LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - With its 92-55 victory over Castleton Saturday, the Lyndon men's basketball team earned its first-ever berth in the North Atlantic Conference playoffs.
After completing a difficult non-conference schedule with a record of 1-11, the Hornets ran rough-shod through the NAC season with a mark of 10-4 and captured sole possession of second place. For its effort, Lyndon will now recieve a bye to the semifinal round of the conference playoffs which get underway at 2 p.m. Friday at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.
Freshman Phil Warrick led the team in scoring with a points-per-game average of 17.9 (448 points) and also topped on the team in steals with a total of 49. Sophomore forward Jason Gray as second on the squad in scoring with a per-game average of 10.2 led the team in rebounding (155/6.2) and blocked shots (26). Freshman forward Antonio Mena shared the rebounding lead (143/6.2) with Gray while junior point guard Jose Fortunato had a team-leading 83 assists.
Freshman guard Rob Alers was the leading free throw shooter on the Hornets, connecting on .813 (39-48) of his attempts and fellow frosh D.J. Santos led the program in field goal percentage with a mark of .500 (43-86). Junior sharpshooter Ben Sackett continued to sizzle from beyond the three-point arc, connecting on .447 (59-132) of his attempts. He was also third on the team in scoring with a per-game average of 8.7.