MBB Falls to Penn State-Behrend in AMCC Title Game
ERIE, Pa – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team made it to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title game, but didn’t have enough gas in their tank after battling in their semi-final game the night before.
Penn State Behrend earned their second consecutive championship by claiming a 66-51 victory over Hilbert March 1. With the win, the Lions earned the AMCC league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Jerame Owens led the Hawks with 19 points and 12 rebounds as he earned his 15th double-double this season (25th in his two-year career). Nick Nadeau added 12 points in 26 minutes before fouling out. Ryan Brewster came off the bench to support the offensive cause and added eight points (four of five).
The hosts had three players reach double figures led by Nick DeLisio’s 18 points (five assists and five steals). Shane Skelly battled Owens in the paint all night and matched the double-double effort with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
In the first minutes of the game, both teams found ways to light the scoreboard. Hilbert progressively added points to build their largest lead in the game after just two and half minutes of play. Jerame Owens sank one of two from the foul line, then scored a layup in the paint before Trevor Stark knocked down a 3-pointer. Stark followed up with another layup to give Hilbert an 8-6 advantage.
After that point, the Lions slowly stretched their control in the game. Behrend built a 10-point lead by converting on offense and tightening up on defense. The Lions forced four Hawk turnovers and allowed only two Hilbert attempts during the 10-0 run. By half time, only four Hawks posted points on the board led by Owens who almost secured a double-double after 19 minutes of play.
Hilbert’s 40% field goal shooting bettered Behrend’s 34.4%, but the Lions attempted 12 more shots and sank three more buckets by the break. Hilbert’s 11 turnovers and Behrend’s six offensive boards gave them more offensive opportunities to post a 30-23 advantage at the half.
Behrend threw the ball away on their first possession in the second half which led to the Owens’ layup that trimmed the difference to five (30-25). After trading baskets, with Ryan Brewster hitting his second shot of the game, Behrend went both inside the paint and outside the arc to take a commanding 41-27 lead.
Over the course of the next five minutes, Hilbert struggled to find the twine. Brewster’s lay-up at 13:33 along with a few free throws in the dry spell, gave Hilbert 32 points, but by then, the Lions had a sixteen point cushion. Behrend used the clock to their advantage, spread the floor on offense and looked for the extra pass to set up the easy shot.
Neither team hit more than four baskets before the final horn. Hilbert sank 10 foul shots and made only nine baskets (39% FG) in the second half to total 28 points. Behrend connected on 48% of their shots and out-rebounded the Hawks by nine in the second period.
CJ Hodge moved up on the Hilbert career lists after this weekend’s championship run. He played the third most number of minutes in the Hawks program since the 2003-04 season and holds the program’s record for number of starts (105) and number of games played (109). He sits in 6th place for free throws attempted and 9th place in free throws made. Hodge moved to #2 on the list with 383 assists with a 3.5 assist per game average (3rd). The senior also jumped to 4th overall with 172 steals.
Hilbert closed out the 2013-14 season earning the program’s most wins in a season (21) and the program’s first appearance in the AMCC title game. The Hawks have so much to be proud of this year and should be excited about next season. They will certainly miss the leadership and grittiness that senior CJ Hodge brought to the program and must replace that element in order to return to the championship weekend in the future.
Owens and Stark Earn First Team All-Conference Honors
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Jerame Owens and Trevor Stark were named to 1st Team All-Conference in the Allegheny Mountain College Conference after leading the Hilbert College men’s basketball team this 2013-14 season. Shawn Greenfield, Jammal Coleman and Nick Delisio join the two Hilbert Hawks to complete the 1st Team. For the second consecutive season, two athletes from Hilbert College have earned the respect from the nine other league coaches to be voted as a top five player.
Shawn Greenfield (Mount Aloysius) was honored as the Player of the Year and Evan Greenling (Penn State Altoona) earned the Newcomer of the Year honor. D’Youville’s Julian Reed and Penn State Behrend’s Keith Wallace grabbed the Co-Defensive Players of the Year tag while David Niland receives the Coach of the Year honor for the eighth time in 20 seasons.
Stark and Owens evolved into Hilbert’s two-headed snake that opponents grew to fear.
Between the pair, they led the team in scoring all but four games played this record-setting season. Hilbert posted their first 21-win season and played in the program’s first AMCC championship game. The Hawks finished with a 13-3 league record and slotted themselves as the number three seed in play-offs.
