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Men's basketball fourth in SUNYAC after weekend split

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Wed, Feb 6th 2019 05:00 pm
The top five scorers for the men's basketball team have a combined point total of 1,013 on the year. Junior forward Justin Summers leads the charge with 329. Sophomore guard Devante Hagins stands in second with 264. Sophomore guard Antonia Alvarez and senior guard Antonia Alvarez are tied in third with 151 points. Freshman guard Danny Ashley has 118 points on the season.
The top five scorers for the men's basketball team have a combined point total of 1,013 on the year. Junior forward Justin Summers leads the charge with 329. Sophomore guard Devante Hagins stands in second with 264. Sophomore guard Antonia Alvarez and senior guard Antonia Alvarez are tied in third with 151 points. Freshman guard Danny Ashley has 118 points on the season.
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Apart from a recent 57 point thrashing of Fredonia along with an 11 point victory over Oneonta, The College at Brockport men’s basketball team has either won or lost by single digits in all of this season’s conference contests. The same seat-gripping theme continued this week following a two-point heartbreaker against New Paltz and a six-point victory against Oneonta. The one-and-one result pushed Brockport to a current record of 8—5 and to the fourth spot in the SUNYAC standings. 

An early period of dominance dictated Brockport’s start to the 2019 conference campaign. The team quickly climbed up the SUNYAC ladder, having beaten its first three opponents of the season without a single hiccup in the process. That all changed after Brockport matched its undefeated streak of three with a losing streak of three, erasing its progress and falling down the pecking order in the process. 

Despite the result swings, Brockport has always stayed in the game, closing in on the opponent and losing by single stops or missed shots. The same plot followed during this past weekend against New Paltz. 

The game against New Paltz was the second time the two teams met this season. The first meeting saw the Golden Eagles beat the Hawks in the dying seconds off an out of bounds alley-oop pass to win 65-63, a touch of luck that was not with them this second time around. 

Brockport and New Paltz were neck and neck from tip-off and did not allow for either one to inch forward. Despite the two-man cover, top-five conference scorer and Brockport power forward Justin Summers, led the way into halftime with his offensive prowess, boasting eight points along with three blocks to lead Brockport into halftime with a three-point advantage. 

The second half was reminiscent of the one from the teams’ first meet. Summers continued to use his presence to control the opposition’s paint but it was New Paltz that came on top following a 14-2 run to take the lead. At less than two minutes until the end of regulation, Brockport fed off New Paltz’s turnovers and claimed back the lead. That lead quickly turned into a deficit after foul trouble saw New Paltz lead by two. With 10 seconds and one play to tie it all up, Brockport inbounded to Summers who hit a jumper only for it to hit the back iron and call the game. The team fell 69-67. 

For the second game of the first February weekend, Brockport took on Oneonta and built on the New Paltz loss by capitalizing at the end and closed the game when it mattered the most. 

Heading into the game, Oneonta sat one spot below the playoff seeds and came into the contest looking to claim a qualification spot for the SUNYACs. The team’s desire to make the playoffs were in full display as it pushed early and gave Brockport problems following the tip-off. It was freshman guard Danny Ashley who kept his side in the game after 12 points and some great looks for his teammates. 

The intensity continued from both sides into halftime but the key factor stood in the 7-0 run that followed the halftime buzzer, which gave Brockport the lead for the rest of the game. Oneonta’s efforts were not a match for Brockport’s first bench option and sophomore guard Jahidi Wallace who contributed 17 points in 16 minutes. The green and gold went on to record a victory of 95-89.   

From the collection of performances across the duration of the conference season, Brockport has missed on the big moments yet has failed to fall out of games. Brockport has struggled with taking advantage of games in the final minutes. Once the squad finds the rhythm to closing out games, Brockport will be a full four-quarter threat. 

“We need to come together in the last moments, only then we will be able to win the big games,” senior guard Chris Atkinson said. “We are the best if not one of the best teams in the conference in full focus, once we do that we can reach the title.” 

With the regular season coming to a close in the next two weeks, Brockport faces the number one seed Oswego, and third seed Cortland. Victories from the two upcoming contests will bring the team even closer to the regional title.

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