Win Over FSC Pushes Men’s Streak to FourBy Rich Weber
The Men’s basketball team won its fourth straight game on Tuesday, defeating Framingham State College 77-46. Strong guard play by freshman Daniel F. Kanamori ’05 and the well-played inside game of Kyle T. Doherty ’04 and Michael E. Huhs ’05 allowed the Beavers to avenge last season’s loss to FSC.
On the first play of the second half, Kanamori hit Doherty with an alley oop dunk. The crowd exploded, and Framingham’s chances of a comeback diminished. The Rams’ lack of offense kept them from making a serious run against the Engineers’ 20 point lead throughout the game.
Huhs’ insertion into the starting lineup sparked him to produce 11 points and earn 7 rebounds. His play, along with Doherty’s 10 points and 5 rebounds, gave the Engineers too much strength in the frontcourt for the Rams to handle. As Huhs becomes more aggressive around the backboard in future games, he and Doherty will be looking to feast on the small NEWMAC forwards.
Adam J. Gibbons ’05 led the Engineers in scoring for a second straight game, with 17 points. His sweet touch from the outside and quick dribble gave him many weapons with which to attack hopeless defenders. “Gibbons will most likely continue to improve, and could turn into the league’s top freshman,” said Captain Neal E. Brenner ’03.
Kanamori put on another passing and defensive clinic with 10 assists and five steals. Late in the game, he threw a fake around the back pass, then cupped it around the defender to a streaking Sebastian B. Heersink ’03 for the easy deuce. His circus pass and alley oop were legitimate Sportscenter highlights. “It’s just been too easy, if the games continue like this, I’m gonna stop playing,” he said.
The Engineers’ next two games will be home against Rensselaer Polytechnic and California Institute of Technology, as the Tech School Clash has moved from Chicago to Cambridge. Friday night’s game should be exciting, with the Engineers 2.5 point underdogs to a strong RPI. Cal Tech owns the worst record in all of NCAA basketball for the past 3 years, and are 25 point underdogs to the Beavers.