FINAL SCORE: #7 NHTI Lynx 94, #10 Penn State Fayette Roaring Lions 78
RECORDS: NHTI 22-12; Penn State Fayette 11-15
LOCATION: Penn State Fayette Main Arena Gymnasium, Uniontown, Pa.
IN BRIEF: Despite a late comeback by host Penn State Fayette, NHTI capitalized on over 50% shooting from the field to defeat the Roaring Lions 94-78 in the opening round of the 2017 Men’s Division II National Championship Tournament.
ON THE COURT
With the score tight four minutes into the game, NHTI would go on a 21-9 run in the next six minutes to take a commanding lead.
Both teams would add another 20 points in the first half, giving NHTI a 48-35 lead going into the break.
Fayette chipped away at a commanding Lynx lead in the second half thanks to 13 points from guard Dominick Jackson. The Roaring Lions closed the margin to 12 with just over one minute left in the second half, but would fall 94-78 in the end.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
NHTI spread their offensive attack well, with five players scoring in double digits
Dante Ramos (Coral Springs, Fla.) – 10 points, four rebounds, two steals, one block
Raikwon Rodrigues (Providence, R.I.) -18 points, seven rebounds, three assists
Michael Dejesus (Manchester, N.H.) – 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists
Alex Cohen (Marion, Md.) – 15 points, six rebounds, two steals
J’Quavious Thurmond (Monticello, Ga.) -16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals
Penn State Fayette was paced by Spencer Perieff who had 14 points and Jackson who ended the game with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals.
The Lynx were an impressive 53% shooting from the field on the evening.
NHTI advances to the quarterfinals and will play the #2 seeded Central Penn College at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Main Arena. Penn State Fayette will conclude their season against the loser of #8 Villa Maria College and #9 Andrews University.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) Elite 8 favorite, and top seed Central Maine Community College (CMCC) took to the hardwood in a championship matchup vs #3 seed New Hampshire Technical College (NHTI) Sunday afternoon.
After an even first quarter, CMCC went on an 8-0 run that stretched for a large portion of the second quarter. The Mustangs defense allowed only six NHTI second quarter points, outscoring the Lynx 17-6.
NHTI had trouble finding the basket at times and finished shooting just 27.9% from the floor, while CMCC shot 49.1% from the field.
Riselly Deoleo (Manchester, NH) to just 14 points. Deoleo finished with a double-double as she snagged ten boards. Deoleo took home the Women' Elite 8 Tournament Offensive Player Award. Shannon Hart netted a team high 15 points and Melissa Martel scored 11 for the Lynx.
Mustangs Brooke Reynolds (Poland, ME) scored a game-high 21 points. Reynolds would go on to win Most Valuable Player of the YSCC Elite 8 Tourney.
NHTI awaits to see if they earn an at-large bid to the USCAA National Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (YSCC) -- The #2-seeded Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) men's basketball team defeated #1 NHTI, 85-74 on Sunday to bring home its first Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) title since 2008.
The back-court tandem of first-year Timothy Dixon (Plainville, Conn.) and sophomore Chase Soares (Falmouth, Mass.) poured in a collective 36 points, 18 apiece. A balanced attack from the SeaWolves landed sophomore Ryan Cloutier (Pelham, N.H.) with 14 and John Morgan (Sanford, Maine) with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
NHTI's J'Quavious Thurman (Monticello, Ga.) led all scorers in the game with 20 points in an efficient 7-11 from the field. Joe Simpson (Manchester, N.H.) scored 14 points and Dante Ramos tallied 15 points, two blocks, and a rebound.
The Lynx scored the first bucket of the game, but SMCC's Michael Harmon (Portland, Maine) jump-started the SeaWolves' offense banging two three-pointers in the early stages. SMCC closed out the first half leading by a seven-point margin.
The SeaWolves led by as many as 18 points courtesy of an emphatic dunk by Cloutier with 4:20 left in regulation. The Lynx clawed their way back closing their deficit to seven points with under a minute to go. A storied ending left Morgan at the free-throw line to hit both to put his team up 11 as time expired. The SMCC bench swarmed the kneeling Morgan at center court as the final buzzer sounded.
The Lynx fired 35.4 percent from the floor were out-rebounding by their counterpart 56-32.
Thurman was selected most Outstanding Defensive Player and Soares most Outstanding Offensive Player. Morgan took home more hardware from his weekend's achievements being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
NHTI will now await to see if the receive and at-large bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournament in Uniontown, Pa. Feb. 28- March 4. The USCAA National Tournament Selection Committee will release its final Division II seedings on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
CONCORD, N.H. – The NHTI Men’s basketball team ran past Central Maine Community College Friday night, 94-75 in the final regular season game for the Lynx. The win secured the top seed in the Yankee Small College Conference Elite Eight tournament with a 13-2 conference record.
