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Former America East players suiting up in Albany

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Former Binghamton player Emanuel “Tiki” Mayben has surfaced in the minor leagues. Mayben helped the Binghamton Bearcats win the 2008-2009 America East Championship, his lone season as a Bearcat, and then helped topple the program – he was a central figure in the Bearcats’ implosion the following offseason after he was arrested for dealing crack cocaine.

Mayben, who plead guilty in May of 2010 and was sentenced to five years probation, is suiting up for the Albany Legends in the IBL, a minor league based in the US. Mayben is joined on the Legends by former Albany Great Danes Will Harris (’09), Lucious Jordan (’06), Scotty McRae (’09) and E.J. Gallup, who spent the 2000-2001 and part of the 2001-2002 season in Albany before transferring to Coastal Carolina. Tim Ambrose, who just finished up his senior year at Albany, was close to signing with the Legends, but apparently backed out at the last minute – word is, the door is still open for a return.

It’s the latest stop for Mayben in his roller-coaster career. Once a top

Tiki Mayben is suiting up for the Albany Legends - his last chance in Basketball (Photo Courtesy of the Times Union)

high school prospect who committed to Syracuse, Mayben was booted from his Troy High School team, enrolled at UMass only to be booted from the team, spent a season at a junior college, won a championship at Binghamton, then ruined both his and the program’s reputation. Playing for an Albany team is an about-face for Mayben, who (in)famously disowned the town during a press conference in the 2009 America East Tournament – hosted in Albany – saying, “I’m from Troy [New York], Albany never did anything for me.” (more…)

News and notes: AE offseason kicks into high gear

Monday, April 4th, 2011

It seems like just yesterday that the leaves were changing, the breeze getting colder and the air filled with excitement of the America East season which lay just around the corner. With the season now in the rear-view mirror, the inevitable off-season reports of players departing America East schools are beginning to flood in. The big blow so far has come from the conference’s northern most institution, as Maine talent Murphy Burnatowski has left the school. America East has been decimated during previous off-seasons by outbound transfers; while losing Burnatowski hurts, the AE should consider itself lucky if he is the biggest loss for the conference this offseason. Here’s a look at some moves (and potential moves) so far around the conference: (more…)

The One-Bid Wonders America East All-Tournament team

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Before last weekend gets too far in the rear-view mirror, here’s our picks for the five best players from last weekend:

Tim Ambrose, G, Albany (24 points on 8-of-14 shooting, four rebounds, four assists vs. Stony Brook)
Albany went out in the quarterfinals, but the Seawolves’ advancement came despite a vintage performance from Ambrose. The Great Danes’ bowling ball of a guard was at his best, combining efficiency and volume in a way that few others can.

Leonard Hayes, G, Stony Brook (11 points on 3-of-5 shooting, two rebounds, one block vs. Albany; 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, six rebounds, two blocks vs. Vermont)
Hayes made 9-of-11 shots from beyond the arc on the weekend and averaged nearly two points per possession used over the course of Stony Brook’s two games. When Vermont cut the Seawolves’ lead to six midway through the second half, it was a Hayes 3 that cut the Catamounts’ momenutum. And even in the postseason, Hayes continues to add elements to his game. Before Saturday, Hayes had not recorded a blocked shot in his career. Now he has three.

John Holland, G/F, Boston University (17 points on 6-of-15 shooting, four rebounds vs. New Hampshire; 16 points on 3-of-10 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals at Hartford)
It says something about John Holland that this weekend’s performances weren’t particularly strong compared to his usual standard and he still makes our All-Tournament team. For most players, a 9-of-10 performance at the line is something noteworthy. For Holland? That’s normal. And sure, he wasn’t dominant, but BU doesn’t win without him.

Chris Martin, G, Stony Brook (18 points on 5-of-8 shooting, six rebounds, five assists vs. Albany; 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three rebounds, three assists, one steal vs. Vermont)
You can change your defense. You can bring extra help defenders. You can wreck one of his knees. It doesn’t matter, Chris Martin will still take you off the dribble, barrel down the lane, and convert a layup or draw a foul, or both. He’s like the Terminator, both because of his refusal to quit and because he terminates teams’ seasons. Traveling Stony Brook fans, there’s your new sign idea. Thank me later.

Greer Wright, F, Binghamton (31 points on 11-of-21 shooting, nine rebounds, six assists vs. UMBC; 14 points on 3-of-11 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, one block, one steal vs. Vermont)
Greer Wright’s Thursday night would be a nice weekend for most players. Moussa Camara had a similarly strong weekend as Binghamton broke the AE single-game record for 3-point baskets, but what separated Wright was – and this sounds so unlike everything we’ve ever said about Greer Wright – his ability to help his team beyond just scoring the basketball. Thursday’s performance wasn’t just about shooting, it was a complete game from Wright.

