Riverhawks basketball teams wrap up season


Frank Fitzgeralde Libom

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams ended their 2021-22 season with games in the Region 20 Division III tournament, which AACC hosted in Jenkins Gymnasium.

Dan Elson and Jerryt Haley

Even though the Riverhawks basketball teams failed to take home the trophies from the NJCAA Region 20 Division III tournament, one coach called them “winners.”

Men’s basketball head coach Joe Snowden said he enjoyed coaching the team this season.

“I enjoyed coaching these guys,” Snowden said. “I enjoyed coaching the sophomores [and freshmen] on this team. They’re winners. So I have no regrets at all.”

The men’s team finished the regular season with nine wins and 12 losses. The women’s team finished the year with two wins and 17 losses.


Snowden said he was happy with how his team performed this season.

“The season was good,” Snowden said. “I thought it was good. We had a lot of freshmen. We only had four sophomores. So yes, I thought it was a good season.”

Second-year transfer studies student Jamar Young, a forward, agreed. 

“I think [the] team [did] pretty good this year,” Young said. “We all [played] and [learned] together.”

Still Snowden said the team underperformed this year. 

“Yes, I would say that we could have had a better record,” Snowden said. “Yes, we underperformed [and] we should’ve had a better record.”

Second-year physical therapy student Michael Cantrell, a guard, agreed.

“[I] think [we] slightly underperformed,” Cantrell said. This season was Cantrell’s last.

Snowden said his goal for next year is to get the team motivated.


The women’s basketball team finished the year off with six players on the roster.

Women’s head basketball coach Lionel Makell said the players gave it their all this season. 

“[I] love their energy,” Makell said. “Every day, they come to fight regardless of if we are down 10, if we’re down 50, they come to fight and leave everything on the floor. And that’s the character they have, and what they were made of.”

Second-year public health science student Brandy Middleton, a guard, said she loves playing with the team. 

“No matter if we win or lose, I really enjoy playing with them,” Middleton said.

She also said the team learned a lot this year.

“We’re really excited for next year [with] more players coming in but I’m really going to miss this team a lot,” Middleton said.

Middleton said the team needs to improve on boxing out.

Makell said he’s excited for next year’s season. He said the goal for next year is more weight training for the players.