Westchester Sports Recap0

MEN’s BASKETBALL (RECORD 9-4, REGION 1-1, CONFERENCE 1-1)

Men’s Basketball Rallies for a 75-68 win over defending Region XV champion Suffolk CC

Saturday, December 7 (West Windsor, NJ) – One year ago, at this very event, a late rally allowed the Suffolk Community College Men’s Basketball team to sneak past Westchester Community College, ending a 31-game streak of contests during which the Vikings were not outscored by an opponent, sending Westchester to a course marked by inconsistent play for the remainder of the season. A year later, it was Westchester’s chance to return the favor. Freshman Justin Mazyck (Bronx, NY/Stevenson HS) scored a team-high 14 points, and sophomore Anthony Monti (Yonkers, NY/St. Raymond’s) added 13 points, as the Vikings overcame a halftime deficit to down Suffolk 75-68 at the Mercer College Mixer. With the win, Westchester is now 8-4 for the 2019-2020 season.

Facing a Suffolk team that finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 28-2 record, winning the Region XV Division III Championship and advancing to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament, before beginning the current season with a 5-1 start, Westchester closed out a back-and-forth battle with a huge late surge. Suffolk led 33-29 at halftime, but Westchester quickly chipped away at the Shark lead. The Vikings then took a 69-59 lead with 2:28 to play, and never looked back. Balance appeared to be the key to the win as 10 different Vikings scored points, allowing WCC to survive a game that featured 11 lead changes and 12 ties.

Freshman Malik Moore (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) scored 11 points and added five rebounds, while freshman Jahmir Appleton (Bronx, NY/Eagle Academy) enjoyed perhaps the finest game of his young career with eight points and six rebounds, while not missing a shot from the floor.

Westchester held a 42-39 edge on the boards, while Suffolk enjoyed a slightly better shooting game (45%-42%), but the Vikings converted six out of 14 three-point attempts, while Suffolk shot only 2 for 12 from three-point range.

Men’s Basketball Wins Second Straight Game, 101-57 over Catonsville CC at Mercer Mixer

Sunday, December 8  (West Windsor, NJ) – If the first part of the 2019-2020 men’s basketball season at Westchester Community College was marked by the Vikings gaining big early leads, only to see the advantage evaporate, as 2019 turns into 2020, the narrative could be changing to the Vikings playing at their best once they grab the lead. An incredible seven Vikings scored in double figures, and Westchester shot 49% from the floor as Westchester CC crushed Catonsville Community College, 101-57 on Sunday afternoon to close the Mercer College Mixer. With their second straight victory, Westchester is now 9-4 for the 2019-2020 season.

It was a battle early as there were five ties and three lead changes during the early part of the first half, but a 27-0 Viking run put Westchester ahead for good. The Vikings led 48-23 at halftime, increased the lead to 50 during the second half, and never looked back.

For the second straight game, freshmen Anthony Monti (Bronx, NY/St. Raymond’s) and Justin Mazyck (Bronx, NY/Stevenson HS) led Westchester in scoring, each scoring 15 points, while Mazyck added six rebounds. Also for the Vikings, freshman Noe Fleurimond (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) added 14 points, while sophomore Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) added 13. Fleurimond also grabbed nine rebounds.

Three Vikings scored 10 points apiece with Willie Davis (Bronx, NY/Logan HS), Jahmir Appleton (Bronx, NY/Eagle Academy), and James Brady (Yonkers, NY/Mount Saint Michael) each got into double digits.

Westchester forced 26 turnovers, while committing only 20, while owning a 46-34 edge on the boards.

WOMEN’s BASKETBALL (RECORD 4-7 REGION 1-1, CONFERENCE 1-1)

Women’s Basketball Rallies for 70-46 win over Queensborough behind 51 forced turnovers

Thursday, December 5 (Valhalla, NY) – After trailing 22-19 at halftime to Queensborough Community College during an early season version of a must-win game, the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team took to the floor to begin the second half with a plan in mind to steal a victory from the jaws of defeat. In addition, during a stellar stretch of play to open the third quarter, the Vikings did just that, literally. Freshman Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) recorded a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double that included 19 second half points, and freshman Tina Fabrizi (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) added 14 points and seven steals as Westchester rode a 36-8 scoring advantage during the third quarter to a 70-46 win on Thursday night at Viking Gymnasium. With the win, WCC is now 3-7 for the 2019-2020 game, having won two of its last three.

