Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Falls Short In GNAC Championship


Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s basketball game this afternoon. The AMCATs fell short of winning a Great Northeast Athletic Conference crown as Albertus Magnus defeated the hosts:

PAXTON, Mass. (02.23.13) – Junior Darius Watson (New Britain, CT) scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebound to led the #2 seed Albertus Magnus men’s basketball team to an 87-80 victory over #1 seed Anna Maria College in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Fuller Activities Center.

With the win the Falcons (24-4) become the first team since Norwich University in ’04-05, ’05-06 to win back-to-back conference titles, while the AMCATS snap a 17-game winning streak and drop to 20-8.

Anna Maria’s Anthony Click (Springfield, MA) and Brad Peterson (North Kingstown, RI) each notched double-doubles for the AMCATS. The senior captain poured in a team-high17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 5 assists and made 3 steals, number 40 also notched 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting and pulled down 11 boards. Starters Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FLA) and Javier Bristol (Haverhill, MA) each added 10 points for the AMCATS in the loss.

Pacing the Falcons, senior Jefferson Lora (Bronx, NY) contributed 11 points and 9 rebounds while freshman James Jennings (Stratford, CT) also scored in double figures adding 17 points on 4-for-9 from beyond the three point mark.

The AMCATS started slow out of the gates as Albertus opened with consecutive baskets by Lora and Jennings for a quick 5-0 lead. Anna Maria then responded with a 12-0 run en route to a 12-5 advantage with 13:47 on the clock. Click was instrumental during the run, accounting for nine of the AMCATS’ twelve points.

Albertus stopped the run with a jumper in the paint by Lora to cut the deficit to 12-7 but again the AMCATS responded with a strong 8-1 run for a 20-8 advantage and their biggest lead of the game with just over ten minutes to play in the half.

The Falcons would chip away at the lead answering with a 14-2 streak to tie the game at 22-all with 5:08 remaining in the first stanza. The teams would trade baskets down the stretch, with Watson scoring eight of the final ten points of the half for Albertus. Anna Maria countered with a trifecta from Barillo and a pair of Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA) free-throws to carry a 36-32 lead into intermission.

Trailing to start the second half, Albertus outscored the AMCATS 8-2 and with 17:20 to play in the game we had a tied ballgame at 40-40.  Bristol hit a jumper in the paint to gain the two point advantage for the AMCATS but Jennings responded with a NBA 3-pointer to give the Falcons their first lead of the second half at 43-42.

AMCAT Joey Barillo sank a trey of his own and Click hit one-of-two from the charity stripe to push the AMCATS ahead 48-46. On the ensuing play Watson, after being fouled underneath, sank two freebies to tie the game at 48-48 with 14 minutes still to play. The two teams traded buckets and were still tied 63-63 with 6:57 remaining.

With 6:19 ticks on the clock, the Falcons then erupted to score eleven unanswered points, opening up a 12-point cushion at 77-65. Albertus’ Watson was a key factor in the run, contributing 6 points, while Jennings added the other five.

Anna Maria refused to go quietly; five consecutive free throws from Daye, Tyler Delorey (Worcester, MA) and Click cut the Falcon lead to 81-76 with just under a minute to  play but AMCATS couldn’t get any closer than five points finally falling 87-80 to the visiting Falcons.

Anna Maria held the slight shooting advantage on the night 43.8% to Albertus’ 40.3%. Albertus connected on ten three-pointers to just three for the AMCATS. Anna Maria out rebounded the Falcons 46-41.

With the win Albertus qualifies for the NCAA Division III tournament, selection announcement is set for Monday afternoon at 12:30pm. Anna Maria will wait until Monday evening for an ECAC Tournament invitation.

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Extends Streak To 17, Advances To GNAC Championship


Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s basketball game. The AMCATs clawed past Saint Joe’s of Maine and earned a spot in Saturday’s conference title match:

PAXTON, Mass. (02.21.13) –Senior Anthony Click (Springfield, MA) dropped a game-high 25 points, including six three-pointers, to spark the Anna Maria College men’s basketball team to an 75-63 victory over Saint Joseph’s College during the semifinal round of The Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament at The Fuller Activities Center on Thursday night. The AMCATS are now 20-7 on the season and will advance to Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon; they will host Albertus Magnus College at 2:00 pm.

In the process of scoring his 25 points, Click topped 1,700 points for his collegiate career. He was on fire in the second half, hitting 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. Senior Javier Bristol (Haverhill, MA) also played well, scoring 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor while leading the AMCATS with six rebounds, three assists and four steals. Junior Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FLA) also notched 10 points, while sophomore Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA) contributed 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals off the bench.

