UTICA, N.Y. – Anna Maria concluded their 2017 schedule with a 62-56 victory over SUNY Canton on Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Utica Tournament.
For the AMCATS the points and rebounds were abundant. Senior guard Liam Pickett (Oxford, Mass) scored a season high, game high 19 points on the afternoon. Pickett added five rebounds, two steals and two blocks to his score line. Sophomore forward Mike Rapoza (Charlton, Mass) grabbed his eighth double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and pulling down a career high 21 rebounds. His previous best was 20 last season. Joining Pickett and Rapoza in the scoring party were junior forward Sidney Limage (Randolph, Mass) with 10 points. Limage also grabbed five boards. Senior forward Kenneth Graham (West Haven, Conn) added nine points and six rebounds to the tally and sophomore guard Bobby Perette (Marshfield, Mass) came off the bench to score eight in the victory.
The Kangaroos were led in the scoring column by junior guard Jordan Stewart (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 15 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Adrian Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman forward Andrew Fitch (Melbourne, Australia) scored 11 apiece in the defeat and Williams pulled down seven rebounds.
Saturday's game was a tale of two halves for the AMCATS. In the first half AMC shot just 30.6% from the field to the 37% shooting by Canton which allowed the Roos to jump out to a 16-8 lead eight minutes in to the first half. Though the AMC offense was not clicking at first the defense was able to keep the deficit to four points heading in to the half, 32-28. In the second half the AMCATS shooting came around, improving exponentially and the defense picked up where it left off in the first half. Picked scored 11 of his 19 in the second half with Rapoza pulling down 13 of his 21 rebounds in the second half to help keep Canton at bay. At the end of the contest the AMCATS had outscored the Roos by 10 in the second half to end the year on a high note with a 62-56 comeback win.
The AMCATS will be back on the court at home on Wednesday January 3rd to take on Lasell in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play.
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