Westchester Sports Recap0

MEN’S BASKETBALL (RECORD 2-0, REGION 0-0, OVERALL 0-0)

Men’s Basketball Routs Kingsborough CC 112-75 in season-opener behind freshman’s 24-point Outburst

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1ST (Valhalla, NY) – To demonstrate just how well the first half of the 2019-2020 season went for the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball Team, the Vikings held a lead before the season actually started. A pre-game technical foul assessed to visiting Kingsborough Community College for a slam-dunk observed during pre-game warm-ups. Viking freshman Malik Moore (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) calmly converted the free throw to give Westchester a 1-0 lead before the opening tip-off of the season literally. The play proved to be a sign of things to come. Westchester built a 10-point lead less than two minutes into the game, had three different runs of 10+ points in a row during the opening 20 minutes, and held a 73-48 lead at halftime as the Vikings cruised to a 112-75 win over Kingsborough in front of a packed Viking Gymnasium to open the campaign 1-0. The win was the second game of the second annual Westchester CC Tip-Off Tournament.

However, even while resting their starters for much of the second stanza, the Vikings held a 39-27 edge over the final 20 minutes.

With the win, Westchester is now 3-0 against Kingsborough CC since reinstating Men’s Basketball for the 2017-18 season. However, the 2019 edition of this rivalry was shockingly one-sided after the Vikings won the 2018 encounter 88-77, and notched a 74-66 victory over the Wave one year earlier.

However, on Friday night, it was all Westchester as 13 different Vikings scored baskets. Freshman Daniel Barrera (Elmsford, NY/Alexander Hamilton HS) led all scorers with 24 points, while fellow rookie Noe Fleurimond (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) added 15 points on 7 for 8 shooting. Sophomore Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) had 14 points, and Moore added 12 points, with seven rebounds, and four assists. The Vikings also received an inspired effort from freshman Anthony Monti (Bronx, NY/St. Raymond’s), who played a brilliant 25 minutes, scoring seven points, and adding six rebounds, seven assists, and six steals.

Westchester shot 47% for the game – compared to 42% for Kingsborough – after shooting 56% during the opening 20 minutes, and owned a 58-41 advantage on the boards. The Vikings also committed only 15 turnovers, compared to 28 by Kingsborough.

Basketball holds off Hostos CC behind Fleurimond’s Efforts

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 (Valhalla, NY) – While the Vikings led the game wire-to-wire, at no point did visiting Hostos Community College back down, making the closing minutes a battle to the finish for both teams. Ultimately, the Vikings made just enough plays and hit free throws at the right time to secure their second victory in as many days, 81-75 over the visiting Caimans.

For the second consecutive game, Westchester got off to a fast start as the Vikings scored the first seven points of the game. Up 12-7 with 15:44 to play in the first half, the Vikings scored eight straight points to make it a 20-7 game. Later, a 10-0 Viking run gave the hosts a 37-21 lead, and it seemed like Westchester was poised to cruise to victory yet again. However, Hostos had a lot to say about that.

The Caimans made a seven-point game with one minute to play before halftime, but a Justin Mazyck (Bronx, NY/Stevenson HS) three-pointer with 29 seconds to play in the opening stanza pushed the Westchester lead back to double-digits.

The second half saw Hostos tighten their defense, forcing several Westchester turnovers. Combined with a tough day at the free throw line for the Vikings (16 for 28), and Hostos was able to chip away at the Westchester lead. With 16:08 remaining, a Caiman basket made it a 47-43 game, but a Daniel Barrera (Elmsford, NY/Alexander Hamilton HS) lay-up stopped the Hostos run. Later in the second half, a 10-2 Viking run made it 63-48 with 10:19 to play, but a 13-3 Hostos run made it 71-67 with 4:44 to play.

Later, four straight Hostos points made it a 78-75 game with less than a minute to play, but Barrera and Anthony Monti (Bronx, NY/St. Raymond’s) converted three out of four free throws in the final 15 seconds to secure the victory.

Barrera had a second straight huge game, scoring 23 points, to go with six rebounds, while sophomore Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) added 15 points, and Malik Moore (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) chipped in 12.

It was the inspired play of freshman Noe Fleurimond (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) that made the biggest impact. Fleurimond scored eight points, but also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, and blocked two shots during an outstanding all-around effort. Also for Westchester, Mazyck had nine points, three rebounds, and two blocked shots.

Both teams shot 40% for the game, and Westchester’s 54-43 rebounding edge overcame 27 Viking turnovers, compared to only 19 for Hostos.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (RECORD 0-2, REGION 0-0, OVERALL 0-0)

Women’s Basketball Drops 2019-2020 Season Opener to RVCC

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2  (Lake Shedlake, NY) – Freshmen Jomare Lopez (Bronx, NY/Wildcat Academy) and Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) began their Westchester Community College careers with double-doubles. Freshman Jailine Ruiz (Bronx, NY/Bryant HS) added 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists, but the Westchester CC Women’s Basketball team opened the 2019-2020 season with a 99-55 loss to Raritan Valley Community College on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Community College.

Lopez was outstanding, scoring a team-high 17 points to go with 11 rebounds, while Prelvukaj chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. However, after playing a scrappy first half during which the Vikings trailed 33-18 at halftime, RVCC rallied to outscored WCC 36-19 during the third quarter, and all but put the game away.

Westchester struggled to shoot, converting 23% of their efforts, including a 6 for 28 performance from three-point range. Other than the shooting disparity, the game was statistically very close. RVCC held a 57-47 rebounding edge, and won the turnover battle 20-15.

Also for the Vikings, freshman Marisol Rodriguez (New York, NY/High School of Economics & Finance) grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball Falls to Rowan College – Burlington County

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3  (Paramus, NJ) – Freshman Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) just missed her second consecutive double-double, scoring 15 points while adding eight rebounds. Fellow freshman Jailine Ruiz (Bronx, NY/William Cullen Bryant HS) added 10 points, four rebounds, and two steals, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team dropped their second straight game, 84-49 to Rowan College – Burlington County on Sunday afternoon at RCBC. With the loss, the Vikings are now 0-2.

Freshman Jomare Lopez (Bronx, NY/Wildcat Academy) chipped in nine points and six rebounds, while Tina Fabrizi (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) added eight points, four rebounds, and two assists

Games This Week:

  • November 5 – Basketball at Bergen (DH), 5pm & 7pm
  • November 7 – Men’s Basketball vs. Essex, 7pm
  • November 9-10 – Women’s Basketball at Monroe College Tournament
  • November 10 – Men’s Basketball at UConn Avery Point, 2pm

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