Westchester Sports Recap0


TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13 somebody seems to have forgotten to tell the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team that this is their first season of competition after a three-year hiatus. More than 1,000 days between games would force a program, any program, to rebuild from scratch. to endure the growing pains that new programs are forced to overcome before they can become a contender. That is, unless you play men’s basketball at Westchester Community College.

Tuesday night, in a packed field house at Sullivan Community College, the Vikings survived a hostile crowd, a second half buzzer-beater that erased a three-point lead in the final second of regulation to force overtime, and ultimately they survived the #2 team in the country, upsetting Sullivan CC 78-76 in overtime. With the win, Westchester Community College still has not been outscored by an opponent during 23 games this season.

As has been the case all season, Tremaine Fraiser (Port Chester, NY/Trinity Catholic) dominated. He scored a team-high 27 points including five points during an overtime period in which WCC outscored the hosts 12-10 to secure the victory. Fraiser was one of four Vikings to score in double figures as Maxx Miller (White Plains, NY/Mount Saint Michael) chipped in 17 points, Drew Bronen (Suffern, NY/Suffern HS) added a season-high 13 points, and Gabriel Cruz (Bronx, NY/In-Tech Academy) netted 11 points.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 Five Vikings scored in double figures as the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team used a strong second half to defeat the College of Mount Saint Vincent JV team, 89-74 on Thursday night in Viking Gymnasium. With the win, an opponent still has not outscored Westchester CC after 24 games this season.

The night began with seven Vikings being honored before the final home game of their Westchester Community College career … and ended with all but two of them breaking double digits as a balanced scoring effort allowed WCC to score its second win over Mount Saint Vincent this season. Raykwon Fenton (Bronx, NY/Holcombe Rucker HS) led the way with 21 points, including a pair of three-pointers from way outside midway through the first half to give Westchester a 42-20 lead. However, Mount Saint Vincent did not stay down. The Dolphins scored the final 17 points of the first half to make things uncomfortably close, and WCC took a 42-37 lead into halftime.

After some back-and-forth play to start the second half, Westchester finally pulled away, Tremaine Fraiser (Port Chester, NY/Trinity Catholic) scored 10 of his 15 points during the second half of play, and Gabriel Cruz (Bronx, NY/In-Tech Academy) netted eight of his 14 points during the final 20 minutes. Also for WCC, Drew Bronen (Suffern, NY/Suffern HS) scored eight of his 10 points during the first half, and Pierre Lys (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) added 15 points.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17 Men’s Basketball has existed at Westchester Community College for the better part of 80 years. Where the 2017-18 season is different for this storied program is that, for the first time ever, the Vikings enter what will undoubtedly be the final game of the season, having not been outscored by an opponent at any point. While this accomplishment is incredible by any measure, Saturday’s game at Rowan College – Burlington Country proved one thing about the run the Vikings are enjoying … finishing what they started is not going to be easy. Five Vikings scored in double figures as Westchester CC held off a feisty RCBC squad that gave WCC everything they could handle, 98-94 on Saturday at RCBC.

With the win, Westchester Community College has played 25 games, and outscored their opponent in every one of them.

On Saturday, it was a game of ‘Tres’ as WCC earned the win with a barrage of three-pointers early, and late-game heroics by Tremaine Fraiser (Port Chester, NY/Trinity Catholic) to fend off the Barons. Eight times during the first half of play, WCC converted a three-pointer, including four by Pierre Lys (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS). For the game, the Vikings hit 11 three-pointers.

However, the issue was still in doubt throughout the second half. Westchester led 56-39 at halftime thanks in large part to their success from long-distance, but the second half was a different story as RCBC simply would not allow the Vikings to win with the three-pointer. As the game got closer, Fraiser and Raykwon Fenton (Bronx, NY/Holcombe Rucker HS) did everything in their power to hold off the hosts. Fraiser finished the game with 19 points – including 10 during the second half, while Fenton had a team-high 23 points, 10 of which came during the final 20 minutes. The game did not end in Westchester’s favor, however, until Fraiser refused to miss three late free throws to keep Westchester ahead for good.

