Gil's Strong Performance Earns CACC Weekly Honor
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Argelix Gil of Concordia College has been selected as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Player of the Week. Caldwell's Michael Balkovic also is named Rookie of the Week.
CACC Player of the Week
Argelix Gil, Concordia (Jr., F, 6-5, Brooklyn, NY) averaged 27.5 points, 8 rebounds and three steals on the week. Only committed one turnover on the week and shot 74.1% from the floor and converted 7 of his 11 three point attempts. Scored a career high of 31 points against Nyack College.
CACC Rookie of the Week
Michael Balkovic, Caldwell (Fr., F, 6-6, Neptune, NJ) connected on 20 shots from the floor recording 15.3 points per game and grabbing 9.3 rebounds. Additionally he scored 22 points and 7 boards against Concordia.
Josh Lopez, Post (Sr., G, 5-11, Anchorage, AK) - Averaged 19.0 points per game, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per contest.
Ahmad Harris, Bloomfield (Sr., G, 5-9, Linden, NJ) - Recorded stats across the board with 9.0 ppg., 8.3 rebounds, 5.67 assist, and 3.67 steals in a 3-0 week.
Mark DiRugeris Jr., Chestnut Hill (Jr., G, 6-1, Woodbury, NJ) - Contributed 22.0 points per game, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assist leading the team to a 3-0 week.
Marcus Porter, Goldey-Beacom (Fr., G, 6-4, Wilmington, DE) - Scored 23.0 points per game while shooting 57.6% from the floor. Also averaged 6.0 boards.
Bloomfield - The Deacons improved to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in CACC play with a trio of conference victories this week, topping Dominican College, Post University and Wilmington University. Senior point guard Ahmad Harris averaged 9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.6 steals per game over the stretch, continuing his outstanding all-around play as the floor general for Bloomfield with a pair of double-double performances. Rookie Matthew Hall averaged 10.3 points per game for the week, netting 18 points in the victory over Post, his second-highest point total of the season. Sophomore guard Terry Hicks averaged just under 16 points per game over the three-game span, netting a game-high 22 in the team's victory over Dominican. Senior Matt Wafula averaged 11.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, notching a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace Bloomfield in the victory over Wilmington. Sophomore big man Kevin Udo continued his solid play in the post, averaging 9.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
Caldwell - Caldwell played three close CACC games on the road last week, winning at Concordia and losing to Felician and Chestnut Hill. Freshman forward Michael Balkovic came off the bench to score 22 points to go with seven rebounds in an 80-78 win at Concordia on Thursday. He then recorded 18 points and 11 boards in a narrow 86-84 loss to Chestnut Hill on Saturday. The Cougars erased a 22-point, second-half deficit to the Griffins before losing in the final minute. Caldwell hosts St. Michael's College in a non-conference game on Saturday.
Chestnut Hill - The Griffins fought for an 86-84 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over the Caldwell College on Saturday, December 10, earning the 100th career win for Head Coach Jesse Balcer and the Chestnut Hill College men's basketball program. Head Coach Jesse Balcer has governed the men's basketball team at Chestnut Hill College since the program's establishment in 2003. He was the 2004-2005 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Coach of the Year after leading the Griffins to a NCAA DIII conference championship game and he has developed a five, 1,000-point scorers; including two-time Player of the Year Isaac Greer (2,065 career points). Under his direction the men's basketball program was the College's first to reach postseason play as a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), qualifying for a championship tournament appearance following the 2008-2009 regular season. Most recently, the Griffins reached the CACC Semifinals in the 2010-2011 season after earning the #3 seed in the conference championship tournament with an 8-9 league standing and a 12-16 overall record.
Concordia - Concordia split both conference games this past week with a victory over Nyack (101-85) and a loss to Caldwell (80-78). Argelix Gil scored a career-high 31 points in the Clippers win against the Warriors. Concordia will take a break from their conference schedule to play three straight non-conference games. Their only match this week will be on the road against Southern Conn. St. on Sunday afternoon.
Felician - Junior forward David Williamson grabbed a team season high 16 rebounds, to go along with 12 points, in Felician's road victory over Nyack on Thursday. The Golden Falcons have three weeks off before their next game, a non-conference home tilt against NYIT on Dec. 31.
Goldey-Beacom - The Lightning, with a thrilling, 76-74 win over Dominican on Saturday, have now won 11 straight regular season conference games at the Joseph West Jones Center dating back to last year. This win also marked their first win over Dominican in the last three tries. The team has won its last three games (all CACC contests) by a combined total of six points. Marcus Porter set a school record for points in a game by a GBC freshman with 32. His step-back three-pointer with 17 seconds left in regulation gave the Lightning its first lead since the first half, and propelled the Lightning to a two-point victory. He scored 21 points in the second half to lead GBC to a 21-point comeback victory.
Holy Family - Holy Family snapped its four-game losing streak with a victory over Felician College this past Saturday to finish 1-1 for the week. The Tigers began the week with a close loss to Chestnut Hill College by the score of 77-75. Sophomore Alberto Munoz led the team in scoring this past week averaging 20.5 points per game. He scored a game-high 25 points after knocking down five three-pointers against Chestnut Hill, and then capped the week with a team-best 16 points against Felician.
Philadelphia - The Rams (4-4, 2-0 CACC) split its two games last week. Philadelphia lost to American International College, 67-61, in the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase on Friday. Center Temi Adebayo netted a team-high 17 points in the loss. Philadelphia bounced back one day later to defeat Nyack, 88-68, in a CACC match-up. Guard Jim Connolly scored a season-high 21 points. Forward Corey Francisco recorded a double-double with 18 points and a season-best 13 rebounds. The Rams visit USciences on a CACC contest Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.
Post - Post University will be on the road for one game this week with a trip to New York to take on Le Moyne in a non-conference game on Saturday. The following week, the Eagles return home to host Bridgeport on December 19.
USciences - Garret Kerr had his first collegiate double-double with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against Post on Saturday. Also on Saturday, former men's basketball player Joe Miller was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame. Miller who played from 1991-1995 scored 1,773 career points (5th best in school history) and left the program as the Devils all-time leader with 253 three-point FG made (now 2nd all-time). He still holds the Devils single game record with nine three-point FG (against Holy Family in 1995). He was an NAIA All-American as a senior and his teams during his four years compiled a 93-30 record. He was named to the University's All-Millennium Team in 2008 selected to honored the best players over the 100-year history of the men's basketball program.