What was to have been a one-game Thursday wound up being a three-game evening thanks to a pair of weather-related make-ups. That’s where we begin the latest recap:
DOMINICAN 92 WILMINGTON 83
All five starters reached double figures, led by D.J. Rodwell’s 25-point, six-rebound, five-assist performance, as Dominican topped Wilmington in Newark, extending its CACC North Division lead to a full game over idle Bloomfield. The Chargers trailed just once all night (8-7) and used a 17-6 second-half run – capped by a Rodwell lay-up – in extending a 56-52 lead to 73-58 with 6:12 to play. The Wildcats came as close as 90-83 on a Danny Walsh 3-pointer with 16 seconds left before Tavon Ginyard (13 points) closed out the scoring with two foul shots six seconds later. Ian Gardener (18 points, 3-5 from 3, eight rebounds), Jonathan Garcia (16 points, seven boards, seven assists) and Sayon Charles (12 points, 5-7 FG) also played well for Dominican, which outshot (52%-39%) and out-assisted (21-10) its hosts, while also dominating in the paint (46-26) and feasting off turnovers to the tune of 25-6 despite actually committing more miscues (22-19). Jermaine Head – who was 31 points shy of 1,000 heading into the game – finished with exactly that number (12-12 FT) to achieve his milestone for the Wildcats, adding nine rebounds, four assists and four steals to his stat line. Walsh chimed in with 16 points and four steals for the Cats, who also landed Omari Dill-Pettiford (13 points off the bench) and Jordan Harding (11 points, six rebounds) in double figures. Wilmington – which holds down fourth place in the South Division – established a program record for free-throw accuracy, converting all 21 of its chances (DC was 17-25).
FELICIAN 112 HOLY FAMILY 83
Speaking of school records, Felician shattered its all-time scoring standard, exploding for 112 points in waxing Holy Family at Job Gym. Zamir Wright led five in twin figures with 29 points (10-19 FG, 6-12 from beyond the arc) as the Golden Falcons led from pillar to post, racing out to a 26-7 lead en route to a 61-37 halftime chasm. The Tigers – who were spearheaded by Branden Aughburns’ 23 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots – never came closer than 21 points in the final 20 minutes as the margin swelled to 98-63 before all was said and done. Richard Shimou totaled 22 points (10-16 FG), six rebounds and seven steals for the winners, who also placed Manny Warren, Jr. (15 points off the bench, 5-6 FG, 4-4 from distance, six rebounds), Aziz Parker (13 points off the pine) and Jay’von Jackson (10 points, seven caroms, six assists) in double figures. Dymir Montague (15 points), Kharon Randolph (13 points, 3-5 from downtown Rutherford) and Jalen Thompson (11 points, eight rebounds in reserve duty) all made their presences felt for third-place Holy Family, which was outshot (53%-44%), outrebounded (51-31) and out-assisted (24-10). Felician – fourth in the North – also enjoyed a massive advantage from the 3-point line (15-31 to 6-22). Felician - whose mens basketball program came into existence in 1996 - had previously scored as many as 110 points on February 24, 2015 vs. Concordia.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 102 LIU POST 70
The only originally scheduled game was an ECC clash on Long Island that was competitive for a while. All 10 players who saw action scored, led by Juanye Colon’s 23-point, four-steal effort off the bench, as District of Columbia pulled away from LIU Post in Brookville to move within a game of idle Roberts Wesleyan for the sixth and final playoff berth. The contest was tight for the majority of the first half, with the Firebirds holding a 32-30 edge when Colon connected on one of his seven triples (he was 7-12 from long range) to ignite a 21-8 flourish over the final 6:45 of the half to open up a 53-38 UDC advantage. The Pioneers clawed within 57-46 just over two minutes after play resumed, when Zachary Olukanni (18 points) scored inside to trigger a 16-2 burst that essentially put the game away at 73-48; the gap widening to 101-65 at its apex after another Colon three with 2:14 left. Kevin Cox collected 17 points (3-5 from 3), six rebounds and four assists for the winners, who also saw Kerry Kirkwood reach double digits with 12 points (4-6 from deep) and five assists. Alonzo Ortiz-Traylor amassed 26 points, a career-best 19 rebounds and three blocks for eviscerated LIU Post, which has lost all 19 of its games this forgettable season. Kendell Ogilvie (12 points, eight rebounds) and Jackson Jordan (10 points) also authored notable outings for the Pioneers, who were outshot from the floor (46%-31%) and the 3-point line (14-26 to 5-25) while also being outscored on the break (22-5) and off turnovers (23-4) as UDC boasted the vastly superior assist-turnover ratio (28/9 to 7/16).