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Berkeley College's Rodnesha Diamond Competes in CBC ChampionshipJuly 10, 2014
The Berkeley College (NY) Women's Basketball team has solidified itself as one of the United States Collegiate Athletic Conference's premiere squads, as the Knights are coming off of their second straight season in which they qualified for at least the semifinal round of the USCAA National Women's Basketball Tournament. Winning a National title will once again be the primary goal for Berkeley during the 2014-2015 campaign, and for one member of the women's basketball team ? preparation for achieving that feat is already underway.Berkeley College women's basketball player Rodnesha Diamond ? who was honored with the "Coaches Award" at the First Annual Berkeley College Athletic Banquet this past May ? is currently competing in the CBC Championship (Caribebasket).The CBC Championship is a FIBA-sponsored basketball tournament in which National teams from the Caribbean participate. These countries comprise the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC). The top three or four teams earn berths to the Centrobasket Championship where those squads compete for sports in the FIBA Americas Championship. Teams that advance in the FIBA Americas Championship can qualify for the FIBA World Championships or Olympics. Berkeley College Women's Basketball Head Coach Sharod Tomlinson believes this experience will greatly benefit Rodnesha Diamond."Rodnesha is competing against a plethora of great players in these games," Tomlinson said. "Players that she's going up against have played at the Division I and II levels, and some of them have professional basketball experience. Having the opportunity to compete against great players will allow her to display her talents to the world, and she will gain a tremendous amount of confidence heading into her upcoming season of basketball at Berkeley College. It will also serve as a positive life experience for her, as this will increase her leadership skills as a person. I'm excited for her, and proud of her initiative."There are currently 24 Caribbean countries that may compete in this event, and the celebration of the tournament typically takes place every two years. Diamond ? who is a native of St. Vincent ? is playing for the St. Vincent and Grenadines teams.The Berkeley College women's basketball team will begin its season on the road the weekend of November 8-9, when the Knights will take on Southern Maine Community College and the University of Maine-Machias on back-to-back afternoons.
Berkeley College (NY) Men's Basketball Player Alexander Loniakan Named to HVIAC Winter-Spring All Academic TeamJuly 09, 2014Earlier this month, the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2014 Winter-Spring All Academic Team, and the Berkeley College Department of Athletics is proud to announce that New York Men?s Basketball player Alexander Loniakan was one of 90 student-athletes recognized on that squad. Instituted by the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the 2010-2011 season, the All-Academic Team is comprised of student-athletes who excel both on the court/field, and in the classroom.?Alex is a phenomenal student who is very dedicated to his studies,? Head Coach Chris Christiansen said. ?His diligent efforts in school will make his transition into the workforce smooth and successful. As it pertains to his athletic ability, Alex has always served as a great teammate and influence. He was a hard worker who always kept the mood light. Our club is going to miss his contributions next season.?Loniakan is an International Business major, and currently holds a 3.9 GPA. He is scheduled to graduate this August.This past March, he was honored by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association at the conference?s National Tournament banquet, as the Swedish guard was tabbed to the Academic All-American team for the 2013-2014 season.
The All-Academic Team consists of student-athletes who have reached sophomore academic standing and have earned a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or better at the conclusion of the spring semester, and participate in one of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference?s winter or spring sports ? men's and women's basketball, women's swimming, men's volleyball, men's tennis, softball and baseball.
