Matt Scott & Peter Kiss Take Home LifeStorage Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Matt Scott, Niagara
Jr., 6-4, G, Brooklyn, NY/Brooklyn Law and Tech
Matt Scott averaged 18.7 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists per game as the Purple Eagles went 2-1 in three games. Scott, who scored at least 18 points in every game, led all scorers in two of the three games while also collecting double-doubles in two games. In Niagara’s win over rival Canisius on January 23, Scott had 18 points and a season-high 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Against Manhattan on January 26, Scott scored a game-high 20 points for his MAAC leading 10th 20-point game of the season; he also had six rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Scott was a key contributor in helping Niagara pull away from Rider on January 28 as he finished with a game-high 18 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and 10th of his career. Scott also scored his 1,000th career point in the game to become the 45th member of the 1,000-point club at Niagara. Scott averaged 56 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-pointers and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line in the three games.
Rookie of the Week
Peter Kiss, Quinnipiac
Fr., 6-5, G, New York, NY/Notre Dame (MA)
Kiss scored a personal-best 22 points, to go along with nine rebounds and three assists, in Quinnipiac’s loss at Monmouth on Friday, passing his old career high of 20 set against Manhattan on Jan. 7 and falling one rebound shy of his second career double-double. Kiss averaged 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a difficult 0-2 road swing at Iona and at Monmouth, helping to keep Quinnipiac in striking distance in both games until the final minutes.
Iona's Rickey McGill Named Met Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Jan. 31, 2017) --- Rickey McGill of Iona in Division I and Jamail Stanley of Old Westbury in Divisions II-III have been named Men’s Players of the Week, respectively, by the Met Basketball Writers Assn.
The designations, for games played Jan. 23-29, are unique in that they encompass players from 74 Met area schools across Divisions I, II and III.
The MBWA selection is the third this season for Stanley, who previously was named Met Divisions II-III Player of the Week on Dec. 13 and Jan. 17.
A 6-1 sophomore guard from Spring Valley, NY, McGill helped lead the Gaels (15-8) to an unbeaten 3-0 week as Iona moved up to second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Averaging 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals while playing 37.3 minutes per game, McGill put together back-to-back career scoring performances en route to shooting 47.2% from the field, 40.0% beyond the arc and 90.0% at the free throw line.
Normally more of a floor general and less a pure scorer, McGill began his week by posting 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists along with three steals as Iona beat Quinnipiac 84-74. He followed by registering a career-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 5-of-5 at the free throw line in a 77-66 triumph at Siena.
McGill closed the week in a key 69-66 MAAC overtime win over St. Peter’s with an even-handed four points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal. He sank a pair of clutch free throws in the closing seconds of OT to help seal the victory.
A 6-3 senior guard from Syracuse, NY, Stanley --- who also was named the Skyline Conference player of the week --- helped propel the Panthers (11-7) to three wins against no losses. He averaged 25.7 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 blocks while shooting 58.5% (31-of-53) from the field.
Stanley contributed game-highs of 25 points and 15 rebounds in Old Westbury's 90-57 non-conference road win over Medgar Evers. He followed with 19 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, three blocks and three assists in an 80-57 home win versus the U.S, Merchant Marine Academy. In the Panthers 91-57 home victory over Sage, Stanley matched his career-high with 33 points and added 12 rebounds in recording his 13th double-double of the season and 26th of his career.
Players receiving MBWA Men’s Division I Honorable Mention for the week: Jeff Coby, Columbia; Angel Delgado, Seton Hall; Stephan Jiggetts, FDU.
Players receiving MBWA Men’s Divisions II-III Honorable Mention for the week: Aaron Cust, St. Thomas Aquinas; Chima Ekekeugbor, Baruch; Marcus Fleming, Bloomfield; Frank Schettino, Staten Island; Terrell Spaulding, Felician; Christian White, Pace; Tyree White, Queens.
