N.J. - As they head toward the postseason, the best sign for the
Mercer County Community College basketball teams may be that each
head coach believes his team's best game is still ahead.
There are plenty
of big opportunities in February, including the Region 19 Tournament,
which is on the horizon in the final week of the month.
arrives Saturday, Feb. 6 when MCCC hosts an important men's and
women's basketball doubleheader against Region 19 rival Harcum College.
"We're rounding into form. We've played some real good games,"
says women's basketball coach Mike Tenaglia, whose team enters the
week with a 14-7 record as well as two wins over club-level Salem
some sort of milestone to get back over .500, but I don't think
this is an 11-loss team," adds men's basketball coach Howard
Levy, whose team, at 12-11, has matched its win total of his rookie
season last winter. "We've climbed back. We're playing pretty
squad will arrive at Mercer with a wealth of Division I talent and
a no. 3 national ranking, while Harcum's women's squad is unbeaten
in Region 19 competition. Obviously, the Vikings squads will need
to have their best efforts if they are going to avenge early season
losses to Harcum.
The MCCC men
enter the week with wins in six of their last eight games, including
an impressive 63-60 triumph over Region 19 power Lackawanna Junior
College. Shooting guard Uros Kovacevic (Montenegro), who is drawing
interest from Division I schools, leads the team in scoring and
assists. There's an excellent supporting cast, including guard Quincy
Hendrix (Hamilton, N.J.), forward Isaiah Andrews (Florence, N.J.)
and double-double machine Paco Boussougou, all of whom are scoring
in double figures.
The Lady Vikings
are undefeated at home with well-rounded play from key members of
the starting front line-up of freshmen, Alexis Sweet (Trenton, N.J.)
and Azaria Crews (Ewing, N.J.), and 6-foot sophomore Samantha Foley