Penn College Men Return to Basketball Court at Scranton Invitational

Published 12.27.2009

Wildcat Weekly

Vol. 8, No. 20 (Through Sunday, Dec. 27)

Penn College Wildcat Tales Following a monthlong layoff, the Pennsylvania College of Technology men's basketball team returns to action Saturday in the PNC Bank Holiday Invitational at the University of Scranton's Long Center.

The Wildcats, who are 3-5 overall with all of their losses to NCAA Division II or III colleges, open against Keene (N.H.) State (5-5) at 5:30 p.m. Host Scranton (6-4) faces Hunter (N.Y.) College (5-4) at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, with the championship following at 4 p.m.

"They have more size than us, Penn College coach Gene Bruno said going into the tournament. "We've got to do the little things, like boxing out. I don't know if we'll play more man (defense) or trap them. What's more important is that we're able to run our stuff against them and execute good offense."

Keene's leading scorer is Derek D'Amours, a 6-foot, 5-inch sophomore, who is averaging 20 points per game. Leroy Joiner of Williamsport tops Penn College in scoring with 18.7 points per game.

"It'll be a good tournament for us before league play," Bruno added.

Penn College's basketball teams return to Penn State University Athletic Conference action on Jan. 14 at Penn State Hazleton.

On the Run Three Penn College men and two women have been named to the Penn State University Athletic Conference All-Conference teams. They are Mark Cordeiro (Canton), Jeff Faherty (Sussex, N.J.), Brad Robinson (West Chester), Hollie Schuster (Jersey Shore) and Abigail Park (Cochranville). Also, Wildcats' coach Mike Paulhamus was named PSUAC men's Coach of the Year after his team won its sixth consecutive conference championship.

On Dec. 12, four members of the Penn College men's cross-country team competed with 1,407 others in the Thunder Road Charlotte (N.C.) Marathon. Travis Cain (Bloomsburg) finished 99th in 3 hours, 17 minutes, Robinson placed 103rd in 3:18, Mike Fischer (Ringwood, N.J.) placed 154th in 3:27 and John Kriner (Lancaster) placed 673rd in 4:10.

Recent Results/Upcoming Games Men's Basketball Overall record: 3-5 PSUAC record: 1-0Saturday, Jan. 2 at Scranton University Tournament vs. Keene (N.H.) State, 5:30 p.m. (Scranton vs. Hunter (N.Y.) College, 7:30 p.m.) Sunday, Jan. 3 at Scranton University Tournament, (consolation game 2 p.m., championship 4 p.m.)

Women's Basketball Overall record: 2-5 PSUAC record: 1-0Thursday, Jan. 14 at Penn State Hazleton, 6 p.m.

Coed Bowling Thursday, Jan. 21 at Johnson College (Green Ridge Lanes), 3 p.m.

(Complete rosters and season schedules are available on the college's Athletics Web site . For more information on the PSUAC, visit on the Web ; more about the USCAA also is available online .)