NHTI jumped out to a 17-5 lead six minutes into the game on a three-pointer made Alex Cohen (Marion, Md.). Cohen netted a game high 23 points off the bench for the Lynx. NHTI held the lead from start to finish shooting 49% from the field and 46% from behind the arc.
The Mustangs pulled within 10 points late in the first half heading into the break, down 43-33. Charles Cedre led Central Maine with 15 points. CMCC fall to the third seed in the YSCC tournament with a 19-10 overall record and 12-2 in the YSCC.
NHTI improves to 19-11 overall and 13-2 in conference. The Lynx head to Southern Maine Thursday for post season play. The winner of the YSCC tournament earns an automatic bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s National championships in March.
BY THE NUMBERS
Central Maine Community College
· Charles Cedre– 15 points 3 rebounds, and a pair of steals
· Sheveran Hardy– 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists
· Alex Cohen (Marion, Md.) – 23 points
· Shaq James (Coral Springs, Fla.) – 15 points and four rebounds
· Dante Ramos (Coral Springs, Fla.) – 11 points, seven rebounds, and a block
The NHTI women's basketball team topped Berkeley College Sunday morning by a score of 63-62 in a contest played at the Wellness Center on the campus of the College of New Rochelle. With the defeat, the Knights dropped to 4-9 on the 2016-2017 campaign, while the Lynx improved 19-6 on the year.
Things looked promising for the Knights midway through the third quarter, as Berkeley College held a 10-point advantage – 42-32 – at that juncture of the contest. An 11-1 run by NHTI over the ensuing 4:05 tied the game at 43 apiece, and after three quarters of play, the Lynx held a 46-45 lead.
In a winning effort for New Hampshire Technical Institute, Riselly Deoleo netted a game-high 22 points while grabbing nine rebounds and tallying a game-high six assists. Melissa Martel connected on three shorts from beyond-the-arc and finished with 15 points, and Hayley Jakubens posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
In the fourth quarter, the Knights trailed by a score of 59-56 with 3:11 remaining in the game but consecutive layups by Janera Roper put the Knights back ahead by a score of 60-59 with 2:24 left in the contest. On the Lynx' next trip down the floor following Roper's go-ahead basket, Melissa Martel would convert on a layup to put her team up by a score of 61-60 – a lead New Hampshire Technical Institute would not relinquish. The Lynx would go on to win the game by one point.
Despite the loss for the Knights, Roper scored a team-high 17 points while connecting on seven of her 14 attempts from the floor. She also posted game-highs of 13 rebounds and four steals. Baytania Newman had a fantastic all-around game, as she dropped-in 16 points, snatched 10 rebounds, added five assists, and tallied three steals. Finally, it was Jaiyamoira Myers contributing 10 points and three rebounds.
CONCORD, N.H. – The NHTI Men’s basketball team fell to Villa Maria College in a non-conference matchup Thursday, 90-79. The Lynx took a seven-point lead five minutes remaining in the first half on a layup from freshman forward Raikwon Rodrigues (Providence R.I.). NHTI held of the Vikings late first half push to head into the half with a two-point lead.
Villa Maria bounced back in the second half opening the half with a 25-9 run to take a 62-47 lead. Dominic Douglas scored eight of his 17 points during the run. Villa Maria cruised to the 11-point win.
The Lynx fall to 13-5 on the season. The Vikings improve to 10-8 on the season.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Lynx welcome Vermont Tech Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and Villa Maria will visit Jamestown Community College Sunday afternoon.
(YSCC/USCAA) -- Sohpomore Riselly Deoleo, wins the Yankee Small College Conference and United States Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Division II Player of the Week award.
The Lynx earned their third and fourth straight victory this past week with the help of Deoleo who averaged 13.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 6 steals in the process. NHTI is now 11-4 on the season and 6-2 in the YSCC.
CONCORD, N.H. – NHTI men’s basketball topped Word of Life Saturday afternoon, 85-59 at the NHTI Holiday Festival Tourney. The Lynx went on a 27-2 run to start the game. NHTI finished the half with a 52-22 lead.
Sophomore Michael DeJesus (Manchester, N.H.) led the Lynx with 12 points off the bench. Dante Ramos (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Erickson Gonzalez (Yonkers, N.Y.) finished with 10 points apiece.
