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Daily Sports Digest: Iona’s Jones Named MAAC Player of the Week

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The Top Spot:

Iona College’s junior guard Lamont “Momo” Jones has been named the MAAC player of the week for his work in the Gaels two conference wins.

The Gaels beat up on conference rivals Manhattan and Canisius, and in those games, Jones averaged over 30 points with 10 rebounds.

The week was highlighted by Jones picking up a Hynes Center record of 43 points against Canisius.

Jones and the Gaels will be back in action again Friday night against Loyola Maryland.

Yesterday’s Results:

Sport: Boys Basketball

Game: Salesian vs. Blessed Sacrament

Score: Salesian Won 66-63

Highlights: Salesian was led by Joe Miressi’s 28 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Williams added 17. Jeremy Pena led Blessed Sacrament in the loss with 17 points.

Today’s Schedule:

In boys basketball, New Rochelle will head to Gorton at 4:15 p.m.

In girls basketball, New Rochelle will host Gorton at 4:15 p.m.

In girls basketball, Ursuline will host Scarsdale at 4:15 p.m.

In boys basketball, Iona Prep will head to Regis at 4:30 p.m.

College Sports Notebook:

Bonnies looking unbeatable

Junior Alaina Walker of Pomona scored 14 points, and senior Jessica Jenkins of Marion, OH, hit eight 3-pointers en route to a game-high 32 points as the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team (22-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10) defeated a shorthanded George Washington club, 80-69, to win its record-tying 11th straight game and remain alone atop the A-10 standings.

The Bonnies took advantage of a GW squad (10-12, 3-5 A-10) which dressed just six players due to injuries.

The 11 consecutive victories tie the program record with the 2009-10 team which commenced its campaign at 11-0. It also evens coach Jim Crowley’s career record (176-176) for the first time in his 12-year tenure on the SBU sideline.

The 80 points are a season high for Bonaventure as the Bonnies also shot a season-best 52.8 percent from the floor.

Walker, a graduate of Albertus Magnus, posted her first double-figure scoring since the conference opener—while redshirt senior Armelia Horton of Harlem had a career-best eight assists—three more than any St. Bonaventure player has issued this year. Walker's point total is the most in her career against an A-10 opponent.

The Bonnies return to action today on the road against Massachusetts. The game is the first of a doubleheader as they will face the Minutemen at 5 p.m. prior to the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

Chargers come from behind

Senior Michael Calzonetti of Gloucester, NJ, had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Dominican College men’s basketball team rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to overtake University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA.

Sophomore Khaleev Ginyard of Brentwood led all scorers and three Chargers in double figures with 19 points while guard Leon Porter of Laurel, MD, added 10 points and six assists.

Center Cory Quimby of Otisville had a team-high 12 rebounds, and seven points, while freshman guard A.J. Burton of New Rochelle come off the bench to collect nine rebounds.

Dominican—which improved to 13-7 overall and 6-6 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference—returns to action Thursday (Feb. 9) when it hosts CACC North Division rival Nyack College. Game time is 8 p.m. on Coach Baxter Court at the Hennessy Center in Orangeburg.   

Lady Spartans stay on track

Bianca Kowgios of Yonkers scored a career-high 27 points to lead the St. Thomas Aquinas College women’s basketball team to a 77-65 victory over visiting Molloy College.

Ashley Motrechuk of Staten Island added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Spartans, who have won two straight and four of five to improve to 11-10 overall, 6-5 in the East Coast Conference. Molloy saw its modest two-game win streak snapped as the Lions suffered their eighth loss in their last 11, falling to 9-12, 5-6.

Kowgios, an alum of Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, set the tone early, recording seven points in the first 6:24 and staking STAC to an 11-4 lead. The Lady Spartans extended their margin to as much as eight at 29-21 with just 3:09 remaining in the half, but Molloy closed with a 9-2 spurt to trim the deficit to 31-30 at the break.

Shpresa Liharevic of Staten Island came off the bench to add 14 points and nine rebounds for STAC. The Lady Spartans head into the home stretch with a big road contest tonight at 5 p.m. at conference-leading Dowling College. The game will be aired along with the following men’s contest as part of the conference’s Featured Double-Header series and can be accessed at www.eccsports.org. They return to Aquinas Hall in Sparkill to host LIU-Post on Saturday, with double-header action starting at 1 p.m. 

Golden Bears caged

Junior guard Alex Berthiaume poured in 30 points to lead the Springfield men’s basketball team to an 85-70 non-conference victory over visiting Western New England University in a battle of city rivals at Blake Arena in Springfield, MA.
Western New England (7-14) enjoyed a four-point lead until the Pride used a 12-5 run in the last 4:36 to take a 39-36 advantage at the break, and then pull steadily away down the stretch,

Dennis Rinaldi of Harrison played 22 minutes for the Golden Bears, contributing four points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Jason Kulik of Rye Brook played three minutes, and Adam Mayer of Peekskill saw only one minute of action.

WNEU looks to rebound at home tonight when it hosts Curry College (10-11) of Milton, MA, at 5:30 p.m., and then visits Eastern Nazarene (3-18) in Quincy, MA, on Saturday at 3 p.m. 

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