Jennings has stepped up for Lycoming men

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Lycoming’s Ramadan Jennings tries to score against Alvernia during a men’s basketball game earlier this season at Lamade Gymnasium.

On any given game, it’s not a surprise when you see seniors Alex Newbold or Chris Wallace leading the team in scoring.

They’re two four-year players who have earned a reputation as being amongst the best players in the Middle Atlantic Conference as both became 1,000-point scorers this year.

And looking down the roster, you see others step up such as T.J. Duckett, D’Yante Doughty, Darius Dangerfield or Ronald Jefferson.

It’s nice depth on Lycoming’s bench that has allowed the Warriors to have the great season they have had this year with an impressive 19-3 record.

But the players listed above aren’t the only ones at Lycoming that have the ability to be dangerous. Add freshman Ramadan Jennings to that list of playmakers.

Against Alvernia on January 31, Jennings came up with a monster game, scoring 25 points in a 79-66 win. It was the most points for a freshman in a game since Kevin Anthony had 27 in 2011.

In Lycoming’s very next game this past Saturday, Jennings followed it up with another milestone as he recorded his first career double-double, scoring 15 points — tied with Wallace and Newbold — along with 11 rebounds, as he’s continued playing well as a reserve.

“Ram’s doing a terrific job. It’s much needed, especially when we have these foul situations,” Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt said after Saturday’s 101-91 loss to Arcadia. “I think once we do a better job managing the fouls, and we can utilize our full roster including Ram, I think that will help us and we can move forward and learn from this (loss to Arcadia).”

Jennings had put up double figures this year before, in fact he started the year with three straight games in double digits as he scored 14 against Medgar Evers, 12 against Penn State Wilkes-Barre and 13 against Oneota.

But after a 10-point performance against Penn College in late November, the freshman wasn’t putting up those same numbers as before.

The most he scored in a game after the win over Penn College on November 26 was an 8-point performance against Hood on January 20.

But that run of games without a double-digit scoring performance was snapped against Alvernia and the freshman has 40 points in the past two games and has provided a huge boost for the Warriors’ already stud lineup.

“He’s done a terrific job, definitely given us a big boost and he’s put us in position to win games,” Rancourt.

And likely Jennings will be trying to sustain what he’s done these past two games to help the Warriors close out the regular season and prepare for the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs.