Manhattanville Basketball Seasons Come Up Short

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MIKE BRABAZON

The Manhattanville College men’s basketball team has an overall record standing at 8-15 (4-8 MAC Freedom) in their 2016-2017 season. The Valiants have averaged just over 64 points per game this season off strong with a 75-67 win over Hunter College. Senior Charles Nardone, led the team with 22 points. Leading by 3 at the end of the first half, the Valiants fell behind at the beginning of the second half; allowing Hunter

Conference play, the Valiants were 3-7 on the season looking to turn things around and make the playoffs. Their first conference win came in a nail biter against Wilkes University, with a final score of 61-58. Other notable conference wins include their victory over Delaware Valley, now a playoff team, defeating them 75-70.

Throughout conference play, the Valiants lost some close games that in turn knocked them out of playoff contention. They fell to King’s College 61-65, as well as an overtime thriller where they fell to Wilkes University 63-68.

With two games remaining, currently 6th in MAC Freedom, the Valiants will fail to reach the playoffs.

The Manhattanville College women’s basketball team is currently 9-14 (4-8 MAC Freedom). They have averaged just as many points as they have allowed with 56.5 points per game. The Valiants have excelled at home, currently holding a record of 7-5 (3-2 MAC Freedom). Their struggles came on the road with a record of 2-8 (1-6 MAC Freedom).

The Valiants have been led by sophomore forward, Kayleah McGuire, and senior guard, Brittany Deieso. McGuire leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 (14.7 MAC Freedom) points per game. Deieso is right behind her, averaging 10.5 (11.2 MAC Freedom) points per game. They are the only two players to average over 10 points in both overall and conference play.

The Valiants opened the season with a win at home against John Jay College. In a convincing 52-34 victory, McGuire led the team with 12 points. While freshman forward, Nancy Caballero, led the team with an impressive 14 rebounds.

With one game under their belt, the Valiants hosted the Manhattanville Battle of the Castle tournament. In the first round of this single elimination tournament the Valiants defeated Keystone College 54-32, moving on to face Connecticut College. Manhattanville fell to Connecticut College 52-72, however, this 20-point deficit does not do the game justice. The turning point in the game came in the 2nd quarter when the Valiants were outscored 21-6. In the 3rd quarter they bounced back, winning the quarter by a score of 21-20. Despite this surge, the 20-point half time de cit was too much to overcome.

When conference play rolled around, the Valiants sought out to make a run
for the playoffs. After falling to Misericordia, (#3 MAC Freedom) 46-57 they bounced back with an overwhelming victory against Wilkes University, 76-42. They also defeated Kings College by the minute margin of 1 point, winning 57-56.

During the rest of conference play, the team racked up two more wins, defeating Wilkes 62-47, and Delaware Valley, 59-55.

The Valiants are sitting on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, currently sitting in 6th place. They will wrap up their season against Misericordia University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday,
Feb. 18 and honor their graduating seniors.