Previous MBWA 2016-17 Men’s Players of the Week: Dec. 6, Tim Coleman, NJIT, and Joseph Lopez, Sacred Heart, Div. I; Thomas Bonacum, Ramapo, Divs. II-III; Dec. 13, Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, Div. I; Justin Reyes, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Jamail Stanley, SUNY Old Westbury, Divs. II-III; Dec. 20, Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, Div. I; Matt Miller, U.S. Merchant Marine Acad., Divs. II-III; Jan. 10, Curtis Cobb, Fairfield, Div. I; Frank Schettino, Staten Island, Divs. II-III; Jan. 17, Quincy McKnight, Sacred Heart, Div. I; Jamail Stanley, Old Westbury, Divs. II-III; Jan. 24, Justin Robinson, Monmouth, Div. I; Frank Schettino, Staten Island, Divs. II-III.
Hannaford "MAAC-n-Cheese Fest” to Serve as Inaugural Event at Albany Capital Center
ALBANY, NY; January 30, 2017 – The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Albany Convention Center Authority and SMG invite fans to celebrate the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships to downtown Albany with the second annual Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest on Friday, March 3 at the Albany Capital Center from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
The popular fan festival will serve as the inaugural event at the much-anticipated Albany Capital Center, the new state-of-the-art convention center.
“We were overwhelmed by the community’s response to last year’s first-ever Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest, and we are delighted to bring the event back to downtown Albany in celebration of the MAAC Basketball Championships,” said Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Michele Vennard. “We are honored to serve as the first event for the heralded new Albany Capital Center as it officially opens its doors to the public. The facility is sure to be a tremendous addition to downtown Albany.”
During the pre-game event, fans will have the opportunity to sample gourmet mac-n-cheese dishes from a dozen Albany-area restaurants; as well as multiple varietals of craft beer from New York breweries.
Tickets for the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest will be available online at www.albany.org for $8 beginning Wednesday, February 1. Tickets entitle guests to 10 tastings of any combination of mac-n-cheese or craft beer. Tickets will be available at the door on Friday, March 3 for $10.
This year’s festivities will feature the Air Elite Dunkers, the official dunk team for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors. The high-flying entertainers will showcase their aerobatic skills in a pair of 20-minute performances during the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest at the Albany Capital Center. The Air Elite Dunkers are presented by Pioneer Bank. Also, the Siena men’s basketball court will be relocated from the Times Union Center to the Albany Capital Center for the event.
Other entertainment will include performances by MAAC school pep bands; basketball-themed inflatables; face painting; a balloon artist; and music.
“Hannaford is excited to once again be a part of this outstanding event, which will not only serve as the signature fan attraction of the MAAC Basketball Championships, but also the inauguration of such an anticipated facility in downtown Albany,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Brian Fabre. “We encourage both basketball and mac-n-cheese fans to join us for a fun evening to kick off the tournament and celebrate the opening of the Albany Capital Center.”
A portion of proceeds will benefit the Times Union Hope Fund which serves children in need throughout the Capital Region.
Times Union Senior Writer and Table Hopping Columnist Steve Barnes will emcee the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest, which will include a People’s Choice Award for the restaurant which serves the crowd’s favorite mac-n-cheese. The Table Hopping blog and timesunion.com are the title sponsors of the Mac-n-Cheese Bowl created at the suggestion of a Table Hopping reader. The eighth event, featuring mac-n-cheese from 30 Capital Region restaurants, is scheduled for February 18 at Siena College in Loudonville.
Sponsors of the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest include Hannaford Supermarkets, Berkshire Bank, Upstate Ford, NYSCOPBA, Pioneer Bank and Dunkin’ Donuts. Additional funding to host and promote the MAAC Basketball Tournament was provided from Empire State Development/ I LOVE NY, which was awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council awards.
The Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest will supplement the MAAC Basketball Championships featuring men’s and women’s teams from Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, St. Peter’s University, and Siena College.
“The MAAC is excited to be back in downtown Albany, and we are thrilled that our tournament will be part of the official opening of the Albany Capital Center,” said MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor. “The Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest is the perfect opportunity for attendees to sample the best food and drink from local restaurants and breweries amongst fellow basketball fans.”