Slow start too much for Berkeley College (NY) women's basketball team to overcome as Knights fall to Mustangs 56-48 in semifinals of 2014 USCAA National Basketball TournamentMarch 09, 2014
The Berkeley College (NY) women?s basketball team?s push for a return trip to the USCAA National Basketball Tournament Championship Game was cut short, as the No. 4 seeded Knights fell to the No. 1 seeded Mustangs of Central Maine C.C. by a score of 56-48 Friday evening at the Main Arena in Uniontown, PA.A slow start doomed the Knights in their loss to the Mustangs, as Berkeley missed its first nine shots from the floor and fell behind 9-0 just 4:46 into the game. Knights junior forward Patricia Patterson got her team on the board when she nailed a three-point basket to pull Berkeley to within six points at 9-3.Unfortunately for the Knights, Patterson?s three-point basket would account for one of only seven shots Berkeley would sink in the game?s first 20 minutes, as the Mustangs held the Knights to 18.4 percent shooting in the opening stanza (7-38) and took a 32-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.The early stages of the second half saw Central Maine C.C. expand its lead, as the Mustangs increased their edge to 19 points ? 43-24 ? with 15:58 remaining in the game. Just as it appeared the Knights were going to go quietly, they began their run.Junior forward Milan Germanyconverted on a layup with 15:00 remaining, and the All-American standout later drilled two free throws to bring her team to within 15 points at 43-28 with 14:32 left on the clock. The Knights spent the ensuing 6:26 of the game chipping away, as Berkeley eventually would slice the Mustangs? lead to seven at 47-40 with just over eight minutes remaining.Central Maine C.C. sophomore guard Susie French would connect on a three-point basket with a little under seven minutes remaining to put the Mustangs back up by double figures ? 50-40. The Knights - despite keeping the game close and giving themselves a chance ? were only able to convert on two fields in the closing eight minutes of game ? and never got closer than seven points down ? as the Mustangs held on for an eight point victory.Despite the loss for Berkeley College, it was Germany pacing the Knights with a team-high 20 points, and game-highs in rebounds with 16 and blocks with three. Patterson added seven points, 12 rebounds, and three steals, as well.In the victory for the Mustangs, Central Maine C.C. was paced by the hot shooting of French, as she nailed nine of her 20 attempts from the floor en route to finishing with a game-high of 22 points. She also snatched nine rebounds, dished five assists, and collected three steals. Sophomore forward Laura Soohey added 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, as well.Neither team shot well from the floor, as the Mustangs hit on just 30.8 percent of their attempts (20-65), while the Knights were only able to nail 15 of their 74 shots (20.3 percent). The Mustangs held a slight edge in the rebounding department, grabbing 57 caroms to Berkeley?s 54, and Central Maine C.C. dished 14 assists to the Knights? seven. Berkeley scored 25 points off of 26 Mustang turnovers, while Central Maine C.C. netted 21 points off of 21 Knights mistakes.With the loss, Berkeley?s season finalized at 14-7. Central Maine Community College ? who improved to a mark of 28-2 with Friday?s triumph ? lost the title game to Cincinnati-Clermont on Saturday evening, 69-51.
Berkeley College (NJ) men's basketball team wraps-up 2013-2014 season with 84-72 victory over Central Penn in consolation game of 2014 USCAA National Basketball TournamentMarch 07, 2014
The Berkeley College (NJ) men?s basketball team finalized their season in winning fashion Friday morning, turning back Central Penn by a score of 84-72 at the Maltho Gymnasium in the consolation bracket of the 2014 USCAA Men?s Basketball Tournament. With the win, Berkeley capped their 2013-2014 campaign with a 19-11 overall record.A three-point basket by sophomore guard Dukens Germain gave the Knights their biggest lead of the first half ? a 34-28 edge ? with 4:24 remaining in the opening session. Central Penn would then finish the half strong, going on a 10-4 run to knot the game at 38 apiece as the teams headed into the locker room at halftime.In the second half, Berkeley College took control of the contest. The Knights built a 12 point lead ? 61-49 ? and never let Central Penn get any closer than seven points down.Five players scored in double figures for Berkeley College, including freshman guard William Morton who played 26 minutes off of the bench and posted a team-high 18 points and a game-high seven steals. Sophomore guard Andrew Tomlin netted 13 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished three assists, and collected three steals. Additionally, freshman center Thaddeus Dalton dropped-in 13 points, snatched six caroms and blocked two shots, and Germain and sophomore guard Hassan Abdullah scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.Central Penn was paced by Devon Dorsey who posted game-highs in points with 22 and rebounds with 14 in a losing cause. Maalik Rochester added 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals, and Rafeeg Bush netted 10 points and snatched four rebounds.Berkeley?s defense was phenomenal all game, as the Knights forced 27 Central Penn turnovers while collecting 20 steals. Additionally, Berkeley held Central Penn to just 35.7 percent shooting (25-70), and the Knights? bench outscored Central Penn?s 39-10.
