NEW HAVEN, Conn. (November 12, 2012) Dominican College senior Leon Porter (5'6''-G) (Laurel, Md.) has been honored as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Mens Basketball Player of the Week, for the period ending Nov. 11. Holy Family freshman Hunter Wysocki (Colts Neck, N.J.) was selected as the CACC Mens Basketball Rookie of the Week.
CACC MENS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK LEON PORTER, DOMINICAN (Sr., G, Laurel, Md.) Posted 20.0 points and four assists while shooting 50 percent from the field (7-of-14) over Dominicans 1-1 week. Scored 24 points while shooting 7-of-11 from the floor in victory over Bentley College.
CACC MENS BASKETBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HUNTER WYSOCKI, HOLY FAMILY (Fr., F, Colts Neck, N.J.) Averaged 10.0 points and 6.5 rebounds over a pair of games last week, which saw Tigers post a 1-1 overall record. Notched first career double-double in first-ever collegiate game, a double-overtime win over Cedarville.
CACC MENS BASKETBALL HONORABLE MENTION ERVIN EZELL, HOLY FAMILY (Jr., G, Deptford, N.J.) Averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and four steals over a pair of games last week for the Tigers, which saw them post a 1-1 record overall. Led Holy Family in scoring in both contests and hit game-winning basket in double-overtime in victory over Cedarville.
Garret Kerr (6'3''-F), USCIENCES (So., G, Mooretown, N.J.) Extended his streak of double-doubles to 21 with 17 points and 13 rebounds in opening game of season against the District of Columbia.
Jerry Cummings (6'7''-F), POST (Jr., F, Queens, N.Y.) Averaged double-double with 12.5 points and 10 rebounds as Eagles posted a 1-1 record last week at Molloy Tip-Off. In 79-78 victory over Queens, he registered a career-best 23 points.
CACC MENS BASKETBALL TEAM NOTES BLOOMFIELD - The Deacons came up on the short end of each of their contests this week, falling in overtime in the season opener to the New York Institute of Technology and to non-conference opponent Pace University Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Dondre Whitmore (Trenton, N.J.) led Bloomfield with 20 points and three steals in the opener, while sophomore guard Marvin Williams (Jersey City, N.J.) netted 18 points in the setback. Junior guard Terry Hicks (Neptune, N.J.) totaled 15 points in the club's loss to Pace University Saturday afternoon, while senior forward Jon Bradley (Jersey City, N.J.) totaled 11 points and eight rebounds in the setback.
CALDWELL - The Cougars opened the 2012-13 season at the Bentley Tip-Off Conference Challenge this weekend, losing to the host Falcons on Friday and to Merrimack on Saturday. Sophomore Michael Balkovic turned in a double-double against Bentley with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Art Morrison had a double-double vs. Merrimack on Saturday with 16 points and 10 boards to go with two blocks. This week Caldwell plays at Mercy on Wednesday before taking on Assumption and Bridgeport at Dominican's Daniel Sullivan Memorial Tournament this weekend.
CHESTNUT HILL - The Chestnut Hill College men's basketball team opened the 2012-2013 season with a challenging contest at #22 Stonehill College on Saturday, November 10. The Griffins delayed the Skyhawks dominance until midway through the second half, when they escaped from the grind with a game-ending 34-20 run for a 78-59 victory. The Griffins gave a balanced effort, as three tied for a team-high, nine points.
CONCORDIA - Concordia opened their 2012-13 season at the St. Rose Tournament with matchups against St. Anselm on Saturday and St. Rose on Sunday. The Clippers would fall in both games to begin the season at 0-2. For the upcoming week Concordia will host Dominican (N.Y.) in the 3rd Annual Jimmy Sayegh Game on Wednesday evening. The game also marks the first CACC game of the season. The Clippers will end the week with a non-conference battle at Merrimack on Saturday afternoon.
