By the Beacon Sports Staff
The SeaWolves basketball squads finished out the regular season on the road traveling to Randolph, Vermont to take on the Knights of Vermont Tech. They then returned home as the Lady SeaWolves took on Springfield Technical Community College and the men played Williamson College of the Trades as part of Senior Day.
With the seeding for the Yankee Small College Conference post season tournament still hanging in the balance for the men a win at Vermont Tech would secure the men SeaWolves with the top seed the contest still had ramifications. The Lady SeaWolves would hold onto the number two-seed regardless of the outcome.
The Men’s game would prove to be a hotly contested event as there were 14 lead changes and eight ties. The SeaWolves rode 41.4 percent shooting to a 30-30 tie at the break, as senior captain getting Ryan Cloutier hit for 13pts on 5-8 shooting from the floor.
The second half opened up with the SeaWolves jumping out to a five-point lead to which Vermont Tech responded with their own six-point run. The final 20 minutes of play saw the SeaWolves fall behind by three to six points and respond by grabbing short lived leads.
With 1:13 remaining the SeaWolves would get the last tie of the game on a Tyler Mickle layup knotting the score at 70 apiece. The Knights would get back to the free throw line sinking four of four holding onto a 74-70 win as SMCC’s final hsots to tie or pull wit in one missed the mark.
Ryan Cloutier would finish with 25 points on 75.0 percent shooting. He also pulled down five rebounds and grabbed two steals. Senior captain Atencio Martin hit the net for 15 points, his sixth consecutive game in double figures and collected four assists.
The loss would cost the SeaWolves the number one seed for the YSCC post season tournament as their regular season split with NHTI and the loss to Vermont Tech was the tiebreaker.
On the Lady’s side of the court, it would take the full four quarters of play for the SeaWolves to build a lead which the Lady Knights could not overcome. The Lady SeaWolves outscored the Lady Knights 27-14 in the fourth to secure a 63-49 road win.
Three SeaWolves combined for 43 of the 63 points the Wolves scored.
Sophomore captain Amanda Brett and junior captain Emily Hogan hit for 15 apiece. However, the spark to the potent SMCC offense came from point guard Abigail Ramirez’s who hit for 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, collected seven assists, and picked the Vermont Knights pocket for five steals.
In the first-half, the Lady Wolves victimized themselves by committing 15 turnovers and shooting only 28.0 percent from the floor. Ahead by one to start the fourth quarter, SMCC scored the first two buckets to which the Knights responded to grabbing a short lived two-point lead with 5:46. The Wolves would then turn it on outscoring the Vermont squad 12-0, compliments of five different players, to climb ahead and play out a 14-point victory.
Both squads would end the regular season with lopsided victories in non-conference games as the Lady SeaWolves would dismantle Springfield Technical Community College 91-55.
Three SeaWolves finished with double-doubles. Sophomore captain Amanda Brett recorded her fifth game with 30 or more points, dropping 36 and snagging10 rebounds. Sophomore Lauryn Fagan finished with 12 points and grabbing 11 boards. Sophomore captain Abigail Ramirez moved into sole possession of #2 in the all-time assist category, dishing a career high 15 in the game.
The men SeaWolves finished their regular season also with a lopsided win over Williamson College (76-39).
Ryan Cloutier would lead the SeaWolves in scoring hitting for 15 on 6-8 shooting from the floor. Cloutier also would grab seven rebounds and collect five assists. Atencio Martin would hit for four triples to score 14 points, as sophomore Gregory Trinidad followed with 13 of his own.
The SeaWolves took the lead on a made three-pointer by Cloutier off the tip and never looked back. SMCC was effective on the defensive end, limiting their opponent to 22 less points than their season average forcing the Mechanics into 25.5 percent shooting from the field.
More impressively, SMCC was able to get fluid ball movement amassing 25 assists out of 28 made baskets. The home team made 13 three-pointers and turned 14 Williamson turnovers into 18 points.