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Oneonta advances to the Championship game with a convincing 85-72 win over Brockport. Solid game by the Red Dragons who led the entire 2nd half. They maintained a 2 possession lead for the first 11 minutes of the final period and then opened up a double digit lead with 8:33 to go. They were comfortably in front the rest of the way stretching their lead to as many as 15 points as Brockport had to foul.
The Golden Eagles biggest downfall was their inability to make many shots from behind the arc. They were a pitiful 5x30 (16.7%) from long range and you won't win many ballgames with that statistic in your box score. Oneonta only took 10 shots from 3 point range and made 3 of them. Overall Brockport shot 27x79 from the field (34.2%) whil the Red Dragons shot 26x49 (53.1%). That's the story of the game in a nutshell. The Red Dragons also killed Brockport from the line as they went 30x42 (71.4%) to just 13x19 (68.4%) for the Eagles. The referees called a tight game which didn't favor Brockport and their swarming defense. 31 fouls were called on the Eagles to 16 called on Oneonta. Brockport did have a bunch of fouls in the final few minutes to try and get back into the game but they were clearly frustrated by the officials tight calls.
The Red Dragons
Lawrence Coleman captured scoring honors and rebounding honors as he's done a number of times this year. He had 24 points (8x12 fg, 1x2 3's, 7x11 ft) and completed his double-double with 14 rebounds. He added 3 steals and a block.
Frankie Kelly had 21 points (6x8 fg, 1x2 3's, 8x9 ft), 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.
Mikey McElroy had 14 points 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Jack Kolosky had 8 rebounds,7 points, a steal, an asssist and a block.
Dwayne Freeman had 9 points, 2 boards and a steal.
Ian Schultz had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 16 minutes off the bench.
Harrison Deegan had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in 13 minutes off the bench.
The Golden Eagles
Devonn Gavin lead the team with 20 points (8x18 fg, 2x9 3's, 2x4 ft), 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Matthew Smith had 12 points (5x11 fg, 1x3 3's, 1x1 ft), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
Marcus Blythers had 11 points and a team high 10 rebounds to get a double-double. He also had 2 steals, an assists and a block.
Hamed Shamseldin had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
Clifton Lyerly had 8 points and 3 rebounds.
Oneonta will face Oswego at 4:00 PM on Saturday afternoon for the SUNYAC Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Red Dragons improve their overall record to 17-10. They need to beat Oswego and win the automatic qualifier to get into the NCAA tournament, because they won't get an at large bid if they lose. They need to play like there is no tomorrow because if they lose, there isn't.
Brockport drops to 19-7 overall and will now see if their season will continue with an at large bid from the NCAA committee. I'd like to see them get one but I think that a 19-7 record (20-7 would have been so much better) and not making the championship game will be tough to overcome. I sure hope I'm wrong about that.
It's going to come down to how many top seeds lose in the next few days and how many at large bids the committee hands out to the Northeast region and the Central region. Those regions are going to get a bunch of bids even if all the top seeds win.