NAC Men's Basketball Weekly Honors
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Koang Thok, Colby-Sawyer
(Fr, G - Portland, Maine)
Thok led the Chargers offensively in picking up a pair of important NAC victories last week. He shot an impressive 68% from the floor and averaged 20.5 points. He began the week with 16 points on 5-7 shooting in the team's 81-61 win at Green Mountain. Koang wrapped up the week with 25 points on 12-18 shooting in an 84-71 win over Castleton.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Carnelius Green, Green Mountain
(Fr, G - Oviedo, FL)
Green saved his best performance for the last week of the season. As the Eagles were looking to sneak into the NAC playoffs, Green provided hope with his stellar play on the court this week. In a do-or-die situation against Colby-Sawyer, he scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out four assists. In the season finale against New England College, Green tallied 27 points, 13 rebounds and four dimes. In three games on the week, the guard averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He shot 26-for-54 which was good for 48.1% from the field and distributed the ball effectively, generating easy scoring chances for his peers.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 2-1 this past week, finishing off the conference slate at 15-3 and earning the top-seed in the upcoming NAC Tournament. Mark Comstock led the Spartan offense, averaging 16.7 points per game while shooting an impressive 66.7% from the field. On Tuesday Comstock became the 20th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau, as he dropped 20 points on Johnson State in a win. Castleton will host Lyndon on Tuesday in a quarterfinal round match up at 7:30 pm.
The Colby-Sawyer men's basketball won both of its games last week. The Chargers began with an 81-61 road win at Green Mountain. Freshman Mike Dias led the team with 20 points in the game. The Chargers then earned an 84-71 win over Castleton. Freshman Koang Thok scored 25 points on 12-18 shooting to pace the Chargers. Colby-Sawyer earned the #2 seed and will host a quarterfinal contest on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
UMF stumbled to the end of the regular season with conference losses to Husson 74-70 and Thomas 83-77 in overtime. Ben Johnson scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss to Husson, while Pet Sumner tallied 24 points, including 12 of 12 from the foul line, vs. Thomas.
Green Mountain's playoff aspirations were dashed this week with three conference losses. On Tuesday, the men lost a tight battle against Lyndon, falling 62-59 to the Hornets. The Eagles dropped a 81-61 decision to Colby-Sawyer on Thursday before losing a close battle on Saturday to New England College in the season finale, 84-77.
The Husson University men's basketball team went 3-0 this week, including an impressive 74-70 victory over Maine-Farmington on Tuesday night. Over the weekend, the Eagles took down Johnson State and Lyndon State at Newman Gymnasium to finish the regular season on a four-game winning streak. Senior Brad Libby scored 18, going 5-7 from three-point range on Senior Day, Saturday against Lyndon. Husson will host Thomas College in a NAC Quarterfinal Contest on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
Johnson State wrapped up their regular-season schedule with a 1-2 week falling 104-87 at Castleton on Tuesday, dropping a 90-58 decision at Husson on Friday, and beating Maine Maritime 60-50 on Saturday. JSC is 6-19 overall, 6-12 in the NAC tying them for sixth place in the league. The Badgers will be the #7 seed in the NAC tournament and play at #2 Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday.
Lyndon won two of three games in the week to finish the regular season with a record of 6-19 overall and a mark of 6-12 in the North Atlantic Conference. The Hornets defeated Green Mountain 62-59 on Tuesday, Feb. 14 before earning a hard-fought 76-73 victory over Maine Maritime Aacdemy on Friday. Lyndon closed out the week with a 86-64 loss to Husson on Saturday.
Starting each game with seven players and finishing each with six, Maine Maritime's men hung in, only to see a pair of weekend games slip away late. Lyndon State scored the final seven points of the game to deal the Mariners a 76-73 setback on Friday. Johnson State closed out an otherwise close game with a six-minute, 13-2 run to hand Maine Maritime a 60-50 loss on Saturday. Freshman Brandon Theriault played all 80 minutes, dropping 26 on Friday night and adding 16 more points on Saturday. The weekend completed an 0-3 week that began with a loss to Thomas.
New England College men's basketball went 1-1 this past week, losing to Castleton State College 68-116 and picking up a victory against Green Mountain College 84-77. Contributing for the Pilgrims in their loss against Castleton State College was Marino Moore (Kearns, Utah) who finished the night with ten points. Leading the way for the Pilgrims in there win over Green Mountain College was Eric Eklund (West Harrison, N.Y.) with 18 points and nine rebounds, Jonathan Byrnes (Bethel, Conn.) with 15 points and Spencer Marzouk (Greensboro, N.C.) who finished the night with 11 points.
Thomas closed out the regular season this week picking up two NAC wins over Maine Maritime and the University of Maine at Farmington. On Tuesday the Terriers sent out seniors Rob Nutter, Antonio Juco, and Ray Bernier Jr. with a 98-58 win in front of the home crowd. The Terriers finished the week topping UMF for the second time this season. This time the Terriers down UMF 83-77 in overtime.