The ASA Avengers men's basketball team ended the 2016 calendar year with a bang, with hopes of carrying over that momentum into 2017.
Following an impressive 82-74 win over Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk at the Cecil Community College Winter Holiday Classic, it appears that head coach Devonne Martinez has his team back on track.
The Avengers (3-5) ended a two-game skid with the win on the Northern Maryland campus, and did it with a balanced attack. ASA was led by sophomore guard John Grimsley, who notched a game-high 22 points, 6'6 forward Devere Creighton continued his torrid pace by adding a double-double of 22 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Creighton, a Brooklyn, New York native, is averaging a double-double for the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds per game. He's been one of the more consistent Avengers throughout the season, as he helps ASA turn around its season.
Grimsley and Creighton weren't alone in knocking off CCBC Dundalk, as youth was also served. Freshman forward Miguel Simon also chipped in with 15 points and 12 rebounds to get the win in the final game for ASA before they went into the holiday break. The 6'9 Simon has been a spark recently for the Avengers, as he's nearly averaging a double-double on the season. The Dominican Republic native is tallying an average of 10.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Coach Martinez certainly hopes the breakout win in the tourney will be the catalyst for ASA to get back to its winning ways. Their next opportunity will be a home matchup against rival Monroe College, January 10, at 8:30 p.m. The Monroe tilt will be the first of four-straight home matchups for the Avengers, which could be a great way to kickstart a winning streak and get the season back on track.