November 6, 2008


MVCC squads sweep Panthers

UTICA — Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball suffered its second straight one-point loss Wednesday, losing at Mohawk Valley Community College 74-73. The Panthers are now 1-2 on the season while Mohawk Valley, an honorable mention in the preseason NJCAA national rankings, is 2-0.
The game was tight from the start, with the home team holding a slim 36-34 lead at the half. Both teams went back and forth in the second half, with TC3 holding the ball with 13 seconds left, trailing by one. A missed three-pointer was followed by an offensive rebound, but the put back attempt also missed, with the ball going out of bounds and turning possession over to the home team. The Hawks ran the clock out as TC3 fell, despite hitting nearly 50 percent (30-of-62) from the floor.
Chris Cartwright led the Panthers with 16 points, seven assists, and five steals. Aaron Adomako added 15 points and five rebounds with Charleston Collins, Jr. finishing with 12 points, three assists, and two steals. Robert Farmer was the fourth Panther in double figures, chipping in 12 points.
Alex Prue led Mohawk Valley with 18 points.
TC3 WOMEN’S BAKETBALL tasted defeat for the first this season Wednesday, losing to the fourth-ranked team in the nation. The Panthers lost at Mohawk Valley Community College 80-36 to drop to 2-1 on the young season. Mohawk Valley, the three-time defending Region III champion and three-time national runner up, is now 2-0.
The Panthers kept up with the high-flying Hawks early, but near the midway of the first half Mohawk Valley started to pull away. What had been a small lead grew to 20 pints at the half and continued to expand throughout the second period.
TC3 struggled to get anything going on either end of the floor, making just 11 baskets from the floor while the home team connected on 29 shots.
Michelle Tuetken had the best line for the Panthers, scoring nine points to go with two assists, two steals, and one rebound. Kyla Knapp had six points while pulling down three rebounds.
Mohawk Valley’s Leslie Mencia led all scorers with 22 points. 
TC3 basketball will travel to SUNY-Delhi Tuesday. The Lady Panthers will play at 5 p.m. with the Panther men tipping off at 7 p.m.