Team Storms to 11-0 Start, Ranked 3rd in the Nation
The men’s basketball team at MassBay Community College is proving to be
among the nation’s elite, as they have shot up the national rankings in the
early season. At 11-0, the Buccaneers
are ranked 3rd in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic
Association (NJCAA) among Division III teams.
“We have a nice blend of youth and experience this year,” said head coach Bill Raynor, an inductee of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. “We are tenacious on defense, and we are getting strong guard play. And of course we have the big guy in the middle.”
The “big guy” is freshman phenom Macom Macom, a 6’10” center from Sudan who played his high school ball at Lynn Classical. Macom was named national player of the week by the NJCAA last week for two games in which he averaged 19 points, 13.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 4.5 blocks.
Last year’s team captured the NJCAA New England Region XXI Championship and an automatic berth in the National Championship tournament for the third time in five years. They finished as the 5th ranked team in the nation.
Up next for the Buccaneers is a home game on Tuesday December 10th at 7:00 pm vs. Bunker Hill Community College. Bunker Hill has struggled to a 1-10 start to their season. Home games are played on the Framingham campus, 19 Flagg Drive.
MassBay Community College awards associate degrees and certificates in over 70 academic programs in a wide range of career-driven subjects ranging from accounting and automotive technology to forensic DNA science and early childhood education. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.