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News and notes from Bates athletics

Skiing

Three Bates skiers will compete at the NCAA championships in Jackson, New Hampshire starting today. Nordic skier Sadie James ‘17 qualified after completing an historic victory in the women’s 5-kilometer race at the Bates Carnival on February 24. James, who won the event by over 20 seconds, will be competing at nationals for the second consecutive year. Alpine skiers Kelsey Chenoweth ‘17 and Michael Cooper ‘19 qualified from the East Region. Cooper is making his national championships debut, while Chenoweth is returning for the second time.

Men’s Squash

Ahmed Hatata ‘17 competed in the Collegiate Squash Association’s individual national championships this past weekend, losing in the quarterfinals to top-seeded Osama Khalifa from Columbia University. Hatata, who was named NESCAC men’s squash player of the year last week, was trying to win Bates’ third consecutive men’s individual squash national championship, after Ahmed Abdel Khalek ‘16 won the title each of the past two seasons.

Basketball

The women’s basketball team qualified for the NESCAC postseason conference tournament for the second consecutive year, and for the second consecutive year the team fell to perennial power, Amherst. Men’s star Marcus Delpeche ‘17, with his second-half layup against Williams in Bates’ 65-62 loss on February 12, scored the 1,000th point of his career. He is the 33rd Bobcat men’s basketball player to accomplish the feat.

Indoor Track

The men’s and women’s indoor track teams will join a small cohort of competitors to the NCAA Division III national championships at North Central College in Naperville, IL this weekend. This marks the final indoor event of the season, before both teams will brave the elements when the outdoor spring season gets underway.

 

Large cohort of Bates winter athletics bring home all-conference awards

23 Bates winter athletes received all-conference recognition for their feats over the course of the 2016-17 season. Malcolm Delpeche ‘17 was named men’s basketball NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Delpeche averaged 1.0 steal, 6.1 defensive rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game during conference play this year. Ahmed Hatata ‘17 was named the men’s squash NESCAC player of the year. He finished the regular season with an impressive 19-1 overall record. Here are the rest of the awards:

NESCAC Awards

Men’s Squash

Ahmed Hatata ‘17 – NESCAC Men’s Squash Player of the Year

Mahmoud Yousry ’20 – NESCAC All-Conference First Team

Darrius Campbell ’17 – NESCAC All-Conference First Team

Women’s Squash

Luca Polgar ’20 – NESCAC All-Conference First Team

Vicky Arjoon ’19 – NESCAC All-Conference First Team

Kristyna Alexova ’19 – NESCAC All-Conference First Team

Men’s Basketball

Marcus Delpeche ’17 – NESCAC All-Conference First Team

Malcolm Delpeche ’17 – NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year

Women’s Basketball

Allie Coppola ’17 – NESCAC All-Conference Second Team

Men’s Swimming

Riley Ewing ’18 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Jonathan Depew ’18 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Dan Walpole ’17 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Alexander Ignatov ’20 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Theodore Pender ’18 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Women’s Swimming

Sarah Daher ’17 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Janika Ho ’20 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Emma Jarczyk ’17 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Logan McGill ’18 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Kristy Prelgovisk ’19 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Monica Sears ’20 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Anabel Carter ’18 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Emma Lammers ’19 – NESCAC All-Conference Mention

Lucy Faust ’20 – NESCAC All-Conference Mentions

*Indoor track conference awards are not given until the completion of the spring season. The alpine and nordic ski teams do not compete in the NESCAC.

 

An alphabetical journey into the English Premier League: M & S

Middlesbrough F.C. (Smoggies)

Overview: Middlesbrough F.C. was founded in 1876 in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. They turned professional in 1889, reverted to amateurism in 1892, and then permanently turned pro in 1899. Their current stadium is their 3rd since their founding. Since their beginning, the club has spent a lot of time in the Second Division. They won their first professional trophy in 1975, the Anglo-Scottish Cup, 100 years after their origination. The team was one of the founding members of the Premier League in 1992 and has mostly stayed in the Premier League since, except for relegation in 1997 and a tough spell in the Championship League from 2009-2016. Their highest Premier League placing was 7th (2005). Middlesbrough won the League Cup in 2004 and qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time that same year. They have also won the Division Two title 4 times.

