HC Cagers Drop Two on the Road

Release Date:
December 3, 2004
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

December 3, 2004


Painesville, OH – Playing their fifth straight game on the road, the Hilbert College men’s basketball team suffered two loses over the weekend while opening play in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.  The Hawks currently stand at 0-5 overall and 0-2 in league play. 


In Pittsburgh, PA on Friday night, La Roche College built on a 26-19 half time lead to earn a hard fought 62-48 win against the visiting Hawks.  While the Hawks held University of Pittsburgh transfer Carlo Dorazio to seven points, they struggled to keep the host Redhawks off the foul line, where they cashed in 22 of 28 attempts. 


A lay-up by Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) cut the Redhawks lead to 40-39 with just under eight minutes to play, but it was as close as the Hawks would get.  Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led Hilbert with 14 points while Reinard finished with 12.  Keon Rembert was held to two points on the night, but finished with a team high nine rebounds in the losing effort.


On Saturday afternoon, Lake Erie College raced to an early 36-22 half time lead en route to a 75-62 win over the visiting Hawks.  The host Storm shot a sizzling 55% from the field while holding the visiting Hawks to a chilly 36%, including a dismal 25% from beyond the arc. 


6’6 forward Nate Malensek led three LEC players in double figures with 22 points and five rebounds.  The Hawks were paced by Gioia’s 22 points while Rembert chipped in with 16 points.


Hilbert returns to action on Friday night against local rival Medaille College.  The Hawks will play the Mavericks in the first round of the Buffalo State Holiday Inn Tournament at 6:00 PM at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.       

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.