BC Sports Recap (Nov. 18-30)

Junior guard Gianna Gotti has been a big factor in the team's strong start this season. / Photo by Damion Reid

Men’s Basketball Wins First Game

By Owen Russell 

 

   Despite having a tough past two weeks, losing three games, the Brooklyn College Bulldogs secured their first win. 

   Their first game over the stretch saw them lose to William Paterson University 81-50, on Nov. 17. Brooklyn was outmatched out of the gate, getting outscored 43-22 in the first half. Things didn’t get much better for Brooklyn in the second half, ultimately losing the whole game. Shooting has been a bit of a struggle for the Bulldogs so far. It was much of the same this time around, as the Bulldogs shot 3-25 from behind the arc. Guard Noah Shy was the team’s top scorer, putting up 14 including eight free throws.

   Nov. 19 saw a bounce-back performance by the Bulldogs, as they snatched their first win, beating Manhattanville College in the AJ Buchanan Tournament. The game would be described best as hard-fought. The two teams battled out in the first half, Manhattanville outsourcing Brooklyn 26-20. The Bulldogs came back at halftime though and ended up beating the Valiants 55-54. Noah Shy was yet again the team’s top scorer. This time dropping 19 points and swiping 5 steals.

   The very next day, Brooklyn played again in the AJ Buchanan Tournament, this time against Kean University. It was another hard-fought contest for the Bulldogs, except this one didn’t go their way. The Bulldogs and the Cougars traded blows back and forth till the buzzer sounded. Guards Zuric Harvey and Serge Thraysbule did all they could to keep the Bulldogs alive, scoring 16 and 14 respectively, but in the end, Kean won 61-58. Free throw shooting may have been the difference as Kean got to the line 18 times and sank 14 of their chances.

   After two close contests, the Bulldogs were exposed once again. On Nov. 23, the team was handed a heavy loss from SUNY Brockport. It was a rough contest for the Bulldogs. The team shot 2-14 from three-point land. They recorded zero blocks and allowed 84 points. While Brooklyn was, to put it kindly, porous, the Brockport Golden Eagles held strong. As the game clock ticked down, the Bulldogs were handed their sixth loss, losing 84-58.

   Coming off the holiday break, the Bulldogs will play again on Dec. 3 against Lehman College, their first conference matchup of the season.

 

Women’s Basketball Wins One, Loses One

By Owen Russell

 

   The Bulldogs only had two games in these past two weeks. After winning their first three of the season, Brooklyn split these last two contests.

   The first game was on Nov. 19 against Kean University. Brooklyn kept it close all game, although they found themselves outscored for the first three quarters. Despite a stronger fourth quarter, the Bulldogs dropped their first game of the season, losing 64-58. Brooklyn didn’t shoot particularly well from the field, but their 30 free throw attempts kept them in the game. Forward Chanel Jemmott was the team’s brightest star by far scoring 27 of the team’s 58 points. She shot 9-17 from the field and 8-11 from the stripe.

  Having lost their first game of the season, Brooklyn looked to bounce back against the St. Joseph’s Bears on Nov. 23. It was a much different story against the Bears as Brooklyn came blazing out of the gates. They outscored St. Joseph’s 20-12 in the first quarter and 19-9 in the second. The second half was a little closer, but Brooklyn held off any resurgence and won the contest 78-53. Two Bulldogs, guards Gianna Gotti and Ericka James, found themselves with 20 or more points.

  The Bulldogs play again next on Dec. 3, squaring off with conference rival Lehman College.

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