Niagara Gazette

November 5, 2012

Thunderwolves storm back to beat ECC

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara County Community College basketball team rebounded from a season-opening loss to outlast nationally ranked rival Erie Community College in the consolation of Sunday’s tip-off tournament at ECC’s Flickinger Center.

Freshman forward Jordan Street (Niagara Falls) scored 22 points and grabbed 15 grabbed (six offensive) in the 92-86 overtime win over ECC and was named to the all-tournament team.

Isaiah Johnson led the Thunderwolves (1-1), scoring 25 points in 25 foul-plagued minutes and making 14 of 15 free throws. Jon Marsh had 15 points including the game-clinching free throws, Jake Hughes (Niagara-Wheatfield) had seven points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the game that featured 20 ties and 16 lead changes.

”I feel like we were tested and we were resilient this weekend,” coach Bill Beilein said. “We bounced back well against Erie. The mistakes we made in the GCC game (Saturday), we countered those mistakes and fixed it on the fly. For (ECC) being No. 8 in the country coming out of the gate and us being able to compete with them and do the right things to get a victory, is big for us.”

NCCC plays its home opener Tuesday against Finger Lakes CC in a doubleheader with the women’s team tipping off at 5 p.m.


Manhattan 3, Niagara 2

The Purple Eagles saw their season-high six-game winning streak end and fell out of a first-place tie with Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in their home finale.

In the final match for the winningest senior class in school history — Kari Honomichl, Amanda Wilken and fifth-year senior Michelle James — Niagara (15-11, 12-4 MAAC) came back after dropping two of the first three sets and lost the deciding set 19-17.

”We played hard today and wanted to honor our seniors with a win in their last home match (but) the ball didn’t bounce our way,” coach Dottie Porch said. “It wasn’t for lack of effort or fight. We fought hard in the entire match.”

Honomichl, the conference leader in kills per set, tied a Niagara season-high with 21 kills and set a career-high with 27 digs for her team-leading 15th double-double of the season. James set a season-high in assists with 59 and had a career-best 29 digs to lead the match. Wilken notched a season-high 14 kills.