Tonawanda News —
The Lakers would trim that lead to three points with under a minute to go, but Daemen converted on free throws late to put the game away.
Daemen center Gerald Beverly, who was named East Coast Conference player of the week on Nov. 11, finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, including a rim-rattling ally-opp slam dunk in the first half that brought most of Lumsden Gymnasium to its feet.
It seemed like every time Beverly touched the ball in the post he was up against an immediate double team — something Silveri said he's just going to have to get used to it.
"That was a gutsy effort. We pretty much refuse to lose. We obviously need Coppola back ‚ this was a real quick team," Silveri said. "Gerald is just an athlete and everybody is going to double team him so he'll just have to get used to it. We've been working on adjustments, but this is a great bunch of kids and I'm proud of them."
North Tonawanda graduate Aaron Davis played 17 minutes off the Daemen bench and scored six points on a pair of 3-pointers. He also grabbed a rebound and dished out three assists. Uchechi Ogbonna scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists.
Daemen is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Rochester to face rival Roberts Wesleyan. Tip off is set for 8 p.m.
COLLEGE AREA ROUNDUP
NCCC 79, CCCC 66
The Thunderwolves improved to 8-0 on the season as Gjaimeir Standford lef the way with 26 points, four assists and four steals. Eli Jones chipped in 21 points and eight boards, and Sheldon Zablotny scored 10 and had five rebounds.
NCCC 46, CCCC 37
Kristine Ripson (Lew-Port) scored 17 points, grabbed 12 boards and recorded five blocks to lead the way for NCCC (8-0). Jesse DeWalters had 11 points and seven assists, while Alba Perez had 11 points.