Shooting Woes Plague Warriors At National Tournament
March 14, 2014
Sullivan County tops Massasoit, 68-53, as Massasoit shoots 20.9 percent
ROCHESTER, Minn. ---- The No. 8 Massasoit Warriors fell behind in the first half and could not recover, dropping a 68-53 contest to No. 5 Sullivan County CC (N.Y.) on Friday at the NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Tournament.
Massasoit (16-8) awaits to play the loser between No. 2 Ogandaga and No. 6 West Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday to close out tournament action.
The Warriors, just like Thursday against Rock Valley were able to press the Generals into committing miscues, a total of 32 turnovers, featuring 20 steals. Unfortunately, Massasoit was unable to capitalize on its opportunities, shooting just 20.9 percent (18-for-86) overall from the floor. In fact, the Warriors shot the same in each half, 9-for-43.
"I think our press was effective and gave us plenty of chances to score, but we could not finish on the offensive end," head coach Mark Brathwaite said. "And we played as individuals and not as a team."
Massasoit finished with 16 more shots than Sullivan County, 86 to 70, but the Generals shot slightly better overall at 35.7 percent (25-for-70).
"We hurt ourselves. We were not keeping our spacing on the floor and not running the offense like we can," Brathwaite said. "(Sullivan County) did a good job of clogging the middle and helping on defense that shut down some of our dribble drive. We just couldn't knock down any shots."
Sullivan County (26-3) built up a 40-23 lead at the break, thanks to shooting 47.1 percent as a team and receiving 15 of 19 points from shooting guard Briana Rhett prior to halftime.
The Green and White played neck and neck with Sullivan County after intermission and actually outscored the Generals 30-28. However, the big first half hole proved to be too much as the Warriors were unable to get any closer than 14 points.
Ashley Andrade (Randolph) paced Massasoit with a double-double, scoring 18 points and adding 12 rebounds, seven on the offensive glass. Fredi Lawson (Boston/J.E. Burke HS) chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds, as her streak of consecutive double-doubles came to an end at 12 straight games.
"Ashley (Andrade) was the lone Warrior out there for us," Brathwaite said. "She tried her hardest to carry us with her effort, but we just couldn't string anything together as a team."
Tianna Johnson (Brockton/New Mission HS) added eight points and Tiana McQueen (Mattapan/Boston English) and Cynara Rustin (Brockton/Minutemen Regional) each scored seven.
Sullivan County was led by Regina Steele's 21 points and 12 rebounds. Rhett added 19 including a trio of 3-pointers.
NOTES: Massasoit has forced 55 turnovers through two tournament games…Warriors are only shooting 24.4 (41-for-168) percent at the tournament…Massasoit has attempted 30 more shots than its opponents at the tournament (168 to 138)…Lawson has scored in double figures in all 23 games she has played in this season.
Baseball Drops Pair Of Close Games To Open 2014 Season
March 14, 2014
Warriors look to rebound on Saturday
VERO BEACH, Fla. ---- The Massasoit CC baseball team would strike first in both games on Friday, but saw those early leads slip away, falling to Ontario Academy 5-4 and Miami-Hamilton University (Ohio) 5-3 to open the 2014 season at the Historical Dodgertown Complex.
Massasoit (0-2) still has seven games to play on its Spring Break trip and will take on Ontario Academy on Saturday at 1 p.m ET.
"We just had a bad day of baseball today," head coach Tom Frizzell said. "We have seven more games to go on this trip and tomorrow we will work really hard on our defense. We need to play better overall and find ways to drive in runs. We are playing a very challenging schedule down here and it doesn't get any easier."
Game 1: Ontario Academy 5, Massasoit 4
In the first game of the 2014 campaign, the Warriors had an opportunity to tie the score in the top of the seventh but were unable to capitalize, stranding a runner on first and falling 5-4 to Ontario Academy.
"We had RBI opportunities throughout the game, we were just unable to take advantage," Frizzell said. "We didn't get that big hit when we needed it."
The Warriors would strike first in the game, pushing across a run in the top of the second inning.
