Panthers Top Cayuga 74-70
Dryden—A great second-half rally lifted the Tompkins Cortland Community College men's basketball team to a 74-70 win over Cayuga Community College Sunday in the consolation round of the Panther Classic. TC3 is now 1-4 while Cayuga drops to 2-4.
The first twenty minutes of play saw Cayuga race to a 41-28 lead. TC3 opened the second half strong, using a 9-2 run to pull within six. The lead was down to one at 51-50 with 13:41 left, and the two teams remained within a few points of each other for the next ten minutes. Trailing 66-63, TC3's defense forced Cayuga in a shot-clock violation. Bryce Elie (Queens H.S. of Teaching/Queens) made it a one-point game with a basket, and, after a defensive stop, Tyrone Clark (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) drained a three-pointer to give TC3 its first lead of the game at 68-66 with 1:41 left on the clock. A basket by Cayuga sent the game into its final minute tied at 68-68. After a TC3 turnover and a missed free throw by Cayuga, Damani Ashton (Mount Vernon H.S./Mount Vernon) gave the Panthers lead at 70-68 with 35 seconds left. Cayuga answered with a pair of free throws to make it 70-70 with less than 30 seconds left, but Clark came through again with a basket to make it 72-70 with 14 seconds left on the clock. A steal by Elie on the next possession led to a layup by Ashton, sealing the win.
Jamell Walker (Mount Vernon H.S./Mount Vernon) had another huge game with 22 points and 12 rebounds, earning him a spot on the all-tournament team. Jailaan Kinsey (Jamesville-Dewitt H.S./Dewitt) finished with 13 points, including 12 in the second half. Elie posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Ashton finished with 11.
The Panthers play at Schenectady County Community College Tuesday.