Quincy Sun // Published February 21, 2019 / By Quincy Sun Staff
QUINCY — As Quincy College Granite Men’s Basketball headed into its’ last two weeks of the regular season, Head Coach Doug Scott knew his team would need a couple of victories and help from other teams in Region 21 competition for the Granite to secure their spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) playoffs. Currently ranked 7th in the NJCAA Region 21 standings, the top six teams in the region head to the playoffs which start in March.
On Feb. 14, Quincy College Granite ( 12-15) faced local rival and sixth ranked in the region, Massasoit Community College (13-12) for a must win contest. The closely contested game went to overtime; Massasoit came out on top 90 – 84. Quincy College Granite offense was led by Fred Smith’s 26 points,17 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Also playing well for Quincy was Traye Qualls with 20 points and 7 assists and Cam Mason with 16 points offensively.
Coach Scott although disappointed with the outcome praised his team’s effort especially Fred Smith, Deon Bell, and Remy Chebbo for their defensive efforts against an impressive Massasoit offense.
After this tough loss, Quincy College Granite squared off versus Bunker Hill Community College (23-3) who are ranked third in the NJCAA Region 21 Men’s Basketball on Saturday, Feb 16. Quincy played what Coach Scott said was “one of its better games of the year against the perennial conference favorites” but foul trouble caused Quincy College Granite to lose 90 – 71.
Quincy was led by Region 21 leading scorer Darrius Hyppolite with 23 points and great offensive efforts by Cam Mason, Deon Bell, and Captain Jon DaVeiga, but late foul trouble hurt the Granite in their bid for a late season upset of Bunker Hill Community College. Quincy College Granite’s Fred Smith continued his defensive dominance with 11 rebounds and 7 blocks along with 9 points in a losing effort.
On the road for their last two games, Quincy College Granite is relying upon outcome of other games in the region to determine the final playoff standing. Granite will face NJCAA Region 21 Leading Community College of Rhode Island (25-3) on Saturday and (9-14) Roxbury Community College on Monday, February 25th to conclude the regular season.
To advance to the NJCAA Region 21 playoffs, Quincy College Granite needs help from other Region 21 teams to secure a place in the Region 21 playoffs that will be held at Massasoit Community College on March 2-4th.
Quincy College Granite home games are free and open to the public. View the full schedule of Quincy College Granite games including regional standings, player statistics, and more at quincycollege.edu/granite.