Rockaway Weekly College Basketball Update
Once again Rockaway’s native basketball stars finished off a great week for their college basketball teams. Janelle McManus of Belle Harbor scored 10 points and dished out 4 assists in Fairfield University’s 60-53 defeat of St. Peter’s on February 5. Two days later, McManus played re markably scoring 17 points to go along with 8 assists, despite losing 75-61 to Iona. The loss dropped the Stags to 7-15 overall, 5-7 in the MAAC.
Tricia Tubridy of Broad Channel played an all around solid game on February 6, finishing with 8 points, 4 steals, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in Harvard’s heartbreaking 73-72 loss to the Quakers of UPenn. The Crimson rebounded the next day, however, blowing out the Princeton Tigers 96-62. Tubridy grabbed 5 rebounds and went 1-2 from three-point range in limited playing time, to help improve Harvard’s record to 9-9, 2-3 in the Ivy league.
On February 7, the Boston Univer sity Terriers dominated the Hartford Hawks 78-45 to gain their 17 win in their last 18 games. Kevin Fitzgerald of Belle Harbor scored six points and dished out 4 assists as the Terriers, who are once again receiving votes in the AP men’s basketball Top 25 poll, improved to 17-4, 11-1 in the America East Conference.
Clare Droesch, Boston College’s most versatile player and also a Belle Harbor native, scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the February 5 drubbing of Pittsburgh 79-44. She matched her scoring total three days later and dished out 4 assists as the Eagles defeated Rutgers 78-72. The back-to-back wins improved Boston College’s record to 16-5, 6-4 in the Big East.
The Adelphi University men’s team suffered a setback this week losing to conference rival C.W. Post 70-56 on February 7. The loss was extremely dis appointing considering the Pan thers had beaten the C.W. Post team just a week earlier. Taylor Mur phy of Rockaway Park, played his best game of the year in the loss, scoring 11 points and pulling down a team high 8 re bounds.
Thomas McCormack of Breezy Point, who earlier in the week sat out due to an injury during a loss to NYIT, remained a consistent offensive leader, scoring 8 points and dishing out 4 assists.
The two losses dropped the Panthers to 11-9, 9-8 in the NYCAC.