Penn College Hoops Teams Coming Off 0-7 Week

Published 12.04.2016

Wildcat Weekly

Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams were a combined 0-7 last week, 0-6 as they began play in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

Men's Basketball
In their NEAC season opener on Wednesday at Lancaster Bible College, the Wildcats lost, 114-86. Tyree Vidal, of Williamsport, led Penn College with 11 points and Jesse White, of Harrisburg, was tops with 14 rebounds and chipped in with 10 points. Lancaster Bible scored 72 points in the paint and Penn College 40.

In conference play on Saturday at Bryn Athyn, Penn College lost, 111-85. Bryn Athyn scored 74 points in the paint to 22 for Penn College. Zach Tocyloski, of Mount Carmel, led four Penn College players in double figures with 12 points.

On Sunday at Penn State Abington, Penn College fell, 103-75, to drop to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the NEAC. Thomas Ross, of Williamsport, led Penn College scorers with 12 points while Marquis Delgado, of Mansfield, added 11 and Erik Eichinger, of Villanova, 10 points.

In the Nov. 26 loss (122-111) at Penn State Lehigh Valley, for which statistics weren’t available until this past week, Eichinger led seven Penn College players in double figures with 16 points.

Also last week, senior team captain Thomas Ross, of Williamsport, was selected as a nominee for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. The team recognizes players at all levels of college basketball whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport. Ross, the only representative from the North Eastern Athletic Conference, joins 180 men's basketball players from around the country.

"Tom has been a great example to our team on how to conduct yourself in the classroom, in the community and on the court," Penn College coach Ryan Callahan said. "His participation in community service events has been very rewarding for him and has set the bar for our team to emulate."

Ross is a member of Penn College's Student Athlete Advisory Committee and has volunteered for several community initiatives. Ross participated in both the Alzheimer's 5K and Suicide Prevention walk, helped clean up the Susquehanna Riverwalk, volunteered during Welcome Weekend to assist incoming students moving into campus housing, and is coordinating the Martin Luther King Day men's basketball volunteer day at Firetree Place.

Two voting panels will select 10-member teams from both the NABC and WBCA, comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

NEAC South Division standings through Sunday: Gallaudet University 3-0, Bryn Athyn College 3-1, Penn State Abington 2-1, Penn State Berks 2-1, St. Elizabeth College 1-2, Lancaster Bible College 1-2, Wilson College 1-2, Penn College 0-3.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Eichinger is fifth in the NEAC in 3-point percentage, 44.0; Ross 14th in rebound average, 7.3; and Ross 11th in steals per game, 2.0.

Women's Basketball
In nonconference play at Elmira College on Tuesday, Penn College lost, 65-23, as it made just 16 percent from the field (9 of 56) and only 10 percent from 3-point range (2 of 19). Maddie Wenk, of Biglerville, led the Wildcats offense with nine points and she also grabbed nine rebounds.

Seeing its first NEAC action of the season at Lancaster Bible College on Wednesday, Penn College lost, 75-66. Gwendolyn Lavelle, of Pocono Summit, topped Penn College scorers with 20 points while Alicia Ross, of Williamsport, added 17. Lancaster Bible had 50 points in the paint to 20 for the Wildcats.

At Bryn Athyn on Saturday in NEAC play, the Wildcats lost, 74-61. Wenk finished with 22 points for Penn College and Ross tallied 21.

Closing out the week on Sunday at Penn State Abington, Penn College lost, 75-47, to drop to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the conference. Ross led the offense with 23 points.

NEAC South Division standings through Sunday: Bryn Athyn College 3-0, Lancaster Bible College 3-0, St. Elizabeth College 2-1, Penn State Abington 2-1, Gallaudet University 1-2, Penn State Berks 1-2, Penn College 0-3, Wilson College 0-3.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Ross is 12th in the NEAC in scoring average, 16.8; 22nd in rebound average, 6.3; and tied for fourth in steals per game, 3.3.

All of the college's matches through the end of the semester have been postponed.

Men’s Basketball
Overall record: 2-5
NEAC record: 0-3
Sunday, Nov. 27 – at Alfred State University, W, 86-85
Wednesday, Nov. 30 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 114-86
Saturday, Dec. 3 – at Bryn Athyn College (NEAC), L, 111-85
Sunday, Dec. 4 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), L, 103-75
(Idle until Jan. 5 at Alvernia University)

Women’s Basketball
Overall record: 0-6
NEAC record: 0-3
Tuesday, Nov. 29 – at Elmira College, L, 65-23
Wednesday, Nov. 30 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 75-66
Saturday, Dec. 3 – at Bryn Athyn College (NEAC), L, 74-61
Sunday, Dec. 4. – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), L, 75-47
Saturday, Dec. 10 – host Valley Forge, 4 p.m.
(Idle until Jan. 7 at Gallaudet University)

Overall record: 0-4
Sunday, Dec. 4 – host King’s College, ppd.
Saturday, Dec. 10 – home triangular with Ursinus College, 11 a.m., and Keystone College, ppd.
(Idle until Jan. 7 at Waynesburg Tournament)

For more, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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