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Weekly Kats Wrap: SUNY Erie men’s hoops take Maryland tourney title; women finish third

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—In advance of the holiday break, both SUNY Erie Community basketball programs traveled to Rockville, Maryland and earned their fans early gifts, returning with first place (men) and third (women) in the Montgomery College Holiday Tournament, held on December 16-17.

In men’s action, SUNY Erie’s Kats (7-5) first prowled through Howard Community College (90-67) before topping host Montgomery with a narrow 84-82 championship win. Kasey Walker-Gregg (13 points) led the Kats in scoring in the opening tourney game, backed by a well-rounded effort from Pedro Marquez (12 points), Shakur Harris (11 points) and Shevon Anisca (10 points).  

In the finals, Marquez (18 points) and Kyle Harris (16 points) would lead the scoring for the Kats, and Harris added the deciding lay-up with 23 seconds to play. Winston Beato, Jr added a double-double effort, with 11 points, 13 rebounds in the title-clinching win. 

The SUNY Erie women (2-10) finished their Montgomery College Holiday Tournament experience by going 1-1, earning third place with a lopsided win over Community College of Philadelphia, 81-36 after a similarly uneven result (albeit on the losing end) against Monroe College, 105-56. 

Shamecca Minor and Jael Chandler led the Kats’ march against Community College of Philadelphia with 20 points each. Minor added seven steals to the effort, while Aaron Shabazz contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double to help the team take its tournament finale.

Looking ahead: SUNY Erie bowling travels to the Keystone Quaker Tournament in Allentown, Pennsylvania on December 27-28, then transition to the Lehigh Valley Classic in Allentown on 29-30.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.