SWIDOWSKI CLAIMS CACC MEN'S HOOPS PLAYER OF WEEK HONOR
NEW HAVEN, CT - Holy Family University's Justin Swidowski has claimed Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 31. Co-Rookie of the Week accolades went to Post University's Trevon Hamlet and Concordia College's Areglix Gil.
Swidowski, a 6-9 sophomore forward who hails from Cinnaminson, NJ, posted 29.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per-game while shooting 64.3-percent (18-for-28) from the field and 91.7-percent (22-for-24) from the free-throw line in a 1-1 week, including the team's first win of the season. He poured in 35 points and 10 rebouonds in a 78-76 victory over Caldwell and blocked a game-winning shot attempt at the buzzer. He also notched 23 points, six rebounds and shot 10-for-15 from the field at Goldey-Beacom.
Hamlet, a 6-6 freshman forward from Brooklyn, NY, averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per-game while shooting 48.4-percent (15-for-31) from the field in a 1-1 week. He collected 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks against Bloomfield and followed with 16 points and five boards in a win over Felician. This is the fourth time Hamlet has been selected CACC Rookie of the Week this season.
Gil, a 6-5 freshman forward from Brooklyn, NY, scored at a 16.5 per-game clip while shooting 58.3-percent (14-for-24) from the floor and pulling down 5.0 rebounds per-contest. In a victory over Dominican, he shot 10-for-18 from the field en route to a 21-point, eight-rebound performance. This marks the second Rookie of the Week honor this season for Gil.
Antoine Obery, Felician (So., G, 6-4, Roselle, NJ) - Filled the box score all week and averaged 19.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per-game.
Kyle White, Goldey-Beacom (Sr., G, 5-10, Georgetown, DE) - Averaged 22.5 points, 7.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds per-game in a 2-0 week.
Malcolm Ingram, Philadelphia (Sr., F, 6-4, Philadelphia, PA) - Led the Rams to a 3-0 week with averages of 15.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per-game.
Almin Hodzic, Dominican (Jr., C, 6-10, Budd Lake, NJ) - Averaged 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per-game in a 1-1 week, along with 3.5 blocks.
Spencer Smith, Post (Jr., G, 6-1, White Plains, NY) - Recorded 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per-game in a 1-1 week.
Bloomfield - The Deacons saw their unblemished CACC record go down this week, as they went 1-1 in conference play. In the club's 105-99 victory over Post, junior guard Gage Daye recorded his first triple-double of the season with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the win. Junior Ryan Rodrigues was solid off the bench in the loss to Goldey-Beacom on Saturday, notching 13 points.
Caldwell - The Cougars lost both of their games last week, falling at Nyack 69-63 and losing at Holy Family 78-76. Sophomore guard Malcolm Austin led Caldwell in scoring both nights, registering 19 points and eight rebounds at Nyack and 15 points and five boards at HFU. The Cougars play three CACC games this week, starting with a home game against Dominican on Tuesday. Caldwell also plays at Felician on Thursday and at home against Philadelphia on Saturday.
Chestnut Hill - Sophomore guard Ryan Cook averaged 20.0 points on a 46.9% (15-of-32) field goal percentage and averaged 6.0 rebounds to lead the Griffins to a 2-0 week against conference opponents, Wilmington University and Nyack College. He dropped 22 points in an 88-87 overtime victory over Nyack.
Concordia - The Clippers continued their winning streak with a win over Dominican on Thursday, marking their third straight win. The streak was then ended by Philadelphia University two days later. The Clippers host three big games this week, against Bloomfield, Nyack and USP.
Felician - Felician is 7-0 at home this season and is riding a 14-game home winning streak. Sophomore Antoine Obery has seven double-doubles this season from the shooting guard position and is the leading rebounding guard in the CACC.
Goldey-Beacom - Junior guard Sam McDuffie has scored in double-figures in 10 straight games for the Lightning. Senior guard Kyle White and junior forward Terrence Parkes have both scored in double-figures in all 18 Lightning games this season. Parkes posted two double-doubles this week, with 17 points and 10 rebounds against HFU and 18 points and 14 rebounds against BC. He has nine double-doubles this season. White dished out a career-high eight assists against BC.
Holy Family - Holy Family (1-17, 1-8 CACC) earned its first win of the season in dramatic fashion by defeating Caldwell, 78-76, on Saturday. Guard Khiry Hankins scored 22 points, including the game-winning basket with 7.9 left to play. Forward Justin Swidowski paced the team with 35 points and 10 rebounds and was 19-of-20 at the free throw line. Earlier in the week, the Tigers lost to Goldey-Beacom, 93-67. Swidowski is currently leading the conference in blocks per game (2.56), second in scoring (24.2 ppg) and third in rebounding (9.5 rpg). This week, Holy Family hosts Kutztown on Monday before traveling to Chestnut Hill (Thu.) and Bloomfield (Sat.).
Nyack - The Warriors travel to Post University on Tuesday, Feb. 2 for an 8pm tip-off and Concordia on Thursday, Feb. 4 for a 7pm start.
Philadelphia - The Rams have won seven straight games and will face one CACC battle this week at Caldwell on Saturday. Senior forward Malcolm Ingram led the team to a 3-0 week last week by averaging 15.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per-game.
Post - Post University's Men's Basketball team will host a pair of games this week playing Nyack on Tuesday and Goldey-Beacom on Saturday. Saturday's game will also be the Eagles' "Pink Zone" event as part of the WBCA's promotion to bring awareness to breast cancer. This past week, Post University sophomore Larry Smith tallied 24 points against Bloomfield, including shooting 68.8% from the floor in his best week so far as an Eagle.
USP - Adewale Adefemi (Chesilhurst, N.J.) became the 28th player in the 100+ year history of men's basketball at the school to record 500 career rebounds, reaching the mark in the waning seconds of USP's win over Univ. of District of Columbia. Adefemi now has 512 career boards and is 25th on the Devils' all-time list. ‘Wale also is ranked 58th nationally in rebounding, pulling down 8.4 per game. Curtis Fitch's (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) two blocks this week moves him into a tie for 9th place on the Devils all-time list with 73 for his career. USP has held their opponents to 60 or fewer points in each of the last three games and seven times overall this season. The Devils are second in the CACC in scoring defense, allowing just 62.3 points per game and are ranked 37th nationally. USP is also second in the CACC in field goal percentage defense (41.1%) and ranked 49th nationally. The Devils are also ranked 15th nationally in fewest fouls committed per game (15.4). USP's 34 points vs. Philadelphia University was their lowest point output since scoring 30 against Widener on January 11, 1982.