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Weekly Kats Wrap: SUNY Erie men’s hoops string together pair of wins

Article by: Brett Andersen

BUFFALO—After two big wins over the past week, the SUNY Erie men’s basketball program edged their early-season record over .500, surging to 4-3 with victories over conference and non-conference opponents.

On November 29, the Kats traveled south to Pennsylvania to snare a double-overtime win over conference foe Mercyhurst North East, 105-103. Brooklyn, New York native Shevon Anisca led the way with a monster 40-point, 10-rebound night. On December 2, Anisca and Co. came back to Buffalo and took their second straight, soaring past Lakeland Community College, 90-76. Both teams would get into foul trouble, but the Kats would capitalize on their chances. South Park High grad Shakur Harris would lead the Kats in points with 22—13 from the free throw line on perfect 13-for-13 shooting—and 10 boards. Kyle Harris (Park School) would add 21 points, while Anisca chipped in with 15 points and 10 rebounds. 

In women’s hoops action, SUNY Erie’s squad fell on the road to Mercyhurst North East, 78-76, on November 29. McKinley High grad Shamecca Minor would lead the team with 27 points, while Aaron Shabazz (Cardinal O'Hara) added 20 points in the loss. Three days later, the Kats returned home to the friendly confines of City Campus’s Burt Flickinger Center, but fell to Lakeland Community College, 81-57. Trailing for most of the game, the Kats would close the gap late in the second half, but could not pull into the lead. Once again, the team was led by Minor with 14 points, with Miracle Douglas (Lockport High School) adding 10 and fellow Lockport grad Jael Chandler controlling the glass with 12 rebounds. 

Looking ahead: Both basketball teams will travel to Rochester’s Monroe Community College on December 6, with the women at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 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.