Bengal basketball officially tips off

FORT KENT, Maine — University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengal basketball officially tipped off its season Saturday, Nov. 2, as  both men and women took on St. Thomas University of New Brunswick and both teams came away with victories.

According to UMFK sports information representative Fletcher Brown, in what was a total team effort with contributions from everyone who saw the floor, the Lady Bengals beat the visiting Tommies 69-44 on Saturday afternoon. Savana Jankowski and Ranika Guyton set the tone early as they were able to score from all three levels including at the rim, from outside the three point arc and at the free throw line. The Bengals outscored the Tommies 19 to 8 in a fast-break-filled second quarter to take a 44-28 halftime lead and never looked back. 

The team will take on Maine Maritime Academy next Sunday, Nov. 10, in Castine.

The Bengal men got off to a strong start, Brown said, after Jacob Powell hit three three-pointers in the first half, and continued to keep a steady lead behind the double-double of Zeke McMurty’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. They eventually cruised to a 79-62 victory. The 1-0 men’s basketball team will travel down to Merrimack University to take on an NCAA Division 1 opponent in what will be a great test for the young season.

The women’s soccer team was also in action this weekend as they traveled through the Green Mountain State of Vermont. On Thursday against St. Michael’s College, the Bengals got off to a slow start and were never able to recover, said Brown, losing the match 2-0. However, on Sunday against Norwich University, the Bengals bounced back and earned a 3-1 victory behind the two goals from Yuliana Sanchez and one goal from Jordan Maxwell. The Bengals’ record now stands at 9-4.

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