PATERSON, NJ - Both the men and the women came up victorious as the Passaic County Community College Panthers welcomed the Ocean County Community College VIkings to Paterson Wednesday.
The wins, 103-95 for the men and 95-88 for the women, earned both teams entry into post season play, including a first round bye. The women were also crowned the champs of the GSAC Conference.
Destine Holt-Virgil led the men with 29 points and 10 rebounds while Sabrina Defreese sank 31 points and snagged 11 rebounds for the women. EJ Jefferson, 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Godly Mark, 21 points, also helped lead the men while Lyliana Daly’s 28 points combined with Linda Pena’s 13 points and 11 assists kept the women ahead throughout their game.
Jehan “JiJi” Shalabi, Cyan “Cy” Peter, and Jada Camacho were also recognized before the game for their contributions to the women’s team during their two-year careers at PCCC
JiJi, who graduated earlier this year, completed her playing time in the 2018/2019 season, taking part in 20 games and starting one. “A fan favorite” announcer Ricky Banks said, Shalabi “never backed down from taking a good shot.
“Sassy but strong” is how Peters was introduced, a player “who liked to get the job done,” while Jersey City native Camacho, who played in 46 games and started in 43, was a consistent impact player scoring 670 total points, and nabbing 398 total rebounds.
Camacho’s career stats,which also include 148 assists and 11 steals, Banks said, makes her one of the most prolific Lady Panthers to take the court for PCCC.
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