DOMINICAN - The Chargers opened up the season with a 1-1 record this past weekend at the Bentley Tip-Off Classic. DC fell to Merrimack, but defeated Bentley in the finale of the tournament.
WILMINGTON - The Wildcats dropped its season opener for the fifth season in a row, this year against Southern New Hampshire 70-55 and fell to preseason No. 10 Franklin Pierce, 78-60, on Saturday. Brandon Fox collected a double-double on Friday against SNHU with 16 points and 11 boards while James Pee led the team with 17 points against Franklin Pierce. The Wildcats open their home schedule this Wednesday against Kutztown before going to Millersville on Saturday. Courtesy of: http://www.caccathletics.org
Flagler College men end 17-game road losing streak with 83-80 win at Clayton State - 1 day ago
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It wasn't easy. Flagler College's men's basketball team had to fend off a late Clayton State rally, but the Saints held on to beat the Lakers 83-80 Monday, ending a 17-game road losing streak that stretched back to the 2014-15 season. After Clayton State took an 80-79 lead with 33 seconds left, Flagler's Vaughn McCall (6'3''-G) buried a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and the Lakers missed their final two shots. Flagler's last road win had been on Feb. 4, 2015 - 64-59 at Armstrong Sta... [read more]
It wasn't easy. Flagler College's men's basketball team had to fend off a late Clayton State rally, but the Saints held on to beat the Lakers 83-80 Monday, ending a 17-game road losing streak that stretched back to the 2014-15 season. After Clayton State took an 80-79 lead with 33 seconds left, Flagler's Vaughn McCall (6'3''-G) buried a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and the Lakers missed their final two shots. Flagler's last road win had been on Feb. 4, 2015 - 64-59 at Armstrong State. 'Vaughn hit a huge 3 for us and we got a stop at the end,' Flagler College coach Bo Clark said. 'It was a great road win for us. We really needed to believe we can win on the road and we did. I was very positive with our guys and I thought we showed great resolve and toughness.' The win also snapped a six game losing streak as the Saints improved to 7-7, 2-6 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Saints shot 51 percent from the field in the first half (17 of 33) to take a 52-35 halftime lead. They hit 11 of 13 free throws in the first half. But the Lakers went on a 10-2 run to whittle the deficit to eight (67-59) midway through the second half and then went on an 18-7 spurt to take the lead for the first time since early in the game when they were up 3-2. Dantez Bennamon (5'11''-PG-96) hit two free throws to put the home team on top 80-79. After McCall, who led the Saints with 21 points, hit his fifth 3-pointer, Bennamon missed a jumper. Ben Bobbitt hit a free throw with two seconds left for Flagler, and Kyle Kinsey's shot at the buzzer was no good for the Lakers. Cortlin Davis (6'5''-F), who had missed two games with a sprained ankle, added 15 points and three blocked shots for the Saints. Chris Walker scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Jeffercy Jean had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Alfonso Davis (6'8''-F-94) led Clayton State with 21 points and 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards. Christoff Nairn recorded 16 points. 'Hopefully this gives us a much needed shot of confidence,' Clark said. 'We really shot the ball with a ton of confidence in the first half. Alfonso Davis is one of the best bigs in NCAA (Division) II, and we tried to contain him as much as possible.' The Lakers are coached by Jimmy Link, a former Flagler College player and assistant coach under Clark. The Saints didn't have much time to celebrate. They were soon back on the bus heading to Augusta, Georgia, where they will take on Augusta University (13-3, 6-2) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Courtesy of: staugustine.com
GCU bested by Nyack College, 75-59, in CACC home contest - 7 days ago
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The Georgian Court University men's basketball squad, after two road affairs, returned to the GCU Wellness Center Tuesday evening where the Lions were topped by visiting Nyack College, 75-59, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) competition. In a game they never trailed, the Warriors (4-9, 2-6 CACC) entered intermission with a 30-21 advantage before besting the Lions, 45-38, in the second session. Robert Tyler II (6'3''-G) Sr.-Beltsville, Md.) highlighted the Nyack offense wit... [read more]