Lys finished with 16 points, Maxx Miller (White Plains, NY/Mount Saint Michael) added 10 points, and Gabriel Cruz (Bronx, NY/In-Tech Academy) turned in another fine effort with 19 points.


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17th A successful weekend at the NJCAA Region XV Men’s Bowling Championships saw the doubles team of Anthony Mignone (Scarsdale, NY/John Jay HS) and Michael Matthews (Bronx, NY/Mount St. Michaels) capture a share of the overall doubles championship. The duo led Westchester Community College Men’s Bowling team to a second place finish, placing just behind Regional Champion Suffolk Community College.

Mignone and Matthews combined to knock down 719 total pins in doubles play, tying the Suffolk CC team for tops in Region XV. Overall, the Vikings knocked down 5,479 as a team.

On the All Events side, freshman Matthew Rice (Lagrangeville, NY/Arlington HS) continued his outstanding run during the 2018 season, finishing fourth in All Events with 1095 total pins, and a 182.5 average, missing third place by only two pins. Rice made the All Region Team.

Also for WCC, two Vikings placed in the top-10 as Mignone finished seventh with 1,011 total pins and a 168.5 average, and Joseph Salierno (Yonkers, NY/Salesian) finished ninth with 988 total pins and a 164.7 average.

The Region XV Championships were held in conjunction with the Metro Classic that featured all Region XV competitors, along with Stevens Institute of Technology and Sacred Heart University. The Vikings finished fourth as a team, with Rice placing eighth in All Events, and the Mignone/Matthews doubles team finishing tied for second place.


TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13th  Paige Collins (Jamaica, NY/Wadleigh HS) notched a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Shanaya Jones (Bronx, NY/Health Opportunities HS) added eight points and seven rebounds, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team fell 72-24 to Region XV powerhouse Sullivan Community College on Tuesday night at Sullivan. With the loss, the Vikings fell to 0-11.

Sullivan led from start-to-finish, jumping out to a 37-10 halftime lead, and never looking back.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15TH After three years between games, and 11 consecutive losses to open the 2018 season, it may have seemed at times as if the first win would never come for the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team. Thanks to the game of the year in Viking Gymnasium on Thursday night against Bronx Community College, the Vikings and their fans had to wait even longer. In the end, WCC outlasted Bronx CC, 77-71 in double overtime to set off a wild celebration

It was indeed an unforgettable night of basketball at Westchester Community College, particularly for Paige Collins (Jamaica, NY/Wadleigh HS). After a strong 11-point first half, Collins broke loose during the second half of play and overtime, scoring 18 points during the final 30 minutes of play to finish with a career-high 29 points helping lead WCC to victory. She would need every one of those points, as Bronx Community College certainly did not go down without a battle. The Broncos actually had an opportunity to win the game in regulation. Westchester led 55-54 during the closing seconds, and Bronx made a desperation attempt to win the game. As a Bronco drove to the basket, and was fouled with 0.7 seconds remaining, putting her at the free throw line for two shots that could have won the game. She hit the first attempt, but missed the second, and the game went to overtime tied at 55.

The teams traded baskets throughout the first overtime, and an Ambar Rincon (Yonkers, NY/Yonkers HS) lay-up with just over a minute left appeared to put the Vikings ahead for good, but Bronx CC tied the game with 42.2 second left to play, forcing the second extra session tied at 63.

That is when Westchester tightened up on defense. During the final five minutes of play, WCC allowed only eight points, and two separate 6-0 runs – the second of which featured four points from Collins – put Westchester up for good, leading to the 77-71 final.

Denise Crockett (Mount Vernon, NY/Thornton HS) had a huge night with 18 points. Rincon added 13 points, and Shanaya Jones (Bronx, NY/Health Opportunities HS) had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.

Incredibly, Westchester had 25 assists on their 33 made field goals.

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