Vikings Continue Incredible Winning Streak at 10-0
Viking Pierre Lys shuts down Dutchess CC. (Photo: Courtesy of Gowccvikings.com)
Six Vikings scored in double figures, led by a 20-point effort for sophomore Randy Stephens, as the WCC Men’s Basketball team continued its incredible run to open the 2017-18 season, winning their eighth-straight game, 119-82 over visiting Dutchess Community College on Thursday night at Viking Gymnasium. The 119 points marked a season-high for WCC, breaking their 115 total during a win over Rockland Community College nine days ago.
It was a slow start for both teams after a long layoff due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Both squads missed multiple scoring chances early, and there were several turnovers to start the game.
Dutchess (2-7) took a 12-10 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the first half, when sophomore Brandon Martin entered the game. He changed things immediately. The forward scored six straight points on his own.
This lead the Vikings on an 18-4 run to blow the game open, giving WCC a 30-14 lead. From there, the Vikings cruised to win #8, leading 54-31 at halftime.
After some back-and-forth to open the second half, a 12-2 run increased the Westchester lead to 73-48 with 14:45 to play, and the rout was on again.
Martin finished with 18 points, as did Raykwon Fenton, while Tremaine Fraiser added 14 points. Also hitting double digits for WCC were Maxx Miller (12 points), and Gabriel Cruz (11 points). WCC broke 100 points for the third time this season and the Vikings were then averaging 96.8 points per game on the year.
Only a few days later the men’s basketball team faced their toughest competition to that point, as the team prevailed over Ulster 73-61. Though WCC led wire to wire, the Senator defense held the blue and gold to their lowest point total of the season.
WCC did rely on their trademark tough defense though to keep UCC at bay the entire night.The game started off with both teams having trouble converting shots as Westchester held an early 6-5 lead.
WCC then went on a 14-2 run to lead 20-7 mid-way through the first half. A 10-3 run by Ulster cut the lead to 6 with 5:50 remaining, but the Vikings kept the cushion to enter the locker room at intermission with a 33-26 lead.
Ulster quickly cut that deficit down to four points scoring early in the 2nd, but WCC pulled away again as they were up by as many as 14 at 49-35 with 11:48 to go. The Senators hung around and with 7:45 to go they hit two straight 3-pointers to close within 7 points at 58-51.
They would get no closer though as with time winding down, Tremaine Fraiser (Trinity Catholic/Port Chester, NY) nailed a shot from outside the arc to put the Vikings back out front, 64-54. Randy Stephens (Mt. Vernon HS/Mt. Kisco, NY) sealed the deal in the final minute when he capped off a steal with a left handed dunk off the turnover.
Stephens led Westchester with 16 points as Brandon Martin (Mt. Vernon HS/Bronx, NY) added 14. Gabriel Cruz (In-tech Academy/Bronx, NY) was the only other scorer in double digits with 10 points on the night.
Six Vikings scored in double figures, including a team-high 23 points by sophomore Brandon Martin, as the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team crushed SUNY Orange, 126-80 at Viking at home. With the win, WCC improves to 10-0 to open the 2017-18 season.
WCC opened the game on an 8-2 run, and then scored 28 consecutive points to open a 36-2 lead. If that was not enough, WCC increased the advantage to 51-6 with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
A late SUNY Orange (4-7) barrage of three-pointers made things closer, as the Vikings enjoyed a 65-23 lead at halftime.The second half featured much of the same as Westchester scored their 100th point with 9:44 remaining,
This broke their season-high for scoring. They finished the game by scoring 120 points with three minutes to play.
Aside from Martin’s heroics, sophomore Raykwon Fenton scored 16 points. Sophomore Gabriel Cruz added 15 points, Maxx Miller and Tremaine Fraiser chipped in 13 points apiece. And Derrick Hamlin added 11 points, while Pierre Lys chipped in 10.