The C.W. Post men’s basketball team has played excellent basketball their past few games, putting together three consecutive wins after their loss early in the month to Bridgeport. Since that loss, the Pioneers have rebounded to win back-to-back road games against the Mercy Mavericks and the Dowling Golden Lions. The Pioneers sustained their solid play when they came back home to beat the NYIT Bears on Saturday 81-73.
The Pioneers (17-7) faced Dowling (6-16) last Wednesday night, in a match-up that would decide who would win the season series. Dowling had won the first battle early on in the season 86-73. A month later, the Pioneers evened up the series as they won 80-70. At this point, both teams had won on their home floor, but Post was about to end that.
Dowling had their home crowd in front on them, but the Pioneers came out more ready to play than the Golden Lions did. The Pioneers set a quick pace to the game, never letting the Golden Lions get into the game, building an 11 point lead by halftime.
The Pioneers played a well-rounded game as no one player dominated the ball. It was a group effort, led by sophomore guard Jonathan Kohler’s 18 points. Stefan Bonneau also continued his outstanding play, only missing one shot for the night (7-8) and matching Kohler with 18 points. Senior guard Gil Montalvo set the tone for the offense and spread the ball around the floor with his nine assists. Senior forward Aaron Hall also had another brilliant game, bringing down a game-high 14 rebounds.
In C.W. Post’s last game against NYIT, the Pioneers kept the winning going with an 81-73 nail-biter over the Bears. The Pioneers made nearly half of their shots from the field, and displayed another balanced scoring attack with four players notching double figures in scoring.
Hall was the leading scorer for Post with 16 points, followed by Bonneau with 14. Kohler continued his strong play as he dropped 12 points, and has now averaged 17 points over his last four games. In addition, junior guard Billy Butler recorded his second double-double of the campaign scoring 10 points and dishing out 11 assists.
The Pioneers have played fantastic basketball since the new year, winning 13 of their last 14 games. Their next game comes against the Molloy Lions (8-14) on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Molloy College. These two teams have split the first two games against each other this season. The Pioneers are currently in first place in the ECC standings, and will try to remain atop the standings as they play their final two road games of the season this week.