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2012-2013 Season Snapshot
2012-13 Season Review: Spring-boarding off the program’s success the last two seasons, the 2012-13 men’s basketball team reached new heights and continued to set new records in the Hilbert College archives. The Hawks fought to the program’s first a 20-win season, and set a new single-season conference win record since joining the challenging Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference nine years ago. Hilbert (20-6) earned the right to host the AMCC play-offs after battling to a 14-4 league record. And, after sharing the league’s regular season championship title, the Hawks were rewarded with several more ‘firsts’ for the program.
Seniors Dan McFarland and Anthony Hodge took home 1st Team All-Conference honors, while freshman Jerame Owens claimed a spot on the 3rd Team as well as being named the Newcomer of the Year. Rob deGrandpre earned his first Coach of the Year honor guiding the Hawks through their stealer season.
Hilbert opened the season hosting their annual Hilbert Tip-Off Tournament. They split the weekend slate grabbing a victory over Fredonia before dropping to St. John Fisher in the championship game. The Hawks went on a five game tear taking wins from two AMCC and three non-conference foes, before they suffered their first AMCC loss in early December. Three games later, Hilbert headed into the semester break with a 9-2 overall record and sat at the top of the conference at 3-1.
The Hawks went on mini-runs through January opening with an agonizing three-point loss the first game back after the break. Hilbert took three wins then suffered one loss; they grabbed two more victories before another setback but then closed the season in full control rather than succumbing to the pressure of HAVING to win.
The Hawks capped a six-game win streak off with an exciting over-time home victory against La Roche to earn the right to host the AMCC tourney as the number one-seeded team. Everything was in Hilbert’s favor against Medaille College (#4 seed) with a huge HawksNest home crowd and the winner’s mentality streaking the court in royal and white. Hilbert cleaned the Mavericks on the offensive glass, pulling down 17-second change opportunities and doubled-up Medaille in the paint (42-24) getting credit for 13 second-chance points. The Hawks had fewer turnovers (8 vs. 12) and two more steals. But Medaille was able to squeak out the 72-69 hard fought semi-final victory by way of their 50% three-point shooting.
Senior leadership, again, was key to the repeat success the program experienced this season. Isaac Bushey, Anthony Hodge and Dan McFarland were verbal leaders on the sidelines and in practice but physically led by example and played to the final horn each game. Hodge earned a game-high 19 points while McFarland chipped in 15 tallies and swiped two steals to become the Hawks career steal leader twenty-five minutes into the AMCC semi-final game. Bushey gave a 12 point, nine rebound effort in his final game wearing royal and white on February 22.
Statistically, the Hawks focused on improving their team play every day and tightening up their defense effort. Hilbert averaged 74.4 points per game (down from a record-setting 76.7 a year ago) but held their opponents to 5.7 fewer points per game this season (65.5 ppg). Their shooting percentage remained the same (44.3%) but they sank thirty more foul shots improving their free throw shooting to 70.3%.
Hilbert’s heady guard play continued to shine as they, again, decreased their turnovers for a second year in a row. The slide started last season and improved to an impressive low of 303 turnovers this season. The three year snap-shot: 2011: 489; 2012: 356 and in 2013: 303.
Hilbert’s +5.42 Turnover Margin and 1.2 Assist / Turnover Ratio lead the conference for a second year in a row.
For the first time in the AMCC-era of Hilbert basketball, the Hawks finished a season with four players averaging double-figure scoring. Anthony Hodge led the way with 16.7 ppg, while passing for a second-best 73 assists and a team-high 65 steals as one of the fittest, quickest and athletic players in the league. Dan McFarland capped a brilliant career averaging 14 ppg, team-high 87 assists and 9 blocks. He shares the career steal leader title (188) and moved to #3 on the career scoring list (1,532) after averaging 14.7 ppg during his four year career.
Junior Trevor Stark gave the Hawks a much-needed 24 minutes of effort while pumping in 301 points (11.6 ppg) and was the most consistent long distance shooter (40.8%). Rookie Jerame Owens matured into a force in the paint after he settled into a starting role after the holiday break. Owens’ 11.4 ppg, 8.9 rebounds per game forced opponents to take notice of his talents. He finished with 10 double-doubles along with 42 blocks this season which pushed him to number one on the Hawks record book for a single season record.
Isaac Bushey, who was sidelined with an injury mid-way through the season, rebounded to provide depth for the Hawks down the stretch. He chipped in 7.4 ppg and grabbed 43 offensive boards in 27 minutes of play. CJ Hodge served as quarterback of the squad again for his third season. He set the tone for the team and was credited with 65 assists padding his career total to 287, one dish away from holding onto third place in the Hilbert career assists. He averaged 3.6 assists in his 80 career games to date.
There were other Hawks providing quality minutes during the 26-game season. 6’10 Mike Jones shot 46.7% from the floor and blocked 10 shots while grabbing 66 rebounds during his sophomore champagne. Fellow sophomore paint-squatter, Ryan Brewster gave a solid 13 minutes-a-game effort and will always be remembered for his two made free throws against La Roche College with sixteen seconds left which captured the victory at home. And sophomore transfer Jordan Kumro stepped on the court and hit big shots for the Hawks. His 60% field goal percentage led Hilbert after he made 21 shots from the floor. Defensive hustle is contagious and no one gave more than Nick Nadeau his rookie year leading Hawks by diving for loose balls and drawing offensive charges from opponents.
It will be tough for coach deGrandpre and his staff to replace this year’s senior crop. These three cut their mark in the program; in attitude, by example as well as what the stat sheet read at the end of their careers.
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