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M. BBall takes revenge against Oneonta in 27 point blowout

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Feb 13th 2018 09:00 pm
Sophomore power forward Justin Summers (above) blows by the Oneonta defender and gets up for an easy layup.  The athletic forward scored 21 points from eight for 11 shooting and contributed for a large portion of Brockport's defensive efforts with three blocked shots and five rebounds. The sophomore looks to continue his great form into the SUNYAC tournament.
Sophomore power forward Justin Summers (above) blows by the Oneonta defender and gets up for an easy layup. The athletic forward scored 21 points from eight for 11 shooting and contributed for a large portion of Brockport's defensive efforts with three blocked shots and five rebounds. The sophomore looks to continue his great form into the SUNYAC tournament.

Another two games, another two wins for The College at Brockport men’s basketball team, but that’s old news. The Golden Eagles have undoubtedly been one of the most dominant forces since the start of the season, and the same story goes for their most recent games. 

With a second place in the current SUNYAC standings and a conference record of 12—4, Brockport’s ability to get results is something that’s been put on display in each and every single one of its performances; and the team’s showing against Oneonta and New Paltz this past weekend proves just that. 

Coming off a tough loss against an inform Geneseo side during its last away trip, Brockport had to bounce back and win against Oneonta, but let’s just say the team did more than just beat Oneonta. The Golden Eagles ripped their arch rivals apart by completely thrashing them 89 to 72, and taking revenge for the heartbreaking loss of 87 to 83 that Brockport took when the two teams met earlier in the season. 

The match took place on Friday, Feb. 9, in the Jim and John Vlogianitis Gymnasium. Despite the team’s energetic play, Brockport got off to a rough start, falling behind by seven in the first couple of minutes in the game. Nonetheless, a 30 second timeout was called by head coach Gred Dunne, and the team came back to take a 10 point lead. After a couple of threes from junior shooting guard Tyler Collins and an impressive first half score tally of 16 for sophomore power forward Justin Summers, the Golden Eagles went into halftime with a 46-37 advantage over the Red Dragons. 

 Oneonta increased the pressure and continued to contest Brockport’s lead during the second half, but the Red Dragons’ effort was to no avail, as the Golden Eagles heated up and went on a 28-9 run after 15 minutes of play. From Hamed Shamseldin’s 15 points in the second, to the team’s 21 points from Oneonta’s 16 turnovers, Brockport completely controlled the game during the second period, leaving Oneonta in the dust till the final buzzer went off. 

“We played a great game tonight, everyone worked as a team and that’s why we came away with the W tonight,” Summers said. “If we carry the same level of performance and onto the New Paltz game, expect the same result.” 

The Golden Eagles did just that, and on Saturday, Feb. 10, Brockport blew by the New Paltz Hawks with ease, taking them down by 30 points, in a final scoreline of 97 to 67. 

Brockport had the upper hand right from the start of the contest, shooting an incredible 58 percent from the field and rightfully taking a lead of more than 10 points at the end of the first period. 

Following a short halftime break, the Hawks came back fighting, but Brockport’s defensive solidity proved too much for New Paltz and what seemed like a comeback turned into poor turnovers, which resulted in easy points for Brockport and a bigger problem for New Paltz. With 10 minutes of play to go, Brockport was just having fun with it, almost averaging 15 percent more shooting accuracy than New Paltz and recording a ridiculous 57 bench points to New Paltz’ 17. 

The SUNY New Paltz win marked Brockport’s 12th conference victory and its 10th home victory of the season. 

Brockport’s ability to come away with wins is unquestionably elite, but the team’s true test will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the first round of the SUNYAC tournament. Until then, the team will face its last competition of the regular season this upcoming weekend against SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland.

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