by The Beacon Sports Staff
Photographs by Madeline Rheaume
With five games remaining in the regular season for the SeaWolves, both squads are looking to finish the season strong, and to build momentum going into the Yankee Small College Conference post season-play.
The YSCC quarter-final game and the Final Four will be hosted by Southern Maine Community College this year. The structure of the tournament was modified a few seasons ago, from the host school hosting play Thursday through Sunday morning, to its current format in which the higher seeded teams host the lower seeded schools in the quarter-final round of play.
While the older format was not cost effective for the schools who traveled to the four-day tournament, from a basketball fans point of view: the 14 games offered plenty of basketball drama and athleticism.
Regardless, there’s plenty of basketball left this season.
Since the last Beacon, the SeaWolves have posted an overall three and three record between the teams. The Lady SeaWolves won handedly against the University of Maine-Augusta (75-49), dropped the next to Navy Prep on the road (52-56), and won in Concord, NH against the Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute 81-51.
On the men’s side of the court, the Wolves dismantled the Moose of UMA 126-71, lost to Navy Prep (76-55), and lost a hard-fought game against NHTI in Concord (70-67).
This past Sunday the teams traveled to Randolph, VT to battle it out with the Knights of Vermont Technical College. A road win in Vermont would help the men’s team tremendously in the YSCC standings as the Knights held third place with a 9-2 conference record. The SeaWolves hold fourth place in the standing with a 9-3 record.
The Lady SeaWolves currently hold third place in the YSCC standings as Central Maine occupies first with a 12-1 record and the University of Maine-Machias holds second with an 11-1 record. The Lady Moose of University of Maine Augusta and Vermont Tech hold onto the fourth and fifth places with 7-5 records.
Two weeks ago this Wednesday, the SeaWolves squads hosted the Moose from University of Maine-Augusta as the women opened the evening’s play. The Wolves would build a 21-11 lead after ten minutes of play behind the scoring of first-year players, Aija Andrews and Tara Flanders who totaled 12 of SeaWolves 21 first-quarter points. UMA would hang tough for the first half of the opening quarter play before the Wolves established breathing room.
The Lady Wolves would nearly double the Moose’s offensive output in the second quarter of play. At the sound of the halftime buzzer, the Wolves would hold a 40-21 lead holding UMA to 10 points in the quarter.
The third quarter opened with the Moose scoring the first eight points of the second half trimming the SMCC lead to 40-29. The rally would be short lived as the Wolves would respond with a 15-4 run sealing the home win for the Wolves.
Freshman center Elise Hebert would tally six-points in the fourth on three of three shooting from the field. Junior captain, Amanda Brett would bring home top scorer for the game with 20.
The men would finish off the evening’s play with a shooting frenzy in the first half posting a 32point lead (69-37) over the 20 minutes of play.
Statistically, the Wolves would shoot a more than impressive 70 percent from the field (28-40 overall and 10-18 from three-point land).
The second half saw the SeaWolves continue score at will while stifling the Moose as the Wolves cruised to a 55 point win (126-71).
Other statistic lines include: the Wolves shooting 50 percent from three-point land, tallying 19 triples, scoring 27points off of second-chance opportunities and the bench scoring 71 points.
Pedro Fonseca would bring home top scorer honors with 19 points, as Marios Tsielos collected 17 and sophomore Colin Baker contributed 16.
The Men Wolves would suffer a hard-fought defeat in Concord as the NHTI Lynx walked off of the court with a three-point victory (70-67). The contest was tight throughout the contest. The Lynx walked off the court holding a three-point lead at the half (31-28).
Game highlights for the SeaWolves include sophomore Anthony Lobor’s 18 points and 11 rebounds and posting a perfect day at the foul line (6 for 6). Fellow sophomore Ian Regan tallied 16 points that included four three-point drains.
First-year guard Pedro Fonseca would help the Wolves stay in the game in the second half as he would score all of his 11 points in the 20 minutes of play.
With 2:26 minutes to play, the Lynx would hold a five-point lead (63-58), a Fonseca layup would cut the lead to three (63-60). The final minutes would see NHTI answering every basket the Wolves scored.
The Wolves would find themselves trailing by three and pull with in one. They would find themselves trailing by four and again trail by one. With seconds remaining, the Lynx would build a three-point lead (70-67) on two made foul shots, setting the stage for one final rush by the SeaWolves.
Marios Tsielos would take the inbound pass, drive the court, pull up for a step back three-pointer which would ultimately rim out of the basket.
The conference loss would be SMCC’s third of the season.
The Lady would post a 30-point win in Concord as freshman Grace Fontaine would score 13 points, marking the eighth time this year she has scored in the double figures. Tara Flanders, also a freshman would collect a double-double. As she scored 12points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The front court of Amanda Brett and Aija Andrews tallied 20 points and eight rebounds in limited action.
The win lifted SMCC’s conference record to 10-2 and 18-3 overall.