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Winter Sports Highlights

Martinez, Miccio Off to Hot Start for RCC Hoops

Kevin Martinez and Will Miccio have launched their seasons with strong performances in the early going for the RCC Men’s Basketball team. Martinez, a sophomore shooting guard out of Clarkstown South HS, stands No. 4 in the NJCAA Division III national rankings in scoring, averaging 25.8 points per game through eight games. Martinez, a transfer student from the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY, also ranks second in Region 15 in scoring while contributing 7.5 rebounds per game.

Miccio, a sophomore forward out of Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY, leads Region 15 in rebounding and ranks fourth nationally with 14.1 rebounds per game, and stands No. 2 in the nation in defensive rebounds with 11.4 per game. Miccio, who made the All-Tournament team last season in Region 15, has chipped in 11.5 points per game and 3.6 assists per game.

Starting point guard Oliver Levy, a freshman from Clarkstown North HS, ranks fifth in Region 15 in assists per game with an average of 4.5. Sophomore forward Tyler Richards, out of Clarkstown North HS, has played well in the frontcourt, while freshman guards Malique and Marques Vaval-Paris have added speed and scoring punch to the backcourt, averaging 7.4 and 7.0 points per game, respectively. Malique Vaval-Paris attended Middletown HS in Orange County, while his twin brother attended Mount Anthony Union in Bennington, Vt.

The Hawks have won three of their first nine games, scoring victories over Hudson Valley CC, Ulster CC and Bergen CC. In their most recent competition, RCC dropped a pair of games in the Raritan Valley tournament, bowing to Howard CC of Maryland, 89-79 on Nov. 18 and to Community College of Rhode Island, 79-68, on Nov. 19.

Last year the Hawks advanced to the championship game of the Region 15 tournament before succumbing to Nassau CC in the finals. They had upset Sullivan CC and Borough of Manhattan CC in the quarterfinals and semifinals. This year’s squad needs to finish in the top eight of the region in the regular season to qualify for the Region 15 playoffs. The winner of the Region 15 tournament receives an automatic bid to the NJCAA Div. III championship tournament.

November 23, 2016