Westchester Sports Recap0


THURSDAY NOV. 29 (Valhalla, NY) –Valhalla, NY) – If style points counted, on Thursday night at Viking Gymnasium, sophomore Miles Haughton (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) would have scored 100. Instead, the shooting guard had to settle for a career-high 41 points to lead the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team to a 103-79 win over visiting Dutchess Community College. With the win, the Vikings improve to 6-1 for the 2018-19 season, and are 1-0 in Mid-Hudson Conference play.

For Haughton, the 41-point, four-steal, four-assist effort told only half of the story. Most of his 41 points brought a raucous Westchester CC crowd to their feet as Haughton went 6-for-10 from three-point range, and hit a variety of dunks that would have made it to the most ambitious of highlight reels.

After Westchester took a 19-point lead into halftime, and extended the edge to as many as 23 points to open the second half, Dutchess (4-3) went on an 18-5 run over a five-minute span to make it a 63-53 game with 14:19 remaining. However, Haughton scored eight consecutive Viking points to help extend the WCC lead to 16 points, and Westchester never looked back.

For the game, Westchester shot 52% from the floor, including a 12 for 23 effort from three-point range, while Dutchess shot 37% and only hit eight of their 28 three-point attempts. WCC also rebounded the Falcons 46-40, and forced 19 Dutchess turnovers. The Vikings also had a huge game in the paint, outscoring Dutchess 46-28 from in close.

Also for Westchester, freshman Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) had 15 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds, freshman Sean Hackes (White Plains, NY/Wakefield HS) added 13 points and three steals, and Fabian Johnson (New York, NY/Our Savior Lutheran) chipped in 12 points, and added eight rebounds.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1 (Valhalla, NY) – Freshman Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) scored a career-high 30 points, and chipped in six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Miles Haughton (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) added 26 points to go with five rebounds, four blocked shots, and three assists, but the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team lost for the second time during the last three games, 91-81 on Saturday at Viking Gymnasium. With the loss, Westchester is now 6-2 for the 2018-19 season.

Turnovers were the name of the game for the host Vikings as Westchester committed a season-high 24 of them, leading to a 30-16 disparity in points off turnovers. Otherwise, it was a game statistically closer than the final score indicated.

The Vikings actually controlled play for much of the early going as four three-pointers during the first five minutes of play allowed Westchester to open an 18-13 lead with 12:32 to play in the opening half. However, a Haughton lay-up to make it 18-13 in favor of Westchester. Monroe CC’s 10-0 run put the Tribunes ahead 23-18. A Zayer three-pointer with 6:44 remaining in the first half allowed the Vikings to gain a 26-25 lead, but Monroe outscored Westchester 16-8 down the stretch to take a 42-33 lead into halftime.

The Vikings opened the second half playing inspired basketball, particularly off the bench, as huge plays from Chukwudi Ekezie (Bronx, NY/Bronx CC) and a three-pointer from Alhagieboe Dukuray (Brooklyn, NY/James Madison HS) tied the game at 45 with 15:55 to play. Two minutes later, a Zayer 3-pointer tied the score again, 53-53 with 13:13 to play. However, a 16-2 Monroe run gave the visitors an 80-66 lead with 3:22 remaining in the game. Westchester made one final run, cutting the deficit to six points with 1:36 to play, but Monroe converted several free throws late to ice the win.

Overall, Monroe shot 46% to Westchester’s 43%, and out-rebounded the Vikings 43-40, a figure that was a double-digit Tribune edge as late as early in the second half.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 4 (Valhalla, NY) – Three days after a frustrating loss defined by being out-muscled in the paint, the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team rebounded … literally. They rebounded again, and again, and again. In fact, they rebounded the basketball so many times that by the time the final minutes of what looked to be a battle between the Vikings and defending Region XV/District Champion Ulster Community College on Thursday night at Viking Gymnasium counted down; the battle became little more than a minor skirmish. A huge second half-propelled Westchester to an 82-59 win over Ulster CC in front of an electric crowd in, and in the process, the Vikings may have found yet another weapon to take to the court as they seek a Region XV Championship of their own.

