Westchester Sports Recap0

MEN’S BASKETBALL (RECORD 7-4, REGION 1-1, CONFERENCE 1-1)

Tuesday, November 19 – Second Half Rally Leads Orange CC past Westchester CC in Men’s Basketball

(Middletown, NY)  Freshman Malik Moore (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) scored 16 points, and fellow freshman Justin Mazyck (Bronx, NY/Stevenson HS) added 11, but the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team dropped its 2019-2020 NJCAA Region XV opener, 60-56 on Tuesday night in Middletown, New York. With the loss, the Vikings are now 6-3 overall and 0-1 in Region XV play.

It was a tale of two halves as, for the third time this season, Westchester raced out to a huge early lead, only to see an opponent gradually chip away as the second half progressed. Westchester led 34-18 at halftime, and played a terrific defensive game overall, but only scored 22 points over the final 20 minutes of play, allowing the Colts to comeback for the win.

Nine different Vikings scored points on Tuesday night.

Thursday, November 21 Men’s Basketball Storms Past Rockland CC behind Davis’s Season-Best Effort

(Valhalla, NY) For a team averaging more than 85 points per game heading into their 10th game of the 2019-2020 season, the last thing opponents needed was for the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team to find another weapon among a roster that has had few issues scoring points this season. On Thursday night at Viking Gymnasium, that is exactly what happened. Five Vikings scored in double figures, and freshman Willie Davis (Bronx, NY/Logan HS) scored a career-high 19 points as the Vikings notched their first NJCAA Region XV win of the 2019-2020 season with a 95-59 win over Rockland Community College.

With the win, Westchester is now 7-3 overall, and 1-1 in Region XV and Mid-Hudson Conference play.

As has been the norm throughout Westchester’s first 10 games of the season, opening strongly was not an issue. Freshman Noe Fleurimond (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) scored five of his 10 points during the first 1:23 of play as Westchester opened up an 8-0 lead, and never looked back. Only 5:21 into the game, a Daniel Barrera (Elmsford, NY/Alexander Hamilton HS) jumper made it 24-4 in favor of Westchester. Late in the first half, a 14-2 Vikings run made it a 58-21 game … and the rout was on.

Westchester led 61-28 at halftime after shooting 53% over the first 20 minutes.

The second half saw almost every Viking score at least three points as 10 different Vikings scored during the night.

Davis was outstanding, scoring his 19 points on six for 8 shooting, as well as a 6 for 7 effort from the free throw line. He added four rebounds and two steals during an outstanding all-around effort.

Also for the Vikings, sophomore Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) scored 16 points on 6 for 12 shooting, while adding five rebounds, Barrera scored 11 points, Fleurimond and freshman Malik Moore (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) scored 10 points apiece.

Westchester held a 47%-31% edge in the shooting game, and was dominant on the boards, out-rebounding Rockland 51-35.

Sunday, November 24 Second Half Rally Leads Monroe CC past Westchester in Men’s Basketball

(Valhalla, NY) Freshman Daniel Barrera (Elmsford, NY/Alexander Hamilton HS) scored 19 points and sophomore Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) added 17 points, but the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team dropped a 77-72 battle to visiting Monroe Community College on Sunday afternoon at Viking Gymnasium. With the loss, Westchester is now 7-4 for the 2019-2020 season.

As has been the case for much of the season for the Vikings, it was a tale of two halves. Westchester got off to a hot start, using a 13-4 run midway through the first half to take an 11-point lead, 23-12 with 7:46 to play in the opening stanzaHowever, from there, Monroe (5-2) gradually chipped away at the deficit, using a late 10-3 run to make it a 29-26 Viking lead at halftime. Westchester’s defense held Monroe to a 24% shooting percentage during the first half, allowing them to hold the lead for the entirety of the first 20 minutes.

However, things picked up during the final 20 minutes. The teams went back and forth for several minutes to start the second half, but after a Dimaunie Meredith (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Dobbs Ferry HS) lay-up with 13:44 to play made it a one-point Tribune lead, Monroe scored 27 of the next 40 points to extend their lead to 71-56 with 4:56 to play.

From there, however, Westchester refused to go down quietly. A late 16-4 Viking run culminated with two Barrera free throws with 29 seconds left that made it a 75-72 game. Westchester then forced two consecutive Monroe CC turnovers, but a missed three-pointer and then a turnover of their own gave Monroe the ball back with 12 seconds remaining. The Tribunes converted two late free throws to ice the game.

Malik Moore (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) had a solid overall game with nine points, nine assists, and six rebounds, while Noe Fleurimond (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) added nine points and three rebounds.

