PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The John Scheinman Era opened with a bang over the weekend for the Plymouth State College men's basketball program.
Scheinman, who took over as Panther head coach last summer, directed his squad to victories over Curry College Friday and Ithaca College Saturday at Foley Gymnasium in the 1999 Panther Tip-Off Classic. PSC started two freshman guards and used four newcomers for at least 13 minutes a game, as the Panthers work to overcome the loss of four starters from last season.
Junior forward Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH), the only returning Panther starter, was PSC's leading scorer in both games as was selected tournament Most Valuable Player. He registered 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the opening night win over Curry, and added 14 points (on 5-of-9 shooting) and two boards in the Ithaca triumph.
Joining Martinez on the All-Tournament Team was senior forward Shannon Gallagher (Plymouth, NH). He tossed in 14 points along with seven rebounds, five steals and two assists in the Curry win, and added 10 points and eight boards against Ithaca.
The Panthers also got strong performances from freshman point guard Dan Craig (Chelmsford, Mass.), senior forward Todd Martin (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and sophomore forward Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.). Craig made his collegiate debut as a starter Friday night, and hit five-of-six shots for 10 points along with six rebounds, two assists and three steals. Martin hit a team-high three 3-pointers in both games of the tourney, and Blackburn hauled down a career-high 12 rebounds against Ithaca.
PSC, 2-0, plays at home again Tuesday (Nov. 23) against Notre Dame College (7:30 p.m.).
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