NECC Observer

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Knights Enthusiastic for Upcoming Season

The season for the NECC Knights basketball squad is almost here. They just came back from a tournament in New York and New Jersey and are just about ready to take on the regular season on November 3 at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, N.H.

Before that though, the freshmen and sophomores on the team took on each other in an intersquad game on Oct. 29 to further their training for the upcoming season.

Before the game, Head Coach Darren Stratton talked about his team.

“I like our enthusiasm, I really like the group’s work ethic. They’re working extremely hard. The big concern for me is obviously rebounding,” Stratton said.

Stratton brought up rebounding because the Knights are an overall shorter team than most in the division.

For the intersquad game, Stratton coached the freshmen, who were wearing blue uniforms. Assistant Coach Joe Tardiff coached the sophomores, who sported the gray jerseys.

Early in the first quarter, it was apparent that the sophomores had more experience and chemistry than the freshman. Sophomores Jonathan Paulino and Kevin Brito made swift plays and had great communication on the court. Paulino and Matthew Jameson both scored multiple 3-pointers.

The sophomores continued to show experience on defense, holding back the freshman offense and making it hard for them to hit the net.

The Knights first home game is on Nov. 10, when they face Dean College. Admission to the event will be free.

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