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Brockport fall to Cortland in a last second thriller

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Jan 30th 2018 09:20 pm
Senior guard Hamad Shamseldin (above) goes up for a game winning layup but his effort gets blocked by Cortland's center. With eight seconds on the clock the Brockport top scorer sprinted downcourt in hopes of finding an open look but Cortland's lead of 85-84 remained intact after Shamseldin's shot was blocked. Brockport's current record stands at 14 — 5.
Senior guard Hamad Shamseldin (above) goes up for a game winning layup but his effort gets blocked by Cortland's center. With eight seconds on the clock the Brockport top scorer sprinted downcourt in hopes of finding an open look but Cortland's lead of 85-84 remained intact after Shamseldin's shot was blocked. Brockport's current record stands at 14 — 5.

Talking about straight ballin’? Ask the players of The College at Brockport men’s basketball team, they might know a couple things about that. The team has been one of the best sides of the conference since the start of the season, claiming eight SUNYAC game victories while sitting on a record of 13 — 5 so far. 

The Golden Eagles ended 2017 by winning three big SUNYAC qualification matches, and the team hasn’t let off the gas pedal since then. Its won six straight games ahead of the new year. Apart from the team’s tremendous work ethic and ability to play as one on the floor, the team has also managed to beat opposition by an average of more than 10 points per game. Brockport has been relentless when it comes to offense, with many shooting options from inside the paint as well as the downtown area. The offensive part of Brockport’s game has been deadly since 2018 came around, but so has its defensive game. The team has only let up an average of 2.6 points from fastbreaks this year, proving its solidity and quick group transitioning which has been a huge factor in the team’s success. 

Despite a series of stellar performances and great momentum, Brockport’s six game winning streak was broken by arch rival Plattsburgh in a 93–80 loss which marked Brockport’s second SUNYAC loss for the season. 

Sadly, the team’s misfortunes were not over as the following weekend saw them suffer a second straight loss of 85 – 84 in a heartbreaking battle against number one ranked Cortland. The match proved to be a hanging-on-the-edge-of-the-seat thriller that had both sides fighting for buckets throughout the duration of the whole fixture. Cortland got off to a good start, but Brockport’s starting power forward sophmore Justin Summers rallied the Golden Eagles back to a lead of 52–43 at halftime with an outstanding display of powerful drives to the rim. However, Cortland’s highest scoring players were on fire from downtown and managed to cut Brockport’s lead down to two points. 

The final two minutes were filled with action. Cortland hit a three to extend its lead to four points, but it was short lived, as junior shooting guard Tyler Collins answered back by burying a deep three on the other side of the court. With a single point separating the teams, Cortland headed to the free throw line but failed to hit either of the shots, turning the ball over to Brockport with eight seconds on the clock. The ball was immediately given to Brockport’s offensive player, Hamed Shamseldin. The senior guard drove to the basket in hopes of salvaging his team’s lead but his contested layup was blocked, handing Cortland a victory of 85–84.       

“We played our hearts out against Cortland,” team assistant Peter Farkas said. “We just have to come together and stop them in the upcoming weeks.”

While the Golden Eagles suffered back-to-back losses against Plattsburgh and Cortland, they recovered their overall record back to 14 — 5 after a home win versus Oswego. The final score of the game was 74–70, ensuring Brockport’s confidence following a tough week for both staff and players.   

Brockport is one of the top powers in the conference standings, with Plattsburgh and Cortland ahead of the team by a margin of one and two wins, respectively. Although the team has been consistent throughout the new year, the difference between falling short and claiming the SUNYAC Tournament title will come down to the performances against those two sides. 

The team’s next match is against Geneseo on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. The two sides first met earlier this month which saw Brockport beat The Knights by 10 points. The Golden Eagles will be hoping to repeat this feat in the upcoming weekend.

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