Basketball Sends out Seniors in Style with 85-77 Win over Sarah Lawrence

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THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – On Saturday the Maritime basketball season came to a close as the Privateers knocked off the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons by the score of 85-77 inside the Riesenberg Hall Gymnasium.
Prior to the contest the team recognized the three members of its senior class as Tim McQuail (Middle Village, N.Y./Cathedral Prep)John Liccese (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) and Patrick MacDonald (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) were recognized for their four-year careers at Maritime.
McQuail tied his career high with 13 points as he was a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the floor, including a team-leading three three-point field goals. McQuail also added one rebound on the game. He ends his career with 191 points and 142 rebounds in 66 career games.
Liccese went out in style with a career-high 29 points eclipsing his previous career-high of 26 points, which he accomplished once in both his sophomore and junior seasons. His 29 points gave him 331 points for the second consecutive season as he ends his career with 1,333 points good-enough for fourth all-time. Liccese was second on the team with six assists on the afternoon and ends his career with a program-record 404 assists. The senior also added three steals to give him 120 for his four-year stead.
MacDonald had 18 points on the afternoon as he closes out his season with 434 points to give him 1,532 career points, which is third-best in Maritime program history. In addition to his point-scoring prowess, MacDonald also pulled down 11 rebounds to give him 18 double-doubles on the season. With just over two minutes gone by in the second half, MacDonald pulled down his ninth rebound of the game to give him 1,000 for his career as he became the first player to accomplish the feat. MacDonald closes out his career as the all-time rebounding leader with 1,002 and also ends his career with 580 field goals made and a program-record .584 shooting percentage. He was also third all-time in blocks with 118 to his credit.
Sophomore Brendan McGovern (Seaford, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) had 17 points on the game as he joined McQuail as the only players with multiple three-pointers on the game. Sophomore Michael Walker(Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) added five points, while freshman Brennan Whelan (Northport, N.Y./Northport) closed out his rookie season with three points and a season-best nine assists. Junior James Bonner (Timonium, Md./Dulaney), sophomore Jermaine Brathwaite (Brooklyn, N.Y./Nazareth Regional), and freshmen Nick McTighe (Merrick, N.Y./Holy Trinity) and Chris Ruscillo (Carle Place, N.Y./Carle Place) also saw time and pulled down at least one rebound apiece.
McQuail got the scoring started with a three-pointer towards the end of the opening possession, Sarah Lawrence responded with a 14-2 run and opened up a nine-point lead with 16:33 to go in the first half. Maritime chipped the lead down to two but Sarah Lawrence hit the accelerator again and opened up a 10-points advantage at 31-21.
McGovern scored the next three, followed by a pair at the stripe by Liccese. After one free throw by Sarah Lawrence, Whelan connected on a pair followed by a Liccese layup with 5:15 left in the half to pull Maritime back within a bucket at 32-30.
Maritime tied the game at 36 and regained the lead on a Liccese layup, followed by a MacDonald jump shot to put the Privateers up by four with under two to go. The Privateers had its largest lead of the half 45-37 before the Gryphons knocked down a three-pointer to send the teams into the locker room with Maritime ahead 45-40.
In the second half Sarah Lawrence opened with a pair of free throws before back-to-back three-point baskets by Liccese and McQuail. At 59-45 off a McQuail jump shot the Privateers had its largest lead of the game to that point at 14, the Gryphons got it down to 11 before Walker connected on a three-ball to put Maritime back up 64-50.
The lead swelled to 16 for the Privateers as McQuail connected on a layup with 7:17 to go in the period. The Gryphons attempted to erase the Maritime lead, but only got the deficit as seven as the Privateers hung on for the eight-point win, 85-77.
Maritime closes out its season with a 10-15 record and finished with a 7-13 mark in Skyline play. The team finished in eighth place in the conference, by way of tiebreaker with Merchant Marine as the Privateers swept the Mariners.
Sarah Lawrence ended its season with a 4-21 overall record and a 3-17 mark in Skyline Conference, as the team finished in 11th place in the 11-team league.