By The Beacon Sports Staff
The SeaWolves basketball squads returned to the Hutchinson Gymnasium on January 12th, opening up their 2019 winter-spring home season against Paul Smiths in a Yankee Small College Conference game.
The Seawolve squads ended the fall semester with a road split against conference rival Central Maine Community College as the lady Wolves would fall 66-53 and the men Wolves would win convincingly, 71-51. Both contest were typical SMCC CMCC basketball games as the teams went at each other with intensity, determination and a willingness to take advantage of the other teams missteps.
The Wolf squads opened the winter/spring portion of their season traveling to the Community College of Rhode Island, following with a road trip to Augusta to play the Moose of the University of Maine-Augusta. The Wolves would drop both games in Rhode Island with the women losing 73-54 and the men falling 71-65.
The Wolves would get two in the win column against the UMA Moose as the women would rebound after the two loses 86-59. The men would grab a win running away from the Moose 103-64.
The Lady Wolves currently hold an 13-2 overall record while posting a 9-1 YSCC record. In the YSCC standings, the Wolves sit one game behind Central Maine Community College who hold first place with a 10-1 record, as University Maine-Machias occupies third place with a 5-2 YSCC record.
The Lady SeaWolves would have little difficulty jumping out to an early lead over Paul Smiths as the Wolves height, speed and defense would help them to build a 23-3 lead after 10 minutes of play. Amanda Brett opened the scoring for the Wolves when she would grab the opening tip and score on a layup. The Wolves would score the first 15 points of the game before Paul Smiths got on the Hub’s big board.
The Wolves opening scoring barrage would come courtesy Brett, Lauryn Fagen and Abagail Ramirez. Brett would drain the net for 11 points early on as Fagen and Ramirez would round out the 15pt run with two apiece.
The Wolves would go on to hold Paul Smith scoreless in the second quarter building their half time lead to 44 (47-3). After 40 minutes of play the Lady wolves would secure a 75-18 win grabbing their 12th win of the season.
The entire Lady SeaWolves team would see playing action as Coach Bergen used the game as an opportunity to build game experience with her younger players.
Amanda Brett would lead all scorers draining the net for 23pts while grabbing 5 rebounds, collecting 3 steals and going 5-5 from the foul line. Madison White would hit for 12pts and grab three rebounds coming off the bench, as fellow first year player Zoe Bodwell would score 9pts, shooting 2-5 from three-point land and collecting 9 rebounds.
The Lady SeaWolves would follow up the win against Paul Smiths with a road win against Unity College on the 16th. The Wolves would hit triple digits behind the scoring of: Amanda Brett who posted 24pts (her fourth consecutive game scoring 20 or more), Zoe Bodwell 13pts a season high, Emily Hogan who finished with 12pts, Abagail Ramirez who scored 13pts and dished out 7 assists. Bailey Cloutier would come off the bench and score 11 pts while grabbing 6 rebounds.
In a post-game interview, Head Coach Katie Bergeron commented, “All saw significant time in this one, a true team win where everyone had a bucket. We took care of the basketball on the offensive end and maintained our shooting percentages. Now it’s on to our next test at Machias.”
Unfortunately, because of Sunday’s winter storm, color all New Englanders who have lived here awhile surprised, the Machias game was postponed. When SMCC is to travel; to Machias to play the game is to be determined.
On the men’s side of the court, the Wolves also walked out of Unity’s gym with a win, putting away the Rams 81-58.
Freshman guard Ian Regan scored a season-high 20pts, 18 of which were scored on three-point shots. His six made three-pointers would account for half of the SMCC total. Atencio Martin would help the SeaWolve cause on the boards pulling down 14 rebounds while scoring a modest 5pts.
Anderson Kavutse, the SMCC center would collect 11pts, as fellow starters Jacobee Burpee and Gregory Trinidad would hit for 7pts each and Ryan Cloutier would score 11pts.
Alike the SMCC women, the men committed only one turnover and out-rebounded the opponent by almost double. It was also the sixth time this season the SeaWolves have held their opponent to under 60 points.
Coach Richards reflected on the win by stating, “Everyone found their way into the scoresheet tonight and that’s something we as a coaching staff love to see. We scored the basketball with some efficiency, and most importantly took care of business yet again on the road.”
The SeaWolves return to the Hutchinson Gymnasium for a 4game home stand opening up against YSCC foes University of Maine-Augusta on the 23rd followed by Hampshire College, Central Penn and Army Prep on the 25th, 26th and 27th respectively.