By Indrek Kongats
The regular season is over for both the ECS boys’ and girls’ Varsity basketball teams, but not with first making a huge statement: They are the ones to beat come playoff time.
Marrissa Hamilton averaged 29.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per game in the last three games of the regular season, taking the Lady Eagles and their 19-1 record full steam into the playoffs. Hamilton helped demolish the Franklinville Lady Panthers, getting even for an earlier loss, scoring 45 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in a tight contest that saw ECS come out of top 62-60 on Feb. 7.
Last Friday night, at home on Feb. 10, the Lady Eagles tamed the Catt/Little Valley Timberwolves 47-32, led once again with Hamilton scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Linnea Jimerson adding 11 points and Emmalea Erlandson adding 12 rebounds.
Their final game of the season was on the road against the Hornets from Forestville this past Tuesday, Feb. 14. There was no love lost between these two teams on Valentine’s Day, and the Lady Eagles won 65-29. Linnea Jimerson lead the Lady Eagles with a double double, leading all scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Marrissa Hamilton’s solid performance with 20 points, six assists, six steals, four blocks and 11 rebounds. Jenna Aldrich also scored in double digits, adding 11 points in the victory.
The girls’ Class D Section VI championship will be held on Saturday, March 4 at Jamestown Community College 525 Falconer St, Jamestown, NY at 6 p.m. Once all teams complete their regular season games, the seedings and playoff bracket will be determined, so stay tuned.
In boys’ action, Elliot Bowen followed in Hamilton’s footsteps and performed equally as well in his final two contests. The Eagles’ forward led the way against the Timberwolves from Catt/Little Valley on Thursday, Feb. 9 on the road, with 16 points and eight rebounds in a 72-42 victory.
In their final game at home on Monday, Feb. 13, Bowen repeated, leading the way with a huge double double, 23 points and 17 rebounds against the Forestville Hornets, winning 64-50. Griffin Chudy had 12 and six against the Timberwolves and 18 and eight against the Hornets. Austin Grinols had 10 points against the Timberwolves and eight points against the Hornets.
The next step for the 16-3 Eagles is to await their seeding and playoff bracket schedule.
In NCAA DI men’s basketball, St. Bonaventure University, overshadowed once again by a headline-stealing story, the mysterious bus disappearance, beat St. Louis University 70-55 Feb. 8 at home, but then dropped a close one to George Washington University 70-76 on the road, Feb. 11th. The Bonnies hope to improve on their 15-9 overall record and 7-5 in Atlantic Conference play, good enough for 6th place in the standings, against 7th place LaSalle at home Wednesday, Feb. 15. Their next home game is on Saturday, Feb. 25 against last place Duquesne.
The 9-16 Lady Bonnies have dropped their last four games, which dropped them into 11th place in the Atlantic 10 standings. In their last loss 58-74, a game at home against 2nd place St. Louis University on Saturday, Feb. 11th, Randolph’s Mckenna Maycock was back to coming off the bench, contributing only six points and four rebounds while playing 32 minutes, the most on the team. Their next home game will be a special one, honoring Imani Outlaw on Senior’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 18, against 8th place VCU.
In NCAA DIII action, the 10-13 Hilbert Lady Hawks are fighting for a playoff spot that has eluded them in a very long time, sitting in a three-way tie for 5th place at 7-9; only the top six teams make the playoffs. Their two final games this week will determine the outcome playing 8-8 4th place Penn State Behrend Wednesday, Feb. 15 at home and home again on Saturday, Feb. 18 against 5th place 7-9 Mount Aloysius; game time is 1 p.m. Pioneer star Shannon Rogers hopes to lift her team into playoff contention.
In men’s action, the 14-9 Hilbert Hawks have secured a playoff spot with a 10-6 record in conference play, sitting in 5th place. With two games remaining, they could climb as high as 3rd or drop down to 6th, depending on whether they can beat 2nd place 12-4 Penn State Behrend Lions on Feb. 15, and in their final home appearance this Saturday after the women’s game at 4 p.m. against the 3-13 Mounties from Mount Aloysius.