“This year’s tournament has the potential to be one of the most exciting in recent memory with no clear cut favorite to capture the title,” said Times Union Center General Manager Bob Belber. “The Times Union Center is proud to host the MAAC Basketball Championships for a record 18th time, and we look forward to demonstrating once again why no one does it better than Albany in staging this historic and multifaceted event.”
Flex ticket packages are currently available for the MAAC Basketball Championships. Flex ticket packages include four tickets redeemable for any open seat during any session of the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, including both championship games. The tickets may be utilized for four seats to one session, one seat for four sessions, or any ensuing combination to enable fans to tailor the tournament experience to meet their needs.
Two sets of flex ticket packages, each comprised of four tickets, are available for this year’s tournament. The first package provides access to any open seat during any session and is $150. The second package provides access to any open seat in the lower level corners and end zones and is $100.
All-session passes are also available for fans seeking admission to additional games in the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. All-session passes, which grant access to all 20 games of the men’s and women’s tournament, are $97, $122, $167 and $227.
Flex ticket packages and all-session passes may be purchased at the arena box office, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.timesunioncenter-albany.com.
Individual tournament tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, February 6.
For a complete tournament schedule, visit www.maacsports.com.
The Capital Complex in Albany is the largest meeting space in upstate New York. Connected by an enclosed walkway, the Complex is comprised of the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, a 50,000 sq. ft. facility that includes a convention hall, seven meeting rooms and pre-function space operated by the New York State Office of General Services; The Egg, which includes two theaters that seat a total of 1400 people along with 10,000 square feet of event space; and two locations operated by SMG including the new Albany Capital Center, a 50,000 sq. ft. space with six meeting rooms and pre-function space; and the Times Union Center, upstate New York’s premier sports and entertainment facility with 17,500 seats and 50,000 sq. ft. of exhibit and pre-function space.
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Siena's Kollyns Scarbrough & Marist's Hannah Hand Earn LifeStorage MAAC Women's Basketball Weekly Honors
Player of the Week
Kollyns Scarbrough, Siena
Jr., G, Jamaica, NY/Christ the King
Siena’s Kollyns Scarbrough's 34-point effort tied four others for the most points scored by a Siena player in 34 years since Mary Gaudreau '83 tallied 36 points at LIU Brooklyn on February 19, 1983. Scarbrough tied teammate Jackie Benitez for the most points scored in a game by a MAAC player this season. Benitez also scored 34 points against Monmouth on January 12. The junior was one rebound away from recording a double-double against the Hawks. On the week, Scarbrough shot 60.0 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe. She averaged 23.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Scarbrough played 19 minutes in the Saints win over Canisius and tallied 12 points on 6-of-8 (75.0%) shooting.
Rookie of the Week
Hannah Hand, Marist
Fr., G, Argyle, TX/Liberty Christian School
In a two game week for the Red Foxes, Hannah Hand averaged 12.0 points, seven rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 38.5 percent from three. In Hand’s first game against Iona, she scored 12 points to go along with eight rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. Hand followed up her performance in that game with another 12 point effort against Canisius just two nights later. Hand also hit four threes, grabbed six rebounds, dished out an assist, and swiped a steal in 35 minutes of action. Hand earns her second MAAC Rookie of the Week honor, she previous took home the award on January 16.
Quinnipiac Alumna Tiffany Webster (’16) Selected to WBCA 2017 ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ Class
EDISON, NJ – Quinnipiac University Women’s Basketball alumna Tiffany Webster (’16) was named a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 15th annual “So You Want To Be A Coach” class. Participants will engage in a three-day workshop, which will be held from March 29-31 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in Dallas, TX.
“It’s so great to see the WBCA select Tiffany for this prestigious seminar and I’m excited for the future that lies ahead for her. Seeing now our third former Bobcat selected into the class is great recognition for the school and the women’s basketball program,” said Quinnipiac University Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. “Tiffany joins a distinguished bunch at Quinnipiac in Gillian (Abshire) and Val (Driscoll) who were selected for the class in 2015. I know she’ll represent herself and Quinnipiac well and we wish her nothing but the best of luck moving forward.”
