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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

NECC55

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

NECC66

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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