Women and Men’s basketball teams opened up the YSCC conference play this past Saturday afternoon when the Knights from Vermont Tech visited Hub gymnasium. The Lady Seawolves entered conference play with a 2-3 record while the men sported a healthy 4-1 record with their sole lose coming at the hands of Bridgton Academy.
The Lady Seawolves conference play officially started with a 1pm tipoff and as is the case often, the first 5 minutes was not a clear indicator as to how this game would pan out. Scoring early the Knights of Vermont Tech held a 2pt lead until SMCC’s Kendra Kagiliery drained her first 3pt shot putting SMCC up at the 15:32mark. Over the course of the next 6 minutes the Lady Seawolves would outscore the Knights 16-7 building a 19-9 lead, and a lead that would only grow to the point of doubling Vermont Tech’s final scoring output.
From SMCC’s point of view the day was a wonderful exercise of teamwork as all 12 players scored and the team shot an impressive 49.5% from the 2pt land while shooting 9 of 24 from behind the 3pt arch. By halftime the Lady Seawolves had built a 42-19 lead and continued it’s offensive march giving Vermont Tech no quarter over the first 5 minutes of the second half. After giving up the first 2pts to Vermaont Tech SMCC went on a 13-0 run padding its lead to 55-21. At this point The Knights of Vermont Tech were solidly in the rear view mirror with no real threat to becoming larger than they might appear.
The Lady Seawolves scored 66 points in the 2nd half, the most they have scored in a half this season. Four startling team stats stick out when looking at the box score, SMCC outscored Vermont Tech in the paint 60-6, in bench scoring 63-0, points off of turnovers 47-10, and forced Vermont Tech into 40 turnovers while only committing 21.
If it was the offense that buried Vermont Tech during the women’s game, the high intensity defensiveplay by the men Seawolves was the element that gave them the edge in their game. Freshman guards Kevin Fabien and Tyheem Simon did a better than satisfactory job in containing VT’s Jamal Hughes (first team All-American 2013-14). Hughes did finish as game high scorer (19pts – 10 rebounds), but never found the grove with his teammates.
On the Seawolves side of the ball, SMCC was lead by Kevin Fabian who had a career high scoring (11pts of which 9 were scored from behind the 3pt arch), Carlos Gonzalea who scored 12 pts and garbbed 8 rebounds while not committing a single turnover and team captain Atencio Martin who scored 10pts.
Both Seawolve teams are on the road for their next 5 games traveling to Unity College on Wednesday evening (11/19), then visit Hampshire College (11/22), University of Maine-Augusta (11/25), EMCC (11/30), and NHTI (12/4). They return home to play University of Maine-Machias on December 6th tip off at 1 and 3pm.