Hudson Valley Wins Eastern Division, Will Play For Conference Title
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
or (518) 210-4161
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Hudson Valley Community College's men's basketball
team, winners of the Mountain Valley Conference's (MVC) Eastern division, will
play Western division winners SUNY Delhi for the MVC title on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The game will be played at SUNY Delhi at 2 p.m.
Hudson Valley, 16-8 overall, is 9-1 in MVC action.
Delhi, 28-1 overall, is 12-0 in league play.
The two teams met on Jan. 24 and Delhi, ranked No. 1 in
the nation among NJCAA Division III teams, escaped Troy with a 74-61 victory.
The Vikings began the second half with an 18-3 run to tie the contest at 49-49,
but Delhi pulled away down the stretch. Hudson Valley's Steve Valente (La
Salle Institute) scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
The Vikings, who are led by Markael Brace (Albany
H.S.), have won 10 of their last 12 games. Brace, a first-year
guard/forward, is averaging 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Paolo Walker (Columbia H.S.) is averaging 10.9 points and 8.5 rebounds
per game, and Jeremy Schneible (Greenwich H.S.) is averaging 10.7 points
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.