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BUDD CLARK, JORDAN DERKACK LEADING MERRIMACK TOWARD POTENTIAL FIRST MARCH MADNESS BERTH

Jack Lawhorne – Sports Reporter

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – After winning the NEC tournament last season but missing out on March Madness due to NCAA eligibility rules, The Merrimack Warriors Men’s Basketball team is back to cooking like last season. Although last year’s successful season ended in heartbreaking fashion despite winning the conference, now is the time to earn vengeance for Merrimack.

Having won nine straight, the Warriors are soaring at the right time. They currently sit as the first seed in the NEC.

Best case scenario for the Warriors is to earn the top seed in the NEC and play the conference tournament with home-court advantage, in effort to making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time as a division one program.

Freshman guard Adam “Budd” Clark has played a critical role on both sides of the ball for
Merrimack. He is currently top 15 in scoring and top five in the NEC in assists. When asked how he has become such a fluid scorer as a freshman “Growing up, I’ve always been a scorer… It just took me a little bit of time to adjust to the college level… I’m finally finding my groove,” said Clark.

Perhaps the most impressive of Clark’s stats is that he leads the NEC in steals with 2.5.
When asked what he accredits that to, “On the defensive side, I’m a dog… In this system we get a lot of steals and we hold our heads on the defensive end,” he said.

Jordan Derkack is unquestionably “the guy” after Merrimack lost Jordan Minor to Virginia after last season. Replacing Minor, who won NEC defensive player of the year while also being 2nd in the conference in scoring last season, is no tall task. However, Derkack has taken the opportunity to transform his role from a productive but limited freshman, and made more than the most out of it, as he is leading the NEC in scoring with 18 a game and just picked another NEC Co-Player of the Week.


Another key piece for the Warriors, especially offensively, is Devon Savage. He is second in the NEC in 3-pointers, and when you watch the team play, you understand how very quickly. Savage is such a sniper from downtown that it is eye-catching. “I believe he’s the best shooter in our league,” Budd Clark exclaimed.


You can catch the Warriors battle for ten straight wins on Thursday night the 29th at 7:00 p.m. on NEC Front Row where they’ll take on FDU. For more information, visit https://merrimackathletics.com/sports/mens-basketball.