Rob Potter | Democrat
Several members of the Sullivan County Community College cheerleading team helped out at the recent OCIAA cheerleading championships and will be looking forward to cheering on the SCCC Generals at the upcoming NJCAA Division III tournament at Paul Gerry Fieldhouse. Pictured in the front are LeeAnn Mitchell, left, and De’Lorien Brown. In the middle row, from left to right, are Irvin Sorto, Coach Janna Comando, Brianna Worden, Crystal Salgado and Jazzmine Wierzbicki-McMickle. In the back row, from left to right, are Saphire Seaton, Christopher Torres, Olivia Robinson and Reason Bennett.
Region XV champion Sullivan Generals
are coming home to host national tourney
By Rob Potter
LOCH SHELDRAKE After winning the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XV title over the weekend, the Sullivan County Community College Generals will play for the NJCAA Division III national championship at home in “The Bunker” at SCCC’s Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
The Generals, who won the Mid-Hudson Conference tournament title on Feb. 19, earned the Region XV title on Sunday with a 100-82 victory over Bronx Community College at Westchester Community College.
The Generals reached the title game by defeating Nassau CC, 89-67, in the semifinals.
SCCC, which improved its overall record to 27-4 this season, will host the NJCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament March 10, 11 and 12 at Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
Freshman guard Marvin Jean was named the Region XV tournament Most Valuable Player. He scored 29 points in the championship game and dished out seven assists.
Freshman forward Cleanthony Early recorded a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Generals.
“Marvin Jean played well all weekend,” SCCC Coach Kevin DeVantier said.
DeVantier, who is in his second year of leading the Generals, praised all of his players.
“Over the weekend, our effort on defense was tremendous,” he said. “We held Bronx Community College to 22 percent shooting from the field.”
The Generals, who are ranked No. 5 in the latest NJCAA Div. III national poll, will face the Joliet (Ill.) Community College Wolves in the first game of the national tourney.
Back on Nov. 14, the Generals defeated the Wolves who are the defending NJCAA Div. III national champions, 80-70, in the title game of the first annual The Lodge at Rock Hill Classic Tournament at Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
Joliet has not lost since that game, however.
Kevin DeVantier, along with Assistant Coaches Dan DeVantier and Gregg Semenetz, the staff members, managers and players know that winning a fifth NJCAA Div. III national championship in school history will not be easy. But at least they will be playing in front of their hometown crowd at “The Bunker.”
“It’s good to be at home,” Kevin DeVantier said. “We have played very well at home this season.”