Jubilation after Midnight: Berkeley College (NY) women's basketball team punches ticket to USCAA National Tournament semifinals with 77-75 overtime victory over Penn State Beaver in quarterfinalsMarch 07, 2014
For the second consecutive season, the Berkeley College (NY) women?s basketball team will be playing in the semifinals of the USCAA National Basketball Tournament, as earlier this morning, the No. 4 seeded Knights outlasted the No. 5 seeded Nittany Lions of Penn State Beaver in the quarterfinal round by a score of 77-75 in overtime at the Maltho Arena in Uniontown, PA. With the victory, the Knights now advance to play No. 1 seeded Central Penn tomorrow evening in the Main Arena at 9:00pm, with a chance to qualify for the National Championship Game. With the loss, Penn State Beaver will battle Warren Wilson in the consolation bracket tomorrow at 4:00pm.In a game that lasted two hours and six minutes and concluded at 12:56am, the Knights took their fans on a roller coaster ride. At the half, Penn State Beaver led Berkeley by a score of 39-30, and the Nittany Lions ballooned their lead up to 14 ? 52-38 ? with 14:14 remaining in the contest. At that point, the Knights began storming back.Senior guard Aiyesha Brown started Berkeley?s push by nailing a three-point basket. Following a turnover by Penn State Beaver?s Cassandra Flowers, junior guard Janay Thomas drilled a triple to bring the Knights to within eight points at 52-44. The Nittany Lions would then turn the ball over again, which led to Brown driving in for a layup to cut her team?s deficit to six points. With 12:39 remaining in the game, the Knights found themselves trailing 52-46.Penn State Beaver then responded with a modest 5-3 run to push back ahead 57-49, but a 9-0 Berkeley College run ? capped by a three-point basket by junior forward Milan Germany? put the Knights up one ? 58-57. It was the first time the Knights held a lead since being up 23-22 with 7:12 remaining in the first half.After a basket by Nittany Lions guard Natalie Gamble gave Penn State Beaver the lead again at 59-58, Berkeley scored the next eight points (a spurt that included a basket and two converted freebees by Thomas, a pair of made free throws by Brown, and a layup by Germany) to go back up 66-59 with 4:15 remaining in the game.Penn State Beaver ? despite relinquishing a 14 point lead earlier in the stanza and finding themselves in between a rock and a hard place ? didn?t quit. A layup by flowers, a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Morgan Kurtz, and another two freebee conversions by Flowers pulled the Nittany Lions back to within a point ? 66-65 ? with just under two minutes remaining.Later, with the Knights holding a 69-67 lead, Penn State Beaver sophomore guard Khalia Adams would convert on a layup to tie the game. With only five seconds remaining in regulation, Thomas took the inbounds pass and began to dribble before giving the ball up to Germany. Germany only got to half court before heaving a desperation shot that was off, sending the game into an extra session.The Nittany Lions scored the first four points of the extra session ? all at the line ? as Penn State Beaver held a 73-69 lead. A layup by Thomas brought Berkeley to within two points with 1:28 to go, but the Nittany Lions responded with a converted layup by Adams. With 1:13 remaining, the Knights found themselves down four points.On Berkeley?s next possession, Germany nailed a three pointer from the corner to pull her team to within a point at 75-74. On Penn State Beaver?s next possession, Thomas came up with a huge steal, snatching the ball away from Nittany Lions freshman guard Mason Depetro and driving all the way to the hoop before laying it in, giving Berkeley a 76-75 edge.The Nittany Lions still had a chance to take the lead, but on their next possession, freshman guard Sydnee Abernathy would miss a layup. The ball was rebounded by Flowers, who would then turn the ball over. On Berkeley?s next possession, Germany would turn the ball over, as Abernathy would come up with the steal and feed Kurtz, who would have her layup blocked by the Knights? Tiera Williams. Williams then grabbed the ball and was fouled.Williams then went to the charity stripe, where she knocked down the first of her two attempts. The second attempt was off, and the rebound was grabbed by Flowers. Penn State Beaver would turn the ball over in the front court, though, and Aiyesha Brown would run out the clock to give Berkeley an exhilarating two point overtime victory in the