Cavaliers defeat Defenders 95-81

By Chelbi Mims
February 15, 2011

The men’s basketball team obtained another victory against Baptist Bible College, 95-81 at the Nerney Field House. The Cavaliers have been on a 14-game winning streak this season.

This game meant a lot to the players, parents, spectators and coaches. This triumph against the Baptist Bible Defenders broke a record amidst Division III programs. The Cavaliers have won 32 games at home in their conference, which is the longest winning streak in the country among Division III programs. This game also honored the 2010-2011 seniors on the team, forward Dom Farrello and guard Lamar Fisher.

Cory Lemons, voted Student Athlete of the Week, led the Cavaliers in the game by scoring 30 points with 23 of those points coming in the second half of the game. Lemons had nine assists and eight rebounds and shot 10 for 15 overall.

The Cavaliers worked as a unit to defeat the Defenders. Keefer Francis, freshman guard, played 15 minutes and scored 10 points. Goran Dulac, sophomore center, scored 11 points on 4-for-8 from the field and John Boyd, junior guard, attained nine points and seven rebounds.

“We work hard and practice a lot. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to do what we do on the court,” Francis, freshman pre-nursing major, said.

As the second half began the Cavaliers meant business and scored 10 points which made the score 52-40. As time progressed the Defenders gained momentum and a 20-8 burst.

“I kept playing hard because I really wanted to see us pull out the win, mostly for Dom and Lamar’s sake, to see them end their career at home with a win is an inspiring thing,” Corey Frizzera, freshman guard and business administration major, said.

The game began with a commencement for the two seniors. Their families joined them as they walked onto the court to be recognized.

“He inspired me to play basketball and follow in his footsteps because he is a role model,” LeShea Fisher,  Fisher’s sister, said.

Fisher has scored 459 points in his basketball career and averages 4.4 points a game.

“I love the group of guys we have this season and all that we have accomplished. We have a lot of great talent and it feels good when you can leave the program knowing that they will continue the hard work,” Fisher, senior guard and communication major, said.

“Dom has enjoyed his four years at Cabrini, he has met great friends and a great coaching staff. I am proud because he held his own in basketball and academics,” Dom Farrello’s mother said.

Farrello was recently honored at a previous game for scoring his 1,000-point. At Monday nights game Farrello carried the offensive load at the start of the game by making the first two baskets and bringing in 20 points with 12 rebounds. He scored 18 of his 20 points before half time and accumulated 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season and seventh of his career.

When asked about being recognized for making his 1,000-point, Farrello said, “It was a memorable moment because of the past players who achieved the milestone were phenomenal and knowing that I am in a category with them is an honor.”

“Dom is our best all around player and he sets a good example for us younger players by demonstrating a good work ethic and dedication to the team. Lamar is our energy guy who gets us hyped before the game, without him we would come out stagnant and flat,” Zachary Fortenbraugh, freshman guard and exercise science and health promotion major, said.

The Cavs regular season comes to an end Thursday, Feb. 17, at Neumann University. Then the team will start preparing to dominate the playoffs.

“We will prepare for playoffs with the same attitude as any other game. But the intensity and energy will have to go up that much more knowing when the playoffs come around if you lose you don’t play again.” John Boyd, junior guard and business administration, said.

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