Weekly Preview - Basketball Wraps Regular Season, Volleyball Returns After Short Break

Weekly Preview - Basketball Wraps Regular Season, Volleyball Returns After Short Break


Monday, Feb. 12 - Men's Basketball at Fisher at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 13 - Women's Basketball at Lesley at 8:00 p.m.    Video

Wednesday, Feb. 14 - Men's Basketball vs. Wheelock at 7:00 p.m.  Live Stats | Video

Wednesday, Feb. 14 - Men's Volleyball at Mt. Ida at 7:00 p.m.  Live Stats | Video

Saturday, Feb. 17 - Women's Basketball at Bay Path at 1:00 p.m.  Live Stats | Video

Saturday, Feb. 17 - Men's Basketball at Southern Vermont at 1:00 p.m.  Live Stats | Video

Saturday, Feb. 17 - Men's Volleyball vs. John Jay (at Emerson) at 1:00 p.m.  

Saturday, Feb. 17 - Men's Volleyball at Emerson at 3:00 p.m.  


Men's Basketball Preview:

The Nighthawks enter the final week of the regular season at 4-18 (2-10 NECC) and locked in a battle for the final playoff spot with Elms College in the New England Collegiate Conference. The Nighthawks have four players in the top-20 in conference scoring coming into the week. Seniors Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) and Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) have been stellar scorers in their final seasons, while freshmen Miguel Rivera (Waterbury, Conn.) and Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) have been great complimentary pieces for the Nighthawks and will be in consideration for Rookie of the Year in the NECC.

The Nighthawks start the week on the road as they travel to non-conference Fisher College tonight at 7:00. The Falcons (10-16, 2-5 NIAC) welcome the Nighthawks in Fisher's final game of the regular season. The Falcons are led by senior Jamontay Thompson (Apopka, Fla.) and his 13.5 PPG. Thompson also leads the team in three-point percentage at 33.8 percent, making just over 2.1 shots from the perimeter per game.

The Nighthawks return to conference play on Wednesday with a Valentine's Day and Senior Night date with the Wheelock Wildcats (4-18, 3-9 NECC). Prior to the game, the Nighthawks will recognize Langston, Edwards, and fellow senior Ato Botsio (Canton, Mass.) for their contributions to the Nighthawks program. The Wildcats are led by senior Kiwane Crowder (Milwaukee, Wis.), who is ninth in NECC scoring at 16.9 PPG. Just behind him is junior Dejuan Rodriguez (New Britain, Conn.), the 11th leading scoring in the conference at 15.2 PPG.

The regular season ends with a trip to the top team in the NECC, the Southern Vermont Mountaineers. The Mountaineers (19-4, 11-1 NECC) have won eight straight games by an average of 15.9 points, including an 81-65 win against the Nighthawks on Jan. 24. The Mountaineers are led by senior Mike Pierre (Melrose, N.Y), who averages 18.6 PPG, fifth-best in the NECC. Sharpshooting junior Kyle Depollar (Rockville, Md.) is a constant threat from beyond the arc with his conference-best 43.1 percent shooting from deep.


Women's Basketball Preview: 

The Nighthawks enter the week sitting atop the NECC standing at 15-8 (12-2 NECC). It's the most wins for the Nighthawks since the 2012-13 season when the Nighthawks finished 15-11. Senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) has been playing some of her best basketball as the fantastic two-way player is third in conference scoring at 15.7 PPG while leading the NECC in steals with 3.3 SPG. She has recorded at least one steal in all but one game this season. Freshman Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) has been great for Newbury this season, averaging 14.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per game but another freshman, Tatianna Occena (Spring Valley, N.Y.), has been heating up at the perfect time for the Nighthawks. Occena is averaging 12.6 PPG in her last five games, including a career-high 17 points on Saturday vs. Becker.

The Nighthawks start their week on Tuesday as they travel to Lesley University for an 8:00 p.m. game. The Lynx 4-19 (4-10 NECC) hold the last spot in the playoff table and would clinch with any win in their final two games or any Southern Vermont loss. Lesley's offense is powered by senior Theresa Pereira (Hopedale, Mass.) and sophomore Dakota Jones (Torrance, Calif.). Pereira leads the team in scoring at 11.0 PPG while Jones is just behind her scoring average at 10.8 PPG.

Newbury finishes the regular season traveling to Bay Path University on Saturday to take on the Wildcats. Bay Path (0-20, 0-13 NECC) is led by freshman Emmeline Bronson (Shelton, Conn.) who averages 11.2 PPG, second-most by a freshman in the NECC.


Men's Volleyball Preview:

Men's volleyball returns after having the last seven days away from competition. The Nighthawks (1-5, 0-0 NECC) play a trio of matches before getting into conference play next week. The Nighthawks offense is powered by freshman Trevor Thorne (Oxford, Conn.), who leads the team with 34 kills, including his career-high 10 kills last week vs. Emerson. His brother, senior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) is getting back into the rotation after missing some time earlier this year. 

Newbury heads for Mt. Ida on Wednesday to start their week of games. The Mustangs (4-5, 0-0 GNAC) are 2-1 against NECC teams this season. Mt. Ida is led by junior Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) and his 84 total kills in nine matches. His 3.00 kills per set is a team-best and his kill total is nearly three times as higher as anyone on the Mustangs roster.

Tri-match Saturday follows for the Nighthawks with a trip to Emerson for a match with them an John Jay. Sophomore Krystian Surdel (Rzeszow, Poland) and senior John DeJesus (Ridgewood, N.Y.) lead the John Jay offense with 64 and 57 kills respectively. Surdel also leads the Bloodhounds with 16 aces. 

The Emerson Lions have a 3-0 win over the Nighthawks this year and will likely depend on juniors Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) and Win Kittivatcharapng (Bangkok, Thailand) once again on Saturday. Piorkowski leads the team with 3.07 kills per set while Kittivatcharapong is second at 2.86 kills per set.