quarterfinal round.Thomas and Brown were tied for the game-high in points scored, as both standouts netted 25 points. Thomas also tallied four steals, grabbed three rebounds, and dished three assists, and Brown had a game-high six steals while pulling down three rebounds. Germany posted a double-double with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, and forward Patricia Patterson dropped-in nine points while snatching 10 boards.In a losing effort for Penn State Beaver, the Nittany Lions got 22 points from Kurtz, who connected on 11 of her 15 attempts from the charity stripe. She also grabbed 10 rebounds as well. Flowers put together one of the more stellar performances in recent quarterfinal round history, as she posted a double-double with 20 points, and game-highs in rebounds with 23 and blocks with four. Adams struggled with her shot, nailing just four of 16 attempts from the floor, but she did finish with 11 points.The Knights won the game despite missing 17 free throws (15-32, 46.9 percent), and getting out-rebounded by an astounding margin of 68-35. Berkeley College?s defense was fantastic, however, as the Knights forced 30 Penn State Beaver turnovers, and swatted nine shots compared to six for the Nittany Lions. Finally, Berkeley held an 18-9 edge in the steals department.Keep it posted to Berkeley College?s athletics website - http://berkeleycollege.edu/athletics/- for all of the latest 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament information.
Knights can't capitalize on fast start as Berkeley College (NJ) men's basketball team's National title push ends with 91-86 loss to Penn State YorkMarch 06, 2014
The No. 7 seeded Berkeley College (NJ) men?s basketball team fought valiantly, but ultimately fell in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament, losing to the No. 2 seeded Nittany Lions of Penn State York by a score of 91-86 Thursday afternoon at the Main Arena in Uniontown, PA.Things looked promising for the Knights in the first half, as Berkeley opened up a 16-point first half lead ? 44-28 ? with 3:47 remaining in the opening stanza. A 12-3 run by Penn State York cut the Knights? lead to seven points at 47-40, but a layup by freshman center Vince Richmond at the buzzer gave the Knights a 49-40 edge as the teams entered the locker room at halftime.The Nittany Lions completed their comeback and took the lead for good when freshman guard Lucas Jewell would hit a jumper to put Penn State York up 58-56 with 14:31 left. From there, the Nittany Lions would go up by as many as 10 points, and Penn State York led by as many as seven ? 87-80 ? with just under a minute remaining in the game. Berkeley ? however ? continued to battle. A layup by sophomore guard Dukens Germain was followed by a turnover by Jewell. The Knights inbounded the ball to junior forward Carl O?Neil who dropped in a layup to pull his team to within three points with 45 seconds left.Five seconds later, Nittany Lions junior guard Tyler Martin would turn the ball over, and junior guard Josh Jamison would commit a foul, hacking O?Neil. That would send O?Neil to the line for a one-and-one opportunity, but he would misfire on the attempt. From there, Penn State York would connect on all eight of their free throw attempts, eventually hanging on to win the game by six points.Despite the loss for the Knights, Germain led the way for Berkeley, scoring a team-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals. O?Neil added 17 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Hassan Abdullah scored 12 points off of the bench.In the win for Penn State York, the Nittany Lions were led by Jewell, as he scored a game-high 22 points off of the bench. He also added seven assists and three rebounds as well. Martin finalized his afternoon with 21 points a game-high nine assists, and Jamison connected on nine of his 12 shots and finished with 19 points.The Nittany Lions shot 75 percent from the floor in the second half (21-28), while connecting on 57.4 percent of their attempts for the game (35-61). On the flip side, Berkeley College hit on 34 of their 75 shots (45.3 percent). The teams each pulled down 39 rebounds apiece, and Penn State York dished 21 assists to the Knights? 12.With the loss, the Knights dropped to 18-11 on the season, and will finalize their 2013-2014 campaign tomorrow with a game against Central Penn College at 10:00am. Penn State York advances to the semifinal round of the tournament, where they will battle No. 6 seeded Andrews University at 3:00pm.
