Former BCHS Basketball Stars Reach NJCAA Championship Title Game
By Elio Velez
For Dwayne Messam, his season at Monroe Community College in Rochester ended in heartbreak.
For Hines, it ended in jubilation as the Sullivan County Community College Generals recently completed a historic journey during the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association 2006-07 basketball season.
Michael Hines, the former Beach Channel High School star, was among eight sophomores to complete their quest to win the NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball championship.
On March 17, Sullivan County, a junior college in upstate New York, defeated Northland Community and Technical College of Minnesota, 74-68 at SUNY New Delhi.
Sullivan finished the season with a spotless record of 32-0 and captured their fourth Division III championship in the school's history. The last national title the Generals had won was in 1996.
Northland, who finished the season at 27-4, was able to hang close with Sullivan throughout the contest. The game was tied three times and both teams traded leads into the fourth quarter.
Sullivan's Joshua Lott hit an important three pointer with 1:22 left in the fourth quarter, giving his team a 70-65 lead. Kyrk Freeman knocked adown a three pointer for Northland, cutting the score to 70-68 but Sullivan's Jason Johnson knocked down two free throws with 24.1 seconds left.
With a four point lead, the margin was too great for Northland to overcome. Donte Harrison scored 20 points to lead Sullivan County and Kyrk Freeman led Northland with 22 points.
Hines, an important cog for the Generals, connected on three out of six field goal attempts and scored eight points in the game. In the regular season, he started in 25 games and averaging eight points a game this season.
Hines graduated from Beach Channel High School in 2005 after averaging a career high 16 points per game for the Dolphins. The 6 foot 1 shooting guard made a huge leap in his scoring and rebounding averages from his junior season, where he only averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds per game.
Dwayne Messam reached the NJCAA Division II championship but his Monroe CC team could not complete their title run. Mott Community College, located in Flint, Michigan were the victors on March 24, winning 75-61 at Danvillle College in Illinois.
Monroe trailed for the entire game as Mott gained the lead in the first quarter and never relinquished their margin. Kevin Tiggs led Mott CC with 32 points and Chris Rogers scored 15 points for Monroe CC.
Messam, a 6 foot 2 shooting guard, came off the bench in his freshman campaign as he played in 25 games and averaged 4 points per game. He was the Dolphins leading sharpshooter from the outside, scoring 17 points per game in the 2005-06 season. That season, Beach Channel went on to advance to the PSAL boys basketball quarterfinal playoffs.