By: Jason Fernandes | Photos By: Abdul Hashim1/19/15 - Men's Basketball
The Red Hawks are making adjustments on the fly because of
roster changes. Players like David Noel, who is the team captain and in his
second and final season, is setting the tempo on how to win. Noel stepped-up
huge in the previous game against the Suffolk Community College Sharks. He
scored an efficient 32 points on just 11 of19 shots, leading the Red Hawks to a
Red Hawks started off slow in the first 5 minutes, trailing 5-12, but then the
team started moving the ball around. With 13:42 left in
the first half, Kareem Brown nailed a 3-pointer to bring the Red Hawks within
2. A minute later, David Noel stole the ball for an easy layup. Following that,
Noel scored and was fouled, giving the Red Hawks their first lead of the game (20-19).
Noel single-handedly kept the Red Hawks in the game through much of the first
half. Coach Ben Chobhaphand decided to go with the two big men Charles Williams
and Aluceny Berete, which allowed the Red Hawks to significantly outrebound the
Sharks. Williams lead the way for the Red Hawks with 13 rebounds and was a
defensive presence inside the paint, blocking 6 shots. To be sure, the Red
Hawks won as a unit, but Noel played an integral role in the victory over the Sharks.
Noel made his imprint on the game early, scoring buckets when needed, converting
steals to easy baskets and making timely 3-pointers.
Chobhaphand, when asked about the team's slow start to the game and David Noel
stepping up, responded, " That's the reason why he (Noel) is [the]
captain, he's been working hard all season. (Noel) does what he has to do
academically and the team captain showed up today. When we lose a couple of guys,
he steps up with his leadership." There are players playing in new spots
and asked to do more during this adjustment period before the playoffs start.
Coach Chobhaphand hopes to have figured things out by then. It does, however,
make it considerably easier for Chobhaphand to know he can rely on Noel in the
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The LaGuardia Red Hawks took down the #3 ranked team in the nation this
past Sunday when they defeated the Sullivan Generals by a score of
"This was our second time bouncing back after a loss," said LaGuardia
coach Ben Chobhaphand, whose team is ranked #15 in the country. "It's
only one game, but we overcame adversity to beat a nationally ranked
powerhouse. That shows the great character of our team."
Earlier in the year, the team responded to losing a conference game
against Bronx by defeating Division II Community College of Rhode Island
61-57. This week, after suffering a hard-fought 84-74 loss to the #7
ranked BMCC Panthers on Thursday, the team was up to the challenge once
The Red Hawks grabbed the lead early and hardly trailed throughout the
game. Sophomore shooting guard Nick Padgett had a breakout game, scoring
25 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. Brooklyn
native Kareem Brown, who earned CUNYAC Male Player of the Week honors
earlier in the season, came off the bench to add 11 points in the game.
Keith Gardner's defense was an integral part of the Red Hawks' victory,
according to Chobhaphand. The forward successfully limited the amount
of quality scoring chances Sullivan's top players had throughout the