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No. 15 Bobcats top Union for Sig Makofski Invitational championship

Rob Stockwell '07 won tournament MVP honors, leading the Bobcats to their 10th consecutive regular-season tournament championship.

STATS: Bates 81, Union 66

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Senior forward Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) had his second double-double of the tournament with 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds and was the tournament Most Valuable Player, leading No. 15 Bates to an 81-66 win over host Union in the championship game of the 2007 Sig Makofski Invitational Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Viniar Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.

The win extends the Bobcats' best start ever to a season, at 10-0. It also represents Bates' 10th consecutive regular-season tournament championship.

Junior Pat Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.) and senior Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) were selected to the All-Tournament team for Bates, 10-0 and ranked No. 15 in the latest D3hoops.com poll. Halloran had a team-high 20 points and Ray dished out a tourney-best 11 assists along with 13 points and three steals for the Bobcats.

Union (3-7) was led by freshman guard Nick DiMaggio (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.), who scored a career- and game-high 31 points on 10 of 15 shooting. Senior captain Joe Mackey (Flushing, N.Y.) joined DiMaggio on the All-Tourney team, and scored 16 points with five rebounds.

Bates featured five players in double figures, including junior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.), who scored 15 points, and senior Damon McGinn (Thetford, Vt.), who added 10 points.

The Bobcats had a 37-29 rebounding advantage, and outscored the hosts in the paint, 30-12.

Steve Madej (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) had a team best five assists for the Dutchmen.

Bates had a 47-37 lead at halftime, then went on a 10-0 run to open up the second half in a span of 3:25. The Bobcats led by as many as 25 (66-41) with 12:01 left. Bates shot 48% for the game and Union shot 42%, while the Bobcats had 12 steals for the afternoon.

Bates hosts the University of New England Tuesday at 8 p.m.