BUFFALO, NY - Erie Community College hosted a doubleheader at the ECC Flickinger Center Saturday afternoon and both the men's and women's team won in convincing fashion.
The women started off the doubleheader and won (64-47) while the men finished the doubleheader and won (68-57) in a game with 64 total fouls.
The Lady Kats started off fast and jumped to a 37-21 halftime lead. The Kats were tough on defense and caused numerous turnovers that led to many fast break points. Cuyahoga was held to only 30% shooting by the Lady Kats while ECC hit on 33.3% of their shots, but were able to hit on 8 of 9 from the free throw line.
ECC played a much closer second half, edging Cuyahoga by only one point in the second half. ECC hit on 30.4% of their shots in the half while holding Cuyahoga to only 29.4% from the floor.
Overall, the Lady Kats outscored Cuyahoga with points off turnovers by a margin of 20-12. The Lady Kats were led by Jazzae Verse (Cheektowaga, NY / Cheektowaga) who finished the game with (16) points and and (4) assists while Aaliyah Dunbar (Rochester, NY / East High) totaled (16) points and added (6) assists and (7) rebounds.
As for the men, the Kats battled a tough Cuyahoga team that had the lead for most of the first half. The Kats kept it close while only shooting 25.9% from the field while giving up 50% from the floor from Cuyahoga. The Kats did well forcing turnovers as they had 15 turnovers in the first half.
In the second half, the Kats stepped it up and brought pressure. They caused another 14 turnovers from Cuyahoga while only turning the ball over five times themselves. They hit on 42.4% of their shots while allowing only 36.8% from the floor from Cuyahoga.
The Kats were led by Ricardo Ayuso (Brooklyn, NY / Redemption C. Academy) who totaled (23) points and (4) rebounds. In addition, Fabian Washington (Brooklyn, NY / Transit Tech) chipped in with (10) points and (3) rebounds.
Both teams will take a break for the holiday before returning to play Lakeland CC on Jan. 6 at 6/8 p.m. at the ECC Flickinger Center.