June 20, 2014
The upcoming basketball season at Tompkins Cortland Community College will have some familiar faces in unfamiliar places. Director of Athletics Mick McDaniel has announced that David Stevenson has been appointed the head women's basketball coach and Rich Echevarria has been appointed the head men’s basketball coach. Stevenson has been the head men’s basketball coach for the past nine seasons; Echevarria has been one of his assistant coaches for the past three years.
Stevenson takes over the women’s program for Jaclyn Sutton, who stepped down after four years. Assistant coach Jeff Riker will remain on the women’s coaching staff; assistant coach Brian Carroll will remain with the men’s team.
"Coach Stevenson has proven to be one of the top coaches in our region, and I have every confidence that he will enjoy the same success with the women’s program that he had with the men’s,” said McDaniel. "Coach Echevarria is a fantastic recruiter and is dedicated to continuing the winning and sportsmanlike ways that are now synonymous with TC3 athletics. I fully expect great things for both programs."
Stevenson is the most successful basketball coach in TC3 history. He took over a men’s program that had one winning season in its first 29 seasons and turned it into a consistent regional contender. His teams made the postseason five times, including the last three seasons. TC3 won three Mid-State Athletic Conference championships, including the last two, and Stevenson was named the MSAC Coach of the Year three times. He won more games (123) than all the other men’s basketball coaches in TC3 history combined, and is the only men’s basketball coach in College history with a winning percentage (.519).
"I'm very excited to take on the challenge of moving the women’s program forward," said Stevenson. "I’m equally excited to leave the men’s program to a former player and coach."
Echevarria is a former player at TC3 and a graduate of the College’s sport management program. He has coached on the AAU level and a various college camps, and has been an assistant on Stevenson’s bench during the best three-year run in program history. During his time with the Panthers, TC3 has a .675 winning percentage (54-26) and captured two straight conference titles. Those three years also saw the Panthers produce an all-American, four all-region selections, a two-time conference player of the year, and six all-conference selections.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue the tradition that has been started with Coach Stevenson,” said Echevarria. “I will work to build our student-athletes up to the best they can be, and prepare them to move to a four-year school, both on the court and academically.”
May 2, 2014
NJCAA All-American Tyseem Lyles
Tompkins Cortland Community College men's basketball player Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) has been named a National Junior College Athletic Association All American. Lyles was named to the third team, becoming just the second TC3 men’s basketball player ever named an All American. Jude Princivil was the first, honored after the 1994-95 season.
Lyles is a two-time Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a two-time selection to the NJCAA All-Region III First Team. He led TC3 in scoring both years, including averaging 18.5 points per game this year. He set TC3 season records for assists and steals this year, and established a new career record for assists. He was tops in Region III in steals, second in assists, and second in three-point shooting percentage (51.9%).
A total of 15 players were honored with All-American recognition on the Division III level, which includes 109 teams.
April 13, 2014
Panther Hall of Famers Ivan Lewis, Brent Doane, Clint Chaffee
Three standouts were inducted into the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panther Hall of Fame Sunday. Former student-athletes Clint Chaffee (’06) and Ivan Lewis (’02) and former coach Brent Doane comprise the Class of 2014, the largest since the inaugural Class of 1999. With a two-time All American, a national scoring champion, and a national champion coach, the Panther Hall of Fame Class of 2014 is distinguished in terms of both quantity and quality.
Chaffee was a member of the TC3 golf team in 2005 and 2006. He was an NJCAA All American both years, finishing sixth at nationals both years. The Candor High School graduate was TC3’s first regional golf champion and still holds the College record for best single round score and best season scoring average. He was a SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award winner in 2006 and went on to earn a degree in golf course management from SUNY Delhi. Chaffee is currently an assistant golf professional at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C., one of the top private clubs in the country.
Lewis played basketball for TC3 in 2000-01 and 2001-02. He led the nation in scoring his freshman year, averaging 30.5 points per game, and was third in the nation his sophomore year, averaging 27.8 points per game. He holds nearly all the TC3 scoring records, and has the distinction of being the only player in program history to score more than 50 points in a single game and more than 700 points in a single season. Lewis was the first TC3 player to top 1,000 points in a career and still holds the school record for career scoring. He was a two-time all-region and all-conference selection, and was a preseason NJCAA All American. After graduating from TC3, Lewis went on to star at Felician College (NCAA Division II) in New Jersey, helping the Golden Falcons to a conference title and ECAC Division II championship. He graduated cum laude from Felician and began a coaching career that has advanced to his current post of associate head coach at Felician.
Doane coached the TC3 women’s basketball team from 1999-2005 and the softball team from 2002-2012. He directed the basketball teams, the first varsity women’s basketball teams in the College’s history, to three straight NJCAA playoff appearances. On the softball diamond, he restarted a program that hadn’t been active in six years, leading the Panthers to a NJCAA playoff appearance his first season. During his 11 years coaching softball, he led the Panthers to nine NJCAA playoff appearances, four regional championships, and the 2009 NJCAA national championship. His teams placed third in the nation twice and fourth once, and Doane was named the national coach of the year once and the regional coach of the year twice. During his time at TC3, he coached 10 All Americans, 31 all-region players, and 39 all-conference selections. Doane, who still works in the TC3 admissions office, is also currently an assistant softball coach at Cornell University.
Chaffee and Lewis are the first golfer and men’s basketball player, respectively, inducted into the Panther Hall of Fame. Doane is the third coach elected to hall, and the first to have coached a women’s sport.
Formed in 1999, the Panther Hall of Fame is designed to honor former athletes, coaches, and contributors for their outstanding performance and support of TC3 athletics. New members are elected by a selection committee that includes the director of athletics, the TC3 Athletic Advisory Board members, and current Panther Hall of Fame members. Inductions are possible bi-annually, with a maximum of three new members in each class. A plaque with the inductee's picture and description of his or her achievement is displayed at the College.
With the induction of the Class of 2014, there are now 12 members of the Panther Hall of Fame.
March 10, 2014
Tompkins Cortland Community College men's basketball players Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) and Devin Redden (St. Mary’s H.S./Buffalo) have been named to the NJCAA Region III All-Region team. Lyles was named to the first team while Redden was placed on the third team. It’s the third time TC3 has placed two players on the all-region team, and the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Lyles, a sophomore sport management major, is the first TC3 player ever named to the first team two years in a row. He played in 26 games this year, leading the team with an 18.5-points-per-game average. He averaged 6.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 4.0 steals per game, setting new TC3 records for assists in a season and career and steals in a season. He was first in the region in steals, second in assists, and second in three-point shooting percentage (51.9%).
