|Isaac Linton contests a Southern Maine lay-up attempt in the first half of Wednesday's 2 point loss to the Seawolves. Linton had 18 points on the night.|
Southern Maine Edges Out Holyoke Community in Final Seconds
HOLYOKE, MA - It took Seawolves guard Josh Mackie's 9th 3-pointer of the game for Southern Maine Community College to squeeze out a two point victory over Holyoke Community College Wednesday night at People's Bank Gymnasium.
The Cougars opened the game on a 7-0 run before the Seawolves closed to within one (11-10) with five minutes gone by. Midway through the opening half, freshman guard Ruben Delrosario (Springfield) drained two 3-pointers in a row, cutting into the lead that Southern Maine had earned and bringing the Cougars to within three (26-23) at the 7:55 mark.
Out of a time out, HCC grabbed the lead for the first time since the opening minutes when freshman guards Isaac Linton (Holyoke) and Ruben Delrosario converted back-to-back fast break lay ups for a 35-34 advantage with 3:10 remaining on the first half clock. In the final seconds before halftime, Delrosario drove the lane and dished to sophomore guard Carlos Ortiz (Hamden) who layed it in for a 37-36 lead at the break.
Holyoke Community maintained their lead until the 7:17 mark of the second half when Southern Maine drew even with a 3-pointer, knotting the score at 58-58. With the Cougars up 70-68 with 40 seconds on the clock, Southern Maine's Mackie swished a three from the corner, giving the Seawolves a 71-70 lead. Up one, the Seawolves would commit a back court violation on their next posession, giving the ball back to the Cougars with 19 seconds left. Off the in-bound pass, Ruben Delrosario drove the lane and hit a tough floater, putting Holyoke back on top,
With 4 seconds left, Southern Maine looked to Mackie once again. Mackie knocked down his 9th three, giving him 27 points on the night to lead all scorers. The Cougars' Ortiz had a decent look at a corner three, but it rimmed out as the buzzer sounded and Holyoke Community came up just short, falling to the Seawolves 74-72.
Ruben Delrosario led the Cougars with 21 points while the Seawolves' Josh Mackie led all scorers with 27.
The Cougars host Massasoit Community College Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Story and Photos by Matt Patenaude