Fast start propells Berkeley College (NY) men's basketball team to 87-67 win over Penn State Fayette on day two of USCAA National Basketball TournamentMarch 06, 2014
The Berkeley College (NY) men?s basketball team wrapped-up its season on a positive note, defeating the Roaring Lions of Penn State Fayette by a score of 87-67 in the consolation bracket of the play-in round of the 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament at the Maltho Arena in Uniontown, PA.The Knights were hitting on all cylinders from the start. Sophomore guard Keenan Langstonbegan the scoring with a pair of free throws before following that up with a three-point basket as Berkeley grabbed a 5-0 lead in the opening 2:23. Following a pair of converted freebees by Roaring Lions junior forward Matt McKenna, the Knights put together a 16-1 run (a spurt that included nine points by senior guard Jovan Bovell) to take a 21-3 advantage with just over 14 minutes remaining the session.Berkeley grabbed its biggest lead of the first half when senior guard Mario Guzmanconnected on a jumper to give the Knights a 39-13 edge with 4:38 left in the opening stanza. The Roaring Lions were able to close the half on a 15-5 run, but the Knights were still in the driver?s seat, holding a 44-28 lead as the teams entered the locker room at halftime.In the second half, Penn State Fayette closed the gap to 13 points ? 50-37 ? with 14:36 remaining in the game. The Knights kept the Roaring Lions at bay, though. Freshman center Ahmed Dickerson would slam the ball home to stop the bleeding, and following a converted free throw by Penn State Fayette?s Darius Mack, back-to-back baskets by senior guard Richard Rampersad and Bovell put the Knights ahead by 18 ? 56-38 ? with 12:46 left on the clock.From there, the Knights never let Penn State Fayette get any closer than 12 points down. Berkeley ultimately built its lead back up to as many as 21 points before eventually going on to win the game by 20 points.In the victory for the Knights, Berkeley was paced by Bovell, who connected on nine of his 15 attempts from the floor en route to finishing with a team-high 24 points. Additionally, the senior grabbed four rebounds and dished four assists as well. Dickerson nailed eight of his 10 shots and finalized his afternoon with 19 points, a game-high nine rebounds, and three assists, and senior guard Alexander Loniakan drilled four three-pointers and contributed 12 points.Despite the loss for Penn State Fayette, the Roaring Lions got a tremendous effort from McKenna, as he netted a game-high 26 points while grabbing seven rebounds and tallying two steals. Sophomore guard Luke Williams added 14 points, and junior forward Jacob Bronder and freshman guard Dominick Jackson each contributed 11 points.Berkeley was absolutely stellar shooting the basketball, as the Knights connected on 62.5 percent of their shots from the floor for the afternoon (33-53) compared to 45.3 percent for Penn State Fayette (24-53). The Knights hit 13 of their 18 attempts from the charity stripe (13-18), while the Roaring Lions misfired on 12 freebees (17-29, 58.6 percent). Berkeley held a 33-27 edge in the rebounding department, and also dished 19 assists to Penn State Fayette?s 14. Finally, Berkeley scored 26 points off of 19 Penn State Fayette turnovers.With the win, the Knights finalized their season with a record of 15-10, while Penn State Fayette?s campaign closed at 13-16.
