The Stratford University and Berkeley College men's basketball teams gave the fans at the Julius Conn Rec Center all the excitement they could handle, in a back and forth contest between two good college basketball teams on Sunday afternoon. Both teams made multiple runs, but could not put the other away until the final two minutes of the game when junior DeAndre Demiel took over, while guiding the Cardinals to an 88-80 victory.
With the Cardinals holding a slim 76-72 lead at the 1:52 mark, Demiel stole the ball at half court and coasted in for a layup and then thirteen seconds later picked up his game high fifth steal and while driving to the basket, the ball came off the rim and Jashod Jamison was there to flush home the miss and giving the Cardinals all the momentum needed to close out the victory.
Demiel also had game highs with 19 points and 6 assists, he was joined by four other Cardinals scoring in double figures led by Kendell Shepherd's 13 points, Jamison's 12 points, while Kendall Marshall and Jamonte Ricks each added 10 points. Demiel and Shepherd iced the game late as they combined to hit on 15-16 from the free throw line.
The Cardinals converted on the 24 Knights turnovers, as the outscore Berkeley 24-10 off of turnovers and outrebounded the Knights 53-43 to help secure the victory.
Stratford improves to 9-1 on the season and returns to action on Wednesday evening, as they play Villa Maria in the opener of the Villa Maria Holiday Classic.