Dec. 22 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany senior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) has been selected as the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 21.
The 6-3 forward led the Bison (6-3) to their fourth consecutive victory last Tuesday in their only action of the week. He totaled 15 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in BC’s 94-90 double-overtime victory at Denison. With the contest tied at 88-88 late in the second OT period, Testa scored on a putback off one of his 10 offensive rebounds in the victory. After ending the Big Red’s next possession with another rebound, he was fouled and sank two foul shots to give the Green and White a four-point lead, as they finally pulled away for the win.
In recording his second double-double of the season, he also grabbed the most rebounds in a game by a Bison since current assistant coach Matt Drahos tied the school-record with 26 boards in a victory over Westminster in Jan., 2006.
In his final season for Bethany, Testa is second on the team in scoring with 11.0 points per game and leads the conference with 9.1 rebounds per game. He also continues his move up the career lists at the school, as he now stands eighth all-time in Bison history with 604 rebounds. In addition, Testa has 919 career points, leaving him 81 away from becoming the 22nd player in the program’s history to tally 1,000 career points.
“Joe put us on his back for awhile during the (Denison) game,” said Bethany head coach Andrew Sachs. “He has an unbelievable motor. He leads by example and comes to play every day. I wish I had five of him.”
A psychology major, Joe is the son of Darlene and John Testa of Amity, Pa.