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Lynx Men’s Basketball Makes Playoffs as #1 Seed

NHTI Men's basketball makes playoffs as #1 seed

CONCORD, NH—The Lynx are headed to the playoffs again – this time as the #1 seed of the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC).

The NHTI – Concord’s Community College Lynx men’s basketball team wrapped up their regular season this past weekend atop the YSCC standings with a 75-60 win over Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The
team finished the 2022-2023 regular season with an 11-3 in-conference record, locking in the #1 seed heading into the conference playoffs.

They will play #8 Albany at home this Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. on the newly renamed Paul Hogan Court. The game will be livestreamed on the NHTI Lynx Athletics YouTube page. The winner will advance to the YSCC Final Four held at Central Maine Community College on March 4.

Lynx head coach Irv Harris, who had previously assisted the team for years under Paul Hogan, proved his mettle in his first season at the helm. He had an excellent group of five returning players from the 2021-2022 team to help build confidence in the new system. Four of the five returning players are New Hampshire natives: #5 Jackson Ruelke from Belmont, #11 Anthony Gauthier from Jaffrey, #22 Kevin Newton-Delgado from Hopkinton, and #24 Tyler Lovely from Freemont. The fifth, James Jones Jr., is from Philadelphia, which helped create a strong welcome for four new roster additions also from Philly.

On and off the court, this Lynx team shows the chemistry and comradery that separates good teams from great ones. Players spend almost every moment together from the classroom to the court and common rooms. Most also take part in NHTI’s work-study program, helping put on other athletic events such as broadcasts for the women’s games. For the past decade, NHTI has attracted some of the best basketball players in New Hampshire and, in 2020, was the first men’s collegiate basketball team from New Hampshire to win a national championship.

The team averages the second-highest scoring offense in the national league among United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division 2 teams. They also boast the best offensive rebounders and three-point shooters in USCAA and lead the league in steals per game.

Admission is FREE to the quarterfinal game at NHTI on Saturday, Feb. 25. Please join us cheering on your Lynx!

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NHTI – Concord’s Community College

NHTI is a dynamic public institution of higher learning that provides accessible, rigorous education for students, businesses, and the community. We create pathways for lifelong learning, career advancement, and civic engagement, offering 90+ academic programs to 4,600+ students annually. NHTI is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire and since 1969 has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, a nongovernmental, nationally recognized accrediting agency. Visit NHTI.edu for more information. To learn more about the NHTI Athletics programs, contact Berkley Stevens at bstevens@ccsnh.edu.

Press Contact           Amber Gavriluk  |  603-230-4001  |  agavriluk@ccsnh.edu

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