Basketball Teams Earn Conference Title in Front of Hometown Crowd
The basketball fans who flocked to the Eagle Dome this weekend for the Northeast Regional Tournament were not disappointed: Both the men and women battled their way to conference champion titles for the Association of Division III Independents.
On Saturday, the #1 ranked women’s team beat the College of Saint Elizabeth 64-48. Junior forward Christina Chamberlin led the way with 19 points and 16 rebounds, a double-double that earned her an all-tournament selection. Sophomore forward and all-tournament selection Emma Buckley chipped in 12 and blocked six while junior guard and tournament Most Outstanding Player Brittany Holden dropped in 16 and dished out eight assists for the win.
Saint Elizabeth ends their season at 16-12 while Green Mountain finishes at 17-7.
The men kept the crowd on its toes with two games that went to the wire. In the semi-final match-up Saturday, the #2 ranked Eagles clawed their way to a 61-57 victory against #3 Finlandia University.
Senior guard Adam Fisher led the Eagles with 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for a double-double. Senior forward Doug Hammond also scored a double-double with 16 points, 13 boards and six blocked shots. Junior forward Herley Pellew sank four key free throws to ice the game down the stretch.
The Eagles returned to the court Sunday afternoon for the championship match-up against the #1 Newbury College Nighthawks. In front of a standing-room only crowd, Green Mountain clinched the win by just two points, 68-66. GMC’s Hammond, who leads the nation in blocked shots for NCAA Division III, pitched in with 24 points and 17 rebounds. He blocked two key shots with seconds remaining to help him earn tournament MVP. Junior guard Fabian Ferreira scored 18 going 4-7 from beyond the arc. The Eagles also saw strong performances from junior forward Scott McGuinness, who finished with 12, while senior guard and all-tournament selection Adam Fisher dished out 13 assists.
Newbury College finishes their season at 18-9. Green Mountain finishes their season at 21-5.
Men’s All-Tournament Team:
Doug Hammond - Most Outstanding Player, Green Mountain
Adam Fisher - Green Mountain
Arch Mitchell - Newbury
Steven Morris - Newbury
Ryan Artley - Finlandia
Nick Harrington - Southern Vermont
Women’s All-Tournament Team:
Brittany Holden – Most Outstanding Player, Green Mountain
Christina Chamberlin - Green Mountain
Emma Buckley - Green Mountain
Jessica Dixon - Saint Elizabeth
Jamese Baker - Saint Elizabeth
Julia Fagan - Southern Vermont