As students dust off their winter coats and bean boots, basketball season is now in full swing. The Bates Men’s basketball team has enjoyed a strong start to the 2016-17 season, compiling a 4-2 record against tiff competition.

Twins Malcolm Delpeche ‘17 and Marcus Delpeche ‘17 have been the standouts for the team. Standing at 6’8 and 6’7 respectively, the brothers have used their elite athleticism to demoralize opposing big men.

Marcus is averaging a double-double with 11.1 rebounds per game (#1 in NESCAC) and 13.3 points, all while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Malcolm is also shooting over 50 percent, averaging 14.3 points per game and 9.1 rebounds. His 3.7 blocks per game average is tied for second in the country. Malcolm needs just one more swat to break the Bates career block record set by Dave Larrivee ‘88.

The Delaware natives turned in their best performance against Southern Maine. The brothers combined to score 48 points, while missing only four total shots; Marcus’ 29 points was a career high. In addition, they both grabbed more than 10 rebounds and Malcolm set the single game team record with seven blocks. With the Delpeches firing on all cylinders, the Garnet and White cruised to an 81-71 win.

Max Hummel ‘19 has also been impressive so far. He is third on the team in points with 11.5 ppg, and has consistently shown he can knock down key jumpers. Against the University of New England, Hummel started out the game hot and finished with a career high 22 points.

In the absence of starting point guard Shawn Strickland (foot injury), Jerome Darling ‘17 has provided a steady presence in the backcourt. Freshman guards, Tom Coyne ‘19 and Nick Gilpin ‘19, have also stepped up.

The Bobcats will continue the season this week with a pair of home games against Bowdoin and Colby.

Meanwhile, the Bates women’s basketball team has started the season with a 2-2 record.

Forward Allie Coppola has been a standout for the Garnet and White. Coppola is averaging a NESCAC high ten rebounds per game, which does not include a 21 rebound performance in a scrimmage against Central Maine Community College. Her best game came in a win against Southern Maine, where she pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out four assists and scored 17 points on efficient 7-14 shooting; she then earned Maine Co-Player of the Week for this all-around performance.

Leading in scoring for the Bobcats thus far is Nina Davenport ‘18. Although her shooting touch has been slightly off, Davenport has shown she has the confidence to take and make big shots. She is averaging almost eight three point attempts per game, which is just two less than sharpshooter Stephen Curry’s average this season. Her 14.5 points per game ranks second in the NESCAC.

Women’s basketball will take on St. Joseph’s and Bowdoin this week.