Men’s Basketball Falls to Hunter in First Round of CUNYAC Playoffs

By: Adam Zaki

After traveling to the Hunter Sportsplex in Manhattan on Friday, the Bulldogs were outmatched by the Hunter College Hawks 65-71 to end their season. The Bulldogs end the year with a record of 6-20 (4-12).

Despite impactful performances from sophomore forward Maynard Grant and senior center Enees Nikovic who had 20 and 14 points respectively, the Bulldogs were unable to set the tone throughout the contest.  Nikovic finished with his 14th double-double on the year, grabbing 13 rebounds in his final game in a Bulldogs’ uniform.

The Bulldogs inability to hit shots from beyond the arc impeded them from distancing themselves from the Hawks. As a team, the Bulldogs shot 5-18 from long distance, including an abysmal 1-10 performance from 3-point range in the second half. Junior guard Niv Konfino went 0-5 from 3-point range on the night, after shooting a season high 4-8 from distance in the season finale at York College back on February 13th.

After a Nikovic layup tied the game at 62 with just over three minutes remaining, the Bulldogs were unable to to halt a 9-0 Hunter run down the stretch which inevitably sealed the deal for the Hawks. Hunter College’s Amer Lukac was too much for the Bulldogs, as he was able to go 7-12 from the field and 4-8 from 3-point range. Throughout the contest, it seemed as if Lukac’s shooting was able to impede any opportunity the Bulldogs had at capturing momentum in the contest.

The Bulldogs’ will remember this season by their two biggest wins of the year, both overtime battles on the road at CUNYAC rivals Medgar Evers College and Baruch College. They will send off a group of four seniors consisting of Nikovic, Chris Mcilhatton, Valdon Baptiste, and Austin Wood.

Hunter College broke a four game losing streak with the win over Brooklyn College, and will advance to go on to play at Lehman College on Sunday at 1pm.