Maddie Martin started at point guard for New Jersey Institute of Technology Tuesday night when the Division I college basketball season got underway.
Martin, a redshirt freshman from Dunmore, was one of five JB Hoops alums who played the first games for their college teams Tuesday night.
Former Dunmore teammate Victoria Toomey played at Rider, while Scranton Prep’s Leo O’Boyle played for Lafayette and George Tinsley played for Binghamton as freshmen.
Bobby Planutis from Hazleton Area is a redshirt sophomore at St. Bonaventure after playing previously at Mount St. Mary’s, then transferring.
Both Planutis and Martin had to sit out last season.
In Martin’s case, it was the second straight year in which she had to delay the start of her college career while recovering from reconstructive knee surgeries. Planutis sat out because of National Collegiate Athletic Association transfer rules.
A junior academically, Martin still has four years of eligibility. She played 37 minutes and led the Highlanders with 5 assists during a 79-52 loss to visiting Colgate.
Martin also had two points, three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. She missed both attempts from the field and was 2-for-4 at the line.
Toomey played 10 minutes for Rider and was the only one of four freshmen to score for the Broncs in an 80-47 loss at Princeton.
Toomey had a point, a rebound and a blocked shot before fouling out. She missed her only shot from the floor and was 1-for-2 from the line.
O’Boyle was part of Lafayette’s 65-63 win over visiting Columbia.
In nine minutes, O’Boyle had two points. He made his only two free throws, did not attempt a shot from the floor. O’Boyle grabbed two rebounds.
Planutis started at forward for St. Bonaventure after sitting out last season.
The redshirt sophomore played his freshman season at Mount St. Mary’s.
Before fouling out, Planutis scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. He was 2-for-6 from the floor and 4-4 from the line.
MORE DETAILS: For a full report on Tinsley’s debut for Binghamton, at Cornell, see: https://www.backcourthoops.com/2019/11/tinsley-prominent-in-binghamton-plans/.