That slim lead would not last long, as Ontario would respond with a three-spot in the last of the second frame.
After Ontario expanded its lead to 5-1, Massasoit tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth, but left the bases loaded.
Trailing 5-3, in the seventh, the Warriors pulled within a run, but could get no closer dropping the season opener.
For the game, the Warriors would strand seven runners on base.
Matt Levasseur (Milton) produced a strong freshman debut, going 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. Trevor Packard (Brockton) scored two runs in the loss.
On the mound, freshman Sam Devine (Taunton/Coyle Cassidy HS) was a bright spot, firing two scoreless frames out of the Warrior bullpen.
Game 2: Miami-Hamilton University 5, Massasoit 3
Reigning NJCAA All-American Joe Walsh (Taunton) went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, but the Warriors were unable to cash in on scoring opportunities, falling 5-3 to Miami-Hamilton University.
Just as the Warriors did in the first game of the day, they would strike first scoring twice in the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Miami-Hamilton fought back to even up the score in the fourth and take the lead for good in the fifth inning of action.
Massasoit would again have plenty of scoring chances, but left two runners on base in the third and sixth innings, along with stranding the bases loaded in the fourth.
Starter David Tarr (Easton/Cardinal Spellman HS) went the first five innings for the Warriors, allowing three earned runs. The sophomore southpaw struck out six in his first appearance of the season.
Walsh recorded a double as part of his three hit day at the plate and added one RBI.
McQueen Plays Biggest In Big Games
March 14, 2014
Freshman Tiana McQueen had a career game vs. No. 1 Rock Valley CC
ROCHESTER, Minn. ----The No. 8 Massasoit Community College women's basketball team might have fallen short to No. 1 Rock Valley CC on Thursday afternoon, but one player stood tall for the Warriors -- Tiana McQueen.
McQueen listed at 5-foot-10 is the tallest player on the Massasoit roster, and she showcased her size against the top team in the Division III NJCAA rankings.
The true-freshman finished with a career-high 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting and tied a career-best with 12 rebounds, well above her 9.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game average during the regular season. In addition she went a perfect 7-for-7 at the foul line and played a team-high 37 minutes.
"She had her best game of the season against the No. 1 team in the nation," head coach Mark Brathwaite said. "That's her second great performance this postseason. I told her before the game we needed a big game from and she showed up to play."
Prior to Thursday's loss to Rock Valley, McQueen had a monster game vs. Bunker Hill in the Region XXI semifinals, in which the Warriors won 64-55. McQueen put up 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a team-high 38 minutes. She also made a pair of clutch free throws with 39.1 seconds left vs. the Bulldogs to ice the game, when the Warriors were playing with just four players on the court.
"I get more and more excited the bigger the games get for us," McQueen said. "I like playing that next level of competition."
In three postseason games, McQueen is averaging 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds.
McQueen had some added adrenaline, besides playing the top team in the nation in Rock Valley due to the family ties her family has to the state of Illinois, the state where the Golden Eagles are from.
"I was extremely excited to play and the game was kind of personal because my father and his whole side of the family is from Chicago, so I really wanted take home a W against them."
Unfortunately the Warriors came up on the losing end, falling 81-62 to the perennial power RVC. But, McQueen shined against the nation's best.
"I honestly think Tiana (McQueen) was one of the best players on the court," Brathwaite said. "She was not scared and did not back down. I hope she continues to play like this the rest of the tournament."
The Warriors play No. 5 Sullivan County CC on Friday at 2 p.m. ET.
Massasoit Women's Basketball Faces Rock Valley At NJCAA National Tournament
March 11, 2014
Lady Warriors will compete in their first National Tournament, starting Thursday
BROCKTON, Mass. ---- The Massasoit Community College women's basketball team will appear in its first-ever NJCAA Division III National Tournament, when it takes on top seeded Rock Valley College on Thursday at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) in Rochester, Minn.
Massasoit (16-6) earned the eighth seed after winning an amazing Region XXI Final over Roxbury CC in triple overtime. Rock Valley, winners of 15 straight, defeated Madison College, 90-72 in the Region IV Championship.
