December 10, 2010
Shootout victory for men’s squad
DRYDEN – Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball ended its fall semester on a strong note by beating visiting Division II Niagara County Community College in a shootout Thursday, 101-94. The Panthers, winners of five straight, are now 7-3 overall. Niagara falls to 6-2 with the loss.
Niagara County CC began the night on a high note with an 82-54 women’s basketball victory over TC3. The Panthers drop to 0-9 on the season while Division II Niagara is now 5-4.
TC3 men 101, Niagara County CC 94: The first half saw the lead change hands nine times, with TC3 holding the biggest lead at 22-14 midway through the half. Niagara rallied to hold a 42-29 lead at the break, despite a huge first half of 14-points from TC3’s Jailaan Kinsey.
Kinsey opened the second half with a three-pointer to tie the score, but the visitors ran off five straight points en route to pushing their lead to 58-51 with 15 minutes left to play. The Panthers eventually tied the score at 62-62 after four straight points from Greg Mudge before reclaiming the lead on a basket by Floyd Leroy.
The teams traded the lead again before the Panthers used a 7-0 run to spread the lead to 82-74 with 4:30 left. The advantage reached double figures at 89-78 with 2:40 left on a jumper by Tyrone Clark, but Niagara quickly cut the lead down to three with 1:30 left. A clutch 3-pointer by Clark pushed the score to 94-88 with 1:15 left. The visitors managed to pull it back to three points, but Mudge went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line over the final 30 seconds to seal the win.
Clark led the way for the Panthers with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Kinsey finished with 20 points and six assists while Brian Hall, Jr. tallied 19 points to go with eight boards and three assists. Leroy came in with 15 points and eight rebounds and Mudge ended the game with 13 points and six assists. Austin Eastman added a solid line of eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.
Robbie Seyler led Niagara County with 27 points. A.J. Roberts added 22 points while Richard Davis netted 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Charles Shellman snared a game-high 15 caroms for the visitors.
Niagara County CC women 82, TC3 54: After pulling to within five to close out the first half, a slow start the second half doomed the TC3 women.
The Panthers trailed by 12 with 4:37 left in the half before a late rally cut into the deficit. Dryden High alumnus Caitlyn Potter and Melissa Reyes combined to score the next nine points, making the score 30-27 with 2:29 left in the half. Niagara pushed the margin back to five at the break, 35-30.
The visitors opened the second half with a 19-3 run to regain control. The Panthers weren’t able to recover despite a solid team effort.
Potter led all scorers with 23 points as part of her first career double-double thank included 11 rebounds. Reyes tossed in 16 points while grabbing seven rebounds.
Raylin Brooks led Niagara County CC with her own double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds. Emily Bird scored a team-high 20 points while Jasmine Shabezz and Melissa Pwiowski chipped in with 19 and 12 points respectively.
TC3 is now off for finals and winter break. The Panthers return to action Jan. 4, 2011 with a home doubleheader against Corning Community College.
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