ALL-STARS!

On Sunday, NJCAA Region 15 recognized the Monroe Mustangs men’s basketball team’s entire starting five as All-stars.

Backcourt mates Drimir Ferguson and Davon Marshall were named to the Region’s first team, Orlando Sanchez and Maurice Ndour to the second team, and Marco Bourgalt was given honorable mention.

“We think of each of our players as All-stars and I’m happy for them to be recognized. They richly deserve it,” said Coach Jeff Brustad. “But more than any other team I’ve coached, this is a cohesive group that plans to succeed as a team and with the playoffs coming, we’re going in with a team-first mentality.”

Ferguson, Monroe’s remarkable point guard who was a second-team all-star last year, is averaging 12.2 ppg and 6.3 apg. Marshall has been Monroe’s leading scorer all year with 15.8 ppg largely because of his wondrous sharpshooting. He is shooting over 46 percent from the arc, which puts him 12th in the NJCAA Division I.

Sanchez, a sophomore who was an All-American and first-team Region all-star last year, is one of the nation’s most sought-after players and Ndour is a highly-regarded freshman.

Swingman Bourgalt is a sophomore who, because he red-shirted last year, will have three years of NCAA eligibility when he graduates from Monroe in June.

The 27-3 Mustangs will begin play in the NJCAA Region 15 semifinals as the #1 seed on Saturday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m. against the winner of the Westchester/Globe game played Wednesday evening. If Monroe wins, they will play in the Region final at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. The Region 15 tournament is being played on the Mustangs home court, the Monroe Athletic Complex (MAC) in New Rochelle, N.Y.

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