Overall, Westchester shot 39% from the floor, compared to 44% for Monroe CC. Rebounding proved to be a major culprit as Monroe grabbed 50 rebounds, compared to 33 for Westchester, including a 17-4 Tribune edge on the offensive glass.

JUSTIN MAZYCK NAMED MID-HUDSON CONFERENCE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
(Valhalla, NY) – Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball freshman Justin Mazyck (Bronx, NY/Adlai Stevenson HS) named the Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week, after an outstanding week of play during which he helped lead the Vikings to a 2-1 record. Mazyck was instrumental in a 93-60 win over Dutchess Community College on Tuesday, Nov. 12 before enjoying a terrific performance during a close 92-86 loss to Cecil Community College on Saturday, Nov. 16, and he was a big part of Westchester’s 94-93 win over NJCAA Division I foe Allegany College the next day.

Against Dutchess CC, Mazyck registered 10 points and five rebounds while playing limited minutes as Westchester opened up the game late in the first half, and never looked back. Four days later, Mazyck erupted for 19 points during perhaps his best game of the season as the Vikings led NJCAA Division II power Cecil by as many as 16 points in the first half before losing late in the game. He also added five rebounds. The next day, his 15-point, four-rebound effort against Allegany was a big part of Westchester’s biggest win of the 2019-2020 season thus far.

For the week, Mazyck averaged 14.6 points, and seven rebounds per game.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (RECORD 2-7 REGION 1-1, CONFERENCE 1-1)

Tuesday, November 19 Women’s Basketball Falls to Orange CC despite Prelvukaj’s career game

(Middletown, NY)  Freshman Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) scored a career-high 25 points, and added 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the 2019-2020 season. Freshman Jailine Ruiz (Bronx, NY/Bryant HS) added 16 points and five assists, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team lost its fourth straight game, 77-57 to Orange Community College on Tuesday night at Orange. With the loss, the Vikings are now 1-6 overall and 0-1 in NJCAA Region XV play.

Also for the Vikings, freshman Eva Duffy (Pleasantville, NY/Byram Hills HS) added nine points and five assists.

Westchester Community College comes home to Viking Gymnasium on Thursday, Nov. 21 when WCC hosts Rockland Community College for its 2019-2020 home opener a 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 21 Women’s Basketball Dominates Rockland CC in 2019-2020 Home Opener behind Freshman’s Career Game

(Valhalla, NY) As America prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving 2019, all across the country, families are longing to spend the evening with one another and cure their ills with some quality home cooking. One week before the holiday, the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team could not be more thankful for a home feast. Freshman Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) scored 25 points, and added five rebounds and five steals, and fellow freshman Jailine Ruiz (Bronx, NY/William Cullen Bryant HS) chipped in a career-high 23 points and added eight rebounds as Westchester broke a four-game losing streak with a 75-54 win over Rockland Community College on Thursday night at Viking Gymnasium.

With the win, Westchester is now 2-6 overall and 1-1 in NJCAA Region XV/Mid W Hudson Conference play.

Playing for the first time at home this season, the Vikings fell behind 4-3 with 7:06 to play in the first quarter, and that was about the worst thing that happened all night for Westchester. A Ruiz three-pointer 44 seconds later gave WCC the lead for good as the Vikings went on an incredible 20-4 run to end the opening stanza, and allow Westchester to cruise to victory. The Vikings shot an incredible 71% (10 for 14) during the first 10 minutes, blowing up a game that was otherwise very close during the next three quarters.

Westchester CC led by as many as 21 points during the second quarter before a late Rockland (1-3, 0-2) rally made things closer, and the Vikings led 41-26 at halftime.

The second half saw much of the same as Westchester led by as many as 25 points, before winning for the second time this season.

Freshman Tina Fabrizi (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) added 11 points and four rebounds while Marisol Rodriguez (New York, NY/High School for Economics & Finance) added six points and five rebounds.

Saturday, November 23 Women’s Basketball falls to Passaic Despite Fabrizi’s Career Game

(Paterson, NJ) Freshman Tina Fabrizi (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) scored a career-high 15 points, and added three assists, and fellow freshman Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) added 21 points and five assists, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team fell to 2-7 with a 93-56 loss to Passaic Valley Community College on Saturday at Passaic.

Playing against an undefeated powerhouse program, Westchester became only the second team to score 50 or more points against Passaic this season, and the first team to score as many as 56 points in a game against the Panthers. This was in large part due to an outstanding second half of play, during which the Vikings played an even 21-21 third quarter, and battled over the final 10 minutes as well.

Aside from Prelvukaj’s and Fabrizi’s heroics, freshman Jailine Ruiz (Bronx, NY/Bryany HS) turned in another fine game, scoring 13 points, while adding two assists and two steals.

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