NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

Knights mens’s basketball advance to Region 21/East District finals with a 93-53 victory over MassBay.

On Saturday March 5th The Knights beat MassBay community college 93-53 at Holyoke community college in the Bartley center. The win marks their second consecutive Region 21 East/District finals appearance and their 26th consecutive win. They faced Roxbury community college on championship Sunday. 

Four Knights scored double digits points. Those players were Jeremiah Melendez of Lawrence, Peter Lopata of Groveland, Luis Reynoso of Lawerence all scoring 11 points. Phillip Cunningham of Haverhill added 10 points.  

Mehmet Asik of Ankara, Turkey and Cunningham led a strong defensive effort holding The Buccaneers to just 29% shooting from field goal range and 13% from three-point land. Asik and Cunningham recorded a combined nine defensive rebounds. 

The Knights jumped out to a quick 11 point lead over The buccaneers. The Knights took a commanding 31-point lead into halftime 54-23. They carried their first half dominance into the second by out scoring The Buccaneers 39-31. The Knights prevailed with a final score of 93-54.