Stark earned his first post-season honor this season after putting-up career numbers at Hilbert. He led the Hawks with 478 points (17.1 ppg) and more than doubled his closest teammate with 132 assists. The junior from Fresh Meadows, NY led the team in free throw percentage (82.5%) having made 85 of the 103 shots from the charity stripe, and in field goals attempted finishing the year with the highest FG% from the guard spot at 45.4%.
On three separate occasions the southpaw posted 30+ points this season, knocking down 36 points (with nine assists) against Alfred University, 35 points and five assists against Pitt-Greensburg and 31 points (four assists and four steals) against Mount Aloysius. Stark had three games where he shot double figures from the foul line (10/12 vs. Alfred; 11/14 vs. Greensburg; 8/13 vs. Medaille).
The first-year captain averaged 30.8 minutes per game guiding the Hawks to the program’s best season at 21-7. Stark’s 478 scored points puts him in 6th place in the Hilbert Single Season record book. He is also ranked #9 with field goals made, #9 in 3-point field goal percentage (.416), #2 in free throw percentage (.852), #3 in assists, #4 in assists per game (4.7), and #8 in steals.
Owens elevated his play in only his second season at Hilbert and returns to the post-season honors listing after claiming a spot on the 3rd Team and the Co-Newcomer of the Year in 2012-13. As the only player on the squad to start all 28 games this season, Owens averaged 16.4 points per game (460 points). He completed the season averaging a double-double in points and rebounds with 11.5 markers to his stat-line (321 rebounds total). The Spencerport native was nationally ranked in Division III stats all season and currently sits at #7 in total rebounds in a season, #8 in rebounds per game and #17 in double-doubles.
Owens did more than score and rebound, he led the team in minutes played (30.9), in field goal percentage (.551), blocked shots (35) and steals (54). Additionally, he was third on the team in assists (55).
Owens produced his biggest game early in the season when he posted 29 points and pulled down 20 rebounds against Utica College as Hilbert won their Hilbert Invitational Tournament. He also scored 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds against Alfred University right after Thanksgiving.
His performances this year also placed him in several of Hilbert Single Season record book lists. He broke the top 10 with 460 points, and is in a two-way tie for 6th place with 177 field goals made. His .551 field goal percentage placed him as the 7th best in a season which is the same spot his sits in free throws made while he moved to #5 in free throws attempted.
Owens moved to the highest number of rebounds in a season and is currently only 205 rebounds away from becoming the Hawks All Time leading rebounder. He also claimed the highest number of blocked shots but holds onto the second highest blocked shots average.
And for a big man, Owens is in a three way tie for 5th place in steals in a season and 8th place in steals average. Owens and only two other Hawks have started in all 28 games played in a single season.
To see a complete list of AMCC All-Conference winners click (here).
Whitman Headlines for Hilbert as a First Team AMCC Player
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Natalie Whitman was named to the 1st Team All-Conference in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference post-season honors. Joelle Pollak, Casie Cygan, Lindsey Sammarco and Becky Bard complete the team of five.
Earning Player of the Year honors was Joelle Pollak (Medaille) and Co-Newcomers of the Year honors were given to Iliana Gonzales (Franciscan) and Dani Reinwald (Medaille). Danasha Harris claimed the Defensive Player of the Year award and Medaille’s Pete Lonergan was named the Coach of the Year.
In only her second complete season at Hilbert, Whitman continued to impress the league coaches and fans alike. She led the team (4-21) in total points 412 posting a 16.5 scoring average and paired that with an 11.9 rebounding average. She became the only player in the AMCC league to average a double-double all season. In her final season for Hilbert, Whitman was the glue to keep the Hawks together. She averaged 34 minutes per game, spending 208 more minutes on the court than her next closest teammate in the 25 games played. The forward from Lockport, NY also led the team in field goals made/attempted and percentage and in free throws made/attempted.
Whitman is currently ranked in the national Division III statistics. She is 16th in double-doubles and 19th in rebounds per game. In the Hawks Single Season records she moved to 2nd place in points scored and 3rd place in scoring average while sitting in 3rd for field goals made and 4th in field goals attempted. Her 2013-14 .457 field goal percentage placed her in 6th place. Additionally, she is ranked in the top 10 in Free throws made (9), FT attempted (5), rebounds (4), rebounding average (6).
To see a complete list of AMCC All-Conference winners click (here).