Honorable mentions: Moussa Camara, G, Binghamton; Genesis Maciel, F, Hartford; Anthony Minor, F, Hartford

The show must go on: Chris Martin refuses to lose, powers Stony Brook past Albany, 67-61

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Standing at center court, Chris Martin closed his eyes and reflected back on the past five seasons. Martin thought about the long hours he spent in study halls, the longer sessions he spent in the training room, and the longest car rides of his life. During the past five years, Stony Brook’s bruising guard has been through more personal growth, adversity and tragedy than most will ever experience in their entire lives.

Martin came to campus in the summer of 2006 with such a poor academic background that he was not allowed to practice with the team or even be listed on the official roster. He will graduate in May with a Masters degree. He set foot on the hardwood as a kid who Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell describes as a “talented kid from Christ the King High School who didn’t want to work hard, and I don’t know if he even liked basketball,” and has become a kid who you would have to kill to get off the court. Martin came back from two separate major knee injuries during his senior season to be on the court Saturday. (more…)

Before the home stretch: Postseason awards if the season ended today

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Postseason awards are a funny and fickle thing in the America East. The culmination of the season, they are often the highlight of the careers of players toiling in small-conference obscurity, many of whom will never experience the bright lights of March Madness.

Sadly, many times, the most deserving players don’t win the awards their play on the court should have earned. Awards are supposed to be based on merit, but the AE coaches and athletic directors often take other factors into account. Some of these factors are born from good intentions – the desire to give graduating seniors, many whom have previously been snubbed, one last piece for their trophy cases, one last “hurrah,” among them. But many elements that factor into the voting, sadly, fly in the face of what college basketball – and the America East – is all about. Grudges against opposing coaches and players, attempts to avenge previous players who were wronged, and trying to make a statement to 18-to-20 year old kids who are too outspoken are among the dozens of petty – not to mention stupid – reasons that have influenced the AE’s behind-closed-doors voting and contributed to countless snubs.

My awards are based solely on merit and merit alone. I don’t care what class someone belongs to – a fifth-year senior who has never won an award competes on equal footing with a first-year freshman. These are not “lifetime achievement” awards. Rather, these awards are simply based on my opinion about who has been the best player – or players – this season. I will update my rankings at the conclusion of the final regular season game of the America East slate for my final picks, but if the season were to end today, here’s how I think the awards should play out: (more…)

AE Daily: Jan. 13

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

In last night’s action: Binghamton maintained its position atop the AE standings, while Maine solidified its stance as a conference contender.

Binghamton 83, UMBC 75
Don’t look now, but the Binghamton Bearcats (6-10, 3-0 AE) – the same team that looked like it would struggle to win in a rec league at times earlier this year, and which has only seven scholarship players on it’s roster – now sit alone atop the America East standings. After going into the half tied at 33, the Bearcats pulled away in the second half over the hapless – not to mention winless in conference play – Retrievers. Walk-ons Jimmy Gray and Mahamoud Jabbi walked tall for Binghamton, with Gray scoring a team and career-high 23 points and Jabbi ripping down a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with 17 points. Chris De La Rosa continued to excel for the Retrievers – and continued to get little help from anyone – dropping a game-high 31 points to go with five assists, but also committed eight turnovers. The Retrievers played hard and didn’t look like the trainwreck they’ve been for much of the season, but couldn’t pull it out.

The game featured a terrific one-on-one battle between De La Rosa and Gray, with each putting on a dribbling display that would have made And1 Productions proud. The win was especially impressive for the Bearcats, who were playing without leading scorer Greer Wright, although it is worth noting that the Bearcats have appeared more cohesive without their star as of late. The next six games will determine if the Bearcats are a true conference contender, or simply a flash in the pan benefiting from an easy start to their schedule. Binghamton will play conference contenders Maine (twice), Boston University, Vermont, Albany and Hartford.

Maine 66, Albany 64
Throw the records out the window – these two teams will be fighting at the top of the conference come America East tournament time. This game was nothing short of a war. Maine guard Gerald McLemore scored a game high 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc and hit two key free throws to tie the game with 34 seconds left. Raheem Singleton dished out 10 assists and hit two free throws with 3.6 seconds left to win the game for the Black Bears. Troy Barnies continued his stellar senior year for the Black Bears, scoring 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting and pulling down seven rebounds.

Albany was led by point guard Mike Black, who scored 18 points, and also got 12 points from Tim Ambrose and 10 from Luke Devlin. The Great Danes returned home after two tough road losses to conference contender Vermont and a hot shooting Hartford squad, and looked to rebound against the Black Bears, but could not overcome cold shooting from top scorers Ambrose (5-of-17) and Logan Aronhalt (3-of-8).

