BUFFALO, N.Y. – Nov. 4 – The Erie Community College men’s basketball team suffered a 92-86 overtime loss to Niagara County CC in the consolation game of the Coles/Brennan’s Tournament at the Flickinger Center Sunday afternoon. Delaware Technical CC defeated Genesee CC 82-71 in the championship game.
ECC, which entered the weekend ranked eighth in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll, tied the game with 1.1 seconds remaining when Darale Young (Buffalo, N.Y./Middle College) hit a three-point field goal from the left wing. Jordan Street gave NCCC an 87-84 lead with a conventional three-point play. NCCC made five of six free throws for the final margin.
NCCC opened the second half with a 14-2 run to take a 45-35 lead with 16:54 remaining. The Kats answered with a 13-2 run for a 48-47 lead after a steal by Keron Briggs (Buffalo, N.Y./Sweet Home) and basket by Shannon Haynes (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport).
Haynes made a conventional three-point play after a steal to give ECC a 60-52 lead at 9:57. NCCC’s Isaiah Johnson sank two foul shots to the game at 70 with 3:19 remaining. NCCC held the lead until Young’s shot to force overtime.
Briggs led the Kats with 22 points and eight assists. Haynes finished with 17 points. Emanuel Hutcherson (Milton, Mass./Milton) and Tobechuckwu Okafor (Ikesa, Nigeria/Maine Central Institute) added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Hutcherson recorded his first double-double as a Kat as he snared 12 rebounds.
ECC, now 0-2 on the season, will play in the Garrett (Md.) College’s Rainey Realty Classic this Friday and Saturday.
Delaware Tech 82, Genesee CC 71
Rumel Strothers scored 21 points while Danny Lamb added 17 points to lead Delaware Technical to the Coles/Brenna’s Tournament title.
Delaware Tech overcame a fast start by GCC and took a 38-28 lead at halftime. Genesee CC came within five points several times in the second half but could not cut the margin further.
Genesee CC’s Vaughn Boler led the Cougars with 21 points.
Lamb was named the tournament’s most valuable player while Strothers and Boler joined him on the all-tournament team. NCCC’s Jordan Street and Erie CC’s Shannon Haynes were also on the all-tournament team.