In this third version of the DJ Sports Show Mailbag let’s dive into people I know, from a stud at New Paltz currently killing SUNYAC play, to standouts from the 845 area. First things first, let’s get into New Paltz Hawks star forward Brianna Fitzgerald, the reigning SUNYAC Athlete of the Week.
The Diz Hills native came up clutch in a crucial matchup against the second-placed Cortland Red Dragons in which she scored a career-high 31 points in a 64-46 victory. Fitzgerald's 31 points are the fifth most in single-game history and did it on an efficient 11-of-24 from the field. She did more than scoring though, as she also added seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, and two blocks in a virtuoso performance for the star junior forward.
The Hawks are having a historic season, as they are currently undefeated in conference play at (14-0) prior to their Friday matchup against Geneseo, and (18-3) overall, good for first in the SUNYAC according to https://www.sunyacsports.com/sports/wbkb/2022-23/standings. Fitzgerald leads all SUNYAC players in points (301) and is averaging 14.3 points per game while also averaging 7.2 rebounds, which has her ranked fifth in total rebounds (151). The Hawks will now close out their regular season against Geneseo and Brockport this weekend in pursuit of locking the top seed for the SUNYAC Tournament for the third time in four seasons.
Mavenson Therneus becomes SUNY Delhi’s All-Time Scoring Leader
This is another one that hits personally for me, another guy from my area code from the 845, and that is star SUNY Delhi Bronco forward Mavenson Therneus. After breaking the 1,000-point plateau back in late December, Therneus continues to dominate SUNYAC play as a man among boys. On Feb.3 against the Cazenovia Wildcats, he became the all-time scoring leader in a 93-90 victory over the Wildcats that saw him finish with 23 points, needing just 16 to break the Bronco’s all-time scoring record.
The Broncos currently sit (15-7) overall and (8-3) in conference play prior to Friday's matchup against SUNY Canton. Therneus now sits on the throne as the all-time scorer with 1,175 points and counting. Therneus is averaging just over 13 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while also shooting 51% from the field.
The former All-ASCAA first-team and USCAA All-American selection will look to continue to lead the Broncos to another ACAA Championship in the postseason, which he has won two times in his career. The Broncos are undefeated at home this season at (10-0) and the Spring Valley native is a big part of their success.
Pace Forward Adonis Williams surpasses 1,000-point plateau
Another 845 native is repping his hometown well, and that is Pace Setter guard Adonis Williams. After three tremendous years at Adelphi University, the transfer guard recently scored his 1,000 career point against Le Moyne in a 75-66 loss. Coming into the season Williams had 914 career points, and as a Setter, he has scored over 86 points off the bench this season to break the highly coveted 1,000- career point plateau.
Pace currently sits at (16-8) overall and (8-8) in Northeast 10 Conference play, good for eighth in the conference according to https://www.northeast10.org/sports/mbkb/2022-23/standings. The Setters will look to gain further momentum in the standings as the playoffs near.
What Williams has achieved is no small feat, and is a dream many hoopers who dream of playing college basketball all hope to achieve. He will now look to help lead Pace to a Northeast 10 Conference championship.