Stadium: Riverside Stadium

Notable players:

Brian Clough, F (1955-1961)

John Hickton, F (1966-1978)

George Camsell, F (1925-1939)

George Hardwick, D (1937-1950)

Fun facts:

They have one of the highest proportions of female fans (20%)

7th loudest fans in the Premier League according to a 2008 survey

First football club in the world to launch its own TV channel — Boro TV

Stoke City F.C. (The Potters)

Overview: Stoke City F.C., founded in 1863 by some railroad workers as the Stoke Ramblers, is based in Stoke-on-Trent in Stafforshire. They dropped ‘Ramblers’ in 1878 and added ‘City’ in 1925. They are the second oldest professional football club and are one of the founding members of the Football League. They haven’t enjoyed too much success in all those years though, winning only one major trophy, the League Cup, in 1972. Before rejoining the top league in 2008, they had been out of it for 23 years. They placed 4th in the top division in 1936 and 1947 and came second in the FA Cup in 2011. In the past 3 years, Stoke has finished 9th in the table. Their major rivals are West Brom and Wolverhampton.

Stadium: bet365 Stadium

Notable Players:

Stanley Matthews, M (1932-1947, 1961-1965)

Jimmy Greenhoff, F (1969-1976)

Mike Pejic, D (1968-1976)

Jackie Marsh, D (1967-1979)

Gordon Banks, GK (1967-1973)

Fun facts:

Went bankrupt in 1907

Burnden park disaster: 33 fans died and 520 injured

Known for their violent fans

Stanley Matthews is the only player to have been knighted while still playing

They are called The Potters due to the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent

 

Chamique Holdsclaw highlights panel on mental illness

Last Monday evening in the Olin Concert Hall, Bates’ athletic department organized a documentary viewing and panel discussion on the subject of mental health. The guest of distinction was NCAA and WNBA star, Chamique Holdsclaw. The documentary, Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, co-produced by academy award nominee Rick Goldsmith and Lauren Kawana ‘06, tells her life story. Holdsclaw has battled depression for most of her adult life, and in her retirement has committed herself to raising awareness for mental illness.

“To live a balanced and healthy lifestyle it’s been a lot of work, it’s not easy,” she said in her opening remarks before the film. “I always like to tell people you kind of see me grow throughout the film, and what you see is me finally accepting this journey and now living in recovery.”

Holdsclaw grew up in Queens, New York, and attended Christ the King Regional High school. She was utterly dominant on the basketball court in high school, as evidenced in the film by raw footage from the early 90’s of Holdsclaw scoring at will and with elegance against her opponents. She earned a scholarship to play for Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, where she won three NCAA championships, including an undefeated 39-0 season in 1997-98 — at the time the most wins in a NCAA women’s basketball undefeated season ever. Holdsclaw’s personal accolades at Tennessee include being a four time All-American, two-time Naismith award winner, and a 3,000 point scorer. That last mark put her in the company of University of Maine standout Cindy Blodgett, whom Holdsclaw mentioned competing against during the event.

During her time at Tennessee, Holdsclaw began to experience bouts of depression and the beginnings of bipolar disorder. The documentary, during the screening of which Holdsclaw removed herself from the auditorium, focuses primarily on Holdsclaw’s struggles with her mental illness, beginning at Tennessee and continuing during her career in the WNBA for the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks.

Following the screening, Holdsclaw was joined on the panel by Greg Marley, the clinical director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Maine, Brittany Longsdorf, Bates’ Multifaith Chaplain, and Luke Douglass, Bates’ interim director of counselling and psychological services.

Questions from the audience, largely made up of members of Bates’ athletics community, were robust. They ranged from the challenges of mental health that come from the collegiate athletic environment to the intersectional challenges of race and a lack of common experiences in therapist-patient relationships, and the stigma of mental health surrounding those who don’t immediately recover from their mental illness.

Holdsclaw mentioned accountability, therapy, and medication as some of the keys to her successfully “living in recovery.” “I think my friends really stuck up and learned how to support me, to really check on me,” she said. “They let me know how much they love me, how much they care.”

“You can’t give it up. It is easy to do. Sometimes everything becomes overbearing these days as I live with this, still those thoughts creep in. Like I just want to give up. And then I am just inspired by the courage that you guys have to share your stories and your journey, to know how much I have grown, and continue to grow.”

