Men’s Basketball Continues To Struggle
By Owen Russell
Coming into this week, the men’s basketball team was 1-7 in conference play. With two games against CUNYAC rivals, the Bulldogs looked to turn their luck around.
On Feb. 1, Brooklyn hosted the Bloodhounds from John Jay. Much like their first meeting of the season, Brooklyn kept it close. In fact the Bulldogs battled with the Bloodhounds all the way to the end of regulation, ending the second half tied 58-58. Heading into overtime, the Bulldogs seemed poised for their second conference win of the season. However, the Bloodhounds thought otherwise. Led by junior Angel Rivera, John Jay started overtime hot and did not look back. Brooklyn went on to lose the game 69-66. Despite the nail-biting loss, Brooklyn’s whole squad showed out. Each of the seven players who saw court time scored five points or more, led by sophomore Elisha Park who dropped 17.
Saturday, Feb. 5 saw the Bulldogs traveling up to the Bronx squaring off against Lehman College. Brooklyn could not carry any of the momentum from their close contest with John Jay, as the Bulldogs would fall to the Lightning 80-64. Lehman played strong all around, but their real dominance came down low. Of the Lightning’s 80 points, a whopping 42 came in the paint. As for the Bulldogs, most of the scoring laid on the shoulders of guards Noah Shy and Kayin Olajide. Shy scored 22 points, shooting 7-12 from the field and 8-10 from the line, while Olajide dropped 20 himself and grabbed five rebounds.
Sitting at 2-18, things do not look good for the Bulldogs as they trudge towards the final four games of the season. Hopefully, Brooklyn can pick up a win or two before the season ends and build momentum heading into the postseason. As of press time, the Bulldogs’ next game will be on Feb. 7 against Medgar Evers College.
Women’s Basketball Wins Two Games In Pursuit Of Perfect CUNYAC Record
By Owen Russell
There seems to be no stopping the women’s basketball team. This past week the Bulldogs added two more wins to bring their season total up to 15.
Brooklyn’s first win of the week came against John Jay at home. The Bulldogs shot out of the gate, outscoring the Bloodhounds 23-12 in the first quarter. While the visitors put up a stronger performance in the following three quarters, Brooklyn was too much to handle. The Bulldogs would win the contest, 69-52. Forward Chanel Jemmott was the standout scorer for Brooklyn as she put up 26 points, 15 more than her second closest teammate, and cleaned up on the glass, grabbing 16 rebounds. This win marks the second of the season against John Jay, giving the Bulldogs a clean sweep against the Bloodhounds.
Brooklyn secured their second win of the week and 15th of the season on Feb. 5 against Lehman College. Much like their previous game, Brooklyn was able to get hot out the gates. In the first quarter, Brooklyn outscored Lehman 27-10. As if that weren’t enough, after a close second quarter, the Bulldogs trounced the Lightning 31-7 in the third. Chanel Jemmott led the team in scoring again, posting 24 points. It marked her second straight game with over 20 points. Three more Bulldogs scored double-digits, including guard Ericka James who contributed five buckets from behind the arch on her way to a 20 point game. The win gave Brooklyn their ninth consecutive win against a conference opponent. With three more on their schedule, Brooklyn has a shot at a perfect record against the CUNYAC.
As of press time, Brooklyn’s next game will be on Feb. 7 against Salisbury University at home.