Mavs season ends in loss

MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 28, 2010) — A single elimination tournament can be brutal for loosing teams, for once you have lost, there are no more games. At the beginning of the day, only one team could move on to the national tournament in Delhi, New York. That team was the Rochester Yellow Jackets.

Trailing by 16 in the first half and by nine at the break, Rochester outscored Minneapolis Community and Technical College by 20 points in the second half to secure the 85-74 win.

For the Mavericks, it may well be their last-ever game, as the program will not continue in the 2010-11 season and it’s future beyond that is in doubt. Nearly a year ago, MCTC President Phil Davis accepted a budget proposal from the Student Life Budget Committee, which oversees the use of approximately $1 million in student fees, cutting the program. Both the men’s and women’s programs cost about $118,000 per year to operate.

The decision has remained a controversial one, with tensions reaching the boiling point several times, mostly recently at a town hall meeting held on Feb. 17. At that meeting, Davis said that the program would not return in 2010-11, but did not comment on the future beyond that.

With the immediate future decided, the Mavericks were only able to play one game at a time and started today as the team to beat in the conference. They showed it early and were able to score on the Yellow Jackets nearly at will. Rochester had just 3 blocked shots and the Mavs had turned the ball over just twice.

The second quarter could have been more different as, the Yellow Jackets collected ten turnovers and had 4 steals. Combined with the the Mavericks shooting 29.7% from the field and got just two free-throws, the Yellow Jackets were able to turn the tables.

MCTC’s Peter Olafeso (So., St. Paul, Minn.), who shot 22 points before halftime, had just seven points in the second half: two three-pointers and a free-throw. Kenny Olafeso (So., St. Paul, Minn.) had 17 points. The Olafesos combined for 29 of the Mavericks 53 rebounds, many of which came in the second half. In addition, Kenny Olafeso had eight assists, a blocked shot and three steals.

No other Maverick had more than nine points in a game where all 11 players had at least two minutes on the floor. Michael Welsh (So, Minneapolis, Minn.), who shot 25 points yesterday, had nine points and six rebounds before fouling out in the second half. Ronald Kelly, Jr. (So, St. Paul, Minn.) had six points. Jamar Franks (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn.) had three points — the Mavs only points off the bench in the game.

As a team, Minneapolis shot 29/75 from the floor, including 8/24 from beyond the arch. They were 8/18 at the line. The Mavericks — last year’s national runner-up — was ranked fifth in the latest NJCAA Div. III poll.

Rochester had four players in double figures. David Fritsch (Fr., Stewartville, Minn.) had 19 points. Demetrius Williams (So, St. Paul, Minn.) had 18 points and seven assists. Shiron Williams (Fr., Bangor, Mich.) had 16 points. Aubrey Rhodes (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) had 14 points.

As a team, Rochester shot 28/61 from the floor, including 7/17 for three. They were 22/30 from the line. The Yellow Jackets received votes in the most recent NJCAA Div. III poll.

As winners of the MCAC men’s basketball tournament and the NJCAA District 13 tournament, Rochester will play March 11-13 in Delhi, New York.

Women lose in title game

After reaching the title game of the MCAC women’s basketball tournament, Minneapolis fell to Anoka Ramsey 74-72. The Mavs won their previous two games to reach the title game. The women’s team may have more games left to play as a District 13B (South) regional playoff tournament is scheduled for March 5 and 6.

No statistics were available from any of the women’s three games, which happened in Thief River Falls, in northern Minnesota. City College News will post further details online should they become available.