by Mary Lakhan
The St. Francis Brooklyn Men’s Basketball Team (10-11, 4-5) were defeated by the Merrimack Warriors (13-8, 7-1) at North Andover by a score of 50-61.
In the first half, the Warriors immediately took control of the game as they started on a 10-0 run. With a 10-point deficit, Milija Cosic broke the Terriers six-minute silence with a layup at the 13:50 mark, 2-10. Later with a three-pointer from Chauncey Hawkins, they were three points away from tying the game, 8-11. The Warriors, playing their game of basketball went on a 21-8 run to end the first half 16-32.
Entering the second half, the Terriers went on a 12-4 run cutting the lead to six, 28-36. However, the Warriors would soon regain a double-digit lead. Later, the Terriers would go on a 6-0 run to come yet again six points away from equalizing, 46-52. The Warriors would embark on a 9-4 run to take the contest 50-61.
Top performers from the Warriors were Juvaris Hayes, Idris Joyner, Jaleel Lord, and Devin Jensen.
Senior guard Juvaris Hayes led with a double-double in 37 minutes. He recorded 19 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one block, five steals, and landed seven perfect free-throws.
Senior forward Idris Joyner finished with 15 points in 26 minutes. He also finished with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and landed three perfect shots at the free-throw line.
Senior guard Jaleel Lord finished with 10 points in 34 minutes. He grabbed three rebounds, assisted in one basket, recorded two steals, and scored two of three attempted three-pointers.
Junior guard/forward Devin Jensen finished with eight points in 21 minutes. He grabbed four rebounds, assisted in one basket, and scored two of four attempted three-pointers.
For the Terriers, top performers were Stevan Krtinic, Chauncey Hawkins, Deniz Celen, and Unique McLean.
Sophomore guard Stevan Krtinic led with 13 points in 33 minutes. He grabbed two rebounds, recorded three steals, and scored four of seven three-pointers.
Junior guard Chauncey Hawkins finished with 11 points in 37 minutes. He grabbed two rebounds, assisted in three baskets, recorded one steal, and landed four of five shots at the free-throw line.
Senior forward Deniz Celen finished with nine points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes. He also landed three perfect shots at the free-throw line.
Graduate guard Unique McLean finished with two points, 12 rebounds, two assists, three blocks, and two steals in 33 minutes of play.
The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday, February 1, at the Pope Physical Education Center, Brooklyn Heights, NY, as they host the Sacred Heart Pioneers. Game tips off at 4 p.m.