Playing in only the third game of his career, freshman Robert Pope (Bronx, NY/Lehman HS) turned in a performance – actually a half – for the ages. The rookie forward scored eight points – the final two of which came on a thunderous dunk that brought the crowd to its feet with 3:33 to play in the game – and grabbed an incredible 19 rebounds, 18 of which came during the second half, to help break wide open what was a close game for the first 20 minutes. Pope’s efforts on the offensive glass alone – 10 offensive rebounds – led to a 21-6 Viking edge in second-chance points, giving WCC a huge push during the second half.

Pope’s unbelievable numbers told only a fraction of the story as rebounding was where Westchester flat-out dominated the game. The Vikings out-rebounded Ulster a remarkable 72-40 for the game, including a 35-16 edge during the second half as WCC outscored the Senators 42-28 over the final 20 minutes.

It appeared as if the Vikings would need every rebound and bucket they could get. An Ulster free throw two minutes into the game cut an early Viking lead to 8-4. From there, Westchester went on a 9-0 run over a three-minute span to make it a 17-4 game, and appeared to be in command. However, a 10-4 Senator run made things interesting. As late as 3:37 remaining in the first half, Westchester led by only five points, but a late charge put WCC up 40-31 at halftime as the Vikings took 49 shots to Ulster’s 33 during the opening stanza, but shot only 37% from the floor during the first half, which kept things close.

During the second half, an Ulster basket with 15:56 to play made it a 46-41 Viking lead, but from there; Westchester went on a 15-3 run over a five-minute span put the game away. From there, WCC cruised to victory.

On top of Pope’s heroics, sophomore Miles Haughton (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) had another spectacular night, scoring a game-high 21 points, while chipping in eight rebounds, a season-high seven blocked shots, three assists, and two steals. In addition, sophomore Jon Brennan (Irvington, NY/Iona Prep) scored a season-high 11 points while adding three assists, and freshman Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) scored 19 points and added seven rebounds and six assists. ten different Vikings scored during the game.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 6 (Middletown, NY) – Sophomore Miles Haughton (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) scored a game-high 33 points, and freshman Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) added 22 points, but the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball game lost 98-91 to SUNY Orange on Thursday night at Orange Community College. With the loss, the Vikings fall to 7-3 overall, 2-1 in Mid-Hudson Conference play, and 1-1 in Region XV competition.

Orange CC jumped out to a huge early lead as the Colts led 31-18 midway through the first stanza and 57-39 at halftime. Westchester turned the tide over the final 20 minutes, outscoring Orange 52-41, but the rally was not enough.

Also for WCC, Devan Lawson (Spring Valley, NY/Spring Valley HS) added eight points, while Jon Brennan (Irvington, NY/Iona Prep) chipped in seven.

Westchester lost despite out-rebounding the Colts 55-44, and converting 44% of their field goal attempts, compared to 42% for Orange CC.


TUESDAY DECEMBER 4 (Valhalla, NY) – Sophomore Paige Collins (Jamaica, NY/Wadleigh HS) recorded a double double with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Freshman Jada Tom (Elmsford, NY/Alexander Hamilton HS) scored 10 points and added six steals, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team opened the 2018-19 season with a 56-29 loss to Ulster Community College on Tuesday night at Westchester CC.

Ulster (2-7) opened the game on an 11-0 run, but Westchester played determined, feisty basketball throughout the game did not allow the visiting Senators to get comfortable. Down 34-11 with 4:55 to play in the first half, the Vikings went on an 8-0 run with Tom scoring five points and Collins adding three to make it 34-19 with 3:56 to play until halftime, but that was as close as the Vikings would make it.

Shania Rodriguez (Bronx, NY/Soundview HS) chipped in five points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots.


Games This Week:

  • Dec. 11 – Men’s Basketball at Rockland, 7pm
  • Dec. 13 – Men’s Basketball at Sullivan, 7pm
  • Dec. 15 – Basketball DH at Lackwanna, 1pm


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