The Georgian Court University men's basketball squad, after two road affairs, returned to the GCU Wellness Center Tuesday evening where the Lions were topped by visiting Nyack College, 75-59, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) competition. In a game they never trailed, the Warriors (4-9, 2-6 CACC) entered intermission with a 30-21 advantage before besting the Lions, 45-38, in the second session. Robert Tyler II (6'3''-G) Sr.-Beltsville, Md.) highlighted the Nyack offense with his game-high 28 points. Jaron Smith (6'0''-PG) (Sr.-Jersey City, N.J.) followed with 19 points, which consisted of four three-pointers. Imran Ritchie (6'2''-G) (Jr.-Uniondale, N.Y.) added nine points and a game-best five assists. Juwuan Carter (6'3''-G) registered a season-high 22 points in the effort for GCU while snagging eight rebounds. Keith Hughes dropped in 12 points and swiped a six steals. Tony Ellington (6'1''-G), Jr. collected nine points while Nikola Vujovic led all players with his nine boards. The Lions take to the road this Saturday afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. CACC contest at Felician University. Courtesy of: gculions.com
There is not so many Turkish players in NCAA. University of Maine small forward Ilker Er (199-G-94) is one of them. After 2 years JUCO experience in San Jacinto, his season with University of Maine is impressive so far. He averaged 10.1 points and 4 rebound in 19.7 mins. He is given exclusive interview to Eurobasket.com You made a brave decision and opted to continue your basketball career in college. After all 3 years, are you happy with your decision? Of course I am happy with my decis... [read more]
There is not so many Turkish players in NCAA. University of Maine small forwardIlker Er (199-G-94) is one of them. After 2 years JUCO experience in San Jacinto, his season with University of Maine is impressive so far. He averaged 10.1 points and 4 rebound in 19.7 mins. He is given exclusive interview to Eurobasket.com
You made a brave decision and opted to continue your basketball career in college. After all 3 years, are you happy with your decision? Of course I am happy with my decision. I could also choose to stay in Turkey but I chased my dreams and I decided to play college basketball.
Going to USA for college is becoming a trend in Turkey for young players. What is your suggestion for them? If they believe that they can handle school and basketball together, I am sure that they can play in Ncaa but I have to admit that it is not easy and they need to be ready not only physically but also mentally.
You spent two years in JUCO and got your chance to play for Maine. How do you feel, are you satisfied with your performance? Living in Houston for 2 years was a great experience for me. Every player dreams of getting an offer from a Division 1 school in which the competition is extremely hard. I believe that such an environment made me a better player. I am also happy to be here in Maine. I am working hard each day and just focusing myself on basketball.
Duke is one of well known college in Turkey and you played a great game against Duke, scored 20 pts in just 13 attempt. How did game against Duke effect your self confidence? Duke game was a great experience for me. That was my dream to play against Coach K. During summer time when I'm working out, I was dreaming of playing against Duke and I believe that I performed well. I got no fear and it doesn't matter who I am playing against.
Your season is good so far but Maine is struggling, won only 4 games out of 14 games. Should it be worrying? Of course, losing a game is not a good feeling. When we lose a game, I can't even go to sleep easily because I can't get the game out of my head. But in the end, we must forget about defeat and focus on the next game. I also believe that we will surprise a lot of people this year.
You have one more year in college. What is your plan for professional career? I can't say anything about the future but I believe that I have the potential to face the best players. Playing for my national team is also one of my biggest dreams. For now, the best thing to do is to keep playing my best and working hard
I believe most of people who read this interview do not know who lker Er is as a player. Which players are best fit for you to understand who lker Er is? As being a shooter myself, I mostly watch the NBA or Euroleage players in my position. I admire a lot of players but If I have to pick some, I would say Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) and J.J. Redick (193-G-84, college: Duke). I also know that I have to work so hard to be like them.
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