Men’s Basketball Team Defeats Kean 73-71
by Jessica Pifalo
After the CSI Men’s Basketball team lost the CUNYAC finals last week against conference foes York College, then took another hit when they were snubbed out of a spot in the 2013-14 Division III National Tournament, the Dolphins were due for some good news. Fortunately, they got some on Sunday, March 9 when they were crowned ECAC Champions after defeating Kean College 73-71 on their home turf in front of a huge crowd.
To make the win even better, history was made that night when Senior Bloochy Magliore became CSI’s All-Time Leading Scorer and Head Coach Tony Petosa got his 400th career win. For Magliore, this win was something truly special.
“It’s the greatest feeling, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it but my teammates stuck to me and they helped me out to get through it,” said Magliore.
Hitting the court the Dolphins fared well in the first three minutes coming out of the gate leading the Cougars by seven with the score of 11-4. Kean would quickly answer by chopping down CSI’s lead to one with 12:44 left in the first half, after Kean’s Michael Burton drilled a three followed by a nice layup by Kyle Latoree. From there the Dolphins struggled getting shots to connect, as Kean grabbed the lead from the Dolphins a minute later. The teams stayed close to each other throughout most of the first half.
Kean led by only one or two points till the 6:30 mark, and that’s when the Dolphins fate took a turn for the worst. Kean came out on an explosive run and extended their lead to seven, sending the Dolphins into trouble. The Dolphins saw themselves down by six going into the locker room.
Desperate for momentum, the Dolphins needed to come out strong in the second half. Despite an early three pointer from Senior Kevin King to help cut the lead down to three, the Cougars once again stormed back extending their lead to eight with 16:56 left. The Dolphins continued to fight hard after Senior Jonathan Chadwick-Myers hit a threepointer to keep the Dolphins alive and only down by five.
Kean again took control of the game extending their lead to 11 with 11:06 left in the ball game, and was their biggest lead of the night over the Dolphins. Things certainly didn’t look like they were going CSI’s way, but if you know anything about this Dolphins squad, you certainly know they are a comeback team; and comeback is exactly what they did, going on a huge 17-7 run capped off by a three-pointer by Chadwick-Myers with 4:26 left, the Dolphins were ready to win this game.
Led by Chadwick- Myers and Magliore, the Dolphins would see themselves extending their lead to six, with the help of Dylan Bulger, Will Fonesca, and Frankie Schettino. Despite Kean’s final efforts, the Dolphins were able to hold off the Cougars and take home the 2013-14 ECAC Championship.
Leading the Dolphins was the senior duo of Magliore with 15 points and Chadwick-Myers with 16. Magliore also took home ECAC’s MVP title.
With the win the Dolphins finished their 2013-14 campaign as a 28-3 team. Despite the win, the team still feels bittersweet about not making the NCAA Tournament but knows that the NCAA made a huge mistake.
“We knew that we should have been in the NCAA Tournament,” said freshman standout Frankie Schettino. “And by winning this tournament this proves it.”