Connecticut College & Coast Guard Set to Host 2nd Annual Citizens Bank Camel/Cadet Classic

NEW LONDON, Conn--Connecticut College and the Coast Guard will co-host the second annual Citizens Bank Camel/Cadet Classic Friday and Saturday Dec. 2-3. "Citizens Bank is proud to sponsor the Camel/Cadet Basketball tournament and we look forward to an exciting weekend of basketball," said Ned Handy, President of Citizens Bank for Connecticut and Rhode Island. "We are just as excited to support the exceptional work of the Connecticut College team with KBA (Kids, Books, & Athletics) which continues to provide local kids with great role models on the court, in the classroom and in the community." Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran and his staff hosted a KBA Clinic in Luce Field House Oct. 26. Forty students from the New London public school system attended and participated in the clinic and will be returning to campus as guests of the College for the first night of the Classic Dec. 2. Kids, Books and Athletics or Project KBA is an ongoing collaborative between the Connecticut College Office of Volunteers and Community Service and the Connecticut College athletic department to promote literacy and fitness in the New London public school system. The Connecticut College Camels host the first night of the Classic Dec. 2 at Luce Field House. Connecticut College will tip-off against SUNY Maritime at 6:00 p.m. That evening, at 8:00 p.m., the Coast Guard will face Montclair State University. A victory by the two home town teams would lead to a showdown of the two Route 32 Rivals that will be played at the Coast Guard Academy Saturday Dec. 3. The consolation game tips off at 2:00 p.m. at the Coast Guard on the third, with the championship game to follow at 4:00 p.m. All four games are free of charge and include free parking at both sites. "We are pleased to again be partnering with Citizens Bank to present a great weekend of basketball in New London community," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "We are looking forward to it." Coast Guard head men's basketball coach Kevin Jaskiewicz is also looking forward to an exciting weekend of college hoops in the Whaling City. "We are happy to bring back the tradition of an early season tournament back to New London," said Jaskiewicz. "It's a great field and we look forward to the competition." More than 2000 fans attended the 2011 Citizens Bank Camel/Cadet Classic in New London and they were treated to four terrific games. Connecticut College defeated the John Jay College of Criminal Justice 77-61 and Medgar Evars College, 62-54, while the Bears outlasted Medgar Evers 75-66 in overtime before closing out the weekend with a 62-59 win against John Jay. Coast Guard, which was 11-14 last season, returns three of its top four scorers from last season led by sophomore guard Kevin Sowers' (Monrovia, Md.) 13.4 points per game while junior Greg Marshall (Gaithersburg, Md.) also scored in double figures last season with 12.8 points per game. Sowers, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year last season, also led the team with 74 assists and 40 steals. Connecticut College returns four starters from a team that finished seventh in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in 2010-2011, including sophomore sharp-shooting guard Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) and junior forward Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.). Vadas was the sixth leading scorer in the NESCAC and the top ranking scoring freshman with 16.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Harrigan is an inside-outside offensive threat, who contributed 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per outing last year. Representing the New Jersey Athletic Conference, Montclair State University is coming off of an impressive 20-8 season in 2010-2011, that saw the Red Hawks advance all the way to their conference championship game. Senior forward Andrew August (Bridgewater, N.J.), a National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District Team selection, averaged 15.8 points and 7.4 rebounds a year ago for MSU. The SUNY Maritime Privateers will represent the Skyline Conference at this year's classic. The Privateers finished 8-17 last season. Senior Mike McSloy (Kings Park, N.Y.) contributed 12.6 points and 3.4 assists per game from the backcourt while classmate and forward Sam Porte (Harlem, N.Y.) averaged 6.8 points and 6.7 boards per outing. Make your plans now to attend the premier college basketball event in Southeastern Connecticut this December. For more information about dining and lodging options in the Whaling City, visit the New London Area Chamber of Commerce web site here:

November 16, 2011

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