Harvesters finish fourth in national tournament

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By Brianna Harmon

LOCH SHELDRAKE, N.Y. — The Harvesters finished fourth in the national tournament after beating Mohawk Valley Community College of Utica, New York, in overtime 96-90.

Ed Williams led the team’s victory by scoring 29 points. Williams also racked up 14 rebounds in the tournament and 17 assists. Throughout the tournament Williams scored a total of 81 points and was named to the all-tournament team. He also broke the school record for most threes made in a game and finished first in the nation for 3-pointers made.

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Ed Williams, named to the all-tournament team, leaps for the basket.

“I feel good,” Williams said. “I ended the tournament good. I ended the season good. … I accomplished my goals coming into the year by making it to New York and getting on the all-tournament team. I wanted to be No. 1 in the nation and I accomplished that. I can put that on my resume. I can tell people I’m a big time shooter.”

Danzel Whitemon followed Williams lead by scoring 23 points against the Hawks, adding 14 rebounds and five assists.

“I was just playing basketball,” Whitemon said. “Always being the underdog growing up and being overlooked motivates me. I think I ended my (junior college) career great. I was relentless. I wanted to leave some kind of legacy at Eastfield.”

Mohawk Valley’s Janeel Frith was ejected from the game after hitting Whitemon in the face with the ball.

The Harvesters win over Mohawk Valley was decided by free throws late in the game. Mohawk Valley’s Ahmet Bademkiran fouled out along with the ejection.

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Danzel Whitemon scored 23 points in the Harvesters’ fourth-place game.

Other leaders for the Harvesters were LeTron Manning with 13 points and Donald McBride, Zack Duncan and Tre Anderson finished with 8 points a piece.

The Harvesters finished the season with a 26-8 overall record and an 8-2 conference record.

Fletcher is proud of the team and how they ended their season.

“This tournament can be a life changer for different people in different situations,” he said. “It’s about the experience they receive from here. It’s all stuff for the basketball resume and experience resume.”

 

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Preview of Eastfield vs. Mohawk Valley

Harvester fans in New York. PHOTO BY BRIANNA HARMON

Harvester fans in New York. PHOTO BY BRIANNA HARMON

The Harvesters vie for fourth place in the NJCAA Division III national basketball tournament in a game today against Mohawk Valley Community College from Utica, New York.

The game is underway now. Live coverage of the tournament is streaming here and follow us on Twitter for updates.

Players to watch for Eastfield are:

Tre Anderson, who has 32 points so far in the tournament and nine rebounds.

Ed Williams, who has 52 total points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

And Danzel Whitemon, who has 22 total points and six rebounds.

Players to watch for Mohawk Valley are:

Kyron Allen, who has scored a total of 31 points this tournament and 13 rebounds.

Janeel Frith, who has scored a total of 27 points and 19 rebounds.

And Devonte Wilson, who scored a total of 23 points and three rebounds.

— Brianna Harmon

The Harvesters earn first win in national tournament

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By Brianna Harmon

The Harvesters captured their first win of the national tournament Friday in a consolation game against Bunker Hill Community College of Boston with a score of 93-86.

The Harvesters started the game on a 10-2 run and led the entire game except for a few seconds in the second half.

Donald McBride, who fouled out in yesterday’s game against Nassau, led the Harvesters to victory with 27 points.

McBride got in a rhythm after he made his first few shots.

“Once I see the ball go through the net once or twice early in the game, it sets me up for the rest of the game,” McBride said. “With the way we played yesterday it made me want to come out and do better. I’m going to do whatever it takes for me to help the team.”

Tre Anderson said he felt the ball coming out of his hands well today and racked up 20 points.

Ed Williams who had a lights-out performance yesterday had another strong performance coming off the bench for the Harvesters with 13 points and four rebounds.

“I got all the confidence in the world on those goals,” Williams said. “I feel like we are back at Eastfield. I got used to them.”

Before the game started, coach Anthony Fletcher and Williams consulted with the tournament’s medical team to clear him to play. HE suffered severe cramps after Thursday’s game.

Williams said he is getting all the rest he can.

“I am getting ready for tomorrow so I can come out and give it my all in my last game of my sophomore year,” he said.

Zack Duncan also scored 13 points with five rebounds.

The Harvesters will play Mohawk Valley Community College from Utica, New York, today for a chance to finish fourth place in the tournament.

“We are still fighting for a place,” said Fletcher. “The biggest thing is now that we are playing for our families and former players.”

Preview of Eastfield vs. Bunker Hill

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The Harvesters lost to Nassau Community College 97-86 Thursday in the first round of the NJCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championships in Loch Sheldrake, New York.

The team plays its first game in the consolation bracket at 1 p.m. today against Bunker Hill Community College. If they win the next two games, they would place fifth.

