Both the men's and women's basketball team have completed about a thrid of their matches this season. Over the course of November, both teams have had their ups and downs, so this recap will cover how both teams have done and are doing so far.
Men's basketball started the season with high expectations after hosting and winning a playoff game last season. Head Coach Nyere Miller had gotten his first season under his belt and was ready to get his first recruiting class involved with the talented returning sophomores.
Ryan Black (Hatboro-Horsham), Seth Compas (Wissahickon) and Cameron Reid (Spring-Ford) were the highest impact returners from a season ago. Miller brought Nigel Cooke (Spring-Ford) and Noah Baker (Spring-Ford) in and completed his five man starting lineup. And the Mustangs didn't dissapoint.
Men's basketball went on an 8 game win streak to start the season, dropping their first game in a close matchup against Community College of Philadelphia before the Thanksgiving break.
Their returning sophomores stepped up as well. Compas is averaging 16.7 ppg while shooting 50% from the floor. Compas leads the team in both categories. And speaking of leaders, Reid leads the team with 60 rebounds and 10 blocks. Black has been playing well from beyond the arc, tying Compas for the lead in made three pointers. His shutdown defense has given the Mustangs a bit more freedom as well.
Sitting at fifth place in the Region and 3rd place in the EPAC, the Mustangs have positioned themselves as contenders for the RegionXIX championship. Their matchup against Northampton Community College on December 5th will be a true test of their playoff potential.
Women's basketball lost a few key starters from last season. Replicating their playoff appearance was going to be difficult and the Mustangs knew it. However, they returned starter Maria Cotellese (Pope John Paul) and added a host of new talent. Alicia Pender (Wissahickon), Julia Kuneck (John Hallahan), Madison Rorer (Cheltenham) and Kelia Holmes (Cheltenham) were all key additions to the team.
The Mustangs struggled in the beginning of the season, dropping their first two games. However, they rebounded with their first win of the season against Delaware County Community College. From there, the Mustangs couldn't keep their momentum and are currently on a four game losing streak.
Pender has looked great at times, leading the Mustangs in scoring in their win against Delco with 23. Thats the most by any Mustang in any game this season. However, Holmes has been the most consistent scorer, leading the Mustangs in ppg with 13. Kuneck and Rorer have been crucial additions, leading the team in rpg and apg respectively.
Women's basketball will look to bounce back in December and begin building momentum for a potential playoff bid. They'll take on Harrisburg Area Community College and Northampton Community College in their next two games, two crucial EPAC matchups that could determine their EPAC playoff position.