NORTH ADAMS -- When the offense isn't clicking, the defense can get a team to victory. That was the recipe for the MCLA women on Monday night, as the Trailblazers improved to 2-0.
In the first game of a basketball doubleheader, the Trailblazers held Becker to 12 points in the second half en route to a 57-38 victory.
Leading 31-26 at halftime, the Trailblazers gave up the first two baskets of the second half, allowing Becker to tie the game at 31. MCLA held Becker (0-2) to five points over the next seven minutes, outscoring the visitors 21-5.
Sara Hamilton's hoop with 18:50 left in the second half broke the tie. Kait Chenevert got an assist on the play.
Going with a four-guard offense, MCLA had four players score in double figures. Hamilton and Lucy Tremblay had 12 points each, while Chenevert and Danielle Scolpino had 10 points each.
Hamilton had six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Chenevert had five steals. For Becker, Tatiana Mojica had a game-high 21 points.
Nichols 94, MCLA men 83
NORTH ADAMS -- In the second game of the twinbill, the MCLA men were held to eight points in the first 11 minutes, trailed by as many 18 before cutting Nichols' lead six points with five minutes left. But the Trailblazers got no closer in the season opener for both teams.
The Trailblazers didn't have an answer for Nichols' Ryan Sheehan, who scored 40 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
MCLA trailed 41-25 at halftime and shot only 7 of 29 from the floor in the first half.
The Traiblazers gradually cut into Nichols' lead and when John Jones scored on a three-point play with 5:03 left, MCLA had cut the lead to 66-60.
Nichols answered with a 3-point shot by Jesse Michaud and the Trailblazers never got that close again.
MCLA did get back within nine on a Jones layup with 43 seconds left, but Nichols made 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the final 42 seconds to ice the victory.
In his first varsity start, MCLA's Jones had a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ruben Delrosario and Vernon Cross had 17 points each and freshman Paul Maurice had 13 in his collegiate debut.
Mayer gets NESCAC honor
HADLEY -- Williams men's basketball player Mike Mayer is the NESCAC player of the week
The 6-foot-9 junior from Durham, N.C., was the MVP of the Williams Tip-Off Classic, won the Ephs this past weekend.
Mayer had 23 points and nine rebounds in an 81-51 win over Southern Vermont, Mayer had 17 points and 13 rebounds in a championship-clinching 91-61 win over Salem State.
Mayer and Wesleyan's Derek Beresford are the only NESCAC players averaging 20 points or better. Mayer is averaging 20 points and Beresford 22.5.
Mayer is one of three players leading NESCAC at 11 rebounds per game. Williams senior guard Nate Robertson leads the league with an average of 3.5 steals.
Williams gets opponent
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams men's soccer team will play Ohio Northern in the first round of the NCAA Division III Final Four.
The Williams-Ohio Northern game is scheduled to be played at 2:30 p.m. at Blossom Stadium in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 30. The first game features Messiah and Loras at noon.
The winners will play Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2:30.