Frank Lauri//King’s College Athletics John Fazzini led the Monarchs at Manhattanville with 22 points. King’s now has a 12-9 record, and a 5-5 conference record.
Frank Lauri//King’s College Athletics
John Fazzini led the Monarchs at Manhattanville with 22 points. King’s now has a 12-9 record, and a 5-5 conference record.

The weekend saw Monarch basketball securing important victories against the Manhattanville College Valiants which the teams hoped for in order to get a good playoff spot.

Before the game, King’s was 11-9 overall and 4-5 in the Freedom Conference while Manhattanville was 6-14 overall and 2-7 in the conference.

The Monarchs got off to a slow start, staying close in score with the Valiants. There was intensity, but the men could not seem to pull away from the Manhattanville team.

Manhattanville’s Charles Nardone created a lead for the Valiants when he hit three free throws with 14 minutes left in the game.

However, King’s would not let that lead happen for long. Foul shots from Dan Rutecki and Tanner Rayen, along with buckets from John Fazzini and Connor Hughes, made the score 36-36 going into halftime.

King’s came ready to play in the second half. Rutecki started the spurt with a three point play and Chris Fazzini put in a layup. After a three pointer and layup from John Fazzini, the Monarchs had a 48-36 lead within the first five minutes of the half.

Manhattanville started to come back, especially due to the play of Juan Camacho. The game stayed relatively close and Manhattanville was forced to foul the Monarchs during the last seconds of the game.

King’s won with an impressive score of 78-72 after a pretty close fight for the win.

John Fazzini lead the Monarchs with 22 points while his brother, Chris, added 12 to the score. Rutecki netted 13 points while Tim O’Shea added 10 points. For the Valiants, Juan Camacho had 27 points and Andrew Winter had 12 points.

King’s now has an overall record 12-9 and a conference record of 5-5 while Manhattanville has an overall record of 6-15 and a conference record of 2-8.

The Lady Monarchs also won their game with a score of 68-65. The Lady Monarchs are now 9-12 overall and 5-5 in the Freedom Conference while Manhattanville fell to 10-11 overall and 1-9 in the conference.

Freshman Olivia Hoffman had her best game of the season with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Jen Fabian added 13 points while Kasey Seitz chipped in 11 points, including the game winning three pointer.

For the Valiants, Alyson Caiazzo had 22 points while Ashley Raaf had 15 points.