Weekly Preview - Basketball Teams Ready for Season to Resume

Weekly Preview - Basketball Teams Ready for Season to Resume

Schedule:

Wednesday, Jan. 3 - Women's Basketball at Pine Manor College at 4:00 p.m.   Live Stats

Friday, Jan. 5 - Men's Basketball vs. Vermont Tech at 3:00 p.m.     Live Stats | Video

Saturday, Jan. 6 - Men's Basketball at Bridgewater State at 1:00 p.m.    Live Stats

Saturday, Jan. 6 - Women's Basketball vs. Elms College at 1:00 p.m.    Live Stats | Video

 

Men's Basketball Preview:

As the New Year rings in, men's basketball restarts their schedule after nearly a month off. The Nighthawks last played on Dec. 9 at Clark University in a 100-85 loss. Furthermore, it will be the first time in over a month, Nov. 30 to be exact, that the Nighthawks will be home at Pappas Gymnasium. 

Friday, Jan. 5, the Nighthawks welcome Vermont Tech (9-5, 6-3 YSCC), who split their final four games in December before Winter Break. It will also mark the first game back for the Knights in 2018.

Four Knights average more than 11 points, led by senior Cameron Carter (Atlanta, Ga.), who averages 17.4 PPG, fifth-most in the Yankee Small College Conference. Sophomores Titus Smith (Elkins, W.Va.) and Daniel Gill (Charlotte, N.C.) average 15.2 and 13.3 PPG, respectively. Gill also averages 10 rebounds per game, making him one of four players in the YSCC to average a double-double.

The next day, the Nighthawks travel to Bridgewater State for a non-conference clash with the Bears (5-6, 0-0 MASCAC). The Bears had a rough December, losing their first four games of the month, but broke the streak with an 85-79 win over Becker College.

Similar to the Knights, the Bears also have four players that average more than 11 points, led by senior Rocky DeAndrade (Mansfield, Mass.), who averages 15.6 PPG, third-most in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference. Not far behind is senior Joseph Carty (Natick, Mass.) and his 15.1 PPG, fourth-most in the MASCAC. Carty is one of two players in the NEWMAC to average a double-double, as he enters the contest leading his conference in rebounding average with 11.1 RPG. 

The Nighthawks enter the week 1-6 (0-0 NECC). Seniors Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) and Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) are first and second among all players in league scoring average in the New England Collegiate Conference. Langston averages 24.7 PPG while Edwards sits at 23.1 PPG, both career-high marks. Earlier this season, Langston became the sixth player in Nighthawks program history to reach 1,000 career points. Freshman Miguel Rivera (Waterbury, Conn.) has been a nice addition to the Nighthawks roster as the first-year player is averaging 13.7 PPG, most among NECC rookies.

 

Women's Basketball Preview:

Women's Basketball also prepares for a pair of games as they begin their 2018 schedule. However, the Nighthawks layoff has been far shorter after participating in the Western Connecticut Hat City Tournament in the last weekend in December. Women's Basketball finished the month of December at 3-3 and will play their first home game in over a month when NECC foe Elms College travels to Pappas Gymnasium.

But before the conference schedule restarts, the Nighthawks travel just down the road to Pine Manor College on Jan. 3 for a rare 4:00 p.m. tip-off. The Gators sit at 4-6 and welcome the Nighthawks for Pine Manor's first game following the Winter Break. The Gators come into Wednesday's contest after going 1-3 in December. Seniors Erica Jones (Atlanta, Ga.) and Shaquanda Middleton (Savannah, Ga.) lead the team in scoring average at 17.6 and 12.7 PPG, respectively. Freshman Kayleigh Merrell (Wilmington, N.C.) has contributed 10.6 PPG in her first season, primarily coming off the bench. 

The attention will then turn to NECC action as Elms College travels across the state to face the Nighthawks. The Blazers currently sit at 1-6 (0-2 NECC) but will have one contest before facing Newbury; a non-conference game as they host St. Joseph (Conn.). The Blazers are led by junior Niah Pantry (New Haven, Conn.) and her 15.0 PPG, sixth-most in the NECC. Pantry also leads the conference in rebounding, pulling in 12.5 RPG. 

Junior Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) and senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) are, once again, among the best the NECC has to offer while leading the Nighthawks balanced offense. Olsen is third in league scoring average at 15.8 PPG while Spears fifth in the NECC, averaging 15.1 PPG. Spears also sits fourth in rebounding average with 10.4 RPG, and is one of four NECC players averaging a double-double this season. Coming into this week, Olsen is just 26 points away from becoming the fourth player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. Freshman Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) has been a great addition for the Nighthawks as she is averaging 13.9 PPG, tied-most among NECC freshman.

The Nighthawks currently sit at 5-6 (3-1 NECC). The 3-1 start in the conference is the best start for the Nighthawks since 2012-13.