NHTI returns to the hardwood Sunday against Paul Smith’s College at 1:00 PM
CONCORD, N.H. – The NHTI men’s basketball team won a weekend tournament topping UMaine Augusta Sunday afternoon, 105-85. The win was the second in as many days topping SUNY Delhi Saturday, 101-92.
The lynx controlled the game from the opening tipoff not falling behind at any point of the game jumping out to 1 41-21 point lead 15 minutes into the first half and rolling to a 61-43 point lead at the mid-point.
NHTI’s offense was well balanced with Shaq James (Coral Springs, Fla.) leading the way with 20 points, seven assists, two steals and a block. Dante Ramos (Coral Springs, Fla) scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds and Michael DeJesus (Manchester, N.H.) tacked on 12 points off the bench.
On Saturday the Lynx trailed for the majority of the game, trailing by as many as 18 in the first half. NHTI shortened the gap to eight by halftime and really came on strong in the second half, taking the lead, 88-87 on a layup made by Ramos with just under three minutes remaining.
Ramos led all scorers with 34 points and nine rebounds. Javan Parkinson (Coral Springs, Fla.) scored 17 with four rebounds.
The Lynx improve to 6-2 with the pair of wins over the weekend and will return to the court Tuesday when the host in-state rival Great Bay CC Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The NHTI women’s soccer team dropped their final game of the 2016 season, 3-0 against Johnson & Wales in a consolation game at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s national tournament Saturday.
The Lynx finish and impressive season with a 15-3 record. They went unbeaten in Yankee Small College Conference play and won the YSCC tournament to earn the national tournament bid.
Shannon Hart (Swanzey N.H.) earned YSCC Player of the Year leading the conference in goals, assists, and points. Hart was named to the USCAA All-American first team and became an All-Academic.
Alexis Duclos (Epsom, N.H.) was named to the USCAA All-American first team. Stefani Gauthier (Pittsfield, N.H.) earned USCAA second team All-American.
MACHIAS, Maine - The NHTI Women’s basketball team topped Unity, 59-31, and fell to UMaine-Machias, 53-50, in a pair of Yankee Small College Conference games. The Lynx improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play after the weekend’s games.
Hayley Jakubens (Gilford, N.H.) led all scorers with 19 points and brought down nine rebounds. Alexis Bryk(Claremont. N.H.) tallied 15 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in the win against Unity.
Sunday’s game the lynx squandered a six-point lead with 4:30 remaining. NHTI had a final shot to tie it but Kacie Riendeau’s (Colebrook, N.H.) attempt fell short. Riselly Deoleo (Manchester, N.H.) lead all scorers with 24 points and added nine rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Bryk chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.
MACHIAS, Maine - The NHTI men’s basketball team split a pair of games in Maine this weekend, topping Unity, 94-73 and falling to UMaine-Machias, 86-82 in Yankee Small College Conference matchups. The Lynx improve to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in YSCC play.
Dante Ramos (Coral Springs, Fla.) led the Lynx offense against Unity scoring 24 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a pair of blocks. Shaq James (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Zach Pope (Orlando, Fla.) each scored 19 points in the win. Andrew Cashe (Canaan, N.H.) scored 11 points off the bench.
In game two the Lynx fell to UMaine-Machias Sunday afternoon, 86-82. NHTI pulled within one point, 66-67 on a three pointer made by Joe Simpson (Manchester, N.H.) with eight minutes remaining but could not overcome the six-point halftime deficit. Simpson finished with 20 points and three assists. Pope led NHTI with 22 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
CONCORD, N.H. – NHTI Women’s basketball outlasted Hampshire College Tuesday, 62-57 in a Yankee Small College Conference matchup. The Lynx took a 23-17 lead into the second period and held off a flurry of Black Sheep attempts to take a lead late in the third period and early into the fourth. Hampshire drew even at 43-43 early in the fourth before the lynx started to pull away for the win.
Sophomore Riselly Deoleo (Manchester, N.H.) scored 12 of her 22 points in the fourth period. Deoleo added 13 rebounds seven assists and seven steals in the win.
Sophomore Hayley Jakubens (Gilford, N.H.) added 14 points and three rebounds. Melissa Martel (Chester, N.H.) pitched in with 11 points and a pair of steals for the Lynx.
Hampshire College falls to 0-2 and will host the College of Saint Joseph’s Thursday.
NHTI improve to 3-0 and head to YSCC foe Unity Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
CONCORD, N.H. – The NHTI Lynx opened the season with an 89-80 win over the Northern Essex Community College Knights Friday night. Sophomores Dante Ramos (Coral Gables Fl.) and Shaq James (Coral Gables, Fl.) helped the Lynx jump out to a 16-9 lead early in the first half. NHTI finished the first half with a 55-41 lead.
