Ex-Central standout Bakolas helps Bentley U. to D-II national title
Top-seeded Bentley punctuated an undefeated season by beating West Texas A&M, 73-65, Friday night in the NCAA Division II national championship game in Erie, Pa. Bentley point guard Christiana Bakolas, a former standout at Manchester Central, collected seven points, eight assists, three steals and three rebounds for the Falcons, who completed their season with a 35-0 record.
Courtney Finn led Bentley with 21 points. Jacqui Brugliera tossed in 17 and Lauren Battista finished with 14.
Bentley shot 40.4 percent from the field, but made 22 of its 24 free throw attempts. Fifth-seeded West Texas A&M shot 47.9 percent from the field (23 of 48).
Devin Griffin scored a team-high 20 points for West Texas A&M, which finished its season with a 32-3 record.