BLOOMFIELD, NJ--After hitting a mini slump, the Bloomfield College men's basketball team appears to have found its stride. Head coach Gerald Holmes' team defeated Holy Family, 89-56, on Jan. 18, in Bloomfield, for the Bears fourth straight victory.
Bloomfield took a 10-8 overall record into a game at Jefferson, in Philadelphia, on Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. The team then returns home, on Jan. 29, to take on Post University, at 7 p.m.
After a big win over league rival Caldwell University, on Dec. 14, Bloomfield had lost three of four games, including a heartbreaker, in overtime, to a strong Bentley University team, on Dec. 22, 82-76. The team then lost another game with NCAA East regional implications to St. Thomas Aquinas, 69-58, on Jan. 2, before losing two days later in a league contest, at Wilmington College. With a 6-8 mark, Holmes knew his team had to get back on track, and the Bears have done that, winning four straight league contests against Felician College, 75-69, the University of the Sciences, 78-75, Nyack College, 88-64 and Holy Family.
"Our problem has been inconsistency," said Holmes. "I see us play real well at times, but at other times, we struggle to score points and get anything going offensively. We've fallen behind by double digits, in a bunch of games, then claw our way back. That was the case against Bentley. We put ourselves into position to win.
"But we need to play a complete game and hopefully, we're starting to find that consistency."
Versus Holy Family, Safee Abdus-Sabur led all scorers with 24 points. He also had five rebounds and hit 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Tariq McKenith had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists and Matt Lajeunesse finished with nine rebounds and six points. Bloomfield jumped out early and never looked back in the game.
In a road win over Nyack, the Bears were paced by Julius Dontay, who scored 28 points while hauling in five rebounds, dishing out three assists as well as three steals. Darin Bellinger had eight points and Abdus-Sabur, McKenith and Lajeunesse finished with eight points each.
Abdus-Sabur had 26 points, Rich Chapman scored 18 and Lajeunesse finished with 15 in a BC win against the University of the Sciences and Abdus-Sabur's 20 points, along with Chapman's 20 and McKenith's 11 paced a Bears victory against Felician.
"We've got some big games coming up," said Holmes. "We have to keep it going, limit the mistakes and play to the level I know we're capable of."