Beavers Came Up Short Against Lehman

The CCNY Beavers lost a tough one against Lehman College, 85-80.

City started the game strong by grabbing an early lead 7-2. They looked pretty good shooting behind the arc. After Lehman’s timeout, they responded with a vengeance. They tool their first lead of the game, 10-9 during the 14 minute mark. Both teams went back and forth and exchanging leads throughout the first half. City ended the half leading Lehman, 43-42. City and Lehman even up shooting 50% from the field. City shot an incredible 64.3% from the perimeter, while Lehman struggled from the perimeter by shooting just 28.6%.

In the second half, City kept playing with force and good fundamentals. During the middle of the half, they began to unravel little by little. City did not look like themselves compare to the first half. They had 10 turnovers in the second half, they only had 3 in the first half. Their turnovers turned into points for Lehman. After trailing the Beavers 61-51, they began to rally. Lehman went on a 6-0 as they climbed back into the game. With the game tied at 80-80, Chaun Miller scored on a fastbreak layup to give Lehman an 82-80. City had a chance to tie the game, but a costly two miss free throws by Blake Borysewicz, cost the Beavers the game.

Beavers guard Che McCoy led the Beavers with 21 points. Khalil Hamer had a double double with 15 points and 10 assists. Beaver forwards Mark Richards and Robert Dionisio combined for 27 points. Lehman had 5 players with double doubles: John Brens, Olando Minott, Chaun Miller, Olusegun Williams and Andrew Utate.

Lehman swept the season series from City. They outscored City in the paint 34-18.

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Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

Welcome to another edition of Miguel’s Friday Thoughts. I will discuss about the latest of Dennis Wideman’s vicious actions and the NBA All-Star reserve selections.

Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman, who cross-checked a linesman during his team’s home loss to Nashville on Wednesday, has been suspended pending a hearing with the NHL next week. This is absolutely classless and disgraceful. There is no reason at all to go after an official like that. When you touch an official, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, it’s going to cost you heavily. You are not only suspended indefinitely, but it is also a major distraction to the team and the whole organization. This attack could damage your whole image and career. I think that some players tend to get overzealous in the sense that they can commit any harm or do illegal stuff and not worry about losing their jobs. You want to start something, that’s just not the wise thing to do.

Wideman, 32, is in his fourth season with the Flames and 11th in the NHL. He is second on the team in penalty minutes with 30 and has two goals and 19 points this season.

The NBA All-Star reserve selections are in. James Harden, Chris Paul, Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and LaMarcus Aldridge are heading to Toronto. Warriors forward Draymond Green is going to his first All-Star game in Toronto. Green and Klay Thompson will join their teammate and reigning MVP Stephen Curry. Dub Nation’s trio give the Warriors three All-Stars for the first time in 40 years.

This is a great accomplishment for the city of Golden State. Draymond Green really deserved this selection. He plays very hard on both ends of the floor. Green is averaging 14.5 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. He fills a lot of the Warriors needs.

For the East reserves, Pistons center Andre Drummond will make his first All-Star appearance. Raptors backcourt duo Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are selected as reserves, Paul Millsap, Chris Bosh, John Wall and Isaiah Thomas. Thomas will make his first All-Star appearance and becomes the lowest draft pick (60th overall) to make the All-Star team since 1989 when the rounds were split in two.

My biggest problem is that Pau Gasol got left out for the East. The man has averaged lots of double-doubles this season for the Bulls. I think he was the biggest snub of this year’s All-Star selection. However, there’s a chance he can replace Millsap. Millsap injured his ankle last night and it’s not for sure for how long we will be out. Damian Lillard also got left out for the West reserves. Unfortunately, not everyone that’s good can make the All-Star game. It’s just like the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards or any award show….not everyone can get in.

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Beavers Hot Hand Too Much For Hunter College

The City College of New York men’s basketball team defeated Hunter College 84-73 on Wednesday night at the Hunter Sportsplex in New York, New York. After being down by as much as 21 points, Hunter College closed the deficit to just eight with two minutes to play, but eventually couldn’t hold on.