Ramos finished the game with 23 points to lead all scorers and nine rebounds. James contributed 15 points. Ahntwan Harris (Compton, CA) came off the bench to score 20 for the Lynx and Micheal Dejesus (Manchester, NH) tallied four assists and three steals on the evening.
The Knights could not catch the Lynx in the second only coming within nine points on the final three point shot to finish 89-80. The Knights were led by Raymie Brown (16 points and seven rebounds) and Benjamin Rodriguez (15 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks).
The Lynx play the winner of the late game between Williamson Trade and MassBay and NECC will take on the loser. Sunday afternoon.
CONCORD, N.H. – NHTI women’s soccer topped Unity College Sunday morning, 3-0 in the Yankee Small College Conference College championship. The Lynx completed undefeated YSCC schedule finishing 16-1 on the season. The Rams finish 6-5-1 for the year.
The Lynx opened up the scoring on a goal from Ashley Nichols (Epping, N.H.) in the 22nd minute. Nichols received a cross from Shannon Hart (Swanzey, N.H.) from six yards out and fired a shot off a Unity defender into the left side of the net. Hart struck 14 minutes later when she sent a cross over the middle that was redirected into the net from a Unity defender.
The second half saw few shots and a lot of midfield play until Celia Sartwell (Hooksett, N.H.) received a pass from Hart down the sideline and scored on a shot to the far post.
Hart finished the game with a goal and a pair of assists to earn tournament MVP and Lynx defensive back Lexi Duclos (Epsom, N.H.) earned tournament’s outstanding defensive player. Rams forward Sam Jalkowski (Delanco, N.J.) earned the tournament’s outstanding offensive player for her hat trick in the semifinals.
The tournament win gives the NHTI Lynx and bid into the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s national tournament November 10 through the 14th in Virginia Beach, Va.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - The NHTI golf team finished second at the Yankee Small College Conference championships. The Lynx shot a combined 367 at Pease Golf Course. Freshman from Goffstown, N.H. Taylor Post placed second individually scoring a 76 only two strokes behind the winner.
UNITY, Maine- The NHTI volleyball team repeated as the Yankee Small College Conference defeating Paul Smith’s College, 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Unity College. The Lynx won 25-20, 25-11, and 25-17. The win secured NHTI a spot in the United States Collegiate athletic Conference’s national tournament in Virginia Beach beginning Thursday, November 12.
Senior outside hitter Katie Steeves (Pittsfield, N.H.) earned YSCC Player of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Conference team. Freshman Bridget Lavin (Bristol, N.H.) earned tournament MVP honors and Selma Imamavic (Manchester, N.H.) was named Defensive Player of the Tournament.
The Lynx season began with four losses in a row but NHTI found some cohesiveness mid-season and finished the season winning 10 games in a row and not losing a set in the final nine games winning 3-0 in each.
Head coach Mel Margeson was named YSCC Coach of the Year. Margeson has lead the Lynx to a pair of YSCC titles and national tournament appearances in her first two seasons at the helm.
The NHTI men’s soccer team won a thriller against Vermont Tech, 3-2, in double overtime Sunday afternoon in a Yankee Small College Conference matchup. The Lynx played from behind for most of the first half and three minutes into the second before Jacob Silverstein netted a pair of goals in the 48th and 74th minute. The Knights evened the score two minutes later. Semir Sandzic scored the game winner in the 104th minute from 20 yards out.
The strike flew over the top of the keeper into the back of the net.
NHTI improves to 7-4 in overall and 5-1 in YSCC play.
CONCORD, N.H. – The NHTI Women’s soccer downed the College of St. Joseph’s (Vt.), 9-0 in a Yankee Small College Conference matchup Thursday afternoon. The lynx improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in YSCC play.
The lynx scored four goals in the first six minutes and scored all nine in the first half. Shannon Hart (Swanzey, N.H.) and Celia Sartwell (Hooksett, N.H.) scored a pair of goals apiece.
The second half both teams were held scoreless.
Fighting Saints keeper Florence Taveres stopped six Lynx shots in the loss.
NHTI visits Paul Smith’s College Saturday at 2:00 PM. The College of St Joseph’s (0-7) head to Paul Smith’s College Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
CONCORD, N.H. – The College of St. Joseph’s slipped past NHTI, 1-0 in a Yankee Small College Conference matchup Tuesday afternoon. The lone goal came in the 21st minute when Dominick Simpson found the ball in a scrum and scored from eight yards out from the right side.
The Lynx had a late scoring opportunity on a shot from Jeremy Caruso (Pembroke, N.H.) that was deflected by CSJ keeper Kyle Milligan. Milligan had eight saves in the match.