Redden, a sophomore criminal justice major, was second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.1 points per game. He averaged 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists steals per game for the season, and stepped it up to 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game in conference play. He scored in double figures in 20 of his 25 games and topped 20 points six times. He had a double-double in TC3’s win at SUNY Broome and led TC3 in scoring six times, all wins.
Both players were also named to All-Mid-State Athletic Conference, with Lyles earning the MSAC Player of the Year award. The duo led the Panthers to a two-year record of 41-12, two MSAC championships, and two appearances in the NJCAA Region III quarterfinals. The two-year win total represents the most in TC3 history.
The Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball season came to a close Friday as the Panthers lost in the quarterfinal round of the NJCAA Region III tournament, 90-75, to Clinton Community College. TC3’s ends the season with a record of 20-7.
The Panthers entered the tournament as the #5 seed while Clinton was the #4 seed. The game opened with a basket by TC3’s Laszlo Hajnoczi (Hunter-Tannersville H.S./Tannersville) for a quick lead. After a Clinton three-pointer, Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) drained a three-pointer of his own to make it 5-3. Over the next four minutes, Clinton scored ten straight points to lead 13-5. The lead grew over the next ten minutes, capping at 35-15 before TC3 ended the half with a 14-5 run to make the score 40-29 at the break.
The TC3 run continued in the second half, with the Panthers scoring the first six points to close within five at 40-35 with 16:35 left. Clinton responded with five straight to push the lead back to ten. The margin hovered around ten over the next five minutes before TC3 went on a 13-4 run that included three-pointers by Lyles, Devin Redden (St. Mary’s H.S./Buffalo), and Joel Costello (Middleburgh H.S./Middleburgh) and was capped by a steal and basket by Costello to make the score 64-61 with 8:35 left on the clock. After the teams traded baskets, Clinton scored seven straight to make the lead ten at 73-63 with 6:56 left. The Panthers couldn’t cut the lead below eight the rest of the way as Clinton sealed the win and advanced to the regional semifinal.
In the end, TC3 was on the wrong end of several key statistics. Clinton held a 64-36 advantage in rebounding and shot 45.6% from the floor, compared to 34.9% for TC3. From three-point range, Clinton made 50% (10-of-20) while the Panthers connected on just 32.3% (10-of-31). Clinton also went 18-of-24 from the foul line, compared to just 5-for-8 for TC3. Combined, it adds up to a disappointing result for the Panthers.
Not all the numbers were bad. Lyles cemented his place among the elite in the history of TC3 basketball, setting two TC3 season records in the loss. He handed out three assists to give him 156 for the season, breaking the old record of 155 set by Chris Cartwright in 2009-10, and he had seven steals, giving him 105 for the season, breaking the old record of 103 set by Randall Thomas in 2003-04. Lyles also scored 16 points, giving him 902 points for his career to become the fifth TC3 player to top 900 in his career. He also pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.
Costello also had a big game scoring 20 points, a new career high. He added a team-best four assists while also recording four steals. Redden scored 14 points and had five rebounds, and Hajnoczi had nine points, six rebounds, and four steals.
|3||Patrick Spirawk||So.||5' 11"||155||Newark Valley/Berkshire|
|5||Chris Fox||So.||5' 10"||170||Dryden/McLean|
|10||Nate Cambridge||So.||5' 11"||175||Union-Endicott/Endicott|
|12||Ross Sandlas||So.||6' 1"||190||Genesee Valley/Angelica|
|20||Dexter McGrowder||Fr.||6' 5"||185||Harry Van Arsdale/Brooklyn|
|23||Gerald Strong||So.||6' 2"||185||East/Rochester|
|25||Armel Traore dit Nignan||Fr.||6' 7"||220||Technical & Commercial HS/Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso|
|32||Randall Thomas||So.||6' 3"||200||Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx|
MSAC (13-1), Region III (19-6)
132 (vs. Ithaca College JV, 2/22/01)
130 (vs. Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus, 11/1/07)
127 (vs. Onondaga CC, 1/16/01)
58 (vs. Practical Bible College, 1987-88)
55 (vs. Practical Bible College, 11/8/87)
52 (vs. Jefferson CC, 2/10/04)
30 (at Onondaga CC, 12/11/81)
42 (vs. Davis College, 12/9/04)
45 (vs. Herkimer County CC, 11/10/02)
40 (vs. Ithaca College JV, 2/22/01)
33 (vs. Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus, 11/1/07)
31 (vs. North Country CC, 11/23/03)
31 (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/3/01)
64 (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 11/1/09)
63 (vs. Schenectady CCC, 11/7/04)
61 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 11/1/07)
20 (vs. Broome CC, 2/8/01)
16 (at Cayuga CC, 1/30/08)
16 (vs. Cayuga CC, 2/1/01)
26 (vs. Cazenovia College JV, 1/22/09)
23 (at Practical Bible College, 12/11/03)
23 (at Erie CC, 12/5/03)
23 (at Corning CC, 2/14/04)
15 (at Practical Bible College, 12/11/03)
15 (at Cayuga CC, 1/6/11)
12 (vs. Cayuga CC, 1/26/11)
39 (vs. Corning CC, 2/19/05)
35 (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 11/12/11)
35 (vs. SUNY Morrisville, 11/14/01)
55 Ivan Lewis (vs. Onondaga CC, 2/5/02)
49 Ray Mathis (vs. Onondaga CC, 1989-90)
44 Ivan Lewis (at Cayuga CC, 1/18/01)
767 Ivan Lewis (2000-2001)
689 Jude Princivil (1994-95)
668 Ivan Lewis (2001-02)
1435 Ivan Lewis (2000-2002)
1128 Randall Thomas (2001-02, 2003-04)
1017 Chris Cartwright (2009-10)
30.7 Ivan Lewis (2000-2001)
28.7 Jude Princivil (1994-95)
27.8 Ivan Lewis (2001-02)
29.3 Ivan Lewis (2000-2002)
24.2 Jude Princivil (1993-95)
21.3 Randall Thomas (2001-02, 2003-04)
20 Larry Roberts (vs. Environmental Science & Forestry, 12/10/80)
16 Ryan Davis (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/11/00)
155 Chris Cartwright (2009-10)
154 Joshua Canfield (1996-97)
152 Ryan Davis (2000-2001)
259 Chris Cartwright (2008-10)
253 Ryan Davis (1999-2001)
212 Sean Anderson (2006-07)
22 Tony Parker (vs. Niagara CCC, 11/29/07)
22 Armel Traore dit Nignan (vs. Onondaga CC, 2/8/05)
21 Josh Delfino (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 11/1/09)
348 Josh Delfino (2009-10)
306 Jude Princivil (1994-95)
267 Tony Parker (2007-08)
515 Armel Traore dit Nignan (2003-05)
432 Jude Princivil (1993-1995)
421 Aaron Wood (1999-2001)
10 Aaron Wood (vs. Broome CC, 2/8/01)
8 Aaron Wood (at Cayuga CC, 1/18/01)
8 Carl Palmieri (at Cayuga CC, 1/18/00)
98 Aaron Wood (2000-2001)
80 Bob Goble (1988-89)
76 Eddie Mitchell (2007-08)
145 Chris Cartwright (2008-10)
145 Aaron Wood (1999-2001)
133 Eddie Mitchell (2006-08)
9 Gerald Strong (at Corning CC, 2/14/04)
8 Eddie Mitchell (at Columbia-Greene CC, 11/10/07)
8 Gerald Strong (vs. Hudson Valley CC, NJCAA Playoffs, 2/24/04)
8 Randall Thomas (at Finger Lakes CC, 2/2/02)
8 Ryan Davis (at Practical Bible College, 11/16/00)
