Efficient shooting leads Generals past Cannoneers
(Jonathan Feiler finds teammates Julio Galay for two points against Jefferson).
HERKIMER, NY – Shooting 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point land helped the Herkimer Generals Basketball team defeat Jefferson Community College 86-73 on Saturday (11/9) at home in the varsity gym.
Herkimer (1-1) started to catch fire in the first half after RaShawn Collins II (Harlem, NY) hit a three-point field goal and drew a charge against the Cannoneers in consecutive possessions. The charge led to sophomore forward Jonathan Feiler (St. James, NY) nailing two free throws, building the Generals lead to 15-12 with 11:09 left in the first half.
Playing with more confidence now, an 8-0 run in the matter of three minutes quickly gave Herkimer a 29-21 lead. Hitting two three-pointers during that run was Enson Garcia (Bronx, NY), who finished the game with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal. Freshman forward Jerrell Hunter (Utica, NY), scored the final two points from the charity strip, hitting both attempts. Hunter finished with four points.
The offense didn't stop there for Herkimer, building their lead to eight points (35-23) and then 10 (41-31) with significant contributions from Julio Galay (Bronx, NY) and Charles Reese (Hartford, CT). Reese made the most of his three minutes played in the half, scoring six points, twice from the field and from the foul line as well.
Picking up for the Generals in the second half was freshman guard Wendall Williams (Syracuse, NY) and sophomore forward Feiler. Williams scored 10 and Feiler scored 12 in the second half, helping Herkimer build the lead to 20 (72-52) at the 12 minute mark. Williams finished the game with 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and one block. Feiler finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and six blocks.
Jefferson decreased the lead to 76-65 with five minutes left in the game, but back-to-back three-point field goals by Garcia and Collins II pushed it back to 82-68, with the Generals finishing the game on a 10-5 run to win 86-73. Collins II finished the game with eight points.
Herkimer's next game is today (11/10). They will travel to Clinton Community College and take on the Cougars at 3 p.m. It will be the team's first Mountain Valley Conference game.
-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager