Carpenter and Murphy Added To Rock B-Ball Update
By Elio Velez
Tom Carpenter of Plattsburgh State University in upstate New York (SUNY) made eight 3-pointers to lead the Cardinals past Johnson State 82-67. Carpenter was a former resident of Rockaway and some of his family still resides in Belle Harbor. In his first year at Plattsburgh, which is a part of the State University of New York Athletic Conference of the NCAA, Carpenter has started 6 of 7 games and averages 8.3 points a game.
The 6’3 junior guard previously played basketball at Ocean County C.C. before joining the Cardinals this season. In a January 8th game against Johnson State, Carpenter broke out of his season long slump with a break out performance to score 28 points for the game. In the second half, Carpenter scored 25 points and drilled 7 three pointers. The eight 3-pointers were two shy of the school record of 10 three pointers.
Carpenter is one of the best shooters I’ve ever coached," said Plattsburgh State coach Ed Jones. "He has great form but he’s been so cold since the start of season.
He had started the previous 5 games and only scored 28 points in those games while converting only 5 of 21 three-point attempts. Plattsburgh improved to 3-6 on the season.
Murphy Plays Well
The 15-1 Monroe Junior College Mustangs have gone off to a great start with the help of Belle Harbor resident Taylor Murphy. After a 12-19 season in 2002, the 2003 version is ranked 18th in the top 20 of the NCAA Junior College Division I. Murphy is a 6’6, 230 pound forward who has gained more time as the season has progressed.
An excellent rebounder, Murphy is second on the team in total rebounds and led the team in 3 games this season. At Adams High School, Murphy only played two years but scored 20 points and 18 rebounds a game. Only a freshman, Murphy will definitely see a lot of playing time as the post-season tournament championships arrive.
We Need Your Assistance
With Men’s and Women’s College Basketball just underway, the Wave would like your help in submitting present players who have lived in Rockaway, Broad Channel or areas where this paper is viewed. We are also looking for players who attend high schools that are not located in the Rockaways.
Last year, the Wave featured Rockaway players such as Clare Droesch, who plays for Boston College, Taylor Murphy, who was recently featured from Monroe Junior College in New Rochelle and Tricia Tubridy, who attends Harvard University.
If any person would like to tell of us someone who plays for any collegian or university sport for example such as football, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, write to us or call us at (718) 634-4000