Penn State Mont Alto’s men’s basketball team received national praise at the USCAA National Tournament last week when two Nittany Lions earned USCAA All-American honors. Junior guard Quintyn Flemister (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) earned a berth on the Second Team and freshman forward JR Powe (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) earned Honorable Mention distinction as announced at the awards banquet on March 7.
Quintyn Flemister, USCAA Second Team
This marks the first time in each of their respective career’s that Flemister and Powe got nods as All-American selections. Quintyn Flemister started all 30 games this season for Mont Alto and averaged a career-best 13.3 points per game, while grabbing 5.7 boards and dishing out 3.7 assists. He had three double-digit rebounding outputs, including two of which occurred on the teams run to the PSUAC Championship. The junior is a defensive stalwart. He finished his junior campaign ranked third in the USCAA in steals per game (2.9).
JR Powe, USCAA Honorable Mention
JR Poweended a terrific freshman campaign as the team’s leading scorer at 14.1 points per game. The Frederick, Md., native also grabbed a team-best 9.5 rebounds per game, which ranked ninth in the USCAA. He had nine double-doubles including a 20-point, 24 rebound outing in the 68-54 win over PSU Greater Allegheny on Nov. 19.
The USCAA Division II men’s basketball end-of-season awards were presented at the conclusion of the association’s pre-tournament festivities. Those included a 3-point contest, slam dunk competition and skills competition. See the complete listing of the All-Americans and National All-Academic teams at their respective links.
A Fine Season for Local Nittany Lions
Mont Alto had a fine season under ninth-year head coach Jack Schenzel with a 24-6 overall record, earning the program’s second-straight 20-win season. The Nittany Lions captured the PSUAC Championship three weeks ago with convincing wins over Penn State Wilkes-Barre (62-61) and Penn State York in the title game, 64-61.
FRANK MAIRA is Assistant Director of Athletics/SID at Penn State Mont Alto