FINAL SCORE: Apprentice School 89, Maine-Fort Kent 74
RECORDS: Apprentice School 9-6, Maine-Fort Kent 5-9
LOCATION: Newport News, VA
ON THE COURT: The Apprentice School men's team used a 17-6 run over the last nearly six minutes as they pulled away from University of Maine-Fort Kent for an 89-74 U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association win on Wednesday night.
Each team started hot as Apprentice School used a Jay Melendez 3-pointer with 18:15 left to lead 10-7. The lead grew to 18-9 on a Darrell Fenton tipin with 13:45 left, but the Bengals wouldn't be kept away. They worked their way back into the game and took, what turned into their only lead of the night, on a Mauro Vicic 3-pointer with 6:52 left to lead 28-27.
Three ties later, the Builders closed the first half on a 6-0 spurt as a Johnnie Ferebee layup with eight seconds left gave the hosts a 41-35 halftime advantage.
In the second half, the Bengals got to 55-53 on a 3-pointer from David Martinez with 11:23 left. Apprentice School went on a 16-7 run to lead 71-60 with seven minutes left on a 3-pointer from Ferebee. The Bengals scored five of the next six points to trim the margin to 72-65 on a 3-pointer from Vicic with 5:57 left. From there, the Builders hit them with the 17-6 run to lead 89-71 on a pair of Lance Darden free throws.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
- Melendez was the leading scorer for the Builders with a career-high 31 points and tying his career high with 17 rebounds. He hauled in 17 boards earlier this year against Johnson University in Florida.
- Jamal Curry had 13 points and 19 rebounds to go with five blocked shots. He just missed his high of 21 rebounds set against St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn on Dec. 1.
- Ferebee added 20 points and four assists going 8-for-16 from the floor.
- The Builders hauled in 30 offensive rebounds tonight, which matched the total output for Maine-Fort Kent as the Builders held a 61-30 advantage on the boards.
- The 61 rebounds is the fourth most in a game for the Builders and their most since hauling in 62 on Dec. 1, 2012 against Berkeley College (NY).
- James Givens and Vicic topped Maine-Fort Kent with 16 points apiece.
This is the final games in the current Apprentice Athletic Center. The men will return to the home hardwood to kickoff the 2014 Martin Luther King Classic on January 17 against Lindenwood-Belleville at 8 pm. That will be the first game in the new Apprentice Athletic Center.
Before the MLK Classic, the men will travel to Elizabeth City, NC to face Mid-Atlantic Christian University at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 15.