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On Saturday, March 1, both the Dean
College Men's and Women's Basketball teams battled for the title of Region XXI
Division II Champions, and both were victorious.
Then, on Saturday, March 8, the Dean College Men's Basketball team went on to become NJCAA
District 2 Champions.
The Bulldogs lost a tough second game of the NJCAA Division II national tournament on Thursday, March 20 against St. Louis Community College, 92-79. Congratulations on being Regional Champions and having the honor of making it to Nationals in Danville!
The Dean College Bulldogs (21-4) battled to the final buzzer, but fell
short, 85-82, in their bid to win their opening game at the NJCAA
Division II national tournament. They faced Essex County College (24-5)
from Newark, New Jersey and came out of the gate early, opening up a
21-11 lead in the first half. Essex came roaring back, using their
dominant size to take a 6-point lead at the half. In the second
half, Essex was able to extend its lead to twelve with ten minutes to go
before Dean made its move. Behind its tenacious defense and clutch
3-point shooting, Dean took an 82-81 lead with 41 seconds left in the
game. Essex forced a turnover and Chris Compas, who led Essex with 21
points, was fouled with 34 seconds. He made both free throws which gave
them a 83-82 lead and the Dean Bulldogs played for the last shot. Charles Correa's outside shot attempt was wide with five seconds and
Dean was forced to foul, which led to the final score.
Armstrong led the Dean Bulldogs with 21 points, with five three-pointers
and a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line. Jamal Reuben and Jalen Myrie
chipped in with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
On March 8, 2014, the Dean College Men's Basketball team built a 55-36 lead at halftime on the hot shooting of Antonio Pires (Carver, MA),
who scored 12 points, to advance to the national tournament. Joe Clarke (New
Rochelle, NY) led all Dean scorers with 19 points, including going 11-12 from
the foul line. Jamal Reuben (Brockton, MA) had key baskets down the
stretch with 17 points, including 3 long range 3-pointers, and also played
excellent defense with 4 steals. Overall, Dean had five players in double
figures and raised their season record to 21-3 heading into the
The Bulldogs took on the Community College
of Rhode Island (CCRI) in the Pieri Gymnasium on March 1, 2014 and
defeated them with a score of 82-67 to obtain the title of Region XI Division
II Champions. Keyon Armstrong’s 24 points lead the Bulldogs to their win, which
was the third win of the season against the Knights. Dean (20-3) will take on
Monroe Community College (23-6) this Saturday,
March 8, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Pieri Gymnasium for the District 2
Championship game. Dean is ranked 11th in the latest NJCAA national poll while
Monroe is 14th. The winner of this game will advance to the NJCAA Division II
National Tournament in Danville, Illinois on March 18-23, 2014.
On March 8, 2014,
the Dean College Women's Basketball team lost a tough game to Essex County College (Newark, NJ), 63-56, as
a four point halftime lead evaporated at the ten-minute mark of the second half
and the Bulldogs were forced to play catch up the rest of the way. Dean’s
second leading scorer, Vanessa Sylvain (Brockton, MA), went down early in the
second half with a game ending ankle injury and starting point guard Victoria
Nguyen (Woburn, MA) was in foul trouble all game. Dean only scored 23
points in the second half without two key cogs to their offense. The Lady
Bulldogs finished one of their best seasons at 17-6 and their first Region XXI
title since 2002.
The Lady Bulldogs won their
first Region XXI Championship on Saturday, March 1, 2014 with a win over Orange County
Community College, 81-76. This is head coach Grahm Smith’s first year coaching
the Dean College women’s team and his pressing and fast break style has been
instrumental in the team’s overall success. Dean lead the country in steals
this season, averaging 17 thefts a game. The 17-5 Lady Bulldogs will host their
District Tournament against Essex County College (19-11) this Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00pm in the
Congratulations to the coaches and
players who made this possible!
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