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WILKES-BARRE — Kyle Hammonds looked to be back at full strength. Manhattanville had no answer for him.


After playing just eight scoreless minutes against rival Wilkes on Wednesday because of illness, Hammonds fired back on Saturday, torching Manhattanville for 28 points in an 80-69 King's win at Scandlon Gymnasium.


Out of the starting lineup earlier in the week, the Monarchs guard wasted no time getting back up to speed on Saturday, hitting three consecutive threes in the early going.


Hammonds, the team's leading scorer, finished the day 11-of-18 from the floor and an impressive 6-for-7 showing from behind the arc.


Safe to say he was feeling better.


Oh yeah, Monarchs coach J.P. Andrejko said with a laugh. He looked pretty good out there today.


And the junior had plenty of help.


King's (8-9, 3-3 Freedom Conference) had struggled with its shooting when league play resumed last week. But the Monarchs found a groove on Saturday to win their second straight.


As a team, the Monarchs finished over 60 percent on three-pointers, going 11-for-18. Senior Matt Fiorino hit four of his own to finish with 18 points. Tim O'Shea (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Connor Hughes (12) came through with strong performances off the bench.


The Monarchs buried the Valiants (8-9, 2-4) early, as Hammonds and Fiorino each hit a trio of threes to put their team up 20-6. King's never trailed in the game, shooting 17-of-30 from the floor in the first half to take a 48-30 lead into the locker room.


Offensively I thought it was the best we've shot the ball this year, Andrejko said. On both ends of the floor the intensity was outstanding.


King's lost some of its rhythm in the second half as the pace became choppier because of repeated whistles and fouls.


Manhattanville was able to take advantage and cut the deficit down to six points at 70-64 with just under four minutes to play before a pair of O'Shea free throws and another big three from Fiorino removed all doubt.


The way that they handled that whole (situation) was really impressive, Andrejko said. They could have lost their head and done some silly things, but we never let them catch us. They never got any closer and we made some plays when we needed to make some plays.


 



MANHATTANVILLE (69): Wills Flynn 1-1 0-0 2, Colin Campbell 1-8 4-4 7, Anthony Maestre 1-6 3-4 6, Jack Bramswig 9-16 0-1 20, Craig Augustine 1-3 1-1 3, Mike Murray 7-12 9-13 26, Niko Emanuilidis 0-0 0-0 0, Devon Washington 0-0 0-0 0, Sean Sampson 1-4 0-0 2, Calvin Terry 1-1 1-2 3, Andrew Winter 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 18-25 69.



KING'S (80): Matt Fiorino 4-10 6-6 18, Joe Caffrey 3-4 1-4 7, Kyle Hammonds 11-18 0-0 28, Tom Heston 0-0 0-0 0, Ian Oakley 1-7 0-0 2, Alex Cardoza 0-0 0-0 0, Rich Douglas 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Hughes 3-5 5-5 12, Tim O'Shea 5-14 3-4 13, Pat O'Donnell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-58 15-19 80.



Halftime— King's, 48-30



3-point field goals— MVC 7-24 (Murray 3-5, Bramswig 2-5, Campbell 1-5, Maestre 1-6, Sampson 0-3); KC 11-18 (Hammonds 6-7, Fiorino 4-9, Hughes 1-1, Oakley 0-1)


Lady Monarchs' streak at 7

This had not been the team's forte.


For all of the things that King's had done well during its lengthy winning streak, the shorthanded Lady Monarchs were falling behind in the rebounding column.


King's put an emphatic stop to that on Saturday, creating plenty of second-chance opportunities in a 74-56 win over Manhattanville at Scandlon Gymnasium.


With productive rebounders Marissa Manning and Ashley Davies out with injuries, the Lady Monarchs extended their run to seven straight wins. And the 47-42 edge on the boards played a big role in it.


King's (12-4, 5-1 Freedom) recorded 22 offensive rebounds, and the edge was more pronounced than the final numbers suggest as Manhattanville closed the gaps with King's emptying its bench as the game wound down.


We thought we could get inside on them, King's coach Brian Donoghue said. Their center (Alyson Caiazzo) is the leading rebounder in the conference, but we thought that maybe we could get more bodies than they had in that location.


I don't know if we could have won a one-on-one battle with her, but we were trying to win a four-on-four battle. And I think we did OK with that.


The downside, Donoghue said, was that his team didn't take better advantage of it. King's led by 11 at halftime but the Valiants (8-8, 1-5) managed to hang around until midway through the second half.


Senior Katlin Michaels finished with 15 points to lead the Lady Monarchs in scoring. Donoghue praised the play of fellow veteran Lindsay Atchison, who had a well-rounded day with 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, two steals and no turnovers.


Lindsay Atchison was spectacular today, Donoghue said.


Celia Rader and reserve Meagan Boccio added 10 points apiece in the win.


 



MANHATTANVILLE (56): Bri Pabon 2-6 2-2 10, Shayna Robinson 0-8 2-2 2, Ashley Raaf 0-0 3-4 3, Alyson Caiazzo 2-7 6-6 10, Taylor Wilson 8-19 0-0 20, Shauna Mulkerin 2-3 1-2 5, Sharanda Barboza 0-0 0-0 0, Ashley Franklin 3-6 0-0 8, Breana Jackson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 18-50 14-16 56.



KING'S (74): Celia Rader 4-17 1-3 10, Molly Dahl 3-7 0-0 7, Jessica McHugh 2-5 0-0 4, Katlin Michaels 2-12 10-14 15, Lindsay Atchison 6-10 2-2 14, Gina McLaughlin 0-0 0-0 0, Tara Zdancewicz 2-3 0-0 4, Tiffany O'Donnell 0-2 0-0 0, Kyley Henry 0-0 0-0 0, Jennifer Fabian 2-6 1-2 5, Katie Dugan 1-4 0-0 3, Cassie Erdmann 1-4 0-0 2, Meagan Boccio 3-4 3-4 10, Sara Krupinski 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 26-74 17-27 74.



Halftime— King's, 43-32



3-point field goals— MVC 6-19 (Wilson 4-9, Franklin 2-5, Robinson 0-1, Mulkerin 0-1, Pabon 0-3); KC 5-28 (Boccio 1-1, Dugan 1-2, Dahl 1-3, Michaels 1-3, Rader 1-12, Fabian 0-1, Atchison 0-2, O'Donnell 0-2, Erdmann 0-2)

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