By the Beacon Sports Staff
The Yankee Small College Conference Final Four opened up two Saturday’s ago at Central Maine Community College. The YSCC changed the post season playoff format earlier this year in order to take the financial strain off of participating schools who had to travel and stay for potentially three nights near the host schools. This year the quarter final games were held at the top four-seeded schools.
A week prior to the semi and final games being played at CMCC, Southern Maine Community College hosted Unity College which the Lady SeaWolves defeated 85-31 and the University of Maine-Augusta which the men defeated 84-61.
Semi-final Saturday saw the Lady Wolves open the day of four games take the court against the Clippers from the University of Maine-Machias. The Wolves would outscore the Clippers in all four quarters propelling them to a 72-53 win.
YSCC Player of the year,
Amanda Brett brought home top scoring honors by draining 29points, grabbing 13 rebounds and turning away four shots. Abbey Ramirez, SMCC’s dynamic guard came up one assist shy of collecting a triple-double as she hit the nets for 11points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
After the Lady SeaWolves punched their ticket to the YSCC finals, the Central Maine women took on New Hampshire Technical Institute and after 40minutes of play punched their ticket to the finals to face Southern Maine. The Mustangs won easily 73-49.
The SeaWolve men would have to wait till to take the court as the Mustang men would battle it out with NHTI in the third game of the day. The Lynx would survive a furious CMCC rally in the second half as Lynx Deric Jackson drilled a three-pointer from well beyond the arch as time expired to spoil CM’s hope of a major upset.
The final game of the day pitted Vermont Tech against Southern Maine. This would be the third time the teams went at each other having split the regular season games winning on their home courts.
Vermont Tech would shoot an impressive 51.7% from the field which was countered by SMCC’s aggressive defense which forced the VT into 23 turnovers. The game would remain close throughout the first half and well into the second half until the Wolves put together an 11-2 run gaining separation.
YSCC Player of the Year, Atencio Martin would bring home top scoring honors hitting for 30points while grabbing nine rebounds and picking VT’s pocket for four steals. Gregory Trinidad would hit for four three-pointers topping out for a 20point night while collecting five assists.
Anderson Kavutse would hit double-figures in scoring with 10points helping SMCC secure a 82-74 win and a trip to the YSCC championship game.
For further statistics and photos of the YSCC Final Four games please visit the SMCC Official Athletics web page.