Lions All-Time Leading Scorer to Play for Chargers of North Eastern Athletic Conference
OLD BRIDGE, NJ—Earlier this spring, GMC Hoops learned that Calvary Christian standout, and all time leading scorer, Brien Dunphy II had committed to Lancaster Bible College of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). Dunphy, a four year starter for the Lions, finished with a total of 1,740 career points according to stats compiled on NJ.com.
Dunphy played along with the likes of Andrew Fischer, Alex Schevchenko (Georgian Court University) and Tim Jackson in his first two years at Calvary Christian. The Lions were not yet in the Greater Middlesex Conference, but were a solid team. Over those first two seasons, Dunphy compiled a total of 622 points on 153 field goals, 74 three pointers, and 86 free throws including 200 points as a freshman.
Over those first two seasons, Calvary Christian compiled an overall record of 28-19 including an 18-9 mark in the 2018-19 season. The following year, the Lions moved into the GMC’s Gold Division. With the likes of Fischer, Schevchenko, and Jackson moving on, Dunphy became the leader and one of the key standouts on Calvary Christian’s squad, and he rose to the challenge.
During his last two seasons, Dunphy scored a total of 1,118 points including 587 points as a junior while leading the Lions to an 11-16 mark including a 5-11 record in divisional play, and a state tourney berth. Dunphy along with teammate and senior Hiram Cibriam-Ayala (397 points) combined for 69 percent of Calvary Christian’s scoring (1,427 points). Dunphy tallied nearly 600 points by making 144 field goals, 54 threes, and 132 foul shots.
This past season, Dunphy compiled 531 points on 138 field goals, 44 threes, and 96 foul shots in 24 games as the Lions went 9-17 overall including a 4-12 mark in the GMC Gold. Over his four seasons at Calvary Christian, Dunphy scored his 1,740 points on 435 field goals, 172 three pointers, and 314 free throws in 94 career games for an average of 18.5 points per game.
Dunphy also totaled 447 rebounds, 162 assists, 78 steals, and 58 blocks, or an average of 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. He scored in double figures 80 times, or about 85 percent of games played. Of those 80 games in double figures, Dunphy scored at least 20 points in 43 of those contests, and he tallied 30 or more points eleven times including once as a freshman.
His career high occurred this past season when he pumped in 39 points on 9 field goals, 5 threes, and 4 free throws in a 63-57 loss at Perth Amboy Tech on January 24th. Dunphy scored 34 points in the previous game versus Dunellen at home on January 22nd. Three of those 30 point games came against Coventry Christian of Pennsylvania in the Valley Forge Holiday Invitational in 2016, 2018, and 2019.
In his last two seasons with the Lions, Dunphy managed to compile 12 double-doubles including 11 in points and rebounds and one in points and assists. Five of those double-doubles were in games where he scored at least 30 points. During his four year varsity career, Calvary Christian was 48-52 overall including a 9-23 mark in the first two years of GMC Gold play.
Lancaster Bible College has been one of the top teams in the NEAC over the past few years. Playing against the likes of Penn State-Harrisburg, Penn College, Gallaudet, Penn State-Abington, Penn State-Berks, SUNY-Poly, Morrisville State, SUNY-Cobleskill, Cazenovia, Keuka, and Wells, the Chargers were 14-14 overall including a 7-3 record in the NEAC’s South Division, and 10-6 in conference.
The Chargers managed to reach the NEAC Tourney Championship this past season before losing to Penn State-Harrisburg (76-69). The Lions, which defeated Lancaster Bible three times, knocked off 6th ranked John’s Hopkins in the opening round of the 2020 NCAA Division III Tournament before losing to Yeshiva to finish the season at 21-8. Lancaster Bible College had a similar season in 2018-19 by going 14-13 overall including an 11-5 record in conference.
Two years ago, the Chargers won the NEAC Tourney title and punched a ticket to the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament. Lancaster Bible College was 23-6 overall including a 15-1 record in conference play. The Chargers defeated Morrisville State in the NEAC Championship Game before losing to Christopher Newport in the opening round of the NCAA D3 Tourney.
Congratulations Brien, and best of luck in your college career.