Teams amass 30-6 overall record and 16-4 YSCC record
by The Beacon Sports Staff
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MADELINE RHEAUME
Welcome to 2020 SeaWolf faithful. While the new year and decade may have gotten off to a bit of a depressing start for some sports fans in New England, no need to elaborate, the SeaWolves basketball squads are looking to finish the regular season strong. Nine regular season games remain before the Yankee Small College Conference post-season play starts and YSCC Final Four return to SMCC on February 29th .
Both squads have compiled an 8-2 conference record, as the Lady SeaWolves have built a 16-2 overall record, as the men’s overall record comes in at 14-4.
Currently, the men’s squad find themselves one game behind Central Maine Community College (9-1) in the YSCC standings and a game in front of New Hampshire Technical Institute (6-2). The Lady Wolves occupy third place as CMCC holds first (9-1) and the University of Maine- Machias holds second place (6-1).
The season has also been a solid one for individual players as six SeaWolves have been honored as Yankee Small College Conference Players of the Week.
Most recently Aija Andrews and Pedro Fonseca were honored for their play during the week prior to January 14 th . Andrews would also be recognized as the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Women’s Division II Basketball Player of the Week for her efforts in helping the Lady SeaWolves grab two road wins.
Andrews averaged 21 points on 71.4% shooting, while totaling 15 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots. Against UConn-Avery Point, Andrews lights up the scoreboard with 28 points and 11 rebounds.
First-year guard Pedro Fonseca also helped lead the SeaWolves secure two wins that week as he totaled 26 points on 45.5% shooting. Fonseca also pulled down 10 rebounds and collected four assists. Against UConn-Avery Point, Pedro hit for 19 points on impressive field-goal shooting as he went 7-11 from the floor.
Tara Flanders was honored by the YSCC on January 7th , as the guard/forward hit the scorebook for 22 points as she converted 50 percent of her shots from the field and was perfect from the foul line (4 for 4). Tara also recorded her fourth double-double as she grabbed 12 rebounds (eight on the offensive side of the court), picked the opponents pocket four times and dishes out five assists against the Community College of Rhode Island.
Cameron Cousins was honored for his play against Paul Smith’s College for the week of
December 24th . Cousin’s 12 points, eight rebounds, and a block and a steal helped SMCC survive a pesky Paul Smith’s team with a 64-61 win.
Rounding out the YSCC Player of the Week selections for SMCC are Ian Regan and Amanda Brett both of whom brought home the honors for the week of December 17th.
Sophomore captain Ian Regan would net 27 points in the previous week’s action last week action. Against Williamson College of the Trades, Ian would capture his first double-double of the season when he scored 16 points and snatched ten rebounds. The shooting guard would hit on four of seven shots from beyond the three-point arch helping the Wolves to a 68-66 victory and to stay perfect on the road.
Amanda Brett, who has been a stalwart of the team for the past three years, averaged 22.5 points per game over the course of two games the week prior to her being honored. On Dec. 11th, Brett became the all-time scorer for the program. Four days later on the 15th, Brett would hit for 22 points, lifting the SeaWolves squad to a bounce-back road win against Community College of Philadelphia. It was the first time for SMCC to play in the opponent’s gymnasium. Brett would also rip away 21 rebounds and pick the pocket five times in what would be a dominant week for the SMCC women’s squad. Amanda also took home the USCAA DII Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for her play during the week.
The Beacon would also like to mention one more shout out to Katie Stannard, the women’s head coach. Coach Stannard captured her 75th win against Unity College when her Lady SeaWolves bested Unity 98-42.