(1) Rock Valley (26-5) vs. (8) Massasoit (16-6)
Date: Thursday, March 13
Time: 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET)
Location: Rochester, Minn. (UCR-Sports Center)
All games will be video streamed and stats/other information about the 2014 NJCAA Division III National Tournament can be viewed at the following site: http://www.rochsports.org/njcaawbb
A total of eight teams qualified for the NJCAA Division III National Tournament and each team is guaranteed three games from march 13-15.
Depending on the outcome on Thursday, Massasoit will play either No. 4 Brookdale CC or No. 5 Sullivan County CC on Friday.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Massasoit defeated Roxbury CC, 98-95 in a triple overtime thriller to claim the program’s first-ever Region XXI Championship and earn its first bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. The Warriors played the second and third overtime periods and last 30 seconds of the first overtime with only four players on the court and only one starter -- G/F Ashley Andrade.
• In fact, Massasoit finished both Region XXI playoff games with only four players on the court. In a 64-55 victory over Bunker Hill CC in the semifinals, four players fouled for the Warriors as Massasoit played the final two minutes down a player on the court.
• G Tianna Johnson ranks first in NJCAA Division III in assists per game, dishing out 8.7 on average. Johnson’s assist average is good for second nationally amongst all NJCAA players, trailing only Domonique Hagins of Chesapeake College (10.0/game). Johnson has also recorded three triple-doubles on the year.
• F Fredi Lawson averages a double-double per game, scoring 20.4 points and grabbing 12.7 rebounds per contest. On the season she has totaled 16 double-doubles, including 11 straight and has scored in double figures in all 21 games she has played in.
• Lawson was named NJCAA Division 3 Player of the Week back on Dec. 16. She averaged 27 points, 12 rebounds, 3.5 steals and shot 63.6 percent from the floor in a pair of Warrior victories.
JOURNEY TO THE NJCAA TOURNEY
Regular Season: 14-6
After starting the season 0-3, Massasoit righted the ship, winning 14 of its final 17 regular season games -- including a season-best 7-game win streak.
The Warriors strong play led them to earning the No. 1 seed in the Region XXI Tournament hosted by Bunker Hill CC in Boston, Mass.
(1) Massasoit 64, (4) Bunker Hill 55 -- Region XXI Semifinals
Despite having four players foul out, Massasoit held on for the 64-55 victory and advanced to the Regional Finals for the first time in 16 years.
Tiana McQueen sank a pair of clutch free throws with 39.1 seconds left to help secure the victory. The Warriors played the final two minutes with only four players on the court.
Fredi Lawson produced 21 points and 13 rebounds, while McQueen added 13 points, nine boards and three blocks.
Ashley Andrade chipped in with 12 points in the win.
(1) Massasoit 98, (2) Roxbury 95 (3OT) -- Region XXI Finals
A game for the ages that needed three overtime periods to find a winner, somehow Massasoit fought its way to its first-ever Region XXI Championship.
Fredi Lawson made game tying shots at the end of regulation (2-pointer) and the first overtime (3-pointer) to keep the Warriors in the game.
With 30 seconds left in the first overtime period, Lawson, who finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds, fouled out. She was the fourth player on Massasoit to be DQed from the game.
Massasoit would play over 10 minutes of action down a player -- both second and third overtimes and final 30 seconds of the first overtime period.
The Warriors’ Stephanie Goddard stole a pass and went coast to coast to make a layup and give Massasoit a 78-76 lead with under 10 seconds to play. On the ensuing Roxbury possession, the Warriors were whistled for both a personal foul and technical call for celebrating, giving Roxbury four free throw attempts with 2.5 seconds left. Roxbury only made 2-of-4 at the line sending it to triple OT.
In the third OT, Roxbury scored the first seven points and led by seven with just over two minutes to play. But, Massasoit hung around as Roxbury saw its five on the court dwindle to three players and later two players allowing the Warriors to get back in the game.
Cynara Rustin and Ashley Andrade scored 13 of the final 14 points for the Warriors as they earned the amazing come-from-behind victory. Rustin scored 22 of her career-best 25 points after the end of regulation. Andrade had 17 points and 19 rebounds.
