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Albright sweeps Alvernia in hoops double-header

Albright sweeps Alvernia in hoops double-header

READING - Albright swept Alvernia in a men's/women's double-header on Wednesday night at the Bollman Center.

The inside-out play of Kelecia Harris and Jessica Venturelli helped the Albright College women's basketball team to a 75-59 win over local rival Alvernia, Wednesday in the Bollman Center.

Harris made 10-of-15 field goals for 24 points and added nine rebounds, five blocks and three assists. Venturelli sank all three attempts behind the arc and 5-of-7 shots overall for 15 points.

Senior Kristi McFadden filled the box score with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Sophomore Kadijah Bishop added 10 points, five boards and also five assists from the post.

Senior Meghan Boyle dove for a loose ball in the opening minute of the second half and assisted Harris from the floor to put Albright on top 38-30. The Lions stretched that gap to 45-32 on another Harris hoop.

A Venturelli trey made it 48-32, and Amanda Tiritilli added an open triple for a 55-42 scoreline. After the Crusaders crept to within six points with 3:56 remaining, Venturelli was good again from downtown to give Albright a 66-57 lead. Shannon Thomas also hit a corner three in the final two minutes.

Kaitlyn Yoh led Alvernia with 17 points but was just 5-of-18 from the field. Ebersole had 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting.

Albright improves to 12-8, 6-7 and is currently in a three-way tie with Widener and Lycoming for the final Commonwealth playoff spot.

The Albright College men's basketball team earned a big rivalry win over Alvernia on Wednesday in the Bollman Center, holding off the defending Commonwealth Conference champions for an 80-72 victory.

In front of a pair of packed student sections, Albright senior Kyle Jordan turned in a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Classmate Pedro Perez also had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Freshmen Sameen Swint (14 points) and Josh Marquez (11 points) were in each in double figures and made important baskets for the Lions. Junior Evan Ward (9 points) made all four field goal attempts, and defensively sophomore Calvert Gantz totaled three blocks and four steals.

Jordan chased down consecutive offensive rebounds to preserve an early second half possession, and was eventually fouled while scoring. He missed the and-one opportunity, but the Lions still led 52-41. Jordan then pulled down a board at the opposite end, leading to Swint's fast break and a 54-41 lead.

Alvernia went on a 12-4 run, with a crucial three-point play from Ward restoring a 63-57 Albright advantage. Jordan scored to make it 65-57, Devin Brown picked Chris Davis' pocket, and Ward made a floater for a double-digit lead.

Alvernia made one more push late, but Lion senior Sam Marrella recovered a loose ball with 2:35 remaining and fed Gantz for a 71-65 lead. Jordan completed a tough three-point play to put the Red and White ahead 74-66 with just over two minutes to play.

All five Alvernia starters are averaging in double-figures and all five did so tonight. Brian Parker totaled 16 points and nine rebounds while Davis had 15 points and eight assists.

Albright (11-9, 7-6) is 1.5 games ahead of Lebanon Valley (who was postponed tonight vs. Hood) for the final Commonwealth playoff spot. The two teams face off Saturday in Annville, Pa.; the Lions will need a victory with LVC currently holding a head-to-head advantage.

Courtesy Albright Athletics.

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