All America East teams are idle today and tomorrow. America East play will resume on Saturday with four games: New Hampshire at Stony Brook (1 PM), UMBC at Vermont (1 PM), Binghamton at Maine (3:30 PM), and Boston University at Albany (7 PM).

Week in review: Jan. 3 – 9

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The results of this past week’s results haven’t yielded any major shuffles in the conference pecking order, but one team took a hard fall while at least one other is clearly on the upswing. To whom could that refer? Read our America East Power Rankings to find out.

1. Vermont Catamounts (11-4, 2-1 AE)
Last week: Won at Stony Brook, 55-49, on Tuesday; Won vs. Albany, 60-48, on Thursday; Lost at Boston University, 74-65, on Sunday
This week: Saturday vs. UMBC
No team wants to lose a game, but for the Catamounts, an wake-up call early in conference play might not be the worst thing in the world. Vermont didn’t display the requisite hustle or execution in their loss to the Terriers yesterday, something head coach Mike Lonergan can use to rekindle his team’s sputtering spark. While the defense had remained sound prior to Sunday, the Catamounts’ last real offensive outburst (84 points at Iona) has been in the rear-view mirror for three weeks now. Vermont has posted three straight games of sub-50 eFG% for the first time since January of last season. Saturday’s walkthrough, er, game against the Retrievers in Burlington should provide a necessary tune-up. (more…)

AE Daily: Jan. 10

Monday, January 10th, 2011

In yesterday’s action: The Terriers issued their challenge to Vermont’s early-season dominance, and Hartford kept the Great Danes on a short leash.

Boston University 74, Vermont 65
The Catamounts (11-4, 2-1 AE) saw their four-game win streak come to a screeching halt, as host Boston University (7-10, 2-1 AE) got it done at both ends of the floor. The Terriers’ offensive rating of 113.7 was their highest since hosting Saint Joseph’s before Christmas, and was the highest figure allowed by the Catamounts since Vermont’s loss to BYU back on December 8. BU got all but 10 of its points from three players: Darryl Partin (24), John Holland (24) and D.J. Irving (16). Meanwhile, the Catamount starters were held to 34 percent shooting from the field, a handicap too severe for the UVM bench to overcome.

Hartford 62, Albany 42
The Hawks (5-10, 2-0 AE) never trailed yesterday and won their second straight conference game due to some stifling defense. The Great Danes (8-10, 1-2 AE) were held to the lowest point total of any Hartford opponent since the Hawks’ 75-38 defeat of Marist on November 18 of last season. Tim Ambrose had his second straight clunker, posting just four points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field, 0-of-3 shooting at the stripe, and four turnovers. Meanwhile, Hartford eclipsed the point-per-possession mark for the third consecutive game despite miserable shooting from the normally dynamic duo of Joe Zeglinski and Morgan Sabia (combined 7-of-28). The Hawks made more shots from outside the arc (12) than from inside (11) – Hartford attempted 36 triples! – and committed just six turnovers to Albany’s 17.

There is one game tonight – Stony Brook takes on the Bearcats at the Events Center in Vestal.

Quick hitters

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

One-Bid Wonders writer Sam Perkins takes 5 minutes off from the back roads of the America East to check with some early thoughts on each team from around the conference.

The America East has already been one hell of a roller coaster ride,

Sam Perkins: Always watching over the "AE"

and we’re only a few games into the conference slate. We’ve already seen one lowly-regarded team in Hartford knock off a “contender” on its home court in Maine; another devastating injury to an explosive talent in New Hampshire forward Ferg Myrick; and an early-season battle between two of the top-teams in the conference in Vermont and Albany – a battle from which Vermont emerged as the clear “team to beat.” Here are my thoughts on each AE squad. (more…)

AE Daily: Jan. 7

Friday, January 7th, 2011

In last night’s action: Vermont secures their early position as king of the America East hill.

Vermont 60, Albany 48
The Catamounts (11-3, 2-0 AE) held an opponent below 50 points for the second consecutive game and dominated the offensive glass en route to a 12-point victory. The Albany (8-9, 1-1 AE) offense was held in check, partially due to the snail-like pace – each team had just 53 possessions, easily the slowest America East contest so far this season – but also due to Tim Ambrose having his worst offensive game to date. Ambrose was held to a season-low 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting, and while Logan Aronhalt and Mike Black combined for 34 points on 13-of-25 shooting, nobody else was able to counteract Ambrose’s inefficiency. At the other end of the floor, Vermont shot just 37 percent from the field but rebounded fully half of their misses and converted 19-of-22 free throws compared to just 4-of-10 for the visiting Great Danes. Brendan Bald and Matt Glass led UVM with 13 points apiece.

There are no games scheduled for today. America East action will resume on Saturday.