Clemente Martin named First Team All-South Atlantic Conference


Clemente Martin named First Team All-South Atlantic Conference
Friday, March 6, 2009 | by Senior earns honor for second consecutive season

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College senior forward Clemente Martin has been named First Team All-South Atlantic Conference for the second consecutive year, it was announced Friday.

Martin, a senior from Freeport, Bahamas, is averaging 19.0 points per game as he has helped lead the scarlet and gray to the Food Lion SAC Tournament Semifinals for only the third time in program history. He has scored 1,641 points in his career, which is good for eighth in South Atlantic Conference history and 11th in Newberry College history.

Martin tied a career high with 32 points in Wednesday night's 107-103 overtime win over Mars Hill in the quarterfinals, and set conference tournament records at the charity stripe, connecting on 14-of-18 chances. Newberry stands at 21-7 overall entering tomorrow's semifinal tilt with Tusculum, marking the team's best record in 27 years.

Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) was named the conference statistical champion in blocked shots per game, averaging 3.37 swats per contest, as Newberry led the league with 6.93 blocks per game.

Tusculum College senior guard Kyle Moore, who led the conference in scoring at 21.1 points per game was named the 2008-09 South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, the league announced today. Lincoln Memorial University's Desmond Johnson was named the conference's Freshman of the Year.

Joining Moore on the men's All-Conference First Team are: Jonathan Whitson from Brevard; Antonio Houston from Catawba; Elliott McDowell from Lenoir-Rhyne; D'Mario Curry from Lincoln Memorial and Clemente Martin from Newberry.

The men's All-Conference Second Team consists of: Rob Fields from Catawba; D.J. Blackmon from Lenoir-Rhyne; Josh Rudder from Lenoir-Rhyne; P.J. Gore from Mars Hill; Ryan Troutman from Tusculum and DeMario Mattox from Wingate.

Joining Johnson on the men's All-Freshman Team are: Brandon Armstrong from Lincoln Memorial; Dallas Johnson from Mars Hill; Taylor Hobbs from Tusculum and Jamie Vaughn from Wingate.

The 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference men's and women's basketball semifinals are Saturday at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. The championship games are set for Sunday. The men's and women's tournament winner receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.

2009 ALL-SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE TEAMS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS

ALL-SAC FIRST TEAM
Jonathan Whitson, Brevard College
Antonio Houston, Catawba College
Elliott McDowell, Lenoir-Rhyne University
D'Mario Curry, Lincoln Memorial University
Clemente Martin, Newberry College
Kyle Moore, Tusculum College

ALL-SAC SECOND TEAM
Rob Fields, Catawba College
D.J. Blackmon, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Josh Rudder, Lenoir-Rhyne University
P.J. Gore, Mars Hill College
Ryan Troutman, Tusculum College
DeMario Mattox, Wingate University

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Brandon Armstrong, Lincoln Memorial University
Desmond Johnson, Lincoln Memorial University
Dallas Johnson, Mars Hill College
Taylor Hobbs, Tusculum College
Jamie Vaughn, Wingate University

COACH OF THE YEAR:
John Lentz, Lenoir-Rhyne University
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Kyle Moore, Tusculum College
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Desmond Johnson, Lincoln Memorial University
SAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE:
Tony Blake, Mars Hill College

MEN'S BASKETBALL STATISTICAL CHAMPIONS

The SAC Statistical Champion Award recognizes those individuals and teams that have finished the regular season as SAC leaders in various overall statistical categories. Individual leaders must have participated in 75 percent of the team's games.

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Individual Scoring - Kyle Moore, Tusculum, 21.1
Individual Rebounds Per Game - Jonathan Whitson, Brevard, 8.7
Individual Field Goal Percentage - Joey Cameron, Carson-Newman, .685
Individual Assists Per Game - Ryan Troutman, Tusculum, 5.96
Individual Steals Per Game - P.J. Gore, Mars Hill, 3.22
Individual 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Cody Siniard, Brevard, .492
Individual 3-Pointers Per Game - Kyle Moore, Tusculum, 3.26
Individual Blocked Shots Per Game - Kendrick Johnson, Newberry, 3.37
Individual Free Throw Percentage - Josh Rudder, Lenoir-Rhyne, .901
Individual Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Matt Bogard, Lincoln Memorial, 2.42
Team Scoring Offense - Carson-Newman, 86.2
Team Field Goal Percentage - Lenoir-Rhyne, .489
Team Field Goal Percentage Defense - Lincoln Memorial, .398
Team 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Tusculum, .395
Team Assists - Carson-Newman, 16.33
Team Steals - Mars Hill, 13.52
Team Scoring Defense - Tusculum, 64.4
Team Rebounding - Lincoln Memorial, 40.7
Team Free Throw Percentage - Tusculum, .756
Team Blocked Shots - Newberry, 6.93
Team Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Tusculum, 1.05