103 Randall Thomas (2003-04)
101 Randall Thomas (2001-02)
87 Charleston Collins, Jr. (2009-10)
204 Randall Thomas (2001-02, 2003-04)
149 Gerald Strong (2002-04)
138 Charleston Collins, Jr. (2008-10)
11 Austin Eastman (at Cayuga CC, 1/6/11)
8 Austin Eastman (vs. Broome CC, 1/13/11)
8 Austin Eastman (vs. Cayuga CC, 1/26/11)
81 Austin Eastman (2010-11)
57 Josh Delfino (2009-10)
56 Jude Princivil (1994-95)
94 Armel Traore dit Nignan (2003-05)
81 Austin Eastman (2010-11)
75 Tyrone Clark (2010-12)
14 Ivan Lewis (vs. SUNY Morrisville, 11/14/01)
14 Aaron Wood (at Corning CC, 1/27/01)
13 Chris Cartwright (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 11/14/09)
13 Melvin Moore (at Corning CC, 1/27/07)
177 Jude Princivil (1994-95)
141 Ivan Lewis (2001-02)
140 Chris Cartwright (2009-10)
276 Ivan Lewis (2000-2002)
233 Jude Princivil (1993-95)
232 Chris Cartwright (2008-10)
19 Chris Cartwright (2009-10)
18 Jared Martin (2004-05)
18 Carl Palmieri (2000-2001)
99 (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
95 (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
83 (at Jefferson CC, 2/28/12)
83 (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 2/27/08)
62 (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
62 (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
65 (at Hudson Valley CC, 2/24/04)
21 (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
19 (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
19 (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
57 (at Cayuga CC, 2/25/12)
55 (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
50 (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
11 (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 2/27/08)
11 (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
10 (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/10)
10 (at Broome CC, 2/23/08)
20 (at Hudson Valley CC, 2/24/04)
12 (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
12 (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
12 (at Cayuga CC, 2/21/04)
9 (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
5 (vs. Herkimer CCC, 3/2/12)
5 (at Cayuga CC, 2/25/12)
5 (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
5 (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
30 (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
21 (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
20 (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
19 (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
16 (vs. Figner Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
15 (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
28, Gerald Strong (at Cayuga CC, 2/21/04)
26, Chris Cartwright (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
24, Greg Mudge (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
24, Sean Anderson (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 2/27/08)
7, Tyrone Clark (at Jefferson CC, 2/28/12)
7, Nate Cambridge (at Hudson Valley CC, 2/24/04)
6, Chris Cartwright (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
6, Tynez Wilson (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
6, Sean Anderson (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 2/27/08)
6, Chris Cartwright (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
15, Josh Delfino (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
14, Josh Delfino (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
14, Josh Delfino (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
6, Greg Mudge (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
6, Chris Cartwright (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
4, Chris Cartwright (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/10)
4, Michael Martin (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
4, Owen Mann (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 2/27/08)
8, Gerald Strong (at Hudson Valley CC, 2/24/04)
7, Sean Anderson (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 2/27/08)
4, Charleston Collins, Jr. (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
4, Charleston Collins, Jr. (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
4, Eddie Mitchell (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 2/27/08)
4, Randall Thomas (at Hudson Valley CC, 2/24/04)
4, Nate Cambridge (at Cayuga CC (NJCAA), 2/21/04)
5, Josh Delfino (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
3, Josh Delfino (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
2, Floyd Leroy (at Jefferson CC, 2/28/12)
2, Josh Delfino (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/10)
2, Armel Traore dit Nignan (vs. Cayuga CC, 2/28/04)
2, Armel Traore dit Nignan (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
2, Dexter McGrowder (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
2, Armel Traore dit Nignan (at Hudson Valley CC, 2/24/04)
11, Chris Fox (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
8, Gerald Strong (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
7, Chris Cartwright (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
7, Michael Martin (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
7, Chris Cartwright (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
Total All-American Players
Total All-Region Players
Total All-MSAC Players
2011-12: MSAC Final Four, Reg. III Playoffs
2009-10: MSAC Champion, Reg. III Final Four
2007-08: MSAC Final Four, Reg. III Playoffs
2003-04: MSAC Final Four, Reg. III Final Four
After three seasons as an assistant to two-time MSAC Coach of the Year David Stevenson, Coach Echevarria takes over as head coach for the 2014-15 campaign. He brings great experience both as a player, having played for the Panthers while earning his TC3 degree in sport management, and as a coach, having coached on the AAU level and at several camps. He is also an IAABO official, working basketball games on the high school and college level.
As the head coach, Coach Echevarria plans to continue the high-tempo aggressive style that has proven successful in recent years at TC3. He will oversee all aspects of the program, while continuing to show his strength in recruiting, strength and fitness training, and defense.
The 2014-15 season will mark Coach Carroll's sixth on the bench for the Panthers. He joined the staff after completing his own two-sport college career, playing basketball at SUNY Brockport before transferring to TC3 to play baseball. During his time with TC3, he has used his own experience as a standout backcourt player to help coach some of the strongest guards in the region. He brings an understanding of the game from a recent player's perspective and is extremely valuable in his ability to assist with in-game adjustments.
Saturday, February 28, 2004
The most successful season in the history of TC3 men's basketball season came to a close with a NJCAA Regional Final Four loss Saturday. Playing at SUNY Cobleskill against the #2 seed Cayuga Community College, the #10 seed Panthers fell 80-65. TC3's season ends with a 16-13 record. Cayuga advances to the regional final with a record of 23-8.
