By David Otero
After a rough start to their 2010-2011 basketball season, the C.W. Post men’s basketball team has caught fire, winning eight consecutive games to bring their record to 12-6. They are currently undefeated at home this season and have a record of 9-2 in East Coast Conference play.
In the Pioneers most recent game on January 22nd, the team faced the Molloy College Lions. The Pioneers controlled the game right from the onset, leading at the end of the first half 35-20. Post’s solid play then continued into the second half as the Pioneers displayed consistent shooting from everywhere on the floor and played outstanding defense to propel them to a seemingly effortless 75-53 win over the Lions.
C.W. Post junior guard Stefan Bonneau led the game in scoring with an efficient 22 points, as he was 8-12 from the floor, and 4-8 from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Jonathan Kohler and senior guard Gil Montalvo balanced out the scoring attack for Post as they each had 13 points.
All game long C.W. Post played air-tight defense on Molloy, as the Pioneers forced 18 turnovers and caused the Lions to shoot under 40 percent from the field. Despite only scoring three points, senior forward Aaron Hall dominated the glass as he hauled in 11 rebounds, five of them coming on the offensive end.
On January 19th, C.W. Post went head-to-head with the Bears of NYIT. In this game, the Pioneers burst out of the gate and there was no chance of their offense being slowed down. They shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the first half, providing them with a comfortable 49-30 halftime lead. Post put up the exact same point total in the second half to cruise to an easy 98-72 win.
Stefan Bonneau had another spectacular performance dropping 27 points on 10-14 shooting, and was just as good from three-point range as he was 4-5 from downtown. Aaron Hall also played an excellent game as he put up 19 points on 8-12 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The win versus NYIT was a great win as everybody played a pivotal role and contributed nicely. The Bears had no way to stop the hot shooting of the Pioneers, four of whom finished the game with double-figure points. To top it off, the Pioneers shot a terrific 12-24 from three-point range. When the offense is on like it was versus the Bears, no one can slow down these Pioneers.
C.W. Post’s next game is on Wednesday, January 26th at 7:00 pm against the Saint Thomas Aquinas Spartans. The Spartans are coming off a 72-60 win in their last game which came against Mercy College. The Pioneers will look to improve their winning streak to nine games and stay undefeated at home when they take on the Spartans who are 2-7 on the road this season.