Navs Head to Tourney After Close Hoops Loss
By Eric Emet
Saturday at the “Hangar,” the Navigators scrimmaged American International College’s club travel basketball team, in preparation for the upcoming NIRSA Regional Tournament beginning this Friday, at Boston University. It was a fantastic game, with the score bouncing back and forth, and the Yellow Jackets ultimately winning 72-67. Four of AIC’s points came in the last 9 seconds of the game.
Leading the way for the Navs was Center John Taylor with 23 points and 12 boards, along with Guard Mike Hemingway, who dropped in 20 and cleaned the glass 9 times during the battle. Juan Colon grinded it out in the paint and pulled down 15 rebounds in the loss, spending most of the contest fighting for position against AIC’s starting left guard from their football team, Viondy Merisma (6’4”-305).
With that game in the books, we drew Springfield College in the first round of the Northeast Regional NIRSA tournament this week; Friday night at 10:00 PM. We’ll get some rest, then take on St. John’s University on Saturday morning, at 9 a.m., followed by a game against SUNY-Cortland later in the day at 3 p.m.. Should we muster up a couple of wins, it’s on to the semis on Sunday.
This is a very prestigious tournament; playing are some of the largest basketball factories, er, I mean colleges, from the Northeast. Some of the teams include: Maryland, Boston College, Penn State, Rhode Island, Villanova, Cornell, St. John’s, Brown, Yale and Harvard.