Panthers Overcome Cold Shooting for Win
Dryden—The Tompkins Cortland Community College men's basketball team overcame a cold-shooting game Sunday to beat Clinton Community College 73-66. The non-conference win improves TC3 12-10 overall while Clinton falls to 5-18.
Trailing by four midway through the first half, TC3's Tyrone Clark (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) sparked a 13-0 run with a pair of steals and fast-break dunks, giving the home team a 27-18 lead. The score stood at 32-22 at the half, despite the panthers connecting on just 2-of-22 from behind the three-point arc. In the second half, TC3 pushed the lead to 39-28 before Clinton rallied with a strong run that included hitting three-pointers on five straight possessions to take the lead at 52-49 with 8:50 left in the game. The Panthers answered to tie the game at 54-54 on three-point play by Jailaan Kinsey (Jamesville-Dewitt H.S./Dewitt) and then reclaimed the lead at 56-54 on a bucket by Kinsey. Clinton answered to take the lead on another three-pointer, one of ten the Cougars would hit during the game. After Clinton moved ahead by four, the Panthers came back, led by nine straight points by Damani Ashton (Mount Vernon H.S./Mount Vernon), to take the lead for good at 65-61. A perfect six-for-six from the free throw line in the final 45 seconds sealed the win for the home team.
The home team ended the game making just 3-of-30 from three-point range as part of an overall shooting percentage of just 32.2%. A 62-47 advantage on the boards helped offset the cold shooting, as did forcing Clinton into 18 turnovers compared to TC3's 12.
Kinsey led TC3 with 17 points and Ashton finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Clark had a full line of 13 points, six assists, six steals, and five rebounds, and Brandon Reed (Corcoran H.S./Syracuse) posted 10 points and five boards. Floyd Leroy (Albert Magnus H.S./Spring Valley) had a team-high 11 rebounds while scoring seven points, and Adam Park (Spencer-Van Etten H.S./Lockwood) had ten rebounds and six points.
TC3 plays at Onondaga Community College Wednesday.