Berkeley College Knights Men's Basketball Team Wins Seventh Consecutive HVIAC Championship

Monday, February 28, 2022
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No. 2-Seeded Women’s Basketball Team Falls to Five Towns College

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The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team secured its seventh consecutive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Tournament victory on Sunday, February 27, 2022, defeating Word of Life Bible Institute (Pottersville, NY), 89-79. The victory marked the team’s 13th HVIAC Championship win since 2006. This year’s Tournament was hosted by Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. 

The Knights were led by Dontel Henry of the Bronx, NY, a graduate of Brooklyn Collegiate, who scored 29 points. Henry averaged 25 points on 50 percent shooting for the weekend and was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Knights guard Kenny Pitt of Brooklyn, NY, a graduate of Bushwick Leaders High School, added 17 points and five rebounds in the final.

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Photo Caption: Berkeley College guard Dontel Henry of the Bronx, NY, was named the HVIAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. 

In the semifinals on Saturday, February 26, the No. 1-seeded Berkeley College Knights defeated The Kings College (Manhattan, NY), the No. 4 seed, by a score of 107-92. Word of Life Bible Institute defeated the No. 3 seed, Five Towns College, by a score of 71-59, in the semifinals. 

With the Tournament win, the Knights receive an automatic bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II National Championship, to be held March 6 to 10, 2022, at Virginia State University in Richmond, VA. 

HVIAC Women’s Basketball Championship 

The No. 2-seeded Berkeley College Women’s Basketball team fell to No. 1 seed Five Towns College in the HVIAC Women’s Basketball Championship game, 58-56. With the team’s first HVIAC Championship win, Five Towns College receives an at-large bid to the USCAA Division II National Championship. 

Cierra Highland of Brooklyn, NY, a graduate of Bedford Academy High School, led the Knights in the hard-fought game, scoring 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds, six steals and two assists. Amal Mahmoud of Brooklyn, NY, a graduate of Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory, recorded an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Berkeley Women Basketball 

Photo Caption: Berkeley College guard Cierra Highland and forward Amal Mahmoud, both of Brooklyn, NY, led the Knights in a hard-fought HVIAC Championship game.

The HVIAC presented the following awards to the Knights: 

Men’s Basketball 

HVIAC All-Conference Team:

  • Turray Bynum of the Bronx, NY; John F. Kennedy High School
  • Dontel Henry of the Bronx, NY; Brooklyn Collegiate
  • Daquan Jackson of the Bronx, NY; Harding University High School (NC) 

HVIAC All-Academic Team:

  • William Gough of Staten Island, NY; Bay Ridge Prep 

Women’s Basketball

HVIAC All-Conference Team:

  • Cierra Highland of Brooklyn, NY; Bedford Academy High School
  • Amal (Cammy) Mahmoud of Brooklyn, NY; Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory 

HVIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year:

  • Cierra Highland of Brooklyn, NY; Bedford Academy High School 

HVIAC All-Academic Team:

  • Kinga Kupras of Lezajsk, Poland; Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School 

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About Berkeley College

Berkeley College, founded in 1931, is a career-focused institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that offers students Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs in more than 20 career fields. The College also offers continuing education programs to enhance career credentials.

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