Central’s lead to 3, SMCC responded by scoring the next 8 points before Central Penn got back on the board. After trading baskets SMCC was able to build a 14pt lead with 5minutes remaining in the first half. Again the team traded baskets and as the half wound down Central Penn was able to cut SMCC’s lead to 8.
The second half saw the Seawolves holding the lead until the 1:28 mark seconds when Knights’ point guard Andre Batte converted two consecutive layups to put Central Penn on top 80-77. Three days after Jordan DeRosby’s 3 pointer secured the win for SMCC, Kevin Fabian’s paly in the last minute gave SMCC a chance to walk away with another hard fought victory. With 41seconds left Kevin Fabian made a layup that pulled the Seawolve to with one. Central Penn’s Devon Dorsey responded with a layup of his own to put the lead back to three and then it was Fabian from beyond the arch that sent the game into overtime with the score tied at 82.
The Seawolves jumped out to a 88-82 lead only to see the Knight’s pull themselves back in the game by grabbing 3 offensive rebounds which resulted in 7 points and a 89-88 lead for Central Penn. The last 30 seconds of the game saw SMCC garb the lead on a Jordan DeRosby layup, followed by Central Penn taking the lead back on 2 free throws by Dominique Twiggs putting the Knights up 91-90. Antencio Martin answered under the basket putting SMCC back in the lead with 4.8 seconds remaining and as time ran out, it was Central Penn’s Dominique Twiggs who had the final say as his layout secured a 92-91 victory for Central Penn.
In the following games the men Seawolves would defeat: Northern Essex Community College 78-68, St. Joseph’s of Vermont 102-82, University of Maine Augusta 95-68 and Eastern Maine Community College 92-71.
The men hold a 15-1 overall record and remain undefeated in YSCC play at 11-0.
One the women’s side of the court, the Lady Seawolves have gone 3-4 since the last publication of the Beacon. While they have impressive wins against University of Maine, Augusta (86-58), which avenged a loss in Augusta earlier in the season, and against Eastern Maine Community College (94-44). The Ladies have also drooped a few heart breakers: a 66-62 loss to CMCC, and a 1pt loss to Braircliff (83-84), as well as losing to St. Joseph’s of Vermont (71-58), and Community College of Rhode Island 61-53. The Ladies also have secured a forfeit victory over CCRI when they visited Rhode Island on December 17th. At the time of press, there is no explanation available for how this happening.
In Saturday afternoon’s game against EMCC, the Lady Seawolves outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 71-47, forcing the Eagles into 29 turnovers as SMCC more than doubled Eastern’s score and walked off the court with 94-44 victory when the final horn sounded.
In the opening minutes of the game, both teams struggled to gain momentum and establish a fluid offensive approach as SMCC held a ipt lead after 6minutes of play (8-7). Abigail Nielsen started the Lady Wolf’s off strong with back to back layups.
Maria Veino’s layup off of a Kendra Kagiliery pass provided a spark the Seawolves needed as the Ladies found their offensive grove draining 33 points to EMCC’s 5 and walking into the locker room at half with a 40-12 lead.
The Lady Seawolves continued their offensive onslaught outscored the Eagles 54-32. Alicia Hoyt was perfect in the second half as she shot 3-3 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line, scoring 10 of her game high 19 points. Hoyt also snared 11 rebounds, and swatted away 5 shots. Jordan Turner also had a positive presence on the court has she posted 11 points, snagged 8 rebounds, assisted 6 times and picked EMCC’s pocket 5 times. Other players who turned in solid performances were: Abigail Nielsen who came within 2 rebounds form posting a double-double, and found the bottom of the net 12 times, as Kendra Kagiliery followed suit chipping in12 points on 50% shooting from the field.
The Seawolves take to the floor again this Wednesday when they tip off against Unity College, then return to the Hutchinson Gym 10 days later when Dean College comes to town, New Hampshire Technical Institute visits on February 5th, and their home stand ends when conference rival CMCC comes to South Portland on February 11th.