CONCORD, N.H.—The Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) men’s basketball team dropped a Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) game to the Lynx from NHTI 101-98 in OT on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The SeaWolves chipped away to sport a 47-34 advantage at the half and held on to an 11-point lead with 3:35 left in regulation. The Lynx would go on to score 10 unanswered points before sophomore Jacobee Burpee (Manchester, N.H.) knocked down a jumper to put his team up three. On the next trip down, NHTI’s Dominick Presendieu evened the score 86-86 on a made straight-away three to send the game into overtime.
NHTI opened up OT on a 5-0 run before SMCC responded with four free throws to close the deficit to one. Both teams traded buckets until the home team pulled ahead by five with seven seconds remaining. Burpee made another lay-up before time expired but it was to no avail as the SeaWolves suffered just their second loss of the season.
Senior captain Atencio Martin (Kittery, Maine) led all scorers with a season-high 30 points and 16 rebounds—the forward also added six assists and two blocks to his impressive stat line. Senior captain Ryan Cloutier (Pelham, N.H.) and Burpee also set a season-highs with 27 and 20.
NHTI’s Deric Jackson led his team with 22 points and nine rebounds.
The result dips SMCC to 8-2 overall, 4-1 YSCC; NHTI climbs atop of the YSCC standings at 10-1 overall, 6-1 in conference play.
The action continues when the SeaWolves play host to United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) #9-ranked Vermont Technical College in a YSCC showdown on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tip-off at The HUB is set for 3 p.m. WATCH.