Hot Shooting In Extra Session Propels Vikings
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sunday, February 3, 2002
5-of-8 OT Effort Helps Hudson Valley Notch 77-70 Win Against DI
Troy, N.Y., February 3, 2002 – Jeremy Schneible
(Greenwich H.S.) and Michael Lazzari (Bishop Gibbons H.S.) combined
to score 12 of Hudson Valley Community College's 15 points in overtime against
Monroe Community College this afternoon, propelling the Vikings to their third
consecutive upset victory. Powered by an 8-2 run over the final two minutes of
the extra session, Hudson Valley rolled to a 77-70 win against Division I Monroe
at Troy's McDonough Complex.
As a Division I junior college, Monroe (17-6) offers
athletic scholarships. Hudson Valley, a Division III squad that offers no
scholarships, is now 12-8 overall. The Vikings, who defeated a pair of
nationally ranked schools (Mohawk Valley Community College on Jan. 26 and SUNY
Cobleskill on Jan. 29) in their previous two contests, have now won seven of
their last nine games.
"Monroe's a good club," said Schneible, who finished
with 16 points and four rebounds. "We've had a couple games postponed because of
the weather recently, and winning this game should help us get back in a good
rhythm for conference games."
The second half against Monroe ended in a 62-62 tie,
but Hudson Valley sank 5-of-8 field goal attempts in overtime. Schneible hit
three jumpers, and Lazzari contributed a layup and four free throws. He scored
12 points on the game, and was one of four Vikings in double figures.
Monroe made only 3-of-9 field goal attempts in the
five-minute overtime session.
"We kept defending hard," said Hudson Valley's
seventh-year head coach, Vince Medici, who was honored before the contest as the
Vikings' all-time winningest coach. The Jan. 29 victory against Cobleskill was
the 130th of Medici's career, moving him past Dan Hytko, who coached at Hudson
Valley from 1981 to 1988. "We also ran our offense well in overtime; we didn't
take bad shots."
Hudson Valley's Markael Brace (Albany H.S.)
led all scorers with 20 points, including a 3-point basket just 20 seconds into
overtime. He also had nine rebounds and a pair of assists. Paolo Walker
(Columbia H.S.) contributed 12 points and eight rebounds. Steve Valente
(La Salle Institute) had five steals and three rebounds.
"That's a good win against a strong opponent,"
Medici said. "We're very happy to get a victory today. We had some players step
up, which is what we needed to have happen. As a coach, it's good to know that
you can call somebody's number and have them respond."
In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic
teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the
NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series
and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team
earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop
squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings
earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III
performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.