In the fourth meeting of the year between TC3 and Cayuga, the two played the first ten minutes like two teams very familiar with each other. The lead changed hands six times before Cayuga used an 11-2 run to take a 21-15 lead with just over six minutes left in the half. The Panthers would cut the lead to four before Cayuga stretched it out to an eight-point halftime lead. The second half saw the lead grow to 15 before TC3 used an 11-3 run to pull within seven wit seven minutes left. The momentum built on the run was lost when a blocking call against TC3 led to a three-point play for Cayuga. From that point on, the Panthers could get no closer than 10 as the hopes for the upset faded.
Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) finished his stellar career at TC3 with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) scored 14 points while sophomore co-captain Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) added 13.
As a team, the Panthers set several new records this year, most notably wins in a season. The 2003-04 team became the first TC3 men's basketball team to play in the postseason since 1994-95 and the first ever to win a playoff game. As the #10 seed, TC3 had the two biggest upsets of the tournament, beating #7 seed Hudson Valley Community College on Tuesday before knocking off #2 seed Mohawk Valley Community College Friday. In many ways, the team of six sophomores and three freshman set new standards for TC3 men's basketball.
Friday, February 27, 2004
TC3's playoff run continued Friday with a 75-62 win over #2 seed Mohawk Valley Community College. TC3, the tournament's #10 seed, advances to the final four on Saturday against #3 seed Cayuga Community College. TC3 is now 16-12. Mohawk Valley's season ends at 22-8.
Both teams opened the game cold from the floor, scoring a combined 15 points in the first ten minutes of play as Mohawk Valley took a 9-6 lead. Mohawk Valley's lead grew to six points twice in the next five minutes before TC3 went on a 16-6 run to end the half with a 25-21 lead. After a Mohawk Valley basket to open the second half cut TC3's lead to two points, the Panthers used an 11-2 run to move ahead 39-25 with 14 minutes left in the game. TC3's lead would grow to 16 and never drop below 10 as the Panthers converted on 9 of 15 free throws over the final two minutes to seal the win.
Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) led all scorers with 22 points as part of his double-double (11 rebounds). Chris Fox (Dryden/McLean) poured in 13 points while Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) just missed a double-double with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) tossed in 11 points while Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) scored 11 points while pulling down 12 boards.
Saturday's contest with Cayuga will be the fourth time the two teams have met this season, with Cayuga winning each time. The two teams hooked up last Saturday in the Mid-State Athletic Conference semi-finals, with Cayuga winning 94-70. Cayuga advanced to the regional final four with an overtime win over Corning Community College, 71-67.
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
A fiery halftime speech and the stepped-up defensive pressure that followed were keys in an historic TC3 men’s basketball playoff win at Hudson Valley Community College Tuesday. The Panthers topped Hudson Valley 71-65 in the opening round of the NJCAA Region III playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals on Friday. TC3, the #10 seed, improved to 15-12 with the first playoff win in the history of the program and will play #2 seed Mohawk Valley Community College at 3:00 PM Friday in Cobleskill. Hudson Valley, the #7 seed, saw its season end with a 15-13 record.
Things started slowly for the Panthers as the host team jumped to a 36-28 lead at halftime. During the break, TC3 coach John Pijanowski challenged his team to turn up the intensity. Switching to a man-to-man defense, the Panthers did just that, racing past Hudson Valley and taking a 12-point lead with five minutes left. Hudson Valley would get no closer than six the rest of the way as TC3 converted at the free throw line to preserve the win.
Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) had another outstanding night, scoring 21 points while swiping 8 steals and grabbing 5 rebounds. Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) put up an impressive line with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Dexter McGrowder (Van Arsdale/Brooklyn) scored 12 while Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) chipped in 11 points while pulling down 8 rebounds.
Saturday, February 21, 2004
For the first 15 minutes, the first-ever appearance by the TC3 men’s basketball team in a Mid-State Athletic Conference playoff game was an exciting affair for Panthers fans. Unfortunately, the rest of Saturday’s game was one they’d soon forget as TC3 lost to #1 seed Cayuga Community College 94-70. TC3 is now 14-12 overall.
The Panthers played evenly with the host team for most of the first half before falling victim to a late spurt by Cayuga that gave the home team a 46-37 lead at the break. A quick 6-0 run by Cayuga to start the second half made the lead 15. TC3 would never get closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) led TC3 with 28 points. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) added 13, all in the first half, and Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) tossed in 12.
TC3 now awaits a possible NJCAA Regional bid. Tournament pairings will be announced Sunday evening.
Thursday, February 19, 2004
TC3 clinched the first Mid-State Athletic Conference playoff appearance in the history of the program with a 77-67 win at SUNY Canton Thursday. The win in the regular season finale gives the Panthers 14 on the season, setting a new TC3 record. The Panthers are now 14-11 overall and 8-6 in the MSAC. The win also leaves TC3 tied with Broome Community College for third place in the conference. Canton ends its season 10-14 overall and 6-8 in the MSAC.
Needing a win to clinch a playoff spot, the Panthers jumped to a 38-32 lead at the half. The Panther grew the lead to 67-50 with 6:30 left in the second half and cruised to the win. Canton could get no closer than eight the rest of the way as TC3 posted its fifth win in the last six games.
Four Panthers finished in double-figures, lead by a trio with 17 points each. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott), Gerald Strong (East/Rochester), Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) each tossed in 17 points with Traore dit Nignan pulling down 12 rebounds for a double-double. Dexter McGrowder (Van Arsdale/Brooklyn) added 14 points for the winners.
TC3 is the #4 seed in the MSAC playoffs and will play #1 seed Cayuga Community College in the MSAC semifinals at 8 M Saturday at Cayuga Community College. The conference championship game will be held Sunday. The Panthers are also expected to earn an invitation to participate in next week’s NJCAA Region III Tournament. Seedings for the regionals will be announced Sunday evening.
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
TC3 clinched its first winning regular season in almost ten years with a 98-74 win over SUNY Canton Tuesday. With one game left in the regular season, the Panthers are now 13-11 overall and 7-6 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. The result also ties the school record for wins in the season, matching the win total the only other time TC3 finished the regular season with a winning record. TC3 finished the 1994-95 regular season 13-12. The loss drops Canton to 10-13 overall and 6-7 in MSAC play.
The game opened with the visitors on fire, draining three 3-pointers in the opening five minutes to race to a 16-6 lead. TC3 could chip only a point off the lead over the next five minutes, but used a 21-4 run, including 10 points by sophomore Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott), to come back and take a 36-28 lead with six minutes left in the half. After Canton snapped the run and cut the lead to six, the bulge would grow to ten and not shrink below seven the rest of the half. The Panthers opened the second half by stretching the 51-39 lead to 16 points and never looked back.
