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Men’s Basketball Team at Berkeley College Reaches Great Success: “The New York Times” Takes Notice
The Berkeley Knights have reached new heights.
Much in part to their drive, persistence, and spirit, the Men’s Basketball team at Berkeley College won its third consecutive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship (HVIAC). The Knights defeated the No. 2-seeded Blue Angels of the College of New Rochelle by a score of 98-75, on Sunday, February 19, 2017. It was a record-breaking 50th straight victory for the Knights, automatically advancing them to play in the United States Collegiate Athletic Conference (USCAA) National Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In recognition of this achievement, The New York Times published a story on February 28, 2017, about the ongoing success of the Berkeley College Knights Men’s Basketball team. The feature not only highlights the team’s record-breaking season, including its 50th straight victory and third consecutive HVIAC, but also how the team has helped its student-athletes thrive both on and off the court.
While being shadowed by The New York Times to and from their homes, classes and games, both current and former Berkeley Knights players emphasized the role Head Coach Chris Christiansen has had on helping them determine their own success. In the article, they describe Christiansen as a father figure who recruits young men and helps them flourish in the classroom, even after they leave Berkeley.
“I’m just so hungry to better myself and get in a better situation,” said Johnnie Green of Brooklyn, NY, co-captain of the Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team. “Without Coach and everybody else … I don’t know where I’d be.”
The Berkeley Knights have been competing nationally in the USCAA since 2011. The team has been crowned the USCAA Division II National Champions for the past two seasons, and enter the USCAA’s 2016-2017 Division II Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
Torrence Ested, forward/center and Business Management student couldn’t be more proud of his teammates and friends. “Berkeley College has made me feel like I’m a part of something great. I’m very thankful to be making history with such a great group of guys that I call my brothers. What we’ve done so far shows me impossible is nothing.”
Tune in on March 2, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., as the No. 1-seeded Knights compete in the USCAANational Basketball Tournament. The tournament will be streamed live online here. For the latest schedule and information on the USCAA Tournament, visit BerkeleyCollegeKnights.com and TheUSCAA.com.
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