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Men's basketball scrapes by Medaille in home opener

by Panagiotis Argitis - Managing Editor
Wed, Nov 14th 2018 12:00 pm
Sophomore guard Davonte Jones (above, right) helps up freshman guard, Danny Ashley (above, left), in Friday's home opener against Medaille College.
Sophomore guard Davonte Jones (above, right) helps up freshman guard, Danny Ashley (above, left), in Friday's home opener against Medaille College.
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After capping off the 2017-2018 season with a semi-final appearance at the SUNYAC tournament and a D3 NCAA tournament inclusion, The College at Brockport men’s basketball team kept the ball rolling with a season-opening victory over Medaille College. 

The Golden Eagles have seen a steady run of form over the past two seasons but an elite one nonetheless. They finished with a 14—4 conference record last year, the same case as the campaign prior with the same seed standing of second place as well. 

Success in head coach Greg Dunn’s system is a reoccurring matter. Despite his influence, the team and himself will have to face a new challenge this time around, as the senior group which contributed to a huge portion of the success over the last couple of years, is absent.

Last season, starters such as Abdoulaye Sow, David Clark, Jon Carnegie and Hamed Shamseldin were all pivotal in the wins that Brockport came away with. Shamseldin in particular, controlled the team’s overall offensive prowess as he completed his last year averaging 18.9 points per game and the team’s highest amount of assists. 

Filling in the hole for what is left from last season’s talent is not going to be easy, but Dunn has several returning players including five seniors and four juniors. Brockport has also introduced two freshmen to the program, guards Danny Ashley and Nate Brawdy, who will look to bolster the team’s depth and support the push for wins this season. The combined efforts of the entire group along with a developing chemistry between them is going to prove as the deciding factor behind this year’s campaign progression. 

“We lost alot of key pieces from last year,” junior forward Justin Summers said. “Despite the loss we have a solid group of new and returning players that will carry the weight.” 

The Golden Eagles were the first of SUNYAC competitors to start the regular season this year. The beginning of their schedule was tipped off on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. against the Medaille College Mavericks. 

Brockport got off to a fiery start from the beginning of the match with an 8-0 run following the opening basket from senior guard Tyler Collins and two consecutive makes from three-point land from Summers and Josh Nelson. Medaille contested Brockport’s bright start with a series of threes but its efforts did not suffice to much, as Brockport managed to maintain the pressure and increased its lead to 24-12 after seven minutes of play. 

The Mavericks kept trailing as the game went into halftime but they were not giving up on the opportunity to take Brockport’s lead. The score was 60-47 in Brockport’s favor as both sides began the second half. The Golden Eagles opened the second with the same energy as the first and extended their lead with a three-ball from Nelson for their largest advantage of 16. 

Regardless of Brockport’s consistent control of the game, Medaille saw past its deficit and strung a couple of good plays together to come close to the leaders, cutting down Brockport’s lead to 86-82. The late push for the win would be Brockport’s smallest lead since the first five minutes of the game, but it would be for no reason as it pulled away again. 

The Mavericks prevented themselves from coming back into the game after getting into foul trouble which allowed Brockport to go 8-9 from the free-throw line, including an and-one from Ashley, for a victory of 98-91. 

Brockport’s first display of the season was impressive but so were its members’ numbers. Collins opened his 2018-2019 season account with a huge 31 points from 12 for 19 shooting and 5 for 6 from the three while adding seven dishes and five rebounds. 

“Tyler’s game propelled us to the W,” senior guard Chris Atkinson said. “We can’t rely on him at all times but we all have to be poised.”

The team will look to continue its success with a streak of two wins when it takes on the Morrisville Mustangs on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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