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Pioneers Cruise to Fourth Straight Win

David Otero

The C.W. Post men’s basketball team has won four consecutive games and now has a record of 6-1 after knocking out the Queens College Knights on Saturday, December 3rd, by a score of 79-63.

In the contest, junior guard Tobin Carberry led the Pioneers in scoring with 20 points, despite only shooting 5-14 from the floor. Although the shots weren’t falling consistently for Carberry in this game, he managed to maintain his aggressiveness and attacked the basket, drawing fouls and getting to the free-throw line. At the charity stripe, he went 9-11, and he also secured seven rebounds in the game.

Immediately after the tipoff, the Pioneers jumped out to a 15-2 lead. However, following a timeout, the Knights fought back and went on a run of their own, tying the game at 15. In a game that included many streaks of scoring, the Pioneers closed the first half of play with a 37-21 advantage.

Without sophomore forward Vaughn Allen playing, the Pioneers’ forwards had to step up; and, they did just that. Starting freshmen Charles McCann and Tyuan Williams both had major impacts inside, crashing the boards and making their presence felt down low. McCann, making his first start of his collegiate career, notched his first double-double, scoring 14 points and hauling in 10 rebounds. Williams also played well, scoring eight points on an efficient 4-5 shooting while grabbing nine rebounds. In addition, off the bench, sophomore forward Amir Tarif scored seven points and snatched eight rebounds.

The Pioneers dominated the majority of this game, leading by as many as 19 points at one point in the second half. The Knights slowly chipped away at the lead, cutting the deficit to as few as four points. Knights senior forward Khalil McDonald led all scorers in the game with a career-high 30 points, but the Pioneers played solid defense all afternoon, forcing him to shoot 11-27 from the floor. The Knights’ offense ran through McDonald, and without him having the ball, their offense looked lost.

In the win, Pioneers’ senior guard Stefan Bonneau scored 14 points, brought down four rebounds, and dished out five assists. Showing a slight limp and grimacing throughout the game, Bonneau displayed his toughness, staying in the game and hitting key shots when it mattered most.

For the game, the Pioneers dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Knights 47-32. The Pioneers, as a team, also made it a point to get to the free-throw line, successfully making 25-32 shots from the line. They also limited the amount of tries Queens had at the charity stripe, as the Knights only attempted nine free-throws during the contest.

With the 79-63 win, the Pioneers advanced to 6-1, and the Knights dropped to 2-3. The Pioneers’ next game is against the New York Institute of Technology (2-5) on Wednesday, December 7th, at 6:30 p.m., in a matchup that serves as both teams’ East Coast Conference opener.

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