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Talkin' Basketball

ECSU represented at CIAA Basketball Media Day

Brown, Hobbs named preseason all-CIAA

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Elizabeth City State's Zaccheus Hobbs (with ball) was named the CIAA men's basketball Rookie of the Year for the 2017-2018 season.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Members of the Elizabeth City State men’s and women’s basketball teams took part in the 2018 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Virtual Media Day Friday morning in Charlotte.

The video only feed of the media day was delayed from its scheduled 9:30 a.m. start because of technical issues.

Once it did start, ECSU was the first school to be streamed live on the CIAA’s website.

The Lady Vikings were represented by head coach Antonio O. Davis and Jalyn Brown, while Zaccheus Hobbs and coach Shawn Walker represented the ECSU men’s basketball team.

Both Brown and Hobbs were named to the CIAA’s Preseason all-CIAA women’s and men’s basketball teams respectively.

Brown returns to the Lady Vikings this winter for her senior year on the court, but in the classroom, Brown is a graduate student.

According to Brown, she is studying sports administration in the graduate program.

Her return to the team is vital to the Lady Vikings which posted a 9-20 overall record with a 2-14 mark in the conference.

“We’re very fortunate that she decided to come back,” Davis said.

Brown led ECSU last winter with a 16.6 points per game average.

Davis noted that Devona Stell, who led ECSU in rebounding last season at a 9.6 boards per game clip, returns.

The coach noted that he was able to bring in a full recruiting class for the upcoming season.

That includes newcomers Naterria Luster and Shawnice Gresham at forward with guards Jaliyuah Giggetts, Asia Deal and Angel James.

Brown said that the coaching staff was one of the reasons why she returned to the team.

“We have a great coaching staff,” she said.

Brown noted that she has embraced her job on the team, which is to score the basketball.

On the men’s side, Walker noted that his main focus since he was named men’s basketball coach in August was to get to know the players on the team.

“We’ve spent an enormous amount of time team building, bonding and getting to know who they are and where they are from,” Walker said.

The coach added that he has given insight to the team about himself as well.

“We have won in that capacity,” Walker said.

Walker added that he wants to know the people in the program.

“I’m excited about what we’ve done thus far in terms of engaging with our student-athletes,” he said.

Hobbs is ready to step into the leadership role on the team.

“[Walker] expects me to be a leader, to be more vocal and try to lead my team the best I can,” Hobbs said.

Hobbs led ECSU in scoring last winter with a 12.6 points per game average with 3.5 assists per contest.

Hobbs, now a sophomore, added that the Vikings will have a new system this season.

The Vikings posted a 12-15 overall record with a 5-11 record in the CIAA last winter under John Hill.

Hill was fired in April after one season leading the men’s program.

The ECSU men’s and women’s basketball teams were both picked to finish 10th out of 13 teams in the league for the upcoming season.

FOOTBALL IN ACTION

The ECSU football team takes on Virginia State on the road today.

ECSU (1-2, 0-1 CIAA) is coming off of a 24-17 loss to Saint Augustine’s last Saturday at home.

Although the Vikings out-gained SAU in yards in the contest, the Vikings gave up multiple big plays on defense and special teams and had multiple turnovers on offense.

Virginia State (2-2, 2-0 CIAA) earned a 34-17 win against Shaw last week.

VSU, which has been known for its rushing attack in recent years, threw for 357 yards in the win against the Bears.

The Trojans did rush for 154 yards in the win.

VSU quarterback Cordelral Cook has thrown for 949 yards with six touchdowns this season.

Cook leads the team in rushing, while running back Demetrius Strickland is second on the team.

Joshua Harris, who had 132 yards receiving last week, leads VSU in receiving yards on the season.

Will Adams and Patrick Prosser both are tied for the team lead in tackles with 19 on the season for VSU.

VOLLEYBALL FALLS

The ECSU women’s volleyball team lost to Chowan 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 Thursday evening at the Vaughan Center.

Kaylee Williams led the Lady Vikings (2-15, 2-9 CIAA) with six kills and 10 digs, Jahera Dangerfield posted 10 assists and Alexis Blackwell had 14 digs.

Kayla Gates had 11 kills and 11 digs, Micayla Pope had a team-high 25 assists and Sydney Hiner posted 19 digs for Chowan (5-9, 5-4 CIAA).

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