The Monks were led by junior Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, ME) scoring a team-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including five three pointers, while teammate Matthew Medeiros (Westport, MA) added 16 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.

The two teams matched up evenly through the opening ten minutes of the game, with the AMCATS clinging to a two-point lead at 17-15. Post grad Brad Peterson (North Kingstown, RI) converted a three-point play in the paint and the AMCATS had their biggest lead of the first half at 20-15. The Monks responded with a jumper by Medeiros and a trey from Simonds to even the score at 20 with just under seven minutes remaining in the half.

The Monks lead swelled to 29-24 after another Medeiros 3-pointer, however a pair of Peterson shots from the charity stripe and the AMCATS had cut the deficit to 31-28 heading into intermission.

Simonds led all first half scores with 12 points, and the Monks held a healthy 22-11 advantage on the boards. Anna Maria shot a dismal 34.4% from the field compared to the Monks’ 50.0% from the floor in the first stanza.

The Monks opened the second half with a 9-6 run to push the lead to 40-34 at the 16 minute mark. That’s when AMCATS’ Anthony Click took over, he drained the first of his six threes on the AMCATS next possession, igniting a 16-3 run for the hosts. Over the next 4:17, Anna Maria would go from six points down to a seven point advantage with Click connecting on three more trifectas and adding an assist to once again send #AMCATNation into a frenzy.

Saint Joseph’s guard Jordan Tripp would swish a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 5 points with 10 minute to play but it would be as close as the Monks would get the rest of the night. Anna Maria rolled off a 19-10 run capped by Click’s last three of the night, to drive the score to 72-55 with three minutes left on the clock and the AMCATS would cruise to the 75-63 victory.

The Monks finish their season at 17-10, while the AMCATS consecutive win streak now stands at 17 games. The AMCATS are currently tied with Amherst College for the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division III men’s basketball.

Anna Maria will host Albertus Magnus College in the GNAC Championship at 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Tops Emmanuel, Extends Streak To 14 Games


Courtesy of our friends from Anna Maria College’s sports information department, here’s this evening release about the men’s basketball team that topped Emmanuel College and extended their current winning streak to 14:

PAXTON, Mass.–  The Anna Maria College men’s basketball team defeated Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponent Emmanuel College, 90-67, at the Fuller Activities Center on Tuesday night, as AMC senior Anthony Click (Springfield, MA) filled the stat sheet with 25 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a block. With the win the AMCATS improve to 16-7 (14-2 GNAC) and extend their current win streak to 14-games. AMC ties the school record for consecutive victories (14) set twice in previous seasons (91’-92, 92-93). Emmanuel drops to 4-18 on the season and 4-11 in conference play.

Click, the reigning GNAC Player of the Week, moved into third place on the AMCATS all-time scoring list with 25 points tonight his career total now sits at 1,677 points. He moved past Matthew Brennan (1677pts.) and is now only trailing Michael Cagle (1785) and the AMC all-time leading scorer John Patraitis (2434 pts.).

Also having big numbers for the AMCATS, senior Javier Bristol (Haverhill, MA) knocked down 17 points while collecting a game-high 9 rebounds and junior Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FL) also scored in double figures, notching 14 points in 30 minutes of play.

The Saints were paced by Xavier Everson who led all scorers with 30 points and 4 boards while senior Connor Morgan chipped in with 13 points, 4 rebounds and two steals.

With the game tied 10-10 at the 14:39 mark, Emmanuel received back-to-back baskets by Morgan and Everson to grab an early 4-point advantage. The AMCATS battled back, and with a Barillo basket from beyond the arc to finish off an AMC 16-7 run the deficit had turned into a 28-21 lead with 7 minutes left until intermission. Anna Maria would take a 13-point advantage 46-33 into the locker room.

Click led a first half scores with 14 points, while teammate Barillo finished the first stanza with 13 points. Anna Maria shot a blistering 66.7% from the field, converting 18-of-27 from the floor, while Emmanuel shot 44.4% from the field in the first half.

After Anna Maria built a 56-40 lead just four minutes into the second half, the Saints clawed their way back into the game going on a 9-2 run, cutting the AMC lead to 58-49. The AMCATS responded strong, going on a 15-4 run, with baskets from sophomore Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA), senior Jose Pena (Lawrence, MA) and an exclamation point dunk from freshman Tyler Delorey (Worcester, MA), to build a 73-53 lead. The Saints would never recover as Anna Maria pulled away for a 90-67 victory.

