The American men's basketball team doesn't make many substitutions. If you're in the Eagles' starting lineup, prepare to play a lot of minutes.
In this year's starting five is Charlie Jones, a Mount St. Joseph's graduate from Manchester. Through 12 games, Jones is averaging 5.6 points per game, fifth-most on the team.
Jones' best performance so far this season was a 16-point outing against La Salle on Dec. 16, when he shot 4 for 7 and also went 7 for 9 at the free-throw line. It was Jones' first double-digit scoring output of the season. The American sophomore followed that up with his second-highest scoring game of the season, going for eight against Mount St. Mary's last Saturday. On Tuesday, Jones went for seven in a loss to Stony Brook. Jones has played 30 or more minutes in a game nine times this season, averaging 28.4 minutes per game.
Westminster grad Dalton Myers began his sophomore season quite strong, quickly becoming one of York College's best scorers. Now, several of his teammates who are also Carroll grads are joining him as top players for the Spartans. That includes fellow sophomore Tyler Alcid (South Carroll) who is now starting at guard for York. On Dec. 3 at Penn State-Harrisburg, the former Cavalier hit a game-winning, 18-foot jumper at the buzzer to lift the Spartans to a 69-68 victory. He scored 11 points. Alcid has followed up that performance with 12 points against Mary Washington on Dec. 6, and 10 against Wesley last Saturday. In York's win over Penn State-Harrisburg, redshirt-freshman forward Max Bell made his debut, going for 12 points and 11 rebounds. He is now averaging 9.0 points in three games.
Preparing for track
Grant Dell is set to begin his first collegiate track season at York College this winter. But before that, the North Carroll grad had a standout season on the men's cross country squad. Dell made All-Capital Athletic Conference by finishing eighth at the CAC championships in a time of 25 minutes, 19.6 seconds. He later finished 84th at the NCAA Division III Mideast Region Cross Country Championship with a time of 26:52.7.
Entering winter break, South Carroll grad Kristine Tennyson has played in four games for the Stevenson women's basketball team. Tennyson scored four points, making both of her shot attempts, in a 69-46 win over Virginia Wesleyan on Nov. 30. The Mustangs are off to a 7-2 start, 2-0 in Commonwealth Conference play.
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Barton College sophomore Nick Ellison (Westminster) has played in nine games this season, his first since transferring from Tiffin. In nine games, the former Owl is averaging 1.4 points per game. His best game came on Dec. 18 against Fayetteville State, as Ellison scored six points on 3-for-4 shooting in a 93-70 win. Reach staff writer Jake Rill at 410-857-7875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.