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Weekly Kats Wrap: SUNY Erie men’s hoops roll behind team effort

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—SUNY Erie men’s basketball has snared wins behind outstanding individual player performances all season. But on January 12 against Jefferson Community College, the entire Kats team joined the act.

Led by guard Kyle Harris’s 19 points, SUNY Erie boasted four players in double digits and 12 players registering points on the scorers’ sheet in a convincing 94-59 win over the JCC Cannoneers last week at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center.The win was the team’s fourth straight, and improves its season’s record to 8-5.

Next up: The Monroe Community College Tournament, which will host the Kats against Herkimer College on January 20 at 2 p.m.

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Amherst native Aaron Shabazz notched 31 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Kats over Jefferson Community College, 70-52 at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center on January 11. The Kats would dominate the pace of play thanks to their dominance on the glass. Shabazz—with nine offensive and 14 defensive rebounds—would convert those boards to points, including a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line. Buffalo’s Shannon Stokes posted 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Lockport’s Jael Chandler would add another 11 rebounds to add to the Kats’ impressive performance.

Next up: The Monroe Community College Tournament, which will host the Kats against Herkimer College on January 20 at noon.


SUNY Erie kept their winning ways up with two victories, 3-2 (OT) and 5-2 over the University of Pittsburgh on the road this weekend. 

On January 12, the Kats were led by goals from Cheektowaga’s Michal Swacha (Cheektowaga) and Alden’s Timothy Pellittieri, who tabbed the tying and winning score. The following day’s game wouldn’t be as close, with goals from Jacob Green (Kenmore West) and Brendan McFall (Hamburg); and a solid goaltending performance by Chase Ford (Kenmore East) with 54 saves. 

Next up: January 26, when the team travels to SUNY Fredonia for a 9:30 p.m. face-off against the Blue Devils.


SUNY Erie hosted the Erie Long Course Invitational at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center on January 13, and finished second behind Utica College by a score of 519-276 for the women and 421-419 for the men.  

The joint Kats squad welcomed multiple individual highlights, including three event wins from Brad Zifra (Springville) and Allie DeBiase (Newfane). Zifra took the 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly; and DeBiase would find wins in the 400-meter individual medley, 200- and 100-meter breaststroke. 

Also for the Kats, Cheektowaga native Jonathan Pilat won the 400-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke; and Mike Oldman (Grand Island) won the 200-meter butterfly. 

Next up: January 19, when SUNY Erie hosts Roberts Wesleyan at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center at 6 p.m.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.