 

Women’s, men’s track teams continue dominance at indoor state meet

Bates’ indoor track teams continued their dominance in the state of Maine, as both the men and women’s teams secured state titles over the weekend at the Maine state meet in Gorham.

The women came out on top at the annual meet for the fourth consecutive year, blowing away the competition and outscoring second place USM 215.5 to 155.5.  The men’s path proved more challenging, winning a close and competitive meet by nine points over second place Bowdoin, 186-175. For the men, this victory gives them four Maine state championships over the last five years.

The women’s team, on their way to a relatively easy meet win, broke three state meet records in the process. Jess Wilson ‘17 ran a sub five minute mile, setting a new state meet mark, while Sally Ceesay ‘18 set a new record in the triple-jump with a distance of 38’ 4”, while Ali Hill ‘17 broke the 55 meter hurdles record by 12 hundredths of a second.

On the men’s side, their meet victory was as exciting as it was improbable. “The team across all events stepped up and collectively put together what we feel was our best overall effort of the season so far” said pole-vaulter Blake Downey ‘17, who set a personal record in the event on his way to a second place finish. According to Downey, projections calculated by their coaching staff based on previous personal bests had the men’s team projected to lose to Bowdoin by 26 points.

“There were so many standout performances across the board, but what it all came down to was that each guy stepped up to either meet or exceed expectations,” he said. According to Downey, of the 59 men on the indoor roster, an incommensurate 61 personal bests were tallied at the meet, leading to the impressive 35 point swing from the initial projections.

Having that many athletes exceed their previous levels of performance is bordering on an athletic miracle. With the New England Championships two weeks away, and NCAAs over a month away, Downey is confident the team is peaking at the right time. “Looking ahead we have a lot of work to do, but the whole team is peaking at the right time and everyone is setting personal bests every week.”

The steady leadership from this team’s senior captains is likely another important facet of this team’s impressive performance last weekend. Patrick Griffin ‘17, who was named most valuable track athlete of the meet, won the 800 meter race with a time of 1:55.62, and ran one of the legs of the 4×800 meter relay, which Bates also won. Similarly, captain Jeff Jones ‘17 finished second in the triple-jump, bounding to a distance of 45’ 5.25”.

Both teams will travel to Boston University this weekend for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational.

An alphabetical journey into the English Premier League: M

Manchester City (The Citizens)

Overview: The club was founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton) before becoming Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and finally Manchester City in 1894. The team was most successful in the 1960’s and 1970’s when they won the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup, and the European Cup Winner’s Cup. After this, the team went through a period of decline, including relegation to the third tier of English football in 1998. In 2008, the team was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group and now has the sixth-highest revenue of any football teams. Recently, they won the Premier League in 2012 and 2014.

Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium (Etihad Stadium)

Notable players:

Yaya Toure, M (Current)

Sergio Aguero, F (Current)

Carlos Tevez, F (2009-2013)

Bert Trautmann, GK (1949-1964)

Alan Oakes, M (1959-1976)

Richard Dunne, D, (2000-2009)

Vincent Kompany, D (Present)

Erik Brook, F (1928-1939)

Colin Bell, M (1966-1979)

Fun facts:

Oldest player to play in the Premier League played on Man City, John Burridge (43 years, 4 months, and 26 days)

Only team to be relegated with a positive goal difference (1938)

Joe Mercer is their most decorated manager

Manchester United (The Red Devils)

Overview: Manchester United, the winningest English team of all time, was founded in Manchester in 1878 and originally called the Newton Heath LYR Football Club. They changed their name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to their current stadium in 1910. They have won a record 20 League Titles, a joint record of 12 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, and a record 21 FA Community Shields. They have also won 3 European Cups, 1 UEFA Cup Winner’ Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. Alex Ferguson won 38 trophies with them between 1986-2013. United was the highest earning club in 2016 as well as the 3rd most valuable team. They have one of the biggest fan bases in the world and are sometimes described as a brand rather than a team. Their biggest rivalries are Arsenal, Leeds United, Liverpool, and Manchester City.