CCNY started the game off on a quick 6-0 run. Hunter put up a basket, and then the Beavers took a big 12-2 lead early in the first half. The Hawks chipped away at the lead and cut it to just six points, but CCNY wanted a win. City took control and took a 19-point lead going into halftime. With the score 43-24, the Beavers hoed their 7-3 record when leading at the half would not fail them.

The Beavers shot an impressive .545 percent from the field and .667 percent from behind the arc in the first half. They held the Hawks to a .345 field goal percentage along with a .000 three-point field goal percentage.

Hunter came out on a 4-0 run to start the second half, but City was right behind them holding onto their lead. While points went back-and-forth during most of the second half, CCNY remained strong and held onto their lead. The Hawks took a big 7-0 run to cut their deficit 78-70 with just under two minutes to play. The Beavers stayed in control and hit their free throws at down the stretch to hold on and take the game 84-73.

Beavers guard Khalil Hamer led the Beavers with 22 points. Both David Solano and Blake Borysewicz added 14 a piece and Mark Richards recorded 13. Borysewicz’s 14 points stands as his career-high points in a game. Solano also tallied three steals which is a career-high.

On the game, City shot .534 from the field, .500 from behind the arc and .700 from the charity stripe. They held Hunter to
.438 from the field, .333 from three-point range and .474 from the free-throw line.

CCNY are 11-8 this season, 6-5 in conference play. The Hawks are 2-18 this season and 2-9 in conference play.


CCNY Beavers Hangs On To York College

Men’s Basketball team City College of New York Beavers hang on to defeat York College 76-71.

City struggled in the first couple of minutes of the first half. They couldn’t get a basket to go in. York started with a 6-0 run. After the timeout, City got into the rhythm and began to play some very good basketball. They kept driving to the basket and drawing fouls, as they torture York College all night long with fouls. By the end of the first half, City lead York College 39-27. City made 11 out of 14 free throws. Guard Khalil Hamer led the Beavers at the half with 11 points and 5 boards.

As the second half approached, things got very interesting. York College found a way to get back into the game. City began to commit turnovers that resulted York to get back into the game. After going 0 for 5 from the three point line, York College made 4 out of 7 three pointers in the second half. York tried to catch up, but City went up as many as 15 points. However, York College again managed their way to make a comeback in the final minutes of the game. The Beavers were outscored 44-37 in the second half, but they were able to hold off the Cardinals for the 76-71 victory.

Mark Richards led the Beavers with 22 points, while Dionisio added 15 and Hamer had 11. Dionisio led with nine rebounds, while Richards recorded eight. The Beavers shot an impressive 49.1 percent from the field on the game, while holding York to a 38.8 field goal percentage.

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Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

It’s Friday! It’s time for Miguel’s Friday Thoughts. Today, we remember two anniversaries that happen in sports on this date: Kobe 81-point performance against the Toronto Raptors and Giants defeating the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since we witness one of the greatest performances in NBA history. Kobe Bryant in his prime was not easy to guard at all. Despite of struggling with the Lakers, Kobe did something that will forever be talked about. His 81-point performance is the second most points scored by a player. Wilt Chamberlain still holds the record with 100 points. Michael Jordan scored the most points in his NBA career with 69 points. The interesting thing about that is both Jordan and Kobe were 27 years old at the time of their remarkable performance. Kobe is in his final season, but it is a great honor to see him perform for all of these years and getting the chance to experience seeing him score 81 on my TV screen.

Four years ago today, the Giants took on the tough 49ers. It was the rematch of the 1991 NFC Championship game. As a Giants fan, I was extremely worried for the Giants. The 49ers defense were extremely good. Many people didn’t give a Giants much of a chance of knocking off the 49ers. Eli Manning took a lot of punishment against the 49ers defense. However, that wasn’t the end. Kyle Williams lost two fumbles returning punts, including one in overtime that preceded the game-winning field goal by Lawrence Tynes to send them to the Super Bowl. Tynes won the NFC Championship game for the Giants back in 2007 that send them to the Super Bowl, eventually winning it all. Giants took advantage on both fumbles by scoring a touchdown and field goal. They went on to win the Super Bowl again and beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time. Ever since the Super Bowl victory, the Giants haven’t been back to the playoffs. Hopefully, they could get some good players and start off fresh next season.

