Playoff Losses End Seasons for Blackhawks

The basketball season for the Southeastern Community College Blackhawks came to an end for both the men’s and women’s teams on Wednesday night.

The men’s team fell 91-78 to Williston State College. AJ Cox, Kelvon Fuller and Trenton Massner all finished in double figures as the game was within two points at halftime before Williston outscored the Blackhawks by 11 in the second half, ending a stellar year for SCC.

Shooting was a problem for the team as they shot just 6-22 from downtown and 9-14 from the charity stripe.

On the season, Cox led the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game and he is one of four sophomores the team will lose from their top point producers.

Other team leaders leaving this year include top rebounder, Fuller, and top facilitator, DeAndre Barton.

Among the top returners, Massner started 12 games this year while averaging 8.4 points per game and leading the team in made threes on the season. Steven Cager will also return after averaging 6.7 points and 2.3 assists per game this year, the assist mark was the second best on the team.

They will also still be led by head coach Lorenzo Watkins, who was named the 2019 ICCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Blackhawks to a 27-5 record and a Region 11 Championship.

The women’s team finishes the year 17-14 after a hard fought 73-70 loss to DMACC in the first round of the playoffs. After leading by 12 at halftime, the Bears outscored SCC 21-9 in the third to tie it up.

A back and forth last quarter saw the Blackhawks come up just short. Andreisha Waller led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds in her final game while Benedetta Morpurgo scored 17 and Mrylena Stewart scored 14 off the bench.

They will also say goodbye to a few of their top players.

Leading scorers Miah Shelby, Waller and Morpurgo will all be leaving the program in May.

Waller also led the team in rebounds and assists this year while starting all 30 games she played this season.

SCC will return starters Shaniya Caldwell, who led the team in shooting percentage and averaged 8.1 points per game while also finishing second in rebounding and co-leading in steals, and Lauren Finke, who was in the starting unit for 25 of 31 contests this year.

Stewart will also return after leading the team in three point shooting and finishing fourth in scoring at nine points per game, tops among the returning players.

Head coach Jerry Jerome will enter his 13th year at the helm for the Blackhawks.