Stadium: Old Trafford

Notable players:

Wayne Rooney, F (Current)

Christiano Ronaldo, M (2003-2009)

Peter Schmeichel, GK (1991-1999)

Rio Ferdinand, D (2002-2014)

Bobby Charlton, F (1956-1973)

Ryan Giggs, M (1990-2014)

George Best, M (1963-1974)

Paul Scholes, M (1992-2013)

Denis Law, F (1962-1973)

Eric Cantona, F (1992-1997)

Ruud van Nistelrooy, F (2001-2006)

Fun facts:

First team in English football to win the Treble, the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the UEFA Champions League

They were the first English team to win the European Cup

Manchester United is on top of the all-time Premier League table by 250 points

 

Bobcats drop two of three, drop in the standings

On January 31 the Bobcats hosted the University of Maine-Farmington and handled them 91-72. Marcus Delpeche ‘17 had a game-high 22 points while Jeff Spellman ‘20 added a career-high 21 points. Nick Gilpin ‘20 gave support off the bench with a career-high 12 points. The Bobcats had four players in double-figures. Isaac Witham led his team with 19 points and Riley Robinson dropped 15 points for UMF.

The Beavers kept it close during the first half but the Bobcats would finish the half strong with a 9-0 run to end the half, giving them a comfortable 44-29 lead. The Beavers would not give up the fight in the second half, cutting the deficit to 8 with 8:10 left in the game. But a 6-0 run and a 9-2 run would solidify the Bobcats’ win. Bates shot the ball well, notching a 54% mark from the field and 48.1% from downtown.

On Friday the team visited Amherst, which is ranked 11th nationally, and lost 74-65 in a NESCAC showdown. Amherst’s Jayde Dawson scored a game-high 27 points, dropping 19 of those in the second half. Marcus Delpeche tallied another double-double and had a team high 17 points and 12 rebounds. Jerome Darling ‘17 and Spellman both added 10 points. The first half was about the Bobcats; they dropped six threes compared to the one made by Amherst which gave Bates a 38-33 lead at the half.

Things would flip in the second half, as Bates missed all seven three-point attempts whereas Amherst converted six of their 14 threes. Amherst would pour it in on the offensive side of the ball outscoring Bates 41-27 to take control of the game the rest of the way. The Bobcats had the lead at 58-51 with 8:32 left in regulation but Amherst responded over the course of six minutes. Amherst went on a 13-0 run to take a 64-58 lead with 2:07 left in the game. Bates never caught up as Amherst put it away. Foul trouble for the Delpeche brothers, who both fouled out, and poor shooting in the second half put Bates in a hole that they did not have enough time to climb out of.

Another tough NESCAC loss came this past Saturday when the Bobcats travelled to Hartford, Connecticut to face Trinity, losing 83-66. The Bantam’s Ed Ogundeko scored a game high 23 points and snagged nine rebounds while Langdon Neal added 14 points and four assists. Marcus had a team high 15 points and Darling tallied 10 points and five assists. Spellman and Tom Coyne ‘20 dropped nine and eight points off the bench, respectively.

The Bantams took a 7-0 lead in the opening 3:22, and led 40-29 at halftime. Trinity increased its advantage to a game-high 20 points at 65-45 with 9:08 left in the game after two Neal free throws, but Bates kept fighting and cut its deficit to single digits at 71-62 with 3:22 on the clock after a big 3-pointer by Coyne. But Trinity went on an 8-0 run in the closing minutes to put it away.

The Bobcat’s final game of the regular season is a NESCAC showdown against Williams, set for Sunday February 12. Marcus Delpeche will be looking to be the 33rd player join the Bates’ 1,000-point career club.

 

Men’s, women’s squash ride winning streaks into NESCAC tournament

Bates’ squash teams put a ribbon on another fantastic regular season this past weekend, winning their final two matches of the year. The women finished the regular season 12-3 on a six match winning streak, while the men finished 12-2 on an eight match winning streak. For Coach Pat Cosquer ‘97, these streaks are hopefully a sign of things to come as the postseason looms.

“The men have really worked hard these past few weeks since the loss to Middlebury. They are committed to taking care of themselves off the court, which enables them to come into practice and matches ready to consistently compete at a high level and helps them stay healthy and fit,” said Cosquer in an email. “Most importantly, the men’s team plays squash for themselves and for each other, and they understand that they will really need to push themselves and each other for a few more weeks in order to reach and achieve the team’s goals of reaching the NESCAC Finals and finishing with a Top 12 National Ranking.” Cosquer heaped praise on his entire ladder, pointing to Spencer Burt’s ‘17 leadership as captain and Hatata’s steady brilliance at number one specifically as keys to success.

