The Berkeley College Knights came out the gate for the new year playing inspiring basketball against a bigger and taller Division III Endicott College squad, but ultimately they were unable to translate their efforts into victory in a hard-fought 72-64 non-conference loss in their first home game of the season played at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Trailing throughout the game, Berkeley managed to scratch and claw its way back and pulled within a single point 42-41 on a three-point play by Damir Redzepagic (Cardinal Spellman HS/Bronx, NY) with twelve minutes to play. But the Knights were unable to gain the lead as poor free throw shooting (15 of 26, 58%) and clutch baskets by the visiting Gulls near the end thwarted another Berkeley comeback.

Redzepagic led all scorers with 25 points and nine rebounds while Kaseem Williams (Boys & Girls HS/Brooklyn, NY) added 17 points and eights boards. The loss drops the Knights to 2-6 on the season. With the win the Gulls improve to 4-6.

Berkeley’s next action will be this weekend in Concord , NH on January 9-10, 2010 at 2:00PM as they make their second appearance in the New Hampshire Technical Institute New Year’s Tournament against the host Lynx. Quinsigumund Community College and the University of Maine-Augusta are the other participating teams in the tournament.