Waterbury, CT - The Nyack Men's Basketball team faced off in a CACC match-up tonight against the Post University Eagles. The Warriors posted a 1-2 conference record heading into the game. After last night's contest they now sit at 2-2 in the CACC. The Warriors controlled the game for most of the night, ultimately resulting in a final score of 71-56 in favor of the Warriors.
Nyack jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but Post would fight there way back before things could get out of hand. The first half was a back and forth battle the whole way, with no team leading by more than 7. A Post 3 would tie the game 13-13 at the 11:31 mark in the first half. The Warriors quickly responded going on a 7-0 run in the next minute to build a 20-13 lead after a converted layup by Curtis Thompson. Post however would respond with a 13-2 run of their own to take a 26-22 lead with just under 5 minutes to play in the half. The teams would continue to exchange the lead for the remainder of the half with the teams heading to the locker room knotted up at 30.
The second half started just like the first. Nyack was able to build a 6 point lead, but Post would quickly respond and take the lead back at 43-42. After a Warriors timeout, the team would come out of the huddle and execute flawlessly. A Carl Balthazar 3 off of a pass from Imran Ritchie would give the warriors the lead for good at the 12 minute mark. The game would stay close for the next 3 minutes as the teams would exchange baskets until finally the Warriors were able to pull away. Nyack finished the game on a 29-13 run to close out the game.
The Warriors had a balanced attack in the win. Four players scored in double figures with Balthazar leading the way with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Senior Imran Ritchie had a solid all-around game with 12 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 4 steals. The Warriors received a huge contribution with 29 points coming from the bench. Elijah Farley and Curtis Thompson played a big part in that with 13 and 10 points respectively. Farley also grabbed 7 boards and dished out 2 assists.
The warriors head into the Christmas break with their next game to be played on Saturday, December 30, against conference foe Caldwell. The game will be played at Nyack in Bowman Gymnasium with tip-off slated for 3pm.