Hawks Displayed Huge Heart In Semifinal Loss to Mavs
- Release Date:
- February 24, 2012
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BUFFALO, NY – After spotting Medaille College 17 points to open the AMCC semifinal game, Hilbert College fought back to even the score midway through the second half before running out of gas and going down in a 63-52 defeat to the #1 seeded team in men’s basketball February 24. The Hawks finished the season 15-12 overall and 11-7 in league play as they set new overall and AMCC season record wins since joining the AMCC league in 2004.
Medaille (24-2) moves into the championship game February 25 to face Penn State Behrend (16-10) the #3 seed who upset La Roche College (18-8) in the night’s other semifinal game, 50-46. The foul line proved to be the difference maker during both games with both Medaille and Behrend making the most out of their trips to the charity stripe.
Medaille took an early 11-0 lead before the Hawks found the bottom of the net, less than five minutes into the contest. The Mavericks extended their advantage to 17 points (19-2) after Jammal Coleman hit an easy jumper at 12:22. Over the next twelve minutes, Hilbert went on a 25-12 run, slowly and deliberately chipping away at the lead. The Hawks’ match-up defense was impressive as they frustrated Medaille into rushed or out-of-rhythm shooting. Jordan VanDunk’s layup started the run with multiple players contributing in the scoring column. Freshman Trevor Stark hit for six points, senior Chris Hoak and junior Chris Parrott canned five points apiece. The Hawks went to the locker room after a gutsy come-back performance cutting the lead to just four points, 31-27.
Starting the second half as they did the first, the host team stretched their half time lead to 10 points by 16:45. At 14:49, and seven points later, Hilbert cut the lead to two points (38-36). Both teams traded baskets for the next 90 seconds and then it happened; VanDunk’s layup created the game’s first tie of the night (42-42) and forced Medaille to take a much-needed timeout. After several trips up and back without success, back-to-back 3-pointers by each team tied the score again at 10:13. As the game progressed from that point, the depth of Medaille’s bench proved to be too much for the Hawks and the home team built a cushion which they held onto till the final horn.
Hilbert finished the game with six more steals and four fewer turnovers than Medaille. The Mavericks held an eleven board advantage in rebounds (34-23) and a slight shooting advantage (49% - 44%), but Hilbert’s 5 of 13 free throw shooting was no match for Medaille’s 8 of 10 for the game.
VanDunk led Hilbert with team high in points and rebounds (13/6). Stark was five of eight from the floor as he finished with 10 points. Senior Hoak finished his playing career with eight points and three steals. Juniors Parrott and Dan McFarland were both held under their scoring averages and chipped in seven points each. McFarland led the Hawks with three assists and three steals. Rounding out the scoring for Hilbert were Anthony Hodge (four) and CJ Hodge (three).
Medaille had balanced scoring with 10 players contributing. Sean Bellomo led the way with 12 points (six of seven shooting), seven rebounds and two block shots. Angel Flores chipped in 10 points and three assists.
Mike Maritato, Cody Troutman and Chris Hoak’s contributions to this year’s team have been invaluable to the Hilbert basketball program. The future looks bright for the Hawks as four of the starting five will return to the hardwood next fall and build on this year’s success.
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. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.
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