On the women’s side, Cosquer pointed to two key victories two weeks ago against Franklin & Marshall and Amherst, who the women beat 6-3 and 8-1, respectively, as turning points in the season. “Strong team wins over competitive teams like F&M and Amherst have given the women’s team a renewed sense of confidence,” he said. “I trust that they’ll bring this preparation, focus and confidence into Nescacs next week. Luca Polgar, Kristyna Alexova and Vicky Arjoon are a very formidable top 3 and when they’re healthy and playing well, the women’s team can beat anyone they play.”

On Saturday, in their penultimate match of the regular season, the men’s side blanked MIT 9-0. Ahmed Hatata ‘17 continued his stellar play at the top of the ladder, winning in straight sets. His Egyptian compatriot, Mahmoud Yousry ‘20, was similarly efficient in the second spot. The men’s side only lost 3 sets collectively in their rout. The women were similarly stellar, as they dispatched their opponent Wellesley 8-1 on Saturday. Luca Polgar was dominant in the 1 spot, winning 11-7,11-2,11-3, while the sophomore duo of Kristyna Alexova ‘19 and Vicky Arjoon ‘19 both won in straight sets in the two and three spots respectively.

On Sunday night, in the class of 2017’s final home matches at Bates’ squash facility, both teams made handy work of their conference opponent Tufts. The men swept, 9-0, winning all nine matches in straight sets. Hatata proved dominant again, casually defeating Tufts’ number one in under 15 minutes. He conceded just six points. The women won 7-2, going in straight sets in all their victories, and only dropping matches at the bottom two rungs of the ladder. Darrius Campbell, who won his final home match 5,4 and 5 on Sunday, had this to say on the experience. “It honestly did not feel like my last home match, mostly because I was not thinking about it. I could get sentimental and take in the moment, but I also know that I have not had the best season in terms of results, so I need to focus on finishing the season strong if I want to play in individual nationals this year.”

Both teams now turn the page to the postseason, as they begin to prepare for the NESCAC championships this weekend, followed by the national team championships for the men February 17-19, and February 24-26 for the women. The individual national championships take place March 3-5. Captain Emma Dunn ‘17 emphasized routine, confidence and a team mentality as the keys to success over the next few weeks. “We are going to keep training like we normally do and continue our desire to win every match we can,” she said in an email. “We know that we can do it and we have the skill, but at the end of the day it comes down to being mentally prepared and believing in your ability to win. Every woman on the team is doing what they need to do so they are able to give 100% during all our matches.” Cosquer similarly mentioned that staying focused on routine will be key in preparation for the men

Asked if any ladder changes can be expected as the postseason approaches, Cosquer wittily employed the old adage; “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

 

An alphabetical journey into the English Premier League: L

Leicester City (The Foxes)

Overview: Leicester City was founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse Football Club and played near Fosse Road. In 1894 they joined the Football League and changed their name to Leicester City in 1919. They have won 6 second-division titles and one championship. Last season they won the Premier League and became the 6th team to win the Premier League since its inception. Their title win is considered one of the greatest upsets of all time of any sport. In 2008-2009, Leicester was in League 1, two tiers below the Premier League. That year they came in first and were promoted to the Championship League and came in fifth 2009-2010. The team remained in the Championship League until the 2013-2014 season when they were again champions with a win over Bolton. The team hired former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri at the beginning of the 2015-2016 campaign. He led the team to their first ever Premier League victory and their first qualification for the Champions League, where they placed first in their group. Ranieri was awarded Coach of the Year.

Stadium: King Power Stadium

Notable players:

Jamie Vardy, F (current)

Riyad Mahrez, M (current)

Islam Slimani, F (current)

Wes Morgan, D (current)

Gary Mills, D (1989-1994)

Gordon Banks, GK (1959-1967)

Fun facts:

– One of 3 teams to be at the bottom of the table at Christmas and not get relegated (2015)

– Striker Jamie Vardy holds the record for consecutive games scored in (13 goals in 11 games, 2015)

– Fastest 7-year rise to the title except for Ipswich Town in 1962

– Odds of them winning the Premier League in 2015-2016 was 5000:1

Liverpool (The Reds)

Overview: Liverpool was founded in 1892 and joined the Football League a year later. They have played at their current stadium, Anfield, since its formation. The club has won 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 18 League titles, 7 FA Cups, 8 League Cups, and 15 FA Community Shields. The club’s anthem is “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The club was originally called Everton FC and Athletic Grounds Ltd. before changing their name to Liverpool FC in March 1892. Their current manager is Jurgen Klopp, who replaced Brendan Rodgers at the beginning of last season. They have one of the best fan bases of all European teams.

