Four Berkeley College basketball players receive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference praise

The Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its weekly award winners on Monday evening, and the Berkeley College of New York basketball teams were well represented. On the men’s side, sophomore guard Keenan Langston was named the Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this year, and senior guard Richard Rampersad was named to the Honor Roll. As for the Knights’ women’s squad, junior forward Patricia Patterson was tabbed as the Rookie of the Week for the third time on the 2013-2014 campaign, and junior guard Janay Thomas was named to the Honor Roll.

Keenan Langston earned Rookie of the Week praise yet again for his solid performances in back-to-back Knights victories over King’s College and Albany College of Pharmacy. In Berkeley College’s triumph over the Lions this past Saturday, the Brooklyn, NY native netted 15 points, dished seven assists, and grabbed six rebounds while tallying two steals. He followed that a day later with a 17-point, three rebound performance in a Knights win over Albany College of Pharmacy. Senior guard Richard Rampersad was named to the Honor Roll, as he averaged 16.5 points for the two games this past weekend. He was especially effective in Berkeley’s win over the Panthers, as he netted a game-high 22 points in that contest while nailing seven of his 10 shots from the floor. Knights Head Coach Chris Christansen was very proud of both of his players.

“Keenan is a hard-working student-athlete who paces our squad, and leads by example,” Christiansen said. “His accolades are a direct result of how he dedicates himself to being an effective basketball player. He has been a key component of our recent winning streak, and I’m excited to see how he plays during the latter stages of our season. As for Mr. Rampersad – I’m extremely excited to see him be named to the Honor Roll. He played a great game against Albany College of Pharmacy, and is very deserving of the praise bestowed upon him.”

On the women’s side, Patricia Patterson was tabbed Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, thanks to her poised efforts against the College of New Rochelle (this past Tuesday evening) and Albany College of Pharmacy (this past Sunday). In the Knights’ 62-53 win over the Blue Angels seven days ago, the Grand St. Campus High School product netted just five points, but also snatched a game-high 15 rebounds, to go along with four assists and three steals. Five days later in a come-from-behind 44-38 Berkeley victory over A.C.P., she grabbed 13 key rebounds for her club. In addition, Janay Thomas was named to the Honor Roll, averaging 19 points and seven rebounds in Knights victories over New Rochelle and Albany Pharmacy. The junior guard shot 35.5 percent (11-31) from the field on the week. Berkeley College Head Coach Sharod Tomlinson was very proud of his players for their efforts.

“Patricia Patterson is an individual who knows how to turn up the voltage when the game is on the line, and she played extremely hard down the stretch in both of our victories last week,” Tomlinson said. “As for Janay, she paced us offensively and showed her versatility on the court. We’re rolling as a team right now, and hopefully it’ll continue this Thursday.

The Berkeley College women’s basketball team returns to action Thursday evening with a 6:00pm contest at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, while the men’s squad is off until Saturday evening when the Knights play a road game against Penn State DuBois. Start-time for that contest is scheduled for 7:00pm.