The key stat was the turnover battle as Westchester committed a season-low 16 turnovers, while forcing Queensborough (0-11) into 51 of their own. Westchester’s incredible defensive effort was on full display during the third quarter. After the Tigers scored on their opening possession of the third stanza to make it a 24-19 game, the Vikings went on an incredible 22-2 run, that included Queensborough turnovers on nine consecutive possessions. At one point during the run, freshman Bria Lockley (Yonkers, NY/High School for Teaching and Professions) recorded three steals during a 36-second span that led directly to six Viking points. Lockley finished with 11 points, six assists, and five steals.

Westchester led by as many as 28 points during the fourth quarter before the visiting Tigers went on a run towards the end of the game to make things closer. However, for a long stretch, it did not seem like the Vikings would coast to victory at all. After opening the game on a 12-2 run, Westchester struggled to find their rhythm, as Queensborough closed the first quarter by scoring seven of the next nine points to make it a 14-9 game at the first break. During the second stanza, Westchester shot 2 for 15 from the floor, and scored only two points over the final 8:35 of the quarter as Queensborough went on a 13-2 run to close the first half, and take the lead at halftime, setting up perhaps the biggest quarter of the season for the Vikings. Westchester scored more points during the first 4:34 of the third quarter (21 points) than they scored during the entire first half, combined.

Women’s Basketball Holds Off Suffolk CC behind Ruiz’s late three-pointer

Sunday December 8 (Valhalla, NY) – Up 16 points early in the third quarter, the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team appeared to be cruising towards their biggest win of the 2019-2020 season as they seemed to have all of the answers for a Suffolk Community College team that is always in the hunt for NJCAA Region XV supremacy. It was the big lead, and even bigger near-collapse, that made freshman Jailine Ruiz‘s (Bronx, NY/Bryant HS) clutch three-point basket with 39 seconds remaining perhaps the moment of the season for the Vikings as Westchester held on for a 45-39 win over Suffolk CC to earn their second consecutive win on Sunday afternoon at Viking Gymnasium.

With the win, the Vikings are now 4-7 for the 2019-2020 campaign, including three wins during their last four games.

Suffolk Community College (3-3) scored the game’s first two points on their first possession of the game, and then spent the next 39:35 playing from behind as the Vikings turned in their best defensive effort of the season despite a significant size advantage for the visiting Sharks. A Ruiz lay-up with 4:38 to play in the opening stanza completed a 10-2 Vikings run, giving the hosts a 10-4 lead. Westchester led 15-10 after the first quarter.

Suffolk quickly scored to open the second quarter to make it 15-12, but from there, the Vikings exploded, effectively putting the game away with a 14-2 run, featuring five points by freshman Marisol Rodriguez (New York, NY/HS for Economics & Finance) to make it 29-14 with 2:08 to play in the first half. Westchester led 29-16 at halftime.

However, after a Ruiz basket with 5:44 to play made it 34-18 with 5:44 to play in the third quarter, Suffolk went on a run of their own, ending the third stanza on a 10-2 run to make it 36-28 entering the final 10 minutes. The score was 40-37 in favor of Westchester with 3:17 to play before a Ruiz jump shot gave the Vikings some breathing room, extending the lead to five. However, Suffolk made it a three-point game once again with 1:45 to play. With 1:07 remaining, Westchester took a time-out, and off a set play, Rodriguez found Ruiz wide open, and the freshman buried a long three-pointer with 39 seconds to play to seal the win.

Ruiz finished the game with nine points, all of which proved to be enormous, and added eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals during an outstanding all-around effort. Freshman Tina Fabrizi (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) led the Vikings with 12 points, and added seven rebounds, while freshman Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) added eight points and four rebounds.

The Vikings also received a tremendous effort from Rodriguez, who had nine points, 11 rebounds, and two assists, during her finest all-around game of the season.

Overall, Westchester’s efforts on the boards proved to be a major factor behind the win. After being out-rebounded during most of their games this season, Westchester and Suffolk each had 48 rebounds, including a 15-11 Westchester edge on the offensive glass, giving a huge boost for the Vikings. WCC also won the turnover battle, forcing 28 turnovers by Suffolk, while only committing 21.

Games This Week:

  • December 10 – Basketball at Ulster (DH), 5pm & 7pm
  • December 14 – Basketball vs. Sullivan (DH), 1pm & 3pm

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