Candidates in the “So” program will learn about the fundamental skills that are necessary to secure a coaching position in women’s basketball, increase understanding and awareness of competencies for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrative staff, and will also raise awareness about female basketball players who are passionate about coaching women’s basketball. Candidates will also be exposed to scouting, networking, how to get hired, knowledge of the rules, and how to balance work and life.
"We continue to invest in young, aspiring coaches through our ‘So You Want To Be A Coach' program," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Each year, the WBCA family reinforces our support for this important entry-level program. We have high expectations for these graduating student-athletes and the future contributions they will make to the game of women's basketball."
About the WBCA:
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.
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Fairfield Selected to Repeat as MAAC Baseball Champions; Manhattan’s Fabian Pena Named Preseason Player of the Year
EDISON, NJ – The defending MAAC Baseball Champions, Fairfield University, was voted by the leagues 11 head coaches to repeat as MAAC Baseball Champions in 2017. The Stags received seven out of 11 first-place votes, totaling 116 points. Manhattan College sophomore catcher Fabian Pena is the 2017 MAAC Baseball Preseason Player of the Year.
Fairfield won its first MAAC Baseball Championship in program history after going 17-7 in MAAC play and 32-26 overall. During the 2016 MAAC Baseball Championship, Fairfield defeated Manhattan, Canisius and Siena to become champions. The Stags represented the conference at the 2016 NCAA Baseball Tournament and faced #7 Texas Tech and #17 Dallas Baptist. Fairfield led the MAAC in team batting average (.279) and hits (540).
Coming in second place is Canisius College. The Griffs received one first place vote and tallied 99 points. Last season, Canisius went 16-8 in the MAAC and 33-26 overall. Returning for the Griffs is 2016 All-MAAC Second Team selection Jake Lumley, who was named to the 2017 Preseason All-MAAC Team. Lumley was tied for first in the MAAC with 50 runs scored and was third in the MAAC with 74 hits while batting .339.
Monmouth University received two first-place votes and totaled 97 points in the preseason poll to place third in the preseason poll. The Hawks placed a league-best four players on the 2047 Preseason All-MAAC Team. Monmouth was 16-8 in the MAAC and 30-27 overall. Shaine Hughes led the MAAC with a .385 batting average and ranked third in the conference with a .457 on-base percentage in 2016.
Manhattan College took the other first-place vote and totaled 90 points to come in fourth place in the preseason poll. The Jaspers are led by 2016 MAAC Baseball Rookie of the Year and 2017 MAAC Baseball Preseason Player of the Year, Fabian Pena. As a freshman, the Jaspers backstop hit .350, recorded 75 hits, and led the league in RBIs (54) and doubles (22). His nine home runs was second best in the MAAC. Pena’s 128 total bases ranked first in the conference.
Rounding out the top five is Marist College, who totaled 76 points in the preseason poll. The Red Foxes were 13-11 in the MAAC and 24-27 overall. Frankie Gregoire tied for first in the MAAC with 10 home runs. In his freshman campaign, he posted 39 RBIs and hit 15 doubles. He led the MAAC with a .599 slugging percentage.
Siena College finished with 69 points claiming sixth place, while Quinnipiac totaled 51 points to come in seventh. Rider University, Niagara University, Iona College and Saint Peter’s University finished eighth through eleventh in the preseason poll, respectively.
The 2017 MAAC Baseball Preseason All-MAAC Team consists of : Catcher Fabian Pena (Manhattan), First Baseman Shaine Hughes (Monmouth), Second Baseman Jordan Bishop (Siena), Shortstop Matthew Batten (Quinnipiac), Third Baseman Grant Lamberton (Monmouth), Outfielders Troy Scocca (Fairfield), Dan Shea (Monmouth), Tanner Kirwer (Niagara) and Dan Swain (Siena). Frankie Gregoire (Marist) makes the team at designated hitter and Mac Crispino (Fairfield) makes the team at the utility spot. 2016 MAAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year, Ricky Dennis (Monmouth) makes the Preseason All-MAAC Team at pitcher.
The 2017 MAAC Baseball Championship will be held at Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls, NY and will be co-hosted by Canisius College and Niagara University from Tuesday, May 23 – Sunday, May 28.