The privateers suffer their first defeat of the season

NEW LONDON, Connecticut – The Maritime College men’s basketball team hit the road for the first time this season Saturday afternoon, traveling to Mitchell. The Privateers (2-1) had a nine-point lead at the break but couldn’t hold on, as the Mariners (1-1) handed Maritime their first loss of the year, 78- 65, at the Yarnall Athletic Center.

Mitchell held a six-point, 19-13 lead midway through the first half when Robbie Mitchell (Richmond, NY) drained a three to start a 13-0 streak in the Maritimes that put the Privateers ahead, 25-19. After the Mariners came back within three at 26-23, Maritime collected nine of the next 10 points to make it an 11-point game, 35-24, with 3:33 left in the first half. The Privateers’ advantage was nine, 41-32, at halftime.

After Maritime opened their biggest lead of the game on Tyler Anderson (Smithtown, NY) Trey who went 48-34, Mitchell went 11-0 to cut their deficit to three, 48-45. The Privateers cut the margin to seven points at 53-46, but the Mariners scored the next 13 points to take the lead. Mitchell eventually built a 16-point cushion at 71-55 before Maritime scored seven straight points to cut the lead to nine, 71-62. The Privateers wouldn’t come close, however, as Mitchell answered with seven points on his own. Chris Zaveckas (Merrick, NY) then sank a late three-pointer to close the scoring as Mitchell cruised to a 78-65 victory.

Theo Noble (Bronx, NY) had 14 points to beat the Privateers. Anderson finished with 11 points, while Amadou Kouyate (Harlem, NY) contributed 11 points off the bench. ryan donovan (North Salem, NY) and Mitchell recorded nine points apiece, and Alexander Begovic (Kotor, Montenegro) had a team-high six rebounds. As a team, the Privateers shot 43.9% (25 of 57) from the field, 41.2% (7 of 17) from long range and 80% (8 of 10) at the charity strip.

For the Mariners, Alfonzo Stokes led the way with 20 points. Jacob Narvaez had 17 points, while Jalen Benson finished with 11 points and five rebounds. Wilton Causey had 10 points to go along with a record seven rebounds, and Mikey Buscetto had six assists and five steals for Mitchell. The Mariners shot 59.6 percent (28 of 47) as a team, including 42.9 percent (3 of 7) from three-point field. Mitchell was 19 for 26 (73.1%) from the free throw line.

Maritime is back home Monday night, when CCNY (0-2) visits Riesenberg Gymnasium at 7 p.m. This will mark the end of a series of four games in seven days to open the season.