C.W. Post Wins Second Straight ECC Championship Behind 86-67 Win Over Bridgeport
Flushing, N.Y. – The C.W. Post Pioneers
men's basketball captured the 2012 ECC Championship behind a
86-67 win over Bridgeport in today's final at Queens College.
This marks the fourth championship in five years and seventh overall conference championship in program history. This is also the second championship in two years for Coach Chris Casey.
Bridgeport jumped out to an early lead behind two three pointers and the Pioneer unable to hit a field goal attempt until Stefan Bonneau (Middletown, N.Y.) hit a three from the top of the arc on the right side 4:32 into the game. C.W. Post then took a 12-10 lead on a lay-up and free throw by Vaughn Allen (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and then was followed up by a Bonneau three-pointer to cap off a 10-0 spurt, giving the Pioneers a 15-10 lead early in the first half.
Each team went back and forth for a majority of the opening half, as both the Pioneers and Purple Knights grew leads as large as six over the opening 18 minutes of play, with two lead changes as well. Bonneau was able to give the Pioneers a short lived seven point lead behind a four-point play, with a three and a free throw. Dante Menter then connected on a lay-up on the next play, as he was found on the wing by Hakeem Rodriguez to cut the Pioneer lead to five.
The 36-31 lead was the score as both teams entered halftime. Bonneau led all scorers with 17 points, behind three shots made from beyond the arc. Allen led the team in rebounding with six boards while Charles McCann (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) came up with three blocks. Darien David was the high-point man for the Purple Knights behind 11 points and William Harrison led all players with seven rebounds.
Bridgeport opened up the first five minutes of the second half on a 12-11 run, cutting into the lead and having the deficit down to one during two instances over that run. However, Bonneau hit his fifth three of the game with a little over 13 minutes to go in the game, giving the Pioneers the first double-digit lead of the game at 53-43. The lead then grew to as large as 16 during the opening ten minutes of the second half and then up to 17 a few moments later after two free throws by Tobin Carberry (Hamden, Conn.).
Over the final ten minutes of the game, the Pioneers continued to play strong and grow the lead. The spread grew to as many as 21 after back-to-back dunks by Allen and Tyuan Williams (Newark, N.J.), each assisted by Bonneau. The Pioneers ended the game strong, closing out the win behind a 86-67 victory.
Bonneau finished with a game-high 29 points behind five three-pointers made, as well as dishing out five assists, earning tournament Most Outstanding Player. Carberry registered a double-double behind 19 points and 11 rebounds while Allen also claimed a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. David led the Purple Knights with 17 points.
C.W. Post earns the automatic-bid for the NCAA tournament and now will wait seeding during tonight's selection show, scheduled for 10:30 p.m.
2012 ECC Men's
Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team
John Merchant - Dowling
Dyrek Jones - University of the District of Columbia
Hakeem Rodriguez - Bridgeport
Darian David - Bridgeport
Tyuan Williams - C.W. Post
Tobin Carberry - C.W. Post
Most Outstanding Player: Stefan Bonneau - C.W. Post
Provided by the C.W. Post Sports Information Department.