Berkeley College Men's Basketball Team Records 22nd Consecutive Victory to Win HVIAC Championship Game and Fourth Consecutive Regional Title

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
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BERKELEY COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
RECORDS 22nd CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
TO WIN HVIAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
AND FOURTH CONSECUTIVE REGIONAL TITLE

 

Photo Caption A: Having won its fourth consecutive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Championship on Sunday, February 18, 2018, the Berkeley College Knights Men’s Basketball team advances to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II National Men’s Basketball Tournament. This is the first regional championship under the leadership of Coach Pena (standing, front row, left), who was promoted to Head Coach after serving as the Associate Head Coach for the 2016-2017 season.

The Berkeley College Knights Men’s Basketball team won its fourth consecutive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Championship and its 10th victory overall in this Conference on Sunday, February 18, 2018. The Knights defeated the Blue Angels of the College of New Rochelle by a score of 93-82 and advanced to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II National Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“Our team came into this contest today fully aware that we would be facing a hungry team that would be drawing from the energy of its home crowd, and I felt we did a good job of never letting the environment get to us,” said Jonathan Pena, Berkeley College Head Coach, about the championship game. “Now we’ll shoot toward our final goal of winning another national title. Our job is to be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead,” he added. This is the first regional championship under the leadership of Coach Pena, who was promoted to Head Coach after serving as the Associate Head Coach for the 2016-2017 season.

Photo Caption B: Berkeley College scholar-athlete Michael Taylor of Brooklyn, NY, scores a game-high of 31 points during the team’s fourth consecutive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Mr. Taylor was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament.

The stellar shooting of Berkeley College senior Michael Taylor of Brooklyn, NY, led the Knights with a game-high of 31 points; he was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament. Johnnie Green of Brooklyn, NY, with 22 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Shamoree Strawn, also of Brooklyn, NY, who played for 16 minutes scoring 10 points and making four rebounds, were other top performers for the Berkeley Knights.

The Berkeley College Knights Men’s Basketball 2017/2018 roster includes:

- Ricardo Ayuso, Guard, Junior, Brooklyn, NY

- Ryan Betts, Forward, Junior, Brooklyn, NY

- Teyvon Bussey, Forward, Senior, the Bronx, NY

- Mohammed Camara, Center, Senior, Manhattan, NY

- Erol Dervisevic, Guard, Freshman, Astoria, Queens, NY

- Johnnie Green, Forward/Center, Senior, Brooklyn, NY

- Jerell McLeod, Guard, Sophomore, Brooklyn, NY

- Mustafa Muhammad, Guard, Freshman, Brooklyn, NY

- Foday Saccoh, Guard, Sophomore, Manhattan, NY

- Demetri Stewart, Forward, Sophomore, Yonkers, NY

- Shamoree Strawn, Forward, Senior, Brooklyn, NY

- Michael Taylor, Guard, Senior, Brooklyn, NY

- Jason Velazquez, Center, Freshman, Manhattan, NY

- Darius Ward, Guard, Junior, New York, NY


For the latest schedule and information about the quest for another USCAA Championship­, visit BerkeleyCollegeKnights.com or TheUSCAA.com.

 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
 

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Caption A: http://berkeleycollege.edu/press_release_images/HVIAC_Regional_Champions2.jpg

 

Caption B: http://berkeleycollege.edu/press_release_images/Michael_Taylor3.jpg

 

 

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