Gittens Scores 10 in Collegiate Debut for MCLA

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JOHNSON, Vt. -- Noah Yearsley scored a game-high 21, and Taconic graduate Quentin Gittens scored 10 in his collegiate debut as the MCLA men's basketball team opened with a 77-63 win over Johnson State on Friday night.
 
Gittens tied with Mike Demartinis for the team-high with nine rebounds, and the Taconic grad had a couple of steals in the win.
 
Demartinis also scored 17, and Nick Escabi added eight for the Trailblazers.
 
MCLA (1-0) plays Lyndon State on Saturday afternoon.
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Demartinis Leads MCLA Men to Second Win

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- MCLA's Mike Demartinis tied a career high with 31 points as he led the Trailblazers to a come from behind 90-82 win over Medgar Evers Saturday afternoon in the consolation round of the Western New England Invitational.
 
MCLA (2-2) trailed for the entire first half and eventually pulled to 40-38 at halftime. MCLA trailed 50-44 early in the second half before they started to surge behind Demartinis. He scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half.
 
MCLA took its first lead of the afternoon on Antoine Montgomery's bucket to make it 56-55, but still with plenty of time remaining. A few minutes later, MCLA trailed 67-64, but Quran Davis scored on back to back possessions to give the Trailblazers the lead for keeps. That started a 13-4 run that increased the MCLA lead to 77-71 with six minutes left to play.
 
The lead grew to 11 points on Demartinis' layup at 85-74 and MCLA cruised home from there.
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