Scouting Rock Valley College
Rock Valley College located in Rockford, Illinois, finished the season on a hot streak, winners of its last 15 games and has not lost a game since Jan. 9.
The Golden Eagles (26-5) defeated Madison Community College in the Region IV Finals, 90-71, to earn the top seed at the NJCAA National Tournament.
Rock Valley has been rich in success on the hardwood, claiming the last two NJCAA National Championships and posted a perfect 14-0 record in conference play this season.
RVC has plenty of options on the scoring end, as the Golden Eagles boast four players that average in double figures. As a team RVC is scoring 85.7 points per game.
Marquiesha Grant tops RVC in scoring, averaging 18.9, while Shantiera Miller (12.7), Zemoria Jernigan (10.0) and Aleesh Cleaver (10.0) also average 10 or more points.
Massasoit Captures Regional Championship In Triple Overtime Classic
March 2, 2014
BOSTON ----- The Massasoit Community College women's basketball team would not be denied its first-ever NJCAA Region XXI Championship, defeating Roxbury Community College, 98-95, in a triple-overtime instant classic contest on Sunday at Bunker Hill CC.
Massasoit (17-6), ranked eighth nationally in Division III, advances as one of eight teams to compete in the NJCAA National Tournament held in Rochester, Minn., from March 10-12.
"That was an out of body experience today because I don't even know how many overtimes we played," third year head coach Mark Brathwaite said. "This is huge for our program winning the first Region Championship. We got a total team effort, one through eight today."
After regulation the duo of Cynara Rustin (Brockton/Minutemen Regional) and Ashley Andrade (Randolph), both sophomores, took over for Massasoit, scoring 33 of the team's 43 points over the three overtime periods, including the last 14 points. Rustin scored 22 of her career-high 25 points after regulation.
"Cynara and Ashley took over in the third overtime," Brathwaite said. "Ashley is the is the heart and soul of the team and Cynara really came through for us with some big baskets late in the game."
The contest was close throughout its entirety between the top two teams in the region as neither squad would hold a lead by more than seven points and a total of 13 ties took place.
Down 55-53 in regulation, Fredi Lawson (Boston/J.E. Burke HS) buried a jumper with 13.7 seconds left to send the game into the first of three overtimes.
Lawson was not done, as she knocked down a deep 3-pointer from the wing with 31.2 seconds left to even the score at 66-all as the game would go to a second overtime.
In the second overtime, Massasoit was forced to play with four players as Lawson along with fellow starters Marina Palladino (Carver), Tiana McQueen (Mattapan/Boston English HS) and Tianna Johnson (Brockton/New Mission HS) all fouled out.
That would not stop the duo of Rustin and Andrade along with the assistance of Stephanie Goddard (Randolph) and Ari Gonsalves (Dorchester/Brighton HS). Andrade was the only remaining starter on the court for the Warriors.
Goddard stole a pass and went the length of the court and put in layup to give the Warriors a 78-76 lead with five seconds to go in the second overtime. On the ensuing Roxbury (10-10) possession, Massasoit was whistled for a foul and a technical foul. The Tigers had four free throw attempts, but only made two as the game would head to a third overtime knotted at 78.
Roxbury built up a 91-84 lead early in the third overtime, and appeared to have the game in hand. But, two Tigers fouled out creating a 4 (Massasoit players) vs. 3 (Roxbury players) situation in favor of the Warriors.
Andrade and Rustin put the team on their backs as the duo scored the team's final 14 points. Rustin put in a lay up to break a 93-all tie as the Warriors would eventually hold on, survive, and advance with a historic three-point win.
"I will never forget that game," Andrade said. "It was the game of my life. It was all about the energy we brought today and we just didn't give up. It was an emotional roller coaster. We left it all the court today and we just pulled through at the end."
Lawson finished with a game-high 27 points and 16 rebounds for her 11th straight double-double. She also added eight steals. Andrade also added a double-double, with 17 points and 19 rebounds, while Rustin poured in a career-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting.
Johnson chipped in with 14 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and six steals in the victory.