On the night all six TC3 sophomores were honored before the game, sophomore co-captains Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) and Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) each recorded double-doubles to lead six Panthers in double-figures scoring. Strong scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed a team-best 12 rebounds while Thomas tossed in 21points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. Cambridge chipped in with 14 points and 6 assists. Sophomore Chris Fox (Dryden/McLean), freshman Drew Taylor (Binghamton/Binghamton), and freshman Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) each scored 10 points. Sophomore Ross Sandlas (Genesee Valley/Angelica) added 7 points and 3 assists while freshman Dexter McGrowder (Van Arsdale/Brooklyn) scored 4 and ribbed down 6 rebounds.
The win moves TC3 into a tie for third place in the conference with Broome and the winner of Tuesday's Corning vs. Finger Lakes game. With each team playing one more game, and with two teams just one game out of third place, the conference playoff picture is still up in the air. TC3 can clinch no worse than a tie for third place with a win in the final regular season game Thursday. The Panthers travel to SUNY Canton for a make up of a game originally scheduled for earlier in the season, but postponed due to the weather.
Saturday, February 14, 2004
Needing a win to stay alive in the hunt for the postseason, the TC3 men’s basketball team put forth one of the best defensive efforts in the history of the program, shutting down a powerful Corning Community College squad 76-57 Saturday. The win keeps TC3’s hopes of earning the program’s first ever trip to the Mid-State Athletic Conference playoffs alive and improves the chances of the Panthers earning a bid to the NJCAA regional tournament. The Panthers are now 12-11 overall and 6-6 in the MSAC. Corning, who was ranked in the top ten in the nation earlier this season, falls to 16-8 overall and 6-6 in the MSAC.
TC3 controlled play for almost the entire game - an opening minute lead of 3-2 was the only lead Corning would enjoy on the afternoon. The Panthers quickly established their game and shut down Corning’s offense, limiting the home team to just 30 points in the first half as TC3 built a seven-point half time lead. The second saw the Panthers clamp down even more, limiting the Red Barons to just 27 points while putting the game away.
“This was the best defensive performance since I’ve been coaching here,” said TC3 head coach John Pijanowski, now in his third season. “We played well as a team and never looked back after taking control early.” The game was the fourth time this season the Panthers have held an opponent under 60 points.
Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) led four Panthers in double-figures with 26 points while also setting a new TC3 single game steals record with 9 and grabbing 8 rebounds. Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) tossed in 17 points to go with 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) had a balanced game with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 steals. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) added 12 points for the winners while Dexter McGrowder (Harry Van Arsdale/Brooklyn) grabbed a team-best 10 boards.
The Panthers return wrap up the regular season with a pair of games against SUNY Canton. The Panthers host Canton at 6 PM Tuesday before traveling to Canton on Thursday. The Panthers must win at least one these games to be eligible for a postseason bid while wins in both games would almost guarantee TC3’s first trip to the playoffs since the 1994-95 season.
Thursday, February 12, 2004
The TC3 men’s basketball team’s playoff hopes took a setback Thursday as the Panthers lost to Mid-State Athletic Conference rival Broome Community College, 98-91. The Panthers fall to 11-11 overall and 5-6 in the MSAC. Broome moves to 12-10 overall and 7-4 in conference.
In game TC3 needed to take control of their conference playoff chances, the Panthers came out and played a good first half, moving to a 45-38 lead. In the second period, Broome caught fire, scoring 60 points to rally for the win. The loss leaves TC3 in 6th place in the MSAC, with the top four teams making the conference playoffs. With three regular season games left, TC3 needs a strong finish to make the conference tournament. A bid into the NJCAA Region III tournament is also still a possibility, depending on how TC3 finishes.
Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) and Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) again led the Panthers, with Thomas making some history early on. With his third point of the night, he becomes just the second player in TC3 history to reach 1,000 points for his career (Ivan Lewis, 2000-2002, scored 1,435 career points). Thomas finished the night with 23 points while Strong poured in 28. Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) had a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
The Panthers travel to Corning Community College Saturday.
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Six players scored in double-digits as TC3 overwhelmed Jefferson Community College Tuesday, winning by a final score of 116-64. TC3 improves to 11-10 overall and 5-5 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Jefferson, dressing just five players due to injuries, drops to 2-23 overall and 0-11 in the MSAC.
The final score wasn't reflective of play early. The game was tied at 20-20 ten minutes into the game before an 8-0 run gave the Panthers the lead for good. Jefferson relied on the long ball to keep it close, draining eight three-pointers in the first half to enter halftime down just 11 points. The second half was all TC3, as the home team poured in 68 points to put the game away. The 52-point margin of victory was the third largest in TC3 history.
Nate Cambridge (Union Endicott/Endicott) had a hot hand for the Panthers scoring a career-high 27 points on near perfect shooting. He finished with 7 three-pointers on 7-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. He was a perfect 3-of-3 from two-point range while adding 5 assists and 4 steals. Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) scored 23 points, dished out 7 assists, and grabbed 6 rebounds. He now has 337 rebounds for his career, tied with Ivan Lewis (2000-2002) for third on the TC3 career list. Gerald Strong (East/Rochester), Ross Sandlas (Genesee Valley/Angelica), and Dexter McGrowder (Van Arsdale/Brooklyn) each recorded a double-double. Strong had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Sandlas tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds, and McGrowder recorder 13 points and 11 rebounds. Drew Taylor (Binghamton/Binghamton) tossed in 14 points.
The Panthers play at Broome Community College Thursday in a key MSAC match. TC3 needs at least two wins in the final four regular season games to be eligible for postseason play.
Saturday, February 07, 2004
A Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) 3-pointer with two seconds left gave the TC3 men's basketball team a dramatic 90-88 win in a non-conference game at Hudson Valley Community College Saturday. TC3 improves to 10-10 while Hudson Valley falls to 11-11.
The game was filled with momentum swings. TC3 jumped out early, taking a 21-3 lead before the home team could regroup. Hudson Valley clawed back to take a 42-39 halftime lead as TC3, playing with just eight players due to injuries, struggled to control Hudson Valley’s hot shooters. Coming out in the second half, the Panthers recaptured the lead and pushed it to ten points before Hudson Valley again regrouped. It looked like a replay of the first half as Hudson Valley took the lead into the final minute. With 30 seconds left, TC3’s Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) hit a pair of free throws to give the Panthers a one-point lead. Hudson Valley took the lead back on a bucket with eight seconds left, setting the stage for a dramatic finish. The Panthers advanced the ball past half court and called time out with six seconds left. The play was designed for Thomas, but after taking the inbounds pass he was quickly double-teamed. He kicked the ball out to Strong in the corner who drained the game-winner. Strong preserved the win by blocking Hudson Valley’s three-point attempt at the buzzer.
Several TC3 players had impressive games. Strong had 29 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Thomas added 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) had a solid line with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals. Dexter McGrowder (Van Arsdale/Brooklyn) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.