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Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

It is the time for Miguel’s Friday Thoughts. It has been an exciting week for sports. It will continue to be that way with this weekend’s divisional playoff games.

Before going further with that, let’s all wish the best to ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen who is diagnosed with throat cancer. We all wish him the best and hopefully he can beat this awful disease. Nobody deserves to go through the process of cancer. Hopefully, we find a cure for this disease. We should never lose anybody because of cancer. Get well soon Mr. Chris Mortensen.

This week of sports was a good one. Alabama defeats Clemson in the national championship game. It was a very high scoring game as both teams combined for 86 points. Nick Saban won his 5th championship. Jimmy Butler had the first 50-point, 5 rebound and 5 assist game for Chicago since Michael Jordan in March 1993. Chip Kelly is the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Rams football is back in Los Angeles. Men’s Basketball Connecticut College beat the City College of New York with a buzzer beater in one of the greatest games that’s underappreciated in college basketball.

The Chiefs/Patriots matchup could be a very good one. However, it won’t be the same without Jeremy Maclin 100%. It’s not just Maclin, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Spencer Ware and Albert Wilson are all listed as questionable for the Chiefs. We’re not even sure if Julius Edelman will be 100% for tomorrow’s game. It’s unfortunate when we don’t get to see two teams face each other in the playoffs with full durability. Despite of the injuries, I prefer the Chiefs facing the Patriots instead of the Bengals because the Chiefs defense had a great game plan against Brady and the Patriots in their last meeting. Chiefs have won 11 straight and they have been playing great football lately.

Packers/Cardinals matchup will be a fun one to watch. Will Rodgers finally get a playoff win outside of his division? Will the Cardinals defense pressure him? This is a tough one to pick because you have a guy like Aaron Rodgers, who has a experience in these situations and you don’t never want to go against him. The Cardinals are a great defensive team. Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer is a MVP candidate this season.

Same thing goes for the Seahawks/Panthers game on Sunday. I wouldn’t be surprise if the Seahawks win a big game in Carolina after last Sunday’s miracle win against the Minnesota Vikings. God was completely on their side when that field goal kick was missed. I expect Peyton Manning and the Broncos to handle their business at Mile High against the Steelers. A must win game for Manning.

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Connecticut Wins It With A Buzzer-Beater

A game that started lopsided, turned into arguably the greatest basketball game of the season for both Connecticut and City College.

At the beginning of the first half, City took control over the game. They were making Connecticut play City College basketball. City led as many as 16 in the first half. However, Connecticut would not go away quietly. They refused to allow City to take them as a joke. Connecticut responded back and got back into the game. City struggled from the free-throw line and couldn’t get in the rhythm. It seemed like they ran out of gas in those last minutes of the half. They finish at the half leading 31-29. They shot a poor 25% from the yard and 40% from the free-throw line. Connecticut, on the other hand, finished the half going perfect from the line and shot 45% from downtown.

The second half became the most interesting part of the game. It felt like a playoff atmosphere. Both teams giving it all they have. They would battle it out. City and Connecticut wanted this game bad enough. It would continue like this for the entire half.

Beavers led 75-73 with 17 seconds to go. Khalil Hamer fouled guard Tyler Rowe from the three-point line. Hamer couldn’t believe it. Rowe made 2 out of 3 to tied the game up 75-75. With possession of the ball and 6.4 seconds left, City looked to take the lead and not head into over time. The inbound pass was stolen and Tyler Rowe, of Connecticut College, got the shot off at the buzzer to give the Camels the win.

Rowe finished with 18 points. Beavers forward Mark Richards led with a game-high 24 points. Connecticut moves to 10-4. City is now 9-6 this season. What a great game! The atmosphere at the Nat Holman Gymnasium was incredible to watch.

Video by: Miguel Medina

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Beavers Thrashes Medgar Evers

The City College of New York Men’s Basketball team looked completely hungry from the start of the game.