Berkeley College (NJ) men's basketball team outlasts Penn State Fayette 91-88 in overtime in play-in round of 2014 USCAA National Basketball TournamentMarch 06, 2014The No. 7 seeded Berkeley College (NJ) men?s basketball team picked up a thrilling victory on Wednesday evening, defeating the No. 10 seeded Roaring Lions of Penn State Fayette by a score of 91-88 in overtime in the play-in game of the 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament at the Main Arena in Uniontown, PA. With the victory, the Knights improved to a record of 18-10 on the season and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tourney, where they will face No. 2 seeded Penn State York at 2:00pm. Penn State Fayette will face Berkeley College (NY) tomorrow at 1:15pm.In what was a tightly-contested first half, the teams found themselves knotted at 17 with 6:09 remaining in the opening stanza. The Roaring Lions then put together a 7-0 run over the ensuing 1:58, a spurt that included a basket and two converted free throws by junior forward Matt McKenna, and a three-point basket by junior forward Dierre Jenkins. With 4:11 left in the session, Penn State Fayette led 24-17.The Knights turned up the voltage following that 7-0 run by the Roaring Lions, as Berkeley answered with a 13-0 run of its own, a stretch that was highlighted by five points from junior guard Darryl Robinson(freshman guard Jabree Jackson also accounted for four points during the run). Berkeley held a 30-24 lead, and would eventually enter the locker room at halftime holding a 37-33 edge.In the second half, there were a number of occasions where it appeared as though the Knights would run away with the game, but Penn State Fayette battled each time and stayed in the game. Berkeley opened up its biggest lead of the game ? a 10 point edge (47-37) ? following a layup from Andrew Tomlin. A 15-4 Roaring Lions run ? capped by a three-point basket by junior guard Derek Jones ? gave Penn State Fayette a 52-51 lead with 12:41 to go.The Knights regained their composure and eventually jumped back ahead 66-59 with 9:39 left, and later, Berkeley seemed to be in prime position to win the game up 78-72 with just 3:20 remaining. The Roaring Lions would not go away though, outscoring the Knights 6-0 over the ensuing 1:43 to tie the game at 78 apiece.With time winding down in regulation, and the Knights holding for one shot, Berkeley put the ball in the hands of sophomore guard Dukens Germain, who has made so many clutch shots throughout the season for his team. His three-point attempt at the buzzer was off, though, sending the game into overtime.In the extra period, the Knights scored the first four points, thanks to baskets by freshmen William Morton and Thaddeus Dalton. Berkeley College led 82-78, but a 5-0 run by Penn State Fayette gave the Roaring Lions an 83-82 advantage with 2:58 left. 55 seconds later, a basket by Dalton pushed Berkeley back ahead 84-83, but a three point play by Penn State Fayette?s McKenna gave the Roaring Lions an 86-84 lead.Over the next 53 seconds of overtime, the teams would trade baskets, and Penn State Fayette held an 88-86 lead. Germain then drove to the basket and converted on a layup, tying the game at 88 apiece. Later - a made free throw by sophomore guard Hassan Abdullah, and a pair of converted freebees by Morton, gave the Knights a 91-88 lead.Berkeley?s Tasheen Carrow went to the free throw line with nine seconds remaining, and with Penn State Fayette out of timeouts, just one made free throw would have likely sealed the deal, as it would have made it a two possession game. Carrow, however, misfired on both free throws, giving Penn State Fayette a chance to tie. Sophomore Luke Williams? desperation three point shot at the buzzer was off, though, giving the Knights the victory as Berkeley College?s bench erupted in celebration.In the victory for the Knights, Morton paced his squad with a team-high 24 points (while converting all seven of his attempts from the charity stripe) and grabbing three rebounds while also tallying two steals. Junior forward Carl O?Neil added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Germain finalized his night with 10 points and seven caroms.Despite the loss for the Roaring Lions, Penn State Fayette got a tremendous effort from McKenna, as he posted game-highs in points with 27 and rebounds with 10. Sophomore guardC.J. Gaddis and Williams each dropped in 12 points apiece, and junior guard Jones added 10.The Knights shot a blistering 47.9 percent from the floor for the night (35-73) while holding the Roaring Lions to just 38.8 percent shooting (26-67). Berkeley dished 16 assists to Penn State Fayette?s 13, and the Knights also held a staggering 52-23 edge in bench points. The Roaring Lions out-rebounded Berkeley College 49-42, while also connecting on 10 three point baskets to the Knights? one.Keep it posted to Berkeley College?s athletics website - http://berkeleycollege.edu/athletics/- for all of the latest 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament information.
