Beacon Sports Staff
The 2015-16 basketball season came to a close on Saturday afternoon and early evening as the Seawolves squads lost their semi-final games. The Lady Wolves took to the court at noon to open the day’s four game set, playing the top seeded and number one team in the USCAA, the College of Saint Joseph’s of Vermont. The men played the final game of the day’s line-up against Central Maine Community College at six.
Both games started out similar for the Wolves as they found them selves trailing early and trailing large. For the men it wasn’t as bad as the women, as the Lady Wolves were down 17 at the end of the first quarter (24-7). Regina Stelle lead the Fighting Saints with 10 points, as Maria Veino’s 5 lead the Wolves in scoring after 10 minutes of play.
The second quarter saw the Saints pad their lead by two more points going into the half with a 19 point lead (45-26). This time it was Chontayvia Kennedy leading the scoring with nine points and Alicia Hoyt’s eight points leading the way for the Wolves.
In the men’s semi-final against CMCC, the men Wolves found themselves trailing early as the Mustangs took advantage of rough offensive sets by the Wolves. After spotting CMCC a three-point lead on a jumper by Kaleb Benjamin, a Jack Tolan layup cut the lead to one. It would be another five minutes before the Wolves would score again at which point the Mustangs would have an 11-point lead 15-4.
The next five minutes would see the Wolves struggle to keep pace with the Mustangs as they would find themselves trailing by as much as 18 at the 10:37 mark (25-7). For the remainder of the half the Wolves fought to trim the lead as they substantially cut into the CMCC’s lead. With 19 seconds left Greyson Waterman’s three-point jump shoot got the Wolves to within 7 (41-34).
The second half of the women’s game saw the Lady Seawolves fight hard to reduce a 19-point halftime lead to 12-points going into the fourth quarter. With 5:55 left in the game Abigail Nielsen’s jump shot followed by her layup at the 5 minute mark cut the Saint’s lead to six (55-61).
As the clock ran down through the final minutes the Saints would answer any Seawolve scoring with points of their own until a Sammie Griffin three-point bomb would bring the Wolves back to within six at the 1:08 mark (59-65).
The last minute of play saw the Saints out score the Wolves five to three earning a right to play for the YSCC championship and an automatic invite to the USCAA Nationals in Uniontown PA.
The second half of the men’s game saw the Mustangs jump out to a 13 point lead after a little less than two minutes of play (36-49) at which point the Wolves out scored the Mustangs 14-4 to get within three (50-53) at the 15:06 mark.
Over the course of the next eight minutes of play the Mustangs would surge ahead padding a three-point lead that eventually would grow to 16-points with with 7:14 left.
The last seven minutes of play was furious as the Wolves worked to cut the lead to ten twice, once at the 4:22 mark and again at the 3:57 mark only to fall behind by 13 (72-85) at the 3:14 mark. The last three minutes saw the Seawolves out score the Mustangs 17-7 falling 3-points short of overtime and four points short of the championship game.
The Lady Wolves end their season with an 23-8 overall record and 9-4 conference record, as the men Wolves finish off the year with a 14-17 overall record and 8-5 conference record.
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