Anna Maria will close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon when they host Mt. Ida College for a 3:00 pm tilt. There will be a pre-game ceremony to honor the senior class. Emmanuel heads to Lasell College on Thursday night for a 7:30 pm GNAC match-up.

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Stuns No. 19 Albertus Magnus, 97-88


Courtesy of Anna Maria College’s sports information department, here’s today release pertaining toward the men’s basketball team, which handed Albertus Magnus its first GNAC (Great Northeast Atlantic Conference) loss of the season:

Paxton, MA (01.21.13) – The Anna Maria College men’s basketball team downed Albertus Magnus College, the 19th ranked team in NCAA Division III, 97-88 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action today at The Fuller Activities Center Anthony Click (Springfield, MA), Bradley Peterson (N. Kingstown, RI) and Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FL) made major contributions, teaming up to score 61 points combined. With the upset win Anna Maria’s record improved to 9-7 on the year and 7-2 in the GNAC. Albertus received their first loss in conference play, dropping to 10-1 in the GNAC and 15-2 overall.

The opening half of the contest saw both teams trading baskets but unable to gain the upper hand on the scoreboard. Anthony Click, a senior forward, played a well-rounded first half, scoring 9 points and grabbing 3 boards while also dishing out 5 assists. Post grad forward Bradley Peterson played a major role in keeping the game close, scrambling for rebounds on both sides of the court and knocking down key jump shots on his way to 9 points and 4 rebounds in the first half.

To no one’s surprise, the high octane Falcons’ offense was more than able to keep pace with the phenomenal play of the AMCATS. Darius Watson (New Britain, CT), a junior guard for the visiting Falcons, led both teams with 10 first half points and 4 rebounds. Senior guard Arshad Jackson (Hartford, CT) scored 8 points on 3-5 shooting from the field.Sophomore guard Lemar Larsen (Waterbury, CT) and senior guard James Economopolous (Wallingford, CT) each contributed 7 points to the Albertus Magnus’ effort.

AMCATS’ freshman Tyler Delorey (Worcester, MA) also had a significant impact in the first stanza, single handedly pulling in 8 rebounds in the first half and leading Anna Maria to a 25-18 advantage off of the glass. He ended up finishing with 5 points, but led the team with 10 rebounds. Despite the rebounding advantage, the Falcons still went in to the locker room at the half leading 43-42 after shooting an impressive 51.9% from the field.

It seemed highly improbable for both teams to actually be able to continue the offensive output of the first half, but they somehow managed to increase the pace, easily beating their scoring in the first half. Watson continued his magnificent play, ending the game with a game high 29 points and 6 rebounds. James Jennings (Stratford, CT) scored 12 second half points, including 3 three pointers, on his way to 15 points total. Larsen finished up with a 10 point and 10 rebound double double.

The Falcons’ Jennings opened up the second half with a basket, however Anna Maria’s Peterson responded with six of the next eight AMCATS points to tie the match at 50-50, with 16 minutes to play.  The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes and when Peterson dunked at 13:28 the game was tied for the eighth time at 58-58.

Anna Maria pushed the lead to five, 68-63, when Hugh Daye hit Barillo crosscourt for the fast break layup in the paint with 10:29 on the clock. Upset with a defensive foul, Albertus’ head coach Mitch Oliver received his second technical of the game and was ejected at 8:22 with his team down 72-70, the AMCATS would never trail again. Albertus Magnus would knot the game at 81 apiece with a Julian Sanders jumper with 4:49 to play but the Falcons could not push ahead. Three quick baskets by Anna Maria’s Click, Bristol and Barillo put the AMCATS ahead 87-81, a lead they would never relinquish.

Sophomore guard Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA) came off of the bench providing a huge emotional spark and, even more importantly, a huge offensive outburst. He finished the game with 10 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. It was the continued output of Click, Barillo and Peterson that gave Anna Maria the edge. Click stuffed the stats with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists on 9-15 shooting. Peterson ended with a strong 20 and 9, and Barillo dropped 19 points and grabbed 6 boards.

In a game where all other stats were virtually neck and neck, rebounding remained to be the key to the AMCATS’ victory this afternoon. They were able to pull in 52 boards, 20 of which came on the offensive end. This allowed the AMCATS to take 20 more shots than the Falcons’, a number of which fell for them.

The Anna Maria College Men’s Basketball team returns to the Fuller Athletics center to take on the Lions of Emerson College in a GNAC contest scheduled for 7pm on Thursday, January 24th.