City started the game off with an up-tempo pace and were unstoppable from the three point line. They led 22-5 with 12:45 in the first half. Medgar Evers made a little run 10-2 run in the half but there was no stopping the Beavers tonight. They kept pounding Medgar Evers with fastbreak situations and perimeter shooting. City ended the first half leading 54-36. Four players already had double digits. Beavers shot 60% from the field.

In the second half, the beating continued. City started to pull away as they had the biggest lead of the game by 29 over Medgar Evers. City played stronger defense and the energy was over the roof. However, City began to slip in the final five minutes of the game by fouling too much and getting doubled teamed which resulted turnovers. It was too late for Medgar Evers as the Beavers win 101-81.

City shot 66.7% from the three point line. They outscored Medgar Evers in the paint (36-8) and in fastbreak points (12-0).

Forward Robbie Dionisio led the Beavers with 24 points, backcourt guards David Solano and Khalil Hamer combined for 39 points, 10 assists. Mark Richards finished with 16.

City has won back to back games and will take their 9-5 record against Connecticut College on Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm.

Video by: Miguel Medina

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Miguel’s Friday Thoughts Debut

This is the debut of Miguel’s Friday Thoughts. Every Friday, I will be giving my intake on what’s going on around the sports world.

Let’s kick things off with the wild-card playoff matchups for this weekend. The first matchup is between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. As much as I like JJ Watt but the Chiefs will be the commander-in-chief for this game. They have a better defense and they have been red hot lately despite their slow start. The Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game since 1993. It’s about time to end the streak.

However, I do not wish the same for the Cincinnati Bengals, who haven’t won a playoff game since the early 90s. Steelers are the most dangerous team entering the AFC Playoffs. With Andy Dalton out, Bengals don’t want no part of the Steelers. Big Ben with arguably the best receiver in the game Antonio Brown, could give the Bengals some serious trouble this weekend. No. 6 Steelers were also the No. 6 seed in the 2005 AFC Playoffs, which they defeated the Bengals and made a run to the Super Bowl. Deja Vu again? Maybe so.

The Seattle Seahawks are the team that everyone should be worried about. No disrespect to the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals, but my point is that THEY ARE COMING!!! Russell Wilson has only thrown one interception in the last couple of games of the regular season. Beast Mode will return for Sunday’s game against Minnesota Vikings and their defense is back to their old self. Seahawks have a legitimate chance of going to a third straight Super Bowl.

As for Green Bay and Washington Redskins, I’m going with the much more experience and the bad man of Aaron Rodgers. Kirk Cousins has done a good job with the Redskins but I’m not sold on him and the team to come through in these playoffs.

This is probably the first time in all of my 16 years watching football that I have all the road teams winning the wild-card round.

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Kyle Smith’s Impact on Columbia

Columbia Lions head coach Kyle Smith have taken the Men’s basketball team from nothing to something since he walked into the door in 2010.

Before his arrival, Columbia struggled to maintain a winning record. Seven coaches have come and gone since Columbia won the Ivy Crown in 1968.  Columbia was 86–108 in seven years under coach Joe Jones. A lot of losing, a lot of bad times. Then, Kyle Smith happened. He changed the culture of the Men’s basketball program and brought a winning attitude.

Under Kyle Smith, a pair of Columbia guards, Noruwa Agho and Brian Barhour were named All-Ivy League. Guard Agho was recognized on a regional level by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Metropolitan Writers. It doesn’t stop there. Coach Smith also have one of the best players in program history with Moado Lo. He’s Top 5 in career scoring and one of the best 3-point shooters Columbia ever had.

There are high expectations for the Lions to win the Ivy League this year. Coach Smith believes his team still needs work in certain areas before reaching that goal. “We need to get Alex Rosenberg back,” he said. “We suffered a couple of injuries with Rosenberg and Mullins. This team needs more defense. We need to dribble, drive, pass and shoot better.”

Smith holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego, where he began his coaching career in 1992. Smith and his family resides in Morningside Heights, close to the Columbia campus.

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