By The Beacon Staff
Since the last Beacon the women and men’s basketball teams have hit the courts eight times the games against Penn State Beaver are being played while the paper is going to print) and have compiled a four and two record over the six games played.
A week ago Saturday the teams traveled to Randolph, Vermont to play the Knights of Vermont Tech. While the women walked off the court with a 79-48 win, the men found themselves in a battle that would see them fall by 4 points, 68-72.
Player of the game has to go to Vermont Tech’s Kyle Connor who buried a long distant three point shoot with two SMCC defenders draped all over him as the clock hit 26 seconds remaining in the game.
Leading by three at the half SMCC found them selves trailing by five after four minutes of play point. Over the course of the next few minutes the Wolves stayed close and even found them selves behind by one only to watch Vermont Tech rebuild a six point lead with 14 minutes remaining when Kyle Connor drained one of his three three-pointers.
The next six minutes saw SMCC out score the Knights 14-2 grabbing a six point lead with a little more than eight minutes remaining. The knights would fight back to tie the game at 62, 64, 65 with 3:56 remaining after which the Knights took a lead that they would not relinquish.
On the ladies side of the court, the Lady Seawolves would wear down the out numbered Lady Knights in the second quarter when they outscored Vermont Tech 13-4 building a 36-22 half-time lead.
The Seawolves would benefit from the return of Maria Veino, who joined the team late as the women’s soccer season included a trip to the nationals on in North Carolina. Vieno brought a level of hustle and energy to the game scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds in the first half.
The Knights would never be able to mount any serious threat as the Seawolves high-energy offensive that comes from numerous players continued their offensive onslaught.
The next two games would see SMCC dismantle a small and under-staffed Unity team 113-30 and put away USCAA conference member Penn State Mount Alta 71-46 in Saturday’s game.
Going into Sunday’s game against Penn State Beaver, The Lady Seawolves continue to build depth and experience for the younger players. A quick look over the box scores from the past 3 games shows ten Lady Wolves contributing in the scoring category as well as rebounding, steals and assist.
While the women are starting the season off in a way that addresses their potential in a positive manner, the men Seawolves continue to search for a consistency on both ends of the court. The men Wolves are at .500 percent in conference play (1-1) and dip one game under that mark in their overall record (3-4).
As with the women when they took to the court against Unity, the men also walked away with a loop-sided win, 113-61. Greyson Waterman came off the bench to lead scoring (15 points), as did Jon Amabile (13 points), and rounding out the top three scorers was starting point guard, Jordan DeRosby lead the starters with 12 points.
A few days after Unity, the men took to the court to face USCAA conference member Penn State Mount Alta, 3-1. The Nittany Lions got off to a solid start building an eight to three lead in the opening minutes. The Seawolves would hang within striking distance for the majority of the first half, but never would be able to sustain any type of offensive momentum, or defensive stance as Mount Alto build a 15 point half time lead.
After 40 minutes of play Mount Alto walked off of the court with a solid 27 point win and a date with YSCC conference rival CMCC on Sunday, while the Seawolve squads would play Penn State Beaver.
The Seawolves venture to Augusta tonight to play University of Maine-Augusta, and will be at home on Sunday, Nov. 29 to play Bunker Hill Community College, Dec. 3 to play University Maine – Machias, and Dec. 6 to take to the court to play Hampshire College.