Hawks men’s basketball sits second atop NE-10 teams

Anna Boris, Crier Staff

The Hawks have soared into second place in their division, as the Men’s Basketball team takes the league by storm. Their current record is 14-6, and they have five more upcoming games this month. In addition to this successful season, captain Chris Santo has been named Northeast-10 Player of the Week for the second time this season. With a tip-dunk versus American International College, Santo also received Play of the Week, which was voted upon through Twitter.

“As far as me winning the Player of the Week Award goes, I’m always humbled to be recognized for my play,” said Santo. “I realize how good the talent is in the Northeast-10 and to be mentioned as one of the best players in the league is an absolute honor.”

Captains Chris Santo and Mike McCahey have led the team well this season. After McCahey tore his ACL, many players have stepped up to the challenge. Losing a few players this year certainly had an effect on the team as well, but they have worked hard to fill those gaps and have come back even more successful.

A high point of the season took place during Saint Anselm’s recent game against the top-ranked team in the league, American International College. Santo scored 35 points, while Ryan Hartung and Victor Joshua also contributed with over 10 points each. Saint A’s won over AIC with a score of 92-71.

“AIC was a big game, but we realize one big game doesn’t win championships,” said Santo. “We have to string together a few big games in order to get to the top.”

In one of their more recent games, the Hawks faced off against SNHU, who had previously won a game earlier in the season. This game was televised on NESNplus. In a close matchup, the Hawks scored nine points in order to tie the game and headed into overtime. However, SNHU came out on top, winning with a score of 79-78.

The Hawks were not faltered, but bounced back on February 7 against Bentley as they defeated them by a score of 80-59. They will continue to prepare for their upcoming games against Saint Mike’s, Franklin Pierce, and Merrimack with the goal of climbing to the top.

“Our team has an opportunity to do great things this season,” said Santo. “We hope to bring a meaningful accomplishment back to Saint A’s.”