TC3 returns home for conference play Tuesday against Jefferson Community College.
Thursday, February 05, 2004
Despite putting six players in double-digits scoring, the TC3 men's basketball team dropped a tough 104-97 decision to Mid-State Athletic Conference-leading Cayuga Community College Thursday. The loss drops TC3 to 9-10 overall and 4-5 in the MSAC. Cayuga moves to 16-6 overall and 8-1 in conference.
The first half saw the two teams close the entire way. After TC3 took a 19-18 lead ten minutes in, Cayuga used an 8-3 run to take its biggest lead of the half at 27-22. After the two teams traded baskets the next few minutes, TC3 closed out the half by tying the contest at 45-45. The game would be tied five more times in the second half, with TC3 holding four-point leads four times, the last at 76-72 with 9:27 left in the game. Cayuga rallied to tie the game at 77-77, and after the two teams traded a pair of baskets, the score was 81-81 with 7:27 left. On the next possession, TC3 preseason all-American Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) was called for an offensive foul in the lane. While reacting to the call, Thomas' fifth foul, the TC3 bench was called for a technical. Cayuga hit both free throws and scored on the ensuing possession, giving the Spartans a four-point lead. TC3 would close the lead to one but could never take the lead back.
Thomas led TC3 with 23 points and 5 steals. Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) added 18 points and 4 assists and Nate Cambridge (Union Endicott/Endicott) contributed 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Drew Taylor (Binghamton/Binghamton) had a career-high 12 points while Chris Fox (Dryden/McLean) and Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) each scored 11 points.
The Panthers play at Hudson Valley Community College Saturday.
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
The men's basketball team dropped to .500 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference with a 79-71 loss at Onondaga Community College Tuesday. TC3 is now 9-9 overall and 4-4 in the MSAC. Onondaga improves to 15-7 overall and 5-3 in the MSAC.
TC3 led by as much as 10 points early in the contest before Onondaga rallied. The home team took a 39-38 lead into halftime and pulled away in the second half for the win. Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) led TC3 with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 steals. Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) added 14 points while Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) tossed in 13. Pat Spirawk (Newark Valley/Berkshire) scored 11 before leaving the game with an ankle injury.
The Panthers look to move back into the win column Thursday when conference-leading Cayuga Community College comes to Dryden for an 8 PM contest.
Thursday, January 29, 2004
A strong finish helped TC3 to an 82-63 win over Mid-State Athletic Conference rival Finger Lakes Community College Thursday. The win moves TC3 to 9-8 overall and 4-3 in the MSAC. Finger Lakes falls to 7-9 overall and 2-5 in conference.
After a slow start for both teams, the first half was fairly evenly played, with TC3 holding a 34-31 lead at the break. The lead grew to eight before Finger Lakes rallied to within two at 41-39 with 17 minutes left. It would be the closest Finger Lakes would get, but the Lakers didn't go quietly. The lead stayed in single digits the rest of the way, and stood at 66-60 with four minutes left. From that point on, TC3 outscored the visitors 16-3, including 9-0 over the final 2:16, to put the game away.
The Panthers won despite a miserable night shooting (3-of-20 from three-point range). Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) led the offense with 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) enjoyed one of his finest games as a collegian with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) and Nate Cambridge (Union Endicott/Endicott) added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Panthers play at Onondaga Community College Tuesday, February 3.
Saturday, January 24, 2004
For the second straight game, the TC3 men's basketball team dug a big first half hole, only to come storming back. On Saturday against Corning Community College though, the rally stalled, leaving the Panthers to lose 78-74. TC3, whose three-game winning streak came to an end, is now 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Corning improves to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the MSAC.
The Panthers struggled early, as Corning used a 28-11 run over the final 12 minutes of the first half to take a 44-27 lead in to the break. Coming out in the second half, TC3 rallied to tie the game, but could never get over the hump. After Corning pushed back in front, the Panthers cut the lead to 76-74 with just over a minute left, but could get no closer.
Gerald Strong (East/Rochester), in his first outing back from injury that caused him to miss the last game, led TC3 with 22 points. Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) and Dexter McGrowder (Harry Van Arsdale/Brooklyn) added 15 and 10 points, respectively.
The Panthers return to the road Tuesday, January 27 with a contest at SUNY Canton.
Thursday, January 22, 2004
On a night the leading scorer in the Mid-State Athletic Conference was sidelined with an injury, TC3 found more than enough offense to beat conference-leading Broome Community College 103-94. the win Thursday was TC3's third straight, improving the conference record to 3-2 and the overall record to 8-7. The loss was Broome's first in conference against three wins. The Hornets are 8-6 overall.
With Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) and his 25 points per game out of the line-up, the Panthers needed a total team effort. Led by NJCAA Pre-Season All-American Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx), TC3 got just that, with five players in double figures and all eight players scoring at least three points. The balanced scoring made up for an early deficit and serious foul trouble for the Panthers.
After the two teams played the first five minutes to a 12-12 tie, Broome seemed to take control, moving to a 13-point lead with five minutes left in the half. But TC3, led by Thomas and the hot shooting of Pat Spirawk (Newark Valley/Berkshire), clawed back. Spirawk connected on four three-pointers in the first half, helping the Panthers cut the deficit to one at the break. The Panthers took the lead early in the second half and held it until Broome rallied to tie it at 87-87 with just under five minutes left. The score would be tied again at 90-90 with 4:15 left and 92-92 with 3:50. Over the closing minutes, despite shooting just 5-of-11 from the foul line, TC3 would outscore Broome 11-2 to post the win.
Thomas posted a huge night, just missing a triple-double. He scored 24, grabbed 14 rebounds, handed out 8 assists, and swiped 4 steals. Spirawk added 20 points and 7 steals. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) scored 19, Chris Fox (Dryden/McLean) 15, and Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) 12.
The Panthers return to action Saturday, January 24, hosting Corning Community College.
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
The third best defensive effort in the history of the 33-year history of TC3 men’s basketball helped the Panthers to a 69-46 win at Jefferson Community College Tuesday. The win evens TC3’s Mid-State Athletic Conference record at 2-2 and the overall record at 7-7. Jefferson falls to 0-3.
After a sluggish start for both teams, the Panthers pulled away in the final ten minutes of the first half, taking a 33-21 lead into the break. The second half featured quality minutes for every player on the roster as most of TC3’s starters saw limited action. The team effort held Jefferson to just 46 points for the game, just one more than TC3 allowed in a contest against Herkimer County Community College last season, and the second fewest points since the shot-clock was put into use in the college game. TC3 allowed a low of 30 points in a game with Onondaga Community College in 1981.
Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) had a big night with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) tossed in 12 points as seven Panthers scored. Ironically, the team’s leading scorer in conference play, Gerald Strong (East/Rochester), played just four minutes before coming out with an injury and didn’t score. Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) led the team with 11 rebounds.