Stadium: Anfield

Notable players:

Philippe Coutinho, M (current)

Luis Suarez, F (2011-2014)

Steven Gerrard, M (1998-2015)

Phil Neal, D (1974-1986)

Billy Liddell, M (1938-1961)

Kenny Dalglish, F (1977-1990)

Ian Rush, F (1980-1986, 1988-1996)

Fun facts:

– 8th most valuable club ($1.55 billion)

– Two major tragedies, the Heysel Stadium disaster and the Hillsborough disaster, have resulted in fan deaths

– Liverpool fans refer to themselves as Kopites, referencing the Kop at Anfield

– Their song was originally from a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical

– Everton remains their biggest rivals, with games between the two having more red cards than any other matchup

 

Last week took two L’s but this week they bounced back (Big Sean voice)

There were low murmurs of panic after the two tough NESCAC losses last week. But the men’s team quickly put any panic to rest as they answered with a two game winning streak starting with Salem State.

Tom Coyne ‘20 had a career high 25 points and led the team in scoring. Malcolm Delpeche ‘17 was all over the court, dropping 19 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and blocking three shots. Jeff Spellman ‘20 helped out by adding 14 points coming off the bench. Drew Healy scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Vikings and multiple players were in double figures for points coming off the bench for Salem State.

The first half was tight, with four lead changes and and six ties. Coyne started with the hot hand in the first half, scoring a game high 12 points and shooting five of six from the field and knocking down two threes. The Bobcats looked good off the glass, grabbing 22 rebounds in the first half out rebounding the Vikings by five. Bates was up at the half 37-36.

In the second half, coming off the bench Coyne once again hit five of six from the field. Bates would go up as much as 12 points but the Vikings would not go away, cutting the deficit to 82-73. But Bates would not be fazed as Marcus Delpeche ‘17 aired out a full court pass to his brother for the dunk to put them back up to a double digit lead with 1:31 left. The shooters came out to play against Salem State, where Bates had one of their best nights of the season from the field, shooting 57 percent.

On Saturday January 29 Bates hosted No. 4 ranked Tufts University where they got a big and much needed win, beating the Jumbos 84-72. Marcus Delpeche would go on to notch another double-double and score a game high 28 points. He also led the team in rebounding with 11. Darling had the hot hand too as he scored a career high 21 points. Quin Leary ‘17 and Spellman would give support off the bench dropping nine and 10 points, respectively. Tufts’ Tarik Smith and Vincent Pace would lead Tufts in points with 19 each.

It was another tightly contested first half, with 12 lead changes but Bates refused to take their foot off the gas. They would take the lead for good when Marcus made a shot to put them up 28-25 with 5:23 left in the first half. With a personal 7-0 run by Marcus, showing his dominance in the paint, and a couple threes made by Darling and Max Hummel ‘19, the Bobcats would be up at half 39-31.

Darling came out swinging in the second half, putting up back-to-back threes to set the tone in Alumni Gym. At the 11:58 mark, Spellman hit a three to give the Bobcats their biggest lead of the night, an 18-point lead.

Tufts would not back down though, cutting the deficit 61-49 with 9:55 to go in the game. They would eventually cut the lead down to single digits, 77-70 with 1:32 left but the Bobcats would seal the deal by converting their free throws down the stretch. Thiw was a big boost of confidence for the Bobcats as late free throw shots has plagued them this season. Darling and Marcus Delpeche would combine for seven made free throws down the stretch. Bates shot the ball well from beyond the arc throughout the game, making 10 of 20 attempts from the three whereas Tufts shot only 5 of 27 from downtown.

This was a major win for Bates in front of a raucous crowd, as they handed Tufts their first NESCAC loss of the season. They will look to continue their stride when they host Maine-Farmington in a non-conference matchup this Tuesday at 5:30 in Alumni Gym.

 

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