Berkeley College (NY) men's basketball team defeated by Penn State Beaver 76-68 in play-in round of 2014 USCAA National Basketball TournamentMarch 05, 2014
The No. 9 seeded Berkeley College (NY) men?s basketball team lost in the play-in round of the 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament, falling to the No. 8 seeded Nittany Lions of Penn State Beaver by a score of 76-68 in a game played at the Main Arena in Uniontown, PA. With the loss, the Knights saw their quest for a National title come to an end, as their record dipped to 14-10 on the season. Berkeley will play one more game this season, and that will come tomorrow afternoon against Penn State Fayette at 1:15pm. With the victory, Penn State Beaver advances to the quarterfinal round of the tournament tomorrow, as they will take on No. 1 seeded Central Maine C.C., with game-time scheduled for 5:30pm.The first half of the game saw the Knights fall behind early, as Penn State Beaver hit six of their first 11 shots from the field en route to taking 14-5 lead, which turned out to be their largest lead of the opening session. Later - with 8:35 remaining in the half, the Knights? defense came on strong as Berkeley made a run. In a span of 6:07, the Knights allowed just one Nittany Lion field goal while putting together an 11-3 run and taking a 32-30 lead. Penn State Beaver would score the final four points of the period to take a 34-32 advantage into the locker room at halftime.The second stanza began with the Knights hitting on all cylinders. Just 14 seconds into the half, senior guard Jovan Bovell knocked down a three point basket to put Berkeley back on top 35-34. After senior forward Chris Weathers dropped in a layup to give the Nittany Lions the lead again (36-35), Knights senior guard Richard Rampersad connected on a triple to push Berkeley ahead 38-36.From there, neither team would grab bigger than a three point lead until Weathers knocked down a three-point basket to give his team a 52-48 edge with 9:36 to go in the contest. The Knights stayed close, as they trailed just 60-56 with 4:45 remaining. From there, Penn State Beaver would put together an 11-3 run (while allowing just one Berkeley field goal) over the ensuing 3:50 to take a 71-59 lead and essentially punch their ticket to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Berkeley College did score nine points in the final minute, but that was all window dressing as the Nittany Lions drained five of their six free throw attempts in the waning moments to account for an eight point victory.Despite the loss for the Knights, Berkeley College was paced by sophomore guard Keenan Langston who scored team-high 14 points to go along with four rebounds. Bovell added 13 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists, and senior guard Mario Guzman drained three triples and finalized his evening with 12 points.In the victory for Penn State Beaver, the Nittany Lions got a tremendous effort from sophomore forward Rob Agurs, as he scored a game-high 26 points while nailing 16 of 22 of his attempts from the charity stripe. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished three assists, tallied two steals and blocked two shots. Weathers was also impressive as he dropped in 25 points and snatched three caroms, and senior guard Nick Miller added 16 points in the win.Free throw attempt efficiency was pivotal in this one, as Penn State Beaver took 36 shots from the charity stripe while drilling 28 of them (77.8 percent), while the Knights attempted just 19 free throws while hitting 10 (52.6 percent). The Nittany Lions doubled-up Berkeley in points off turnovers, as Penn State Beaver netted 22 points off Knights miscues compared to Berkeley?s 11 in that category. The Nittany Lions dished 12 assists to Berkeley?s nine, while the Knights held a slight 42-37 edge on the glass.Keep it posted to Berkeley College?s athletics website - http://berkeleycollege.edu/athletics/- for all of the latest 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament information.