TC3 returns home to play Broome Community College Thursday.
Saturday, January 17, 2004
After dropping back-to-back two-point games, the TC3 men’s basketball team finally found a way to win a close game, beating Mid-State Athletic Conference rival Finger Lakes Community College Saturday, 82-77 in overtime. The win was the 24th in the career of head coach John Pijanowski, moving him into first place on the TC3 all time list. He had been tied with Mick Lowie, who coached from 1986-89. The Panthers improve to 1-2 in the MSAC and 6-7 overall. Finger Lakes drops to 1-2 in the MSAC.
The two teams played evenly most of the game, with TC3 taking a 36-34 lead into the half before Finger Lakes reversed the scoring in the second half. In the overtime, TC3 used some clutch shooting to pull away. While Gerald Strong’s (East/Rochester) hot hand continued from regulation, a big three-pointer from Ross Sandlas (Genesee Valley/Angelica) and a free throw from Chris Fox (Dryden/McLean) served to ice the game for the visitors.
Strong had an all-around great game, finishing with 32 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) and Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) each posted a double-double. Thomas finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with 5 assists and 5 steals while Traore dit Nignan scored 13 and pulled down 14 boards. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) added 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
TC3 looks to even its record Tuesday at Jefferson Community College.
Thursday, January 15, 2004
For the second time in three nights, the men’s basketball team was involved in a game decided by just two points. And for the second straight time, the Panthers ended the game on the wrong side of the score, this time falling at Cayuga Community College Thursday 92-90. TC3 is now 5-7 overall and 0-2 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Cayuga moves to 9-5 and 2-0.
The game started with home-standing Spartans running to a 45-35 halftime lead. TC3 battled back to tie the game in the final three minutes, but could never take the lead as the Panthers were victimized by their own poor foul shooting (14-of-29). Cayuga pulled ahead by four in the closing moments before a TC3 basket at the buzzer made the final 92-90.
Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) led all scorers with 31 points while Patrick Spirawk (Newark Valley/Berkshire) and Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) each added 15. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) added 12 points and a team-best 7 assists.
TC3 travels to Finger Lakes Community College Saturday for a 3 PM game.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
TC3 led Onondaga Community College for nearly 39 minutes Tuesday night, but not when it mattered most as the Panthers dropped the Mid-State Athletic Conference opener 86-84. TC3 is now 5-6 overall while Onondaga improves to 9-4. It was the MSAC opener for both teams.
TC3 controlled play the first half, taking a 49-40 lead into the break. The lead grew to 57-40 in the early stages of the second half before Onondaga started the comeback. The visitors used a quick 8-0 run to cut the lead to single digits with just under 13 minutes left before TC3 responded. The Panthers pushed the lead back over 10 and maintained a seven-point bulge with 2:30 left in the game. Onondaga tied the game for the first time at 83-83 with 1:15 left. A TC3 free throw with 1:04 made it 84-83 and gave the Panthers their last lead of the game. A pair of Onondaga free throws with 55.3 second left gave the Lazers their first lead of the game. Despite two TC3 turnovers in the final 45 seconds, TC3 had the ball in position for a final shot, but lost possession on a jump ball with 1.7 seconds left.
Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) led TC3 with 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Panthers return to action Thursday, January 15 at Cayuga Community College.
Thursday, December 11, 2003
TC3 pulled even at 5-5 on the year with a convincing 98-65 win at Practical Bible College Thursday. The win was TC3 coach John Pijanowski’s 23rd, tying him for the most ever at TC3. He’s now tied with Mick Lowie, who won 23 games from 1986-1989. Practical Bible College, a four-year college in Binghamton, dropped to 1-7 with the loss.
The Panthers won with a total team effort that saw two new TC3 team records established. The Panthers set standards for steals (23) and blocks (15) as all 11 players seeing significant playing time. Four players reached double figures and two others scored nine. Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) led TC3 with 20 points followed by Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) with 19. Patrick Spirawk (Newark Valley/Berkshire) and Chris Fox (Dryden/McLean) each had career highs, scoring 17 and 13 points, respectively. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) just missed a double-double, scoring 9 points to go with his 10 rebounds. Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds, and four blocked shots
TC3 is off until after the winter break. The Panthers return to action January 13, 2004 at Onondaga Community College.
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Playing at Division II (offers athletic scholarships) power Erie Community College Tuesday, TC3 nearly pulled off a huge upset, falling in overtime 101-99. The Panthers fall to 4-5 while Erie improves to 6-2. It was just the second game Erie has played against a Division III (non-scholarship) team this year – they won their previous outing by 28 points.
Playing with what head coach John Pijanowski called “tremendous heart,” TC3 gave the home team all it could handle. Despite being outsized (Erie’s lineup featured five players over 6’ 6”), TC3 worked as a team to make it an exciting game. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we played,” said Pijanowski. “We worked together and passed the ball extremely well, and the guys hustled their hearts out.”
After Erie took an early lead, TC3 rallied to tie the game at 34-34 with 4:30 left in the first half. TC3 moved ahead 39-34 on a Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) three-pointer with 2:00 left in the half, but couldn’t hold the lead as Erie came back to tie it 41-41 at the break. TC3 again took a lead, holding an 80-76 advantage with 4:00 left in the game. Erie came back to tie it at 86-86 with 30 seconds left. After TC3 took the lead, Erie tied with a basket with 10 seconds left, forcing an overtime period. TC3 had a chance to tie the game and send it to another period, but a Panther shot in the closing seconds of OT hung on the rim before falling off.
Strong led the Panthers with 30 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx), the leading scorer in Region III Division III, scored 27 with 6 steals and 7 assists.
TC3 closes out the semester at Practical Bible College December 11.
Sunday, November 23, 2003
A 12-3 run to open the second half was the spark needed to propel TC3 to an 84-71 win over North Country Community College Sunday. The Panthers improve to 4-4 while North Country falls to 5-4.
The game started with TC3 playing like the team that had just gotten off a four-hour bus ride instead of North Country. The visitors scored the first nine points of the game and held the lead the entire first half. Coming out of the locker room trailing 37-35, the Panthers erupted to start the second half. A Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) three-pointer in the first minute of the second half gave TC3 its first lead of the game. After North Country answered with a three-pointer, TC3's Armel Traore dit Nignan (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) and Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) scored back-to-back buckets, giving TC3 the lead for good. The Panthers stretched the margin to 54-44 just four and a half minutes into the half and never looked back. North Country would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Thomas and Strong led the balanced attack, each scoring 19 after being held to just five in the first half. Nate Cambridge (Union-Endicott/Endicott) kept the Panthers alive in the first half, scoring 8 of his 11 in the first period. Traore dit Nignan added 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
TC3 returns to action after the Thanksgiving break at Erie Community College Tuesday, December 2.
