The youngest player (at 19) on Hofstra’s men’s basketball team is only a sophomore, but he’s also the Pride’s captain, leading scorer, and unquestioned leader on the floor. He showed that again over the weekend. With just 12.2 seconds left in a big Colonial Athletic Association game at James Madison on Saturday night, Jenkins went the length of the floor, spun into the lane, and dropped a tear-drop floater between three defenders with 1.9 seconds left, letting Hofstra escape with a dramatic 69-68 victory. Jenkins finished the night with a game-high 22 points on 9 of 19 shooting from the floor. The win allowed Hofstra (13-7, 5-4 CAA) to keep pace in the pursuit for a key four seed and a first-round bye in the CAA tournament in March. Hofstra is now 7-1 this season when Jenkins scores 20 points or more, and 6-6 when Jenkins is held under that mark. For more on this game and Jenkins’ entire sophomore season, visit the Jenkins blog at: http://queensledger.com/.
2) Jess Fuller Named Women’s CAA Player Of The Week:
We call them right here. She was named our One To Watch a week ago, and now, the 6-4 center from Queens and Francis Lewis High School who leads the Hofstra women’s basketball team in scoring (12.6 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rpg), shot blocking (3.1 bpg) appears in this space after earning last week’s CAA Player Of The Week award. Fuller posted a pair of double doubles last week, averaging 11.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, and 3.0 bpg in CAA wins over Towson (57-55) and William & Mary (55-45).
3) Mike Taylor’s Buzzer-Beater:
Charles Jenkins wasn’t the only sophomore from a New York school to sink a game-winner in the final seconds on Saturday night. After a rough three-game stretch, normally hot-shooting Boys & Girls sophomore guard Mike Taylor redeemed himself by nailing a left-corner three as the final buzzer sounded, giving his team a thrilling 58-55 win over Brooklyn AA rival Thomas Jefferson in the consolation game of the SNY Invitational, aired live on SNY.
4) Xaverian Captures Second Straight CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Bowling Title
It’s not often that bowling is covered here, but attention is well deserved any time a team wins a second straight area title. Xaverian’s Tom Augustino rolled a score of 246 and John Mosco bowled a 233 to lead the Xaverian High School varsity boys’ bowling team to a 3-2 victory over Archbishop Molloy, to win the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship at Whitestone Lanes last Wednesday. Xaverian will look to win another title at the CHSAA city championships on February 3rd and 5th, at Paradise Lanes, in Yonkers.