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Weekly Kats Wrap: Men’s hoops dance onto NJCAA title tourney in Illinois

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—Last weekend, SUNY Erie Community College captured its 10th NJCAA Region III men's basketball championship with a 66-59 win over Monroe Community College on MCC’s home floor in Rochester.

The Kats (18-9) pulled out the close win thanks to 21 points from freshman Kasey Walker-Gregg, including going 10-for-12 from the free throw line. These critical points helped Walker-Gregg lead SUNY Erie in scoring, with support from Kyle Harris (16 points, seven rebounds) and Shevon Anisca (11 points).

The win sends the Kats to the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament in Danville, Illinois, scheduled for March 20-24. SUNY Erie is tabbed as a 13th seed, and will face the high-scoring attack of fourth-seeded Louisberg (North Carolina) on March 20.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball players, coach honored

Freshmen Kyle Harris (Buffalo, NY, Park School), Kasey Walker-Gregg and Shevon Anisca all earned All-Region Second Team honors at last weekend’s Region III Tournament, while head coach Alex Nwora was named Coach Of The Year. 

On the women’s side, Aaron Shabazz (Amherst, Cardinal O'Hara) and Shamecca Minor (Buffalo, McKinley High School) were named to the All-Region Second Team over the weekend at their Region III Tournament.

Swimming and Diving

Within its recent ninth place finish at the NJCAA Championships in Fort Pierce, Florida from March 7-10, SUNY Erie boasted multiple individual performances that left a mark on its program, highlighted by NJCAA All-American and Newfane High alum Allie DeBiase.

The sophomore finished top-six in the country in all four individual events she competed in, including Saturday’s fourth place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:31.28. DeBiase has left her mark on the Kats’ record book, too, as she now owns six individual school records and is a part of four record-holding relay teams.

Sophomore Tabby Smith completed her career with another strong performance, setting the SUNY Erie record in the preliminaries of the 50-yard butterfly (28.46) and 100-yard freestyle (56.53). She finished 12th in the 50 fly and 11th in the 100 free. Smith leaves the College with four individual school records, and is a part of four record-holding relay teams—including the 400 freestyle relay team of Smith, Haley Roblee, Abbie Ettinger and DeBiase that notched a school-record time of 3:53.53 at the championships.

On the men’s side, Jonathan Pilat, Greyson Louth and Dominic Bubb finished 10th (50.48), 13th (52.16) and 15th (52.48) in the 100-yard freestyle. Charlie May touched 14th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:04.09. Casey Rosinski took fifth in the one-meter diving competition with 325.25 points.

Sophomore Brad Zifra took 13th in the 200 breast in 2:16.32 en route to scoring in all four individual events he entered in the meet. He leaves SUNY Erie with three individual school records and is a member of one record-breaking relay team.

Since 1946, SUNY 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 innovative, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, SUNY Erie’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.