November 17, 2010


Split for TC3 squads

BasketballBob Ellis/staff photographer
Brian Hall, of TC-3, splits Schenectady CC defenders Anthony Wilson, left, and Chris Lewis during the first half in the Panthers’ 96-78 victory Tuesday evening.

DRYDEN – A balanced team effort that saw 10 players score propelled Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball to a 96-78 win over Schenectady County Community College Tuesday.
The home win improves the Panthers to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in Region II, Division III games. Schenectady drops to 1-3.
After the teams were tied at 6-6 to open the game, TC3 went on a 12-2 run to take the lead. The margin dropped to as low as four later in the half, but it held at 33-27 at the break.
The second half opened with Schenectady cutting the lead to three at 35-32 before a 10-0 spurt by the Panthers, capped by four straight points from Floyd Leroy. The lead grew to 17 before the visitors came back to pull within nine at 73-64 and again at 76-67, but Greg Mudge scored the game’s next seven points to push the lead back into double digits with under four minutes left. After Mudge’s run made it 83-67, the lead never dropped below 13 the rest of the way.
Jailaan Kinsey led the team with 22 points, including 20 in the second half. Leroy posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Mudge finished with 16 points. Brian Hall, Jr. came in with 12 points and seven boards. Tyrone Clark had a solid line of nine points, six assists, five steals and two blocks.
THE TC3 WOMEN came painfully close to picking up their first win of the season Tuesday, falling at home to Schenectady County Community College by a final score of 53-50 in the opening game of the Panther doubleheader. TC3 drops to 0-5 on the season while Schenectady earned its first win in three games.
The Panthers fell behind early, trailing 9-2 before getting back into the game. An eight-point run capped by a bucket by Dryden High alumnus Caitlyn Potter gave TC3 its first lead at 10-9. Schenectady reclaimed the lead, and again pushed it to seven points at 23-16. But again, the Panthers battled back, tying the score at 24-24 on a jumper by Melissa Reyes. Another basket from Potter tied the game again at 26-26 before the visitors scored the last basket of the half to lead 28-26 at the break.
Schenectady came out in the second half and extended the lead to nine points before TC3 could come back to tie it at 44-44 on an Ashley Keep jumper with 6:42 left in the game. Keep’s basket was part of a 6-0 run for the Panthers, giving the home team a 48-44 lead with under six minutes left in the game.
Over those closing minutes, TC3’s offense went ice cold, managing just a pair of free throws from Kendra Wagstaff. Even with the offensive challenges, the Panthers were still in position to pull out the win in the final minute. Trailing by just one point, the Panthers missed a shot and then turned the ball over twice before Schenectady connected on a pair of foul shots with less than ten seconds left to make it a three-point game. TC3’s desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer was off line, making the final 53-50.
Potter led the Panthers with 12 points and six steals. Wagstaff had 10 points and six rebounds and Kayli VanCleef added 10 points. Melissa Reyes finished with six points, seven rebounds and four steals.
TC3 men and women return to basketball action after Thanksgiving with a December 1 home games against Herkimer County Community College.


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