Eight Berkeley College basketball standouts recognized at 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament Banquet on Tuesday eveningMarch 05, 2014
The USCAA announced its Division II men?s and women?s basketball All-American and Academic All-American lists Tuesday evening at the 2014 USCAA Basketball National Tournament Banquet at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA, and Berkeley College?s three basketball teams were well represented. A total of eight Berkeley student-athletes were recognized on the evening, including five Second Team selections, and one Honorable Mention.Berkeley?s Lady Knights had two Second Team All-American selections, including senior guard Aiyesha Brown and junior forward Milan Germany. Brown?s 16.5 points per game ties her for the team lead in that category, and she also averages five rebounds per contest as well. The 5?7, Jamaica, NY native has also collected 24 steals on the season, an average of two per game. Germany ? like Brown ? currently averages 16.5 points per game (she?s logged 15 games this season), and boasts a team-high nine rebounds per game. Head Coach Sharod Tomlinson was extremely proud of his two standouts.?Aiyesha and Milan have done a fantastic job of leading by example this season, and they are extremely deserving of the recognition that they?ve garnered by the USCAA,? Tomlinson said. ?Seeing their diligent efforts pay off in this fashion is something that I am very proud of, and it?s something that they?ll take with them forever.?The New York men?s basketball team had four players recognized, including senior guard Alex Loniakan who was named to the Academic All-American Team early in the evening. Senior guard Jovan Bovell ? who has played in all 22 games for the Knights this season ? was an Honorable Mention. The Jamaica High School product has put forth a versatile 2013-2014 campaign for his group, averaging 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. Senior center Elijah Craigand sophomore guard Keenan Langstonboth earned status as Second Team All-Americans. Craig currently averages nine points and a team-high 10.1 caroms for the Knights, and his 50 blocks lead the team and the USCAA. Langston has dazzled all season, as he leads Berkeley with his 16.4 points per game average. His shooting percentages are especially impressive, as he has shot 76.3 percent from the line and 45.5 percent from the floor. Head Coach Chris Christian highly praised his four honorees.?There were certainly was a fair amount of anxiety leading up to the announcements, but the ultimate reward was hearing the names of the student-athletes be announced and seeing the smiles on their faces,? Christiansen said. ?Alex is an ace student in the classroom, and serves as a great teammate and influence. Jovan, Elijah, and Keenan have all been so pivotal for this team on the court this season, and their tireless efforts have culminated in them receiving All-American recognition. I?m very happy for them.New Jersey?s men?s basketball team also had a pair of honorees. Junior guard Darryl Robinson was named to the Academic All-American team earlier in the evening, and sophomore guard Dukens Germain was tabbed as a Second Team All-American. In 20 games played this season, Germain has paced the Knights offensively, averaging 15.3 points per game. He also has snatched 7.1 rebounds per contest, and his shooting percentages have been on-point, as the Maplewood, NJ native has knocked-down 72.6 percent of his free throw attempts while also connecting on 43.8 percent of his shots from the field. Head Coach Anthony Calabrese was gratified by his student-athletes? accomplishments.?Darryl Robinson is an individual who has a tremendous future ahead of him,? Calabrese said. ?He is very dedicated to his studies, and it?s a wonderful thing to see. As for Dukens ? he has been a great leader this year. His versatility is a huge asset for our team, as he can score, grab rebounds, and play defense. He can do it all, and that is what makes him so dangerous. I?m very proud of Darryl and Dukens.?Here is the recapped list of all Berkeley College award winners:Women?s BasketballAiyesha Brown ? Second Team All-AmericanMilan Germany ? Second Team All-AmericanNY Men?s BasketballAlexander Loniakan ? Academic All-AmericanElijah Craig ? Second Team All-AmericanKeenan Langston ? Second Team All-AmericanJovan Bovell ? Honorable MentionNJ Men?s BasketballDarryl Robinson ? Academic All-AmericanDukens Germain ? Second Team All-AmericanEarlier in the day at the USCAA skills competition, Berkeley College (NY) freshman center Ahmed Dickerson won the dunk competition. Also qualifying for the top three in the contest was Dukens Germain from the New Jersey basketball team. Richard Rampersad competed in the three-point competition and advanced to the semifinals.To follow the Knights and Lady Knights in their quest for a National Championship, visit the USCAA website ? www.theUSCAA.com. Live statistics and live video streaming will be available for select games. Recaps of all Berkeley College contests will be available by the Knights? athletics website at http://berkeleycollege.edu/athletics/.