All-LEC Honors for three Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three members of the Plymouth State College men's basketball team have been recognized for outstanding seasons by earning selection to the Little East Conference All-Star Team.
Senior Tony Martinez (Barnstead, N.H.) was selected to the LEC All-Star First Team for the second straight season. Junior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) collected his first LEC annual recognition by receiving honorable mention, and freshman Frankie Finklea (Dorchester, Mass.) was voted LEC Rookie of the Year.
The three players were the keys on a PSC team that finished the regular season at 13-11 overall and 8-6 in the LEC. The Panthers won their LEC quarterfinal game over Eastern Connecticut but lost in the semi-finals to eventual champion UMass Dartmouth, finishing the season at 14-12 under second-year head coach John Scheinman.
A 6'3" forward, Martinez ranks 17th in the nation in Division III in scoring, tossing in 21.6 points per game. He also is among the LEC leaders in rebounding (6.0 rpg), field goal percentage (47.6) and free throw percentage (79.4). Martinez was the LEC Player of the Week once this season and was selected to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll four times. He finished his outstanding career third on PSC's all-time scoring list with 1,556 points.
A 6'5" center, Blackburn averaged 16.8 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds this season. He was also among the LEC leaders in field goal percentage (56.2) and free throw percentage (74.0). Blackburn was twice named to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll, and his 21 rebounds against Southern Maine on Jan. 23rd tied for the fifth highest single-game total in Division III this season. Blackburn has 716 career points to rank 40th on the PSC all-time scoring list.
A 6'3" freshman, Finklea earned the top LEC Rookie honor after being named Rookie of the Week the last two weeks of the season. He averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds for the campaign, and he connected on a team-high 34 three-point field goals. He scored a season-high 26 points in PSC's LEC first round win over Eastern Connecticut.