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January 18, 2012

NECC Knights drop two games

Here is a wrapup of recent Northern Essex Community College Knights basketball games:

Jan. 7

UConn-Avery Point59


Notable NECC players:

Kyle Davis, 19 points

Bernie St. Vil, 12 rebounds

Chris Baxter, 5 assists

Avery Point played with only five players, but were still able to pull out the win.

"It was a letdown," said NECC assistant coach Nick Nofi. "We assumed that we would beat them. They just snuck up on us and beat us.''

Jan. 10

Gateway Community College93


Notable NECC players:

Kyle Davis, 18 points

Junior Veras, 10 points

Chris Baxter, 3 assists

Luis Rijo, 3 assists

Bernie St. Vil, 8 rebounds

Kyle Davis, 8 rebounds

Luis Rijo 3, steals

Turnovers plagued the Knights in the blowout loss to Gateway Community College of New Haven, CT. Northern Essex tried to be aggressive by playing a 2-3 zone and clogging up the lane. The plan backfired as Gateway hit 13 3-pointers in the game, compared to only five by Northern Essex.

"The game was close the whole first half," Nofi said. "But they had a big run at the end of the half."

The Knights cut the deficit to eight in the opening minutes of the second half until a big run by Gateway put the Knights away for good. With the loss, NECC fell to five wins and nine losses on the season.

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