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Top Seeded SMCC Men and St. Joseph's Women Advance to Finals

Top Seeded SMCC Men and St. Joseph's Women Advance to Finals
Women:
College of St. Joseph’s                   67    
U-Maine Augusta                            56
 
SMCC                                                62                                           
CMCC                                               59
 
Men:
College of St. Joseph’s                   74
U-Maine Machias                           68
 
SMCC                                                61                                 
VTC                                                   57    
 
Sunday Championships
SMCC vs. CSJ                                   12 Noon              Women’s Final
SMCC vs. CSJ                                   2:30 PM              Men’s Final                  
 
Concord, NH: The College of St. Joseph’s broke open a close game late in the second half to defeat upstart U-Maine Augusta in the YSCC semifinal women’s action. CSJ placed four players in double figures led by Regina Steele’s 21 points and 17 rebounds. Other key contributors for CSJ were Chontayvia Kennedy adding 21 points, Jazz Laracuente chipping in with 12 points and 8 assists while Jamei McLaughlin scored 11 points for the winners.  UMA was paced by YSCC Player of the Year Jamie Plummer’s 18 points and 9 rebounds with Kylie Kemp adding 15 points and Keri Coro scored 13 points.
 
In the other semifinal game, Southern Maine CC jumped out to a 39-23 halftime lead and held on to defeat Central Maine CC 62-59 to advance to the YSCC final game on Sunday.
 
SMCC was led by the scoring and all-around play of Amira Jones and Alicia Hoyt each scoring 15 points. CMCC was paced by Gabby Foy and Laura Soohey scoring 16 points helping the Mustangs stage a late comeback attempt.
 
SMCC will play CSJ at 12 noon in the YSCC final tournament game.
 
In the first men’s semifinal, the College of St. Joseph overcame an early 14-4 deficit to battle back and defeat U-Maine Machias 74-68 to advance to the YSCC men’s final on Sunday at 2:30 pm at NHTI.
 
All-Conference selection Dre Anderson led the way with 22 points including 5-6 from 3 point land. Teammates Josh McAfee scored 12, Kashaan Alston, Kyle Houston and Nolan Emory all chipping in with 11 points for the Saints. U-Maine Machias was led by the outstanding performance of Antwan Ruise with 19 points with help from Floyd Higgins and Dreu Johnson both scoring 12 points UMM.
 
In the final semi-final men’s game, SMCC came from behind to defeat a very pesky Vermont Tech team 61-57 to advance to the YSCC final on Sunday. Tyheem Simon led the Seawolves with 16 points with help from teammates Carlos Gonzalez scoring 10 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the win. Atencio Martin also scored 10 points for SMCC in the win.
 
Vermont Tech was led by the duo of Jamal Hughes (YSCC Player of the Year) with 18 points and 9 rebounds with strong assistance from Nick Ryan who  scored 16 points along with 8 rebounds.