MAYS LANDING — Following a week that saw the Atlantic Cape Community College Buccaneers Men’s Basketball team upset the No. 1 seed and undefeated Brookdale Community College Jersey Blues, the Buccaneer men placed 13th in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III rankings for the week of Jan. 24.
The Buccaneers entered last Thursday’s contest at home against Brookdale seeking to avenge a 83-71 defeat on Dec. 13.
Sophomore guard Tyrese Myrick led a balanced Bucs scoring attack with 21 points, while four other Bucs topped double digits in points, and freshman forward Olyn Knox pulled down 12 rebounds as the Bucs edged the Jersey Blues 81-79.. The Bucs victory over Brookdale knocked the Jersey Blues out of its first place ranking, which they had held for nine consecutive weeks.
The Buccaneers followed up Thursday’s effort by defeating Passaic County Community College 84-80 on Saturday. This is the second consecutive year that the Buccaneer Men’s Basketball team has been voted to the NJCAA Division III top 15 rankings in-season.
“Our guys understand what we have been preaching, they are putting it all together now and they are believing in themselves,” Head Coach Allen Ragland said. “I am happy for the college. We are playing well, we have an all-around team and they are working hard.”
Athletic Director Jamal Edwards concurred.
“It’s great to see Atlantic Cape get recognition not just locally, but nationally, and it shows the growth and progression of our program,” Edwards said. “This is due to the hard work of coach Ragland and the team. We are changing expectations and the mentality here.”
The Buccaneers are currently 13-4 overall, 12-2 in Region XIX play, and 11-2 in the Garden State Athletic Conference for an .846 overall winning percentage.
The Bucs return to the court 5 p.m. Tuesday evening when they visit Ocean County College in Toms River.
Visit atlantic.edu/mens-basketball for a schedule of upcoming games and results.