Saturday, November 22, 2003
An early 20-3 run set the tone for an 80-59 win over Clinton Community College Saturday. The Panthers improve to 3-4 while Clinton falls to 2-8.
The game started with Clinton winning the opening tip and scoring the first bucket of the game. From that point on, the first half belonged to the home team. Over the first ten minutes of the game, TC3 outscored Clinton 20-5 to take control. After TC3 ripped off a 23-5 run the Panthers took a 52-15 lead into the half. The lead stayed above 30 until the final four minutes.
Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) led all scorers with 29 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from three-point range. Armel Traore dit Nignan (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) was the only other Panther in double digits with 11 points as 10 of the 12 Panthers scored. Patrick Spirawk (Newark Valley/Berkshire) had team highs with eight assists and five steals.
TC3 returns to action Sunday against North Country Community College. The home game starts at 2:00 PM.
Thursday, November 20, 2003
On a night that saw the Panthers shoot less than 20% from the floor, the TC3 men’s basketball team put a scare in top-ranked SUNY Cobleskill before falling 70-57 Thursday. TC3 is now 2-4 while Cobleskill moves to 6-0. Cobleskill is ranked #1 in the NJCAA Region III.
Despite the poor shooting, TC3 took a 33-30 lead into halftime before being outscored in the second half. Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) led TC3 with 18 points while Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) added 15 points and 14 rebounds. No Panther with more than three shots made more than 25% of his attempts.
TC3 returns home for a pair of weekend games. The Panthers host Clinton Community College Saturday at 2:30 PM before welcoming North Country Community College Sunday at 2:00 PM.
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Another cold night shooting left the TC3 men's basketball team on the losing end of a 95-81 score against SUNY Delhi Tuesday. The Panthers fall to 2-3 while Delhi, the three-time defending Region III champions, improve to 3-4.
Delhi jumped to an early lead and, despite several opportunities for the Panthers, maintained a bulge of around ten points most of the half. After Delhi took a 44-32 lead into the break, the two teams would play the second half nearly even. TC3 pulled within 10 with 8:00 left in the game, and had several opportunities where they were within a possession of cutting the lead to single digits before Delhi pulled away.
Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) had another solid night, scoring 24 points to lead the Panthers. Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) had 18 points and Armel Traore dit Nignan (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Fred Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) added 10 points and Dexter McGrowder (Van Arsdale/Brooklyn) pulled down 10 rebounds.
TC3 returns to action Thursday at SUNY Cobleskill.
Saturday, November 15, 2003
The combination of a strong pressing defense and a solid inside game proved to be a winning one for TC3 as the Panthers topped Jamestown-Olean Community College Saturday, 85-54. The Panthers improve to 2-2 while Jamestown-Olean falls to 0-2.
From the opening tip, the outcome wasn’t in doubt. TC3’s press caused the home team troubles early, helping the Panthers jump to a 20 point lead just minutes into the contest. The lead stayed around 20 most of the half, with TC3 taking a 45-28 lead into the break. Despite some hot three-point shooting by Jamestown-Olean in the second half, TC3’s lead grew to the 31 by the final buzzer.
Despite posting his lowest total of the season, Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) led all scorers with 26 points. He added 12 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) netted 25 points and a team-best 7 steals while Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
TC3 returns home Tuesday for a showdown with nationally-ranked SUNY Delhi.
Sunday, November 09, 2003
Despite making five more shots from the floor, the TC3 men’s basketball team dropped the consolation game of the Herkimer County Community College Tournament Sunday, losing to Schenectady County Community College 83-77. TC3 made 33 baskets from the floor to SCCC’s 28, but 10 of those Schenectady baskets were 3-pointers, compared to just four for TC3. Schenectady also outscored TC3 17-7 at the foul line to drop TC3 to 1-2 on the year. SCCC improves to 1-1.
TC3 trailed by six at halftime before playing Schenectady even in the second half. For the second straight game, mediocre foul shooting proved costly for the Panthers. TC3 converted 7-of-13 (54%) while SCCC went 17-of-20 (85%). Only three TC3 players took free throws while seven SCCC players made it to the charity stripe.
Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx), TC3’s lone selection to the all-tournament team, led the team with 32 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists. Dexter McGrowder (Van Arsdale High/Brooklyn) just missed a double-double with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) dished out a team-best 8 assists.
TC3 plays at Jamestown-Olean Community College Saturday, November 15.
Saturday, November 08, 2003
Despite a 36-point effort from Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx), TC3 dropped its opening round game of the HCCC Tournament, falling to the host Herkimer County Community College Generals 98-95 Saturday. The Panthers are now 1-1 while Herkimer stands at 2-2.
The game was a tale of two halves. After holding an early lead, a poor defensive effort saw the Panthers give up 57 first half points to trail by 13 at the break. The second half saw TC3 rally, but never completely catch up.
Thomas led all scorers on a night he set the TC3 career record for steals. He finished the night with five steals, giving him 112 for his career. He added seven rebounds and six assists on the night. Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) tossed in 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Armel Traore dit Nignan (Burkina Faso) and Fred Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) added 12 and 10 points, respectively, with Traore pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds.
TC3 plays Schenectady County Community College in the consolation game of the HCCC tournament Sunday at 5:00 PM.
Saturday, November 01, 2003
After seeing a ten point second half disappear with 5:40 left in the game, the TC3 men's basketball team regrouped in time to post an 81-78 win over Morrisville State College Saturday. The outcome was up in the air until a missed Morrisville three-point attempt with under 10 seconds left. It was the second straight year TC3 has opened the season with a win over Morrisville. It was also the season opener for Morrisville State.
The two teams played a very even first half, with Morrisville State holding a 33-32 lead at the break. TC3 opened the second half with an 11-4 run to take the lead. The lead grew to as much as ten points before the visitors would rally. Behind some hot shooting that saw the Mustangs bury five three-pointers, Morrisville State came back to tie the game at 65-65 with 5:40 left. Ten seconds later, a dunk off a rebound by Dexter McGrowder (Harry Van Arsdale High /Brooklyn) gave TC3 the lead for good. Morrisville State would get it to one point twice, but could never tie it up again as Randall Thomas (Ryan Academy (VA)/Bronx) scored five of TC3's final eight to secure the win.
Thomas led all players with 34 points and six steals. Gerald Strong (East/Rochester) had 14 points and Armel Traore dit Nignan (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) chipped in with 13 points and 6 rebounds.
TC3 returns to action Saturday at the Herkimer County Community College Tournament. The Panthers take on Herkimer in the first round.