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Men's basketball falls short of continuing winning streak

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Dec 5th 2017 09:00 pm
Senior shooting guard Hamed Shamseldin pulls up for a mid-range shot in the face of a Hobart forward. Shamseldin carries the team's offense and is currently leading the team in scoring and assists.
Senior shooting guard Hamed Shamseldin pulls up for a mid-range shot in the face of a Hobart forward. Shamseldin carries the team's offense and is currently leading the team in scoring and assists.

The College at Brockport men’s basketball team fell short of continuing its unbeaten game streak of four after a hard-fought loss against arch rivals SUNY Oneonta. The team has shown great competitiveness this season, winning four out of six games and only losing by a margin of four or less so far. 

Having enjoyed a season full of wins, the Golden Eagles went into its first weekend of SUNYAC qualification games with confidence, and after claiming a victory of 79 to 71 in the first game of the away weekend trip against SUNY New Paltz, the team seemed stronger than ever. Unfortunately, the winning momentum was collapsed after a closely contested loss of 87 to 83 to rivals,  SUNY Oneonta.

After failing to close down the opposition’s last half scoring for the second time this season, the Golden Eagles will be looking to solidify its defensive efforts for the rest of the season’s schedule. 

“Our defense is something that only works if we all have each other’s backs,” junior point guard Daniel Dwayne said. “We have to do a much better job of communicating on the floor and doing so week in and week out. 

Coming off a shaky season of 1–3, the New Paltz Hawks were an opponent that the Golden Eagles were projected to control from the start, and they did. Brockport’s offense took over during the first half of the contest with the help of junior forward Michael O’Hara and sophomore small forward Justin Summers’ 28 combined points. 

The team continued its authoritative performance by maintaining a 15 point lead during the second half of the game.  Although the Hawks managed to go on an 11–2 run late in the half, the Golden Eagles closed the game off by a series of free throws, claiming their fourth consecutive win of the season. Following his man-of-the-match performance, O’Hara finished with an impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. 

The team’s second contest of the weekend was continued at Oneonta on Saturday, Dec. 2, where Brockport’s semi-final rematch opponent snapped the Golden Eagles’ game winning streak. Brockport was impressive during the early minutes of the first half by containing the Red Dragons to a lead of 11 to 6. After a couple of prolific runs from the opposing side, Brockport found itself down by six points as Oneonta closed the first half by leading 39 to 33. 

The second half proved for a very entertaining performance from both sides as Brockport and Oneonta traded buckets for the majority of the half. The Red Dragons’ elite rebounding saw them take a lead of nine points with two minutes to go. Despite Brockport’s offensive efforts to pull back the lead before the final buzzer, the Red Dragons’ managed to hang onto their lead and finish the game with a win of 87 to 83. Although the Golden Eagles fell, senior guard Hamed Shamseldin continued his star year by finishing with 28 points from 10-11 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds. 

Even though the Golden Eagles failed to come away with a victory from its last game, the team has confidence in itself to improve day-in and day-out. 

“Our conference is very tough,” head coach Greg Dunne said. “There are no excuses, though. Our goal is to put ourselves out there every game to compete and win the SUNYAC Championship.” 

Brockport’s next weekend will be a true test for the teams determination to win it all as it is going up against two of the toughest opponents in Plattsburgh and Potsdam. The team is versing Plattsburgh on Friday, Dec. 8, and Potsdam on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Golden Eagles will be looking to bounce back from the latest loss and improve their SUNYAC conference record to 3-1.

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