Live coverage of the tournament is streaming here and follow us on Twitter for updates.

Players to watch for Eastfield are:

Ed Williams, who had a lights-out night Thursday, draining 39 points, eight of them 3-pointers. Williams suffered cramps following the game but was cleared by a doctor at SUNY Sullivan to play in the game.

Tre Anderson, who had twelve points and four rebounds.

Danzel Whitemon, who fouled out with seven left minutes left in the game, collected 11 points.

Whitemon and Anderson have also played a big role on defense this season for the Harvesters.

Players to watch for Bunker Hill are:

David Stewart, who had 30 of the team’s 66 points and seven rebounds in a loss to No. 1 seed Rock Valley.

Fredens Deneus, who scored 11 points and seven rebounds. Deneus is ranked second in the nation in field goals and seventh in rebounds. He is also a canidated for the NJCAA All-American team.

And Elijah Rogers, who finished with eight points and six rebounds.

Both Stewart and Rogers made the all-region team.

Harvesters drop tournament opener despite big game from Williams

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Eastfield’s Donald McBride drives around a Nassau defender on his way to the basket.

Ed Williams hit eight 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 39 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Eastfield Harvesters lost to Nassau Community College 97-86 Thursday in the first round of the NJCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championships in Loch Sheldrake, New York.

The Harvesters fell behind with five minutes left in the first half and trailed Nassau the rest of the way. With a little over six minutes left in the game the Harvesters were down 78-60 and two of their starters had fouled out. They were able to make a couple of runs, closing the gap to nine points, but couldn’t get closer.

“I’m so hurt,” Williams said. “I feel like I left it all on the court. I wanted to win so bad that I felt I had to make every shot.”

Williams scored only five points in the first half, but his momentum started with a minute left when he slid to make a steal and it turned into a fast break, with Tre Anderson draining a 3-pointer.

Williams’ point total eclipsed the 35 points he scored against Southwestern Christian University on Dec. 7. After the game he started cramping up and was almost sent to the hospital.

The trainer on site at SUNY Sullivan will evaluate him Friday to see if he will be able to play in the consolation bracket game against Bunker Hill Community College of Boston at  1 p.m.

“The way I’m feeling, I’m going to play,” Williams said. “That’s my mentality, I can’t just sit there and let my teammates down.

Nassau shot almost twice as many free throws as Eastfield in the game, going to the free-throw line 40 times to the Harvesters’ 22. Foul trouble hurt Eastfield down the stretch. Starting guard Danzel Whitemon picked up his fifth foul with seven minutes left, leaving the game with 11 points and two rebounds.

“I’m going to be up all night because of this,” Whitemon said. “I feel it could have been better. We are so used to shooting at Eastfield. We aren’t used to those goals. It’s something we have got to live with.”

Tre Anderson added 12 points for the Harvesters, and LeTron Manning had 10 rebounds.

Coach Anthony Fletcher says the goal hasn’t changed has changed for Eastfield and that this is still a business trip. If the Harvesters win their next two games they can finish fourth in the tournament.

“We still want to go out and win games,” Fletcher said. “I told them let’s do it for [former0 coach [Bob] Flickner, do it for Marcus Thomas, who played here for me in 2001 and is now in the Army. This is history. We are a family.”

— Brianna Harmon

Game day: Eastfield vs. Nassau

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It’s game day.

Eastfield plays its first game of the NJCAA national tournament at 4 p.m. The teams comes into the tournament 24-7.

Players to watch for the Harvesters are:

Zack Duncan, who averaged 18 points a game in the last eight games, 3.1 rebounds a game and is shooting 48 percent from behind the arch.

Tre Anderson, who is averaging 15 points and nine rebounds a game.

Danzel Whitemon, who is averaging 13 points and seven reboundsa game.

The Harvesters come into the game leading the nation in scoring and points per game.

They are also ranked second in the nation for assists per game (23), rebounds per game (27) and 3-pointers attempted per game (31)

Nassau is coming into the tournament with a 26-5 record.

Players to watch for Nassau are:

Kavione Green, who averages 14 points and six rebounds a game.

Edwin Sainvil, who averages 12 points and a rebound a game.

Terrell Williams, who averages 10 points a game and two rebounds.

Watch the 4 p.m. game live online here and follow on Twitter for live updates. Visit The Et Cetera online after the game for a full update.

 

The Harvesters clean up nice

IMG_6529After getting back to the resort the guys had several free hours to do whatever they wanted.

Some of the guys took a nap, others went swimming, and coach and his wife went on a walk through the hills after he watched some game film.IMG_6545

Then tournament banquet started at 7 p.m. The team dressed up nice for the event.

At the banquet former coach Bob Flickner was recognized for his induction to the coaches’ Hall of Fame.

Coach Anthony Fletcher also received a coach of the year award.

