ECSU's Brown, Hobbs earn all-CIAA basketball honors

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Elizabeth City State's Zaccheus Hobbs (with ball) was named the CIAA Rookie of the Year in men's basketball, Monday.


From staff reports

Monday, February 26, 2018

CHARLOTTE — Two Elizabeth City State basketball players were recognized as all-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association performers on Monday.

ECSU women’s basketball player Jalyn Brown was selected to the all-CIAA first team, while ECSU men’s basketball player Zaccheus Hobbs was named the CIAA Rookie of the Year and selected to the all-CIAA rookie team.

Brown earns an all-league honor for the second time in her career with the Lady Vikings.

Brown was picked to the all-CIAA rookie team for the 2015-2016 season.

This winter, Brown leads the Lady Vikings with a 16.9 points per game average.

Brown and the Lady Vikings (9-19) take on Winston-Salem State in the opening round of the CIAA women’s basketball tournament on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte.

In his true freshman season, Hobbs leads the men’s team with a 12.8 points per game average with 1.44 steals per game and 3.64 assists per contest.

Hobbs, a product of Northside High School in Jacksonville, was named the league’s rookie of the week several times during the 2017-2018 campaign.

No ECSU player was named to the all-CIAA men’s basketball first team this winter.

Monday marked the second consecutive season the Vikings had a player named to the all-rookie team.

Last season, John Maynor was selected to the CIAA all-rookie team.

The ECSU men (12-14) face Livingstone in the opening round of the CIAA men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bojangles’ Coliseum.



The Lady Vikings faced Winston-Salem State on Jan. 8 in Elizabeth City.

Jalyn Brown scored a game-high 12 points in the Lady Vikings’ 65-46 win.

The win at the time was ECSU’s first conference win on the season.

The Lady Vikings finished league play with a 2-14 record.

Winston-Salem State (13-12, 8-8 CIAA) finished in third place in the CIAA Southern Division.

Kandace Tate, who was named the all-CIAA first team on Monday, leads the Rams with a 15 points per game average and 1.2 blocks per contest.

Teara Johnson was named to the all-CIAA rookie team, while Brionna Pate and Tiana Edwards both average more than 13 points per game each.

The winner of the opening round matchup faces Virginia State in the quarterfinal round of the tournament on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

VSU is the No. 2 team from the CIAA Northern Division and earned a bye into the quarterfinal round.

The ECSU men’s team lost to Livingstone 75-62 on Jan. 29 in Elizabeth City.

The Vikings trailed most of the contest.

Lydell Elmore led Livingstone with 19 points in the contest, while Roger Ray, who was named an all-CIAA performer this season, scored 13 points in the victory last month.

The Blue Bears (11-12, 9-7 CIAA), which finished third in the CIAA Southern Division, enter the opening roundup game with the Vikings on a three-game winning streak.

Wednesday’s winner advances to the quarterfinal round on Thursday to take on the North’s No. 2 seed Bowie State at 9 p.m. at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.