January 31, 2015
College Sports

Thunderwolves, 10-4, hope theyre fresh after recess

Jordan Green has averaged 14.5 points per game. Photo courtesy of NCCC Athletics.

It may only be Christmas, but the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves are at the midway point of their season.

After two big wins in the NCCC Thunderwolves Classic on Dec. 19-20 to end the first semester, Bill Beilein’s club finds itself 10-4 heading into the New Year.

Not only do the victories over Planet Athlete Academy and College of Southern Maryland send the Thunderwolves into the holiday break on a high note, but they end a skid in which they lost four out of six games after starting the year 5-0.

“It’s great to end on two high notes,” said Beilein. “We are in that process of getting better every day. You really want them to gel and build their confidence up. That’s what we have to build on for January. 10-4 is a good start to the season.”

Because NCCC will not play again until Jan. 6 and will not return to campus until Jan. 2, it opted to play the Thunderwolves Classic at this particular time in order to give the team an extra week to play together. Beilein knows that the break is coming at just the right time.

“The reason we scheduled this holiday tournament was to keep them here for an extra six days,” said Beilein. “Some of the guys are a little bit homesick but we got those reps in so I think we will be much fresher when they return.”

While NCCC is getting scoring from the usual suspects in Eli Jones (19 points per game), Sheldon Zablotny-Crosby (18.5 points per game) and Jordan Green (14.5 points per game), it is also getting strong play out of its bench. The... Read the rest of this article in College Sports

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