HAMBURG, N.Y. – Trevor Stark’s 15 (fifteen) assists reinforced the unselfish style of play the Hilbert College men’s basketball team displayed in their 90-84 AMCC league home-opening win over cross-town rival Medaille College. The Hawks (4-0, 1-0) earned their first win against the Mavericks (1-2, 0-1) in a regular season game since the 2006-07 season and claimed a two-game sweep dating back to last season’s AMCC semi-final victory in Erie, PA.
Jerame Owens led four Hilbert players who notched double digits scoring. His 29 points matched his career high effort as he converted 11 of the 14 field goal attempts from the floor. He struck for six points at the charity stripe and added seven rebounds.
Sean Weisansal notched 15 points on six of nine shots and team high eight rebounds (two blocks). Trevor Stark served as the floor general for thirty-eight minutes of play and finished 13 points while pulling down six rebounds. Jordan Kumromade some big shots throughout the game and added 13 more points to the Hawks total.
Jammal Coleman’s 27 points lead four Mavericks who posted double figures. The AMCC Preseason Player of the Year also led both teams with four steals and seven turn-overs. At times, the Hawks defensive pressure and intensity caused Coleman into unforced turnovers giving Hilbert another offensive possession.
It took thirty-five seconds for the Mavericks to put a point on the board, and that turned out to be their only lead in the game. Kumro hit his first three of the game to give Hilbert a 3-1 lead and spurred a 16-7 run. Medaille cut the lead to one (16-15) before the hosts extended their lead back to 11 points (41-30) with 0:55 left in the first half.
Hilbert shot 48.6% from the floor (5 of 10 beyond the arc) and held a nine board rebound advantage by intermission.
After the break, Coleman knocked down a three pointer cutting the deficit to four and the Mavericks hung around long enough to force the game’s only tie at 16:58. Aggressive defense by the hosts led to transition scores and Hilbert stretched their lead back to 11 points on with just over six minutes remaining. Medaille’s late game rally made things interesting when forward Cooper Calzonetti’s 3-pointer with 1:44 left sliced the margin to 87-84. Stark closed out the scoring with three makes at the charity line for the 90-84 win.
Ryan Brewster had some timely blocks in each half and Malique McCoy rattled home some long distance threes providing a deep bench for the home team.
Hilbert continued to win the board’s battle (45-33) and finished with 26 assists to Medaille’s 10.
The Hawks have a few days off before they travel down to central Pa. for the second AMCC match of the week at Mount Aloysius December 6th at 3pm. Follow the website for updates on any live streaming/live stats.
Women’s Basketball Rally Fell Short in AMCC Match-Up
HAMBURG, N.Y. – With a big 39-27 second-half rally, the Hilbert College women’s basketball team outscored the visiting Medaille Mavericks but fell short of their first victory dropping 68-60 at home. Jenah Labuski (12 points) and Shannon Rogers (13 points) led the come-back with eight second half points. Medaille’s MarceAnn Dunning led all scorers with 17 points.
Wyann Jackson hit a few bucks in the paint and was a perfect two for two from outside the three point line. She joined three other teammates with seven rebounds and completed the three Hilbert double digit scores with 11 points.
The Mavericks jumped out early and took a 9-0 lead after four minutes of play. Lubuski got the Hawks on the board off a pass from Haley Oakes who finished with a team-best three assists. Dunning gave Medaille a double digit lead with just over ten minutes left in the half and with 1:12 left, they stretched it to an even 20 points at half (41-21).
Medaille doubled-up Hilbert’s shooting percentage (41%-21%) with seven made three pointers. The Hawks earned five more offensive boards but just didn’t convert those rebounds into points. With a short bench, the Mavericks got into early foul trouble but outscored the Hawks 23-10 in scoring from the late entries into the game.
After the break, Medaille continued to control the pace of the game until fouls caught up to them again. With about seven minutes remaining, Hilbert began to chip away at the lead and when two of Medaille’s seven players were disqualified over a 45-second span, the rally was on.
Haley Oakes hit an unconsciously-long three-pointer with 2:09 remaining to cut the score to 10 points and Markayla Feaster hit back-to-back jumpers slicing the score to 64-58. Medaille hung on for the win by sinking late-game shots from the foul line.
In contrast to the first half stats, Hilbert held the edge the second twenty minutes. The Hawks reversed the shooting percentage (41%-20%) and held the visitors scoreless from beyond the arc. Hilbert outscored the Mavericks 20-8 in the paint, scored eight points off turnovers, converted 10 second-chance points and outscored the visitor’s bench by 15 points.
Hilbert returns to action this weekend when they travel to Mount Aloysius College on December 6. Follow the website for details on live streaming video and stats.
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