Lynx Keeper Patrick Bolton (Candia, N.H.) turned away five shots in the loss.
NHTI falls to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in YSCC play. The lynx head to Paul Smith’s College Saturday at noon. The Fighting Saints improve to 4-4 and 4-2 in YSCC play. CSJ visit SUNY Delhi Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Five student athletes were selected by the Yankee Small College Conference last week for Player of the Week honors.
Men’s cross country runner Chiam Tendler finished third at the Vermont Tech Invitational with a time of 32:36 last week. Tendler’s finish helped the Lynx finish first as a team.
Designated Hitter Cody Bassett went 7 for 11 over the weekend with three walks and an RBI
Women’s cross country runner Amanda Millette finished fourth with a time of 30 minutes even to help the Women’s team to a first place finish.
Pitcher Brianna Whitcomb won both games (complete games) of a double header with SMCC, 8-5 and 23-8 Allowing only two earned runs in the first game and four earned runs in second. At the plate she was 3 for 8 with two RBI and five runs scored.
Sophomore Shannon Hart scored six goals to help the lynx win a pair of games over the last week.
NHTI Lynx Golf dropped a close match to rival Paul Smiths College at a home match held at Montague Golf Club in Randolph, VT. PSC finished at 353 with NHTI just 3 strokes back at 356. NHTI’s Taylor Post had the day’s best score at 83, with Brennen McDougall just a stroke behind at 84. Brothers Bryce and Josh Jacob finished at 93 and 96, respectively, with Yanni Galatas rounding out the NHTI scoring at 126.
NASHUA, N.H. – The NHTI Men’s cross country team score a 15 at the Rivier University Invitational Friday afternoon. The perfect score of 15 is due to the fact the top five finishers were all NHTI men out of 39 runners.
The 8K race was won by Brenden McCoo (Pembrook, N.H.) with a time of 28:16 followed by Niall Kimball a second later at 28:17. Dylan Tuttle (Alton, N.H.), Chiam Tendler (Manchester, N.H.), and Zach Flanagan (Strafford, N.H.) rounded out the top five.
The Women finished second out of five as a team. Meg Hall (Deerfield, N.H.) was the top NHTI individual runner finishing in ninth place with a time of 26:01 in a 5K race.
CONCORD, N.H. - NHTI Men’s Soccer split a pair of games over the weekend, falling to Bristol Community College Saturday, 4-1 and topping Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 9-2 on Sunday.
Saturday Bristol CC opened the scoring with a quick strike at the eight minute mark. The Lynx responded five minutes later when Semir Sandzic found Ryan Uva open to score NHTI’s only goal and even things at one a piece.
Bristol wasted no time in regaining the lead two minutes later and would not look back. The Hawks added two more goals to extend their lead.
Sunday NHTI made sure Ben Franklin was down early scoring three goals in the first five minutes of play. Lynx freshman Tommy Butler scored four first half goals to ensure the victory for NHTI. Jacob Silverstein added a pair and Blaise Masumbuko, Adbeighafour Chouadi and Gregg Sawyer had a goal apiece in the win.
The Lynx head to Massasoit Community College on Wednesday at 4:00 pm.
CONCORD, N.H. – NHTI shut out Southern Maine Community College, 4-0 Thursday afternoon in Yankee Small College Conference play. Senior Midfielder Shannon Hart (Swanzey, N.H.) scored a pair of second half goals to inside 10 yards.
Celia Sartwell (Hooksett, N.H.) opened the scoring after beating a defender chipping a five yard shot in to the right side of the net. Alexis Duclos (Epsom, N.H.) scored at the 30 minutes into the first half on a blast from 23 yards out over the out stretched leap of the SeaWolves keeper.
The game was called with 20 minutes remaining after an injury to a NHTI player.
NHTI improves to 3-0-0 on the season and will host the Women’s Classic Sponsored by Crockett Titles & Allied Surveying on Saturday and Sunday. The Lynx play Massasoit CC at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Holyoke CC at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in non-conference action
SMCC falls to 1-1 on the season and host Central Maine CC on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The NHTI Lynx Golf Team defeated the College of Saint Joseph Fighting Saints 424 to 451 in stroke play at Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington, VT.
In the season opener for both colleges, NHTI’s Taylor Post was the low scorer in the match with a 91, followed by Brennen McDougall at 93 and Joshua Jacob at 107. Yanni Galatas rounded out the NHTI’s team scoring with a 133.
CSJ was led by Babyak with a 102 who finished fourth overall, followed by Brown at 110, Pritchard at 114 and Kunzmann at 125.