IMG_6538Don’t forget  Eastfield plays Nassau at 4 p.m.

You can follow the Et Cetera’s twitter for live updates.

Or you can watch it live at here.

I will end with a word from coach: “This is a business tri.p”

Goodnight from New York.

-Brianna Harmon

Day one in New York

Tuesday started early for the Harvesters.

They arrived at Eastfied at 4 a.m. and they took busses to the airport. Their flight to LaGuardia airport in New York left at 7 a.m. and landed about 11 a.m.

Once in New York, the team took a charter bus to get lunch. From lunch the Harvesters went to their hotel at the Villa Roma Resort.

Many of the players talked about how when you think of New York, you think of the big city. But Loch Sheldrake couldn’t be more different. There are a lot of open land and hills around the resort the team is staying in. And the gym where the tournament is being held, at Sullivan Community College, is in a small town in the middle of nowhere.

The Harvesters also had practice and worked on shooting. After practice they made a pit stop at Walmart to get food for meals and snacks.

Here are some photos from today’s practice.

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-Brianna Harmon

Harvesters head to national tournament

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Photo by David Sanchez/The Et Cetera

Eastfield won the Metro Athletic Conference tournament with an 83-68 win over North Lake on Feb. 20, which advanced them to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championship tournament in Loch Sheldrake, New York. This will be the third appearance in four years for the Harvesters.

Et Cetera sports editor Brianna Harmon is traveling with the team. They departed early March 8. Eastfield’s first game is 4 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

Watch the tournament live at njcaatv.com.

Follow Harmon’s updates here, at eastfieldnews.com and on Twitter (@theetcetera).

Player Diary: Humble and Hungry

Saturday, day 5

It was finally championship Saturday. This was the day we had been dreaming of since we got together this summer! This is what we have worked for all season. All the blood, sweat, tears; everything came down to this one day! It started about the same as every other day, we had an 8 o’clock team breakfast in the main building. The whole team was excited and pumped this morning! We had practice at 9:30 to go over the game plan and put some extra shots up. It was also a little fun going on. DJ Ozigbo and assistant coach Tony (Richardson) had a little one on one battle which both claim to have one…we’ll never know the truth haha. We got back to the hotel at about 11 o’clock to rest up for the big game. We layed around the hotel and talked about the memories of the season and watched the ACC tournament on television. About 4:30 we loaded up the bus and headed to the gym to watch the 3rd and 5th place game. We couldn’t wait to take the floor; It was finally time for the national championship. We gathered in the locker room before the game for our usual motivational speech from the coaches, it didn’t take much this time though; we were already motivated to bring the title back to Texas. We took the floor for warm ups and our cheering section cheered loudly, they supported us the whole week we couldn’t let them down. The tip off started and we were on our way. Unfortunately we came up short we ended up losing the game 61-55. It was a heartbreaker. The whistle just rarely seemed to be in our favor. We ended up shooting zero free-throws in the first half to their 9. Despite the difference we still were up 2 at halftime. But the difference in the fouls ended up taking a toll in the 2nd half and we couldn’t pull it off. We cried together, hugged each other and let everybody know that this season was not a failure. We had made life long bonds. I never been on a team that was so close, we are like brothers and I wanted them to know I love them despite the outcome. We had a little award ceremony, receiving our medals, plaque, and National Championship ball and Mike “Money” Love got selected to the All-Tournament team. It was his biggest achievement of the year but I know he would have traded it for that ring. We went back to the hotel and talked about the game over dinner and then everybody called it a night. It had been a long season… and it’s over.

Sunday, Day 6

It was our last day in New York. Checkout time was at 10 a.m. so we loaded the bus at about 9:30. Our plane wasn’t set to depart until 5 o’clock so we used this time to go to NYC and see sights that we all grew up seeing on TV. We drove through Harlem, the Bronx, Washington heights, and Manhattan. The bus driver also took us to Times Square… we got off the bus for a little shopping and a lot of pictures. This was going to be a great memory. We had a blast… we had what we called the “sleep chronicles” which is a collection of pictures we took when we caught people sleeping in places besides their bedroom. Nobody was safe, coaches included. We also had look alikes, for example Pierre Shires was pictured with actor/comedian Deeray Davis as his look alike. Demarcus Metcalf was pictured by Dennis Rodman. Haha trust me this caused lots of laughs and the exchanging of jokes. After that it was to the Airport, our trip was coming to an end. But by this time everybody was ready to get back to that Texas weather. This cold up north was killing us. Our story book season was over and Monday we start preparing for next season. Before I came to New York I had no plans of returning for my sophomore season, but losing in the championship like we did left a sour taste in my mouth. I talked with coach about the possibility of me coming back next season so we can make this trip again next year because I definitely have unfinished business. See ya next year Loch Sheldrake.

-Andrew Maxie