College Round-up: Johnson, Keene grab top rookie honors for York basketball

By Dylan Butler

At least the future looks bright for the York College basketball teams.

Despite both teams’ finishing the season sub .500 and both losing in the CUNY quarterfinals at home this weekend, the school swept the league’s Rookie of the Year honors, it was announced at a luncheon last Thursday.

Terrin Johnson, a 6-foot-8 center on the men’s team, and Kimberly Keene, a 5-foot-7 guard on the women’s team, both were named CUNYAC Rookie of the Year.

Johnson, a Curtis graduate out of Brooklyn, averaged 10.8 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 50.5 percent from the field. Keene, who attended Tilden High in Brooklyn, led the Cardinals with 14 points per game and added nine rebounds while shooting 64.5 percent from the foul line.

Queensborough forward Christopher Carter earned community college Rookie of the Year after the 6-foot-5 freshman out of Holy Cross averaged 14.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while shooting 50.4 percent from the field.

Molloy grad Tim White, a 6-foot-1 junior guard at John Jay, and former Holy Cross standout Garry Etienne, a 6-foot-6 senior center at Baruch, were both named to the All-CUNYAC first team.

Van Buren grad Ricardo Reimers, a senior forward at Hunter, and Long Island City native and Molloy grad Sime Marnika, a junior forward at Baruch, earned second team honors.

On the women’s side, former Francis Lewis standouts and Baruch teammates Jessenia Marrero and Diana Ramirez earned first and second team All-CUNYAC honors, respectively. Also named to the second team were Bryant grad Camille Manning, a junior guard at City Tech, York’s Tashana Watson and Queens native Kim Neos, a junior guard at CCNY. Dewayne Thomas (first team) and Carl Emengo (second team) from Queensborough also earned community college honors.

Men’s basketball

John Jay 64, York College 53. Pablo Palma had 18 points, David Barry had 13, Molloy grad Tim White had 12 points — including the 1,000th of his career — and nine rebounds, and Anwar Baptiste had 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench for No. 2 John Jay (21-5) in a CUNY quarterfinal game Saturday at York College.

Michael Thompson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Jesse Cotton added 10 points for No. 7 York (8-17).

Queens College 91, Southampton 78. Shaun Bertin had a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, Rob Villanueva tied a career-high with 24 points, John Sikiric added 16 points, including the 1,000th of his career, and Washington added 11 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Knights Saturday. Jye Watson scored a game-high 30 points to lead Southampton (6-20, 6-17 NYCAC).

Women’s basketball

John Jay 56, York College 38. December Bails scored a game-high 25 points, former Robert F. Kennedy star Michelle Wallace had nine points and nine rebounds, and Cherith Pointer added eight points for No. 3 John Jay (17-8) in the CUNY quarterfinals at York College Sunday.

August Martin grad Tashana Watson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Kimberly Keene added 14 points and seven rebounds for No. 6 York (9-15), which scored just two points in the opening 12:18 of the second half.

Villanova 72, St. John’s 58. Jackie Adamshick had 27 points and seven rebounds, Liad Suez had 18 points and Courtney Mix added 11 points for Villanova (19-5, 9-4 Big East). Shemika Stevens had 19 points and five assists, and Kati Kurtosi and Danielle Chambers added 10 points apiece for St. John’s (9-15, 3-10) Saturday at Villanova.

Queens College 58, Southampton 48. Shonda Holder had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Erin Dollard added 18 points for the Lady Knights Saturday. Jen Geiger led Southampton (17-8, 15-7 NYCAC) with 15 points.

Reach Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler by email at TimesLedger@aol.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 143.

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