Westchester Sports Recap0

MEN’S BASKETBALL

TUESDAY JANUARY 23RD Sophomore Gabriel Cruz (Bronx, NY/In-Tech Academy) scored a career-high 20 points, including a pivotal 12 during the second half, and five Vikings scored in double figures, as the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team downed SUNY Orange for the second time this season, 98-85 on Tuesday night at SUNY Orange.

It was a much closer affair than WCC’s 126-80 win over the Colts on Dec. 7, as the hosts battled WCC for much of the first half. WCC opened up an early four-point lead, but the Colts hung tough for the entirety of the opening 20 minutes, trailing WCC 43-36 at the break. Eight different Vikings scored during the opening half, led by Raykwon Fenton (Bronx, NY/Holcombe Rucker HS), who had nine points during the first half.

The second half saw WCC open things up. A Cruz three-pointer with 16:31 remaining gave the Vikings a 54-39 lead, and WCC went up by as many as 25 points, 73-48 with just over 11 minutes remaining. From there, Westchester coasted to victory once again.

Tremaine Fraiser (Port Chester, NY/Trinity Catholic) led the Vikings with 22 points, Max Miller (White Plains, NY/Mount Saint Michael) chipped in 20 points of his own, and Fenton added 16 points of his own

THURSDAY JANUARY 25, Sophomore Maxx Miller (White Plains, NY/Mount Saint Michael) scored a career-high 25 points. Gabriel Cruz (Bronx, NY/In-Tech Academy) finished a phenomenal week with 23 points as the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team used a second-half rally to down the College of Mount Saint Vincent JV team, 101-80 on Thursday night at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. With the win, an opponent still has not outscored the Vikings during 17 games this season.

It was a tale of two halves as a back-and-forth affair marked the first half as WCC led 48-45 at the break. However, the visiting Vikings were able to change the tempo during the second half, outscoring MSV 53-35 during the final 20 minutes to gain another victory.

Miller was simply incredible during the second half, scoring 23 of his 25 points during the final 20 minutes, including two huge three-pointers.

Also for WCC, Tremaine Fraiser (Port Chester, NY/Trinity Catholic) scored 14 points, including 10 during the second half, and Drew Bronen (Suffern, NY/Suffern HS) continued his fine recent play with 12 points.

MEN’S BOWLING

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JANUARY 27 & 28: The Westchester Community College Men’s Bowling team enjoyed another fine weekend of competition, this time at the Westchester Shootout, AT Fishkill Lanes on Saturday and the Westchester Classic at Spins Bowl Wappingers on Sunday.

As has been the case for the entire season, the duo of Matthew Rice (Lagrangeville, NY/Arlington HS) and Joseph Salierno (Yonkers, NY/Salesian) led the way for WCC, finishing Saturday with a 154.3 and 154.1 average, respectively. Rice had a particularly strong day in singles action, placing 31st in a field of 90 bowlers as he knocked down 518 total pins.

On Sunday, Salierno enjoyed one of his finest performances of the season, finishing fourth in All Events, and made the All Tournament Team, with a 190.3 average, while Rice placed 17th with a 168.67 average. The duo finished third in doubles play, with 1,086 pins as a team. Overall, WCC finished in fourth place on Sunday, with 5,688 total pins as a team. The Viking doubles team of Anthony Mignone (Scarsdale, NY/John Jay HS) and Michael Matthews (Bronx NY/Mount Saint Michael) also had a strong competition, finishing 14th among doubles teams with 932 total pins.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

THURSDAY JANUARY 25: Alexandria Knight (Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley HS) scored 16 points, including six straight during a fourth quarter run. This briefly gave WCC the lead. Denise Crockett (Mount Vernon, NY/Thornton HS) added 13 points, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team dropped a thriller at home, 55-50 on Thursday night at Viking Gymnasium. With the loss, the Vikings fall to 0-5.

It was a game of runs as neither team led by more than seven points during any stretch of the game. Late in the first quarter, Knight scored five straight points during the final minute of play to stretch a one-point edge into a 17-11 lead after 10 minutes. However, Dutchess responded during the second quarter, outscoring the hosts by six, and tying the score late as the teams were even, 24-24 at the break.

The teams remained tied after three quarters, setting up an incredible stretch during the final 10 minutes as both teams saw leads change. At one point, Dutchess led by six, but Knight and Ambar Rincon (Yonkers, NY/Yonkers HS) combined for 10 straight WCC points, and a 10-4 run saw the game tied at 47 with 3:31 to play. However, two straight missed WCC lay-ups led to conversations by the visiting Falcons, and Dutchess missed only one free throw down the stretch, giving DCC their fifth win of the season.

Rincon finished with six points, as did Shanaya Jones (Bronx, NY/Health Opportunities HS).

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