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MANOR MEN’S BASKETBALL WINS OPENER IN THE FINAL SECONDS VERSUS THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA

MANOR MEN’S BASKETBALL WINS OPENER IN THE FINAL SECONDS VERSUS THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA

 By Steven M. Glassman

Director of Sports Information

November 2, 2017

JENKINTOWN, PA—Manor College (1-0 Overall) freshman guard Isaiah Wiggins (Pocono Mountain, PA/Pocono Mountain West) scored the game-winning basket with 1.7 seconds left in the game as they defeated the visiting Division III Community College of Philadelphia (0-1), 87-85, in the season opener for both schools.

 The Blue Jays opened up an 11-point lead (15-4) with 14:39 left in the first half on sophomore guard Keithantonio Davis' (Sicklerville, NJ/Eastern) pull-up jump shot from the foul line.  The Colonials responded, scoring 12 straight points over the next 2:46 and took a 16-15 lead.  This run was cumulated by freshman forward Jaylen Nixon's layup off of a Manor turnover with 11:53 remaining.  The two teams exchanged leads over the next 3:32.  The Community College of Philadelphia freshman guard Ishmael Marshall's layup with 7:29 left gave the Colonials the lead for the remainder of the half (22-21).  Nixon's free throw with 2:18 remaining in the half gave the Colonials its largest lead of the first half (43-32).  The Community College of Philadelphia led at halftime, 46-37.

The Colonials continued to lead in the second half before the Blue Jays embarked on an 18-9 run and tied the game at 55 with 14:01 left in the second half.  This run was finished off by a Davis layup, with an assist on a long pass by freshman forward Anthony Thomas (Chester, PA/Chester) after a Community College of Philadelphia missed shot.  The two teams exchanged baskets over the next 1:40 before freshman center Chris Bailey made a layup, with an assist by Marshall with 12:21 remaining.  The Colonials took a pair of eight-point leads (66-58 and 68-60 with 11:18 and 10:00 left, respectively) on baskets by freshman guard Malachi Thompson (reverse baseline layup) and Bailey (off of a missed shot before the shot clock expired).  Manor went on an 11-2 run over a 2:41 stretch to give the Blue Jays a 71-70 lead.  The run was completed by freshman guard Dana Strothers' (Pittsburgh, PA/Obama Academy) layup with 7:19 left.  The Blue Jays and Colonials continued to exchange leads for the next 1:58 before the Community College of Philadelphia took the lead, 74-73, on freshman Anthony Satchell's free throws with 5:21 remaining.  The Colonials expanded its lead to five (84-79) on another pair of Satchell free throws with 1:13 left.  Manor came back and tied the game at 85 on freshman Javon Flynn's (Philadelphia, PA/Bartram) rebound and layup off a Strothers' missed three-point shot with 27.7 seconds left.  Thompson missed two free throws with 10.7 seconds remaining.  Following the missed free throws, Wiggins sank the game-winning jump shot with 1.7 seconds left.  After a time out, Thompson's inbound pass was stolen by Blue Jays' freshman guard Ahrod Carter (Chester, PA/Chester) with 0.6 seconds remaining.  Manor outscored the Community College of Philadelphia, 50-39, in the second half en route to the 87-85 comeback victory.

Individual Statistical Leaders: Wiggins and Strothers each led the Blue Jays with 20 points apiece.  Davis added his first collegiate "double-double" with 11 points and led both teams with 10 assists.  Flynn pulled down a team-leading 11 rebounds.  Thomas added 12 points off the bench.

Nixon paced both teams with 21 points and Satchell contributed 20 for the Colonials.  Bailey collected a "double-double", scoring 14 points and led both teams with 14 rebounds.

Manor outrebounded the Community College of Philadelphia 43 to 29, and, defensively forced 24 Colonial turnovers.

Series Record (since 1994-1995, but, the 2001-2002 season is unavailable): The Community College of Philadelphia leads the series 27-9, but, Manor has won three of the last five contests since they joined the NJCAA for the 2008-2009 season.  The Blue Jays are 5-10 at home versus the Colonials and have won three straight home match-ups.  Manor previously hosted the Community College of Philadelphia on December 11, 2014 (81-66 victory).

Season Openers (since 1994-1995, but, the 2001-2002 season is unavailable): The Blue Jays improved its season opening record to 13-10 (and 4-5 since the 2008-2009 season), including winning four of its previous six.

Home Openers (since 1994-1995, but, the 2001-2002 season is unavailable): Manor improved its home opening record to 15-8 and 5-5 since the 2008-2009 season.  They have won four straight home openers, including five of its last six contest.

Next Game:  Manor hosts Division III Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 7.  The Blue Jays are 18-7 versus the Bulldogs since 1994-1995.  This is the first time the two schools have met since Manor joined the NJCAA for the 2008-2009 season.  They previously met on January 23, 2008 (Manor 81-66 home victory).