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Three basketball players selected to All-Region 20 teams – Campus Current

Dan Elson

Forward Jamar Young and guard Michael Cantrell made the Region 20 Division III First Team. Guard Brandy Middleton made the All Region Division III Honorable Mention Team.

The National Junior College Athletic Association named three Riverhawks basketball players to Region 20 Division III teams in early April.

Forward Jamar Young and fullback Michael Cantrell are two of five players on the All-Region 20 Division III first team. Guard Brandy Middleton was on the All Region Division III Honorable Mention Team.

“It’s amazing,” said Middleton, a second-year public health science student. “It was really nice to see and all my hard work [pay off].”

Men’s basketball head coach Joe Snowden said the honor was “well deserved. … Jamar led the team in scoring. Michael [was also good] scoring, intercepting, rebounding [and] assist.

All-Region 20 teams include top players from community colleges in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Middleton said the accomplishment was “incredible”.

Middleton said she earned her honorable mention because she “worked hard. Don’t think you can’t do anything ’cause I always doubted myself and got this nice prize and [it] made me feel really good about myself and my actions on the pitch. Anyone could win it as long as you believe in yourself.

“It’s an accomplishment,” said Young, a sophomore in transfer studies. “It’s just something that motivates me to score more goals throughout my years.”

Women’s basketball head coach Lionel Makell said Middleton, a sophomore in public health sciences, “has been playing consistently all year. It’s no surprise. She was one of the best.”

Middleton averaged 10.4 points, 2.1 steals and 3.1 assists per game. Middleton’s 36 interceptions ranked fifth in the region. She scored a career-high 22 points on Dec. 1 against the College of Southern Maryland.

Striker Syrena Boone, a freshman business student, said Middleton could make the team next year.

“Certainly,” Boone said. “She always gives 100%. Even next year, she will definitely give 100%.

Forward Jada Turner, a freshman film student, said Middleton was selected because of her energy.

“She would put everything into games on both sides of the court,” Turner said. “She was a great help to us.”

Young also said he made the All-Region 20 team through hard work and leadership.

“Joy keeps me motivated,” he said. “My hard work was shown to the media, the fans and the coaches.”

Young, a transfer sophomore, averaged nearly 17 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Young recorded a season-high 28 points Nov. 5 against Sandhills Community College in North Carolina. Cantrell, a sophomore physical therapy student, averaged 13.3 points, 2.8 steals, 1.3 blocks and 4.4 assists per game. Cantrell scored a season-high 25 points against Virginia’s Christendom College on January 31.

Cantrell also made the team in 2020.

Forward Michael Duffy, a first-year psychology, health and exercise student, called the winners “leaders.”

“And because of [their leadership]we ended up winning quite a few games and made it to the championship.

Cantrell said the honor could help him earn a spot on a four-year college basketball team.

“When contacting coaches…I can definitely include that when emailing or even just talking to [coaches]Cantrell said.

Cantrell said he celebrated his achievement.

“My first reaction is that I’m going to tell my parents and some of my friends,” Cantrell said. “My parents gave me a hug [and] my friends gave me a lot of praise.