Basketball Playoffs: Hawks Turned Back by BearcatsMen’s and women’s teams fall to rivals in playoffs
Jennifer Kraham, Staff Writer
With many ups and downs this season, the men’s and women’s basketball teams left it all on the court during the CUNYAC/Con Edison Basketball Tourna- ment. The men went in as the number five seed, while the women were the number three seed.
The men faced an away game at Baruch in the quarterfinal round. Going into the game the Hawks had a 1-1 record against the Bearcats, having lost to them 55-50 the previous week.
During the game both teams struggled to find their rhythm on the court, but in the second half the Hawks willed their way to a 55-49 lead with 19 seconds on the clock.
What followed was nothing short of a disaster, as missed Hawk free throws, turnovers and bad fouls conspired to let the Bearcats send the game into overtime with the score knotted at 55.
“We played great as a team through- out the whole game. We were up six points with 19 seconds left in regulation but our kryptonite the whole season was making free throws. We shot an awful 21-43 from the foul throw line. We really just shot ourselves in the foot,” says senior guard Jeffrey Daza.
“Going into overtime, I was thinking we needed to forget about what had just happened and just go out and play them for five minutes, that’s it,” said senior guard Mark Courtien, who joined the 1,000-point club this year. “We barely shot over 50% from the foul line and at the end of regulation we committed a couple of costly fouls that allowed them to put points on the board without using up hardly any time on the clock.”
Despite a valiant effort, the Hawks fell in the first round 68-66, abruptly ending their season.
“Overall, we all learned so much from playing in so many close games,” Daza reflected. “The amount of stress and pres- sure in those games can and will translate to real world situations. I had a lot of fun playing for a coach who believed in me and my capabilities.”
The men ended their season with a overall record of 11-15.
On the women’s side, the Lady Hawks faced the John Jay Bloodhounds at the Hunter Sportsplex in the first round. They proved their worth in this game by never trailing and allowing only one tie — in the first half at 7-7. After that, the women controlled the game. Sophomore Kristen Markoe had a season-best performance, recording her 12th double-double of the season as she led all scorers with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Senior captain McK- enna added an impressive 19 points as the Hawks grabbed the victory with a score of 74-62.
Moving on to the semifinals, the Lady Hawks faced the number two seed Baruch College on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at host
CCNY’s Nat Holman Gymnasium. The Hawks struggled to find the net during the game, as they were quickly down 39-18 at halftime. During the second half the women seemed to regroup, but despite some spirited runs, they were in too deep a hole to mount a real comeback. The game finished 74-51, ending Hunter’s hopes for a CUNYAC Championship. Kristen Maroke led all scorers with 25 points, scoring half of her team’s points.
“The first game we were working together more as a team and being ag- gressive,” McKenna reflected. “Against Baruch, we let them dictate what we did, and that is not what it takes to win, that is why we fell short.”
“If we were to play them again,” she continued, “we would be more aggres- sive. We didn’t do what we needed to do offensively in the first half and from there Baruch ran away with it.”
The women ended their season with a 13-14 overall record.