ECSU has yet another successful Winter Homecoming on just this passing Saturday. Each year ECSU holds “Winter Homecoming” where high schools from all over come down and see all that Elizabeth City State University has to offer. Students that are currently registered with the school can meet with their professors one on one, pay any fees for the schoo1 year, and more. High schoolers just coming to visit, can enjoy the sites on campus and learn about the university. Regardless, which ever kind of student comes to Winter Homecoming, they have the opportunity to take part in a all paid basketball game showing off the ECSU Lady and Men Basketball teams.
Crowds from all over packed the gym on the afternoon of February 3 at 2pm, for kickoff of the Lady Vikings versus the Lady Bulldogs of Bowie State University. The game started slow as the Bulldogs were taking action during the first quarter, but somehow the Lady Vikings managed to keep the lead; at half-time the Lady Vikings had the leading score of 32 and the Lady Bulldogs 28. After the presentation of a couple of checks to the university and several people showing off their dance moves in the crowd, the game came back for second half action. The Lady Vikings star player #11 Jaylen Brown, the 5’5 guard, sped the momentum for the Vikings ending the 3rd quarter with the Vikings having the upperhand with a score of 50 to 44. It just wasn’t enough, for the Lady Vikings fell defeated to the Lady Bulldogs to a two-point deficit of 61 to 63.
Roughly at around 4 pm, ECSU Males Basketball Team, coached by the ECSU veteran of the school and of the Vikings Basketball Team, Coach John Hill, started warming up. The game was proceeding to begin as the starting line-ups for The Bulldogs were called out: #0 Dayshawn Wells, #1 Justin Route, #11 David Belle, #20 Omari George, and #21 Saiquan Jamison. As the lights surprisingly shut off and the crowd started cheering, the Vikings starting lineout was called out: #0 Zaccheus Hobbs, #1 John Maynor, #5 Shykeef Daniels, #13 Corey Mandez, and #22 Joseph Allen. Still sitting down and not in uniform was #15 Jermain Brown, the forward that usually is called during the starting lineouts for the Vikings, has not played since January 24 when the Vikings took on the Virginia State Trojans; as the game ended with The Trojans taking the win with a score of 67 to 64 a fight broke out with the fans of VSU versus the team. Brown was caught in the cross fire and was jumped by serval fans of VSU, while also thrown in the bleachers hurting his right shoulder. Taking his place on the floor tonight was the rookie of the team Shykeef Daniels, who on January 30 was just titled as “CIAA Rookie of the Week”.
The game started as Allen, the 6’8 senior, won the jump ball giving Viking the first chance for offense. The Bulldogs go straight to it as Belle, the senior guard weighting at 175 pounds makes the first buckets of the game; shortly after Corey Mendez scores the first buckets for the Vikings after being filed on a lay-up attempt. Mendez sanks his two free-throws starting the game off with a tied score of 2-2. The Vikings during the start keep a lead on the Bulldogs; the 6’0 high flying guard, “Zach” Hobbs starts early by throwing and making the three pointer shots. Both teams stay neck-in-neck as neither teams will lead the other by no more then five points. It wasn’t until the remaining two minutes of the first half that the Bulldogs steal the lead; the first half ended with the Bulldogs leading with 38 points and the Vikings, though only down by five, 33.
After some performances during the halftime show the teams come back to the floor. Bulldogs start the game off as they take the largest lead of 42 to 33, Hobbs continues to lead his team as he continues to fire three pointer shoots, keeping the Vikings in it. Entering the game is Petteway the junior guard, also making buckets to keep the Vikings in the game. As the game boils down to the last minutes, the Vikings try to take lead but just can’t and the Bulldogs leave with the win with a score of 75 to 70. Though the teams lost high schoolers from far and wide still cheered and hugged The Lady and Male Vikings team as if they came out with a sweeping victory, making ECSU the real winners on tonight’s game.