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Back home from the Plattsburgh State-Skidmore game won by the Cardinals 60-57 in overtime. Got my money's worth tonight with an old fashioned barn burner.
The Cardinals didn't play a very good half of basketball in the opening stanza of this game. They shot 28.6% from the field (8x28), 9.1% from long distance (1x11) and 50% from the stripe (4x8). They were out rebounded 26 to 18 and committed 8 turnovers to 5 for the Thoroughbreds. They were lucky to be only down by 11 at the break. We scored the 1st basket on a layup by Reggie Smith and after 2 baskets by Skidmore, Ezra Hodgson hit a trifecta to put us in front 5-4. The Cardinals wouldn't be in front again until the latter stages of the overtime period. Connor Merrill had the hot hand for the Thoroughbreds and they rode his shotmaking to a gradual 24-14 advantage, with 8:31 left in the period. Merrill had 11 of those 24 Skidmore points. The lead drifted back and forth from 6 to 11 points and reached the biggest margin when Nanribet Yiljep hit a layup and 1 to make it 32-19 with 2 minutes left in the half. A pair of Mike Mitchell free throws cut the lead to 11 at the break.
The Cardinals' Coach Curle must have given his players the business during the break because they came out of the locker room and quickly cut into the deficit to get within 5 points with only 1:51 gone in the period. Mike Mitchell's back to back 3 pointers and a pair of inside moves by big man Reggie Williams helped get the Cards in a more favorable position. The Thoroughbreds now knew that this game was going to be a dogfight and would, in all probability go right down to the wire. The teams didn't disappoint. They weren't separated by more than 2 possessions for the remainder of the game. The first 12 points of the period for the Cards were scored by Mitchell and Williams, with 6 each. Eddie Correa got the Cards within 4 at 39-35 with a layup and then Shamoy McIntosh took over scoring 6 straight points for Plattsburgh, the last coming on a 3 pointer that tied the score at 41 with 5:19 to play. After Merrill hit a 3 pointer to put Skidmore back in front by 3, McIntosh was fouled and made both to close the gap to a single point. Mitchell countered a pair of free throws made by Skidmore's Aldin Medunjanin, the Thoroughbreds' Erik Sanders scored inside and Eddie Corea nailed a big 3 pointer to tie the score at 48. Each team then got a pair of free throws and both got an inside move to leave the team tied at the buzzer. Plattsburgh's final regulation points came from Reggie Williams with 33 ticks left.
Skidmore scored 1st in the extra period hitting 1 of 2 free throws and then Connor Merrill scored the last of his 20 points to put the Thoroughbreds up by 3. The Cards' Kyle Richardson was fouled going to the hoop and hit both free throws to narrow the gap, but Skidmore's D1 transfer, Royce Paris, countered with a pair from the stripe to build the lead back to 3 points. McIntosh went to the line to hit a pair of clutch foul shots for Plattsburgh and then both teams misfired on their next 2 possessions. With 1:46 seconds remaining in the game, Richardson who is beginning to make a habit of late game heroics, nailed a 3 pointer that gave the Cardinals their first lead, 59-57, since the opening minutes of the game. With a chance to tie the score from the line, Skidmore missed 2 free throws and the Cards rebounded, only to turn it over seconds later. Skidmore went inside for the tying shot but McIntosh blocked the layup and Plattsburgh rebounded the ball and tried to add to their lead. The Cards couldn't convert inside and Skidmore came down with the ball in the hands of Paris. The Skidmore guard's drive to the basket was well defended by McIntosh as Paris came up empty and McIntosh came away with the rebound. He was fouled and made 1 of 2 to make it 60-57. Skidmore called timeout to set up a game tying 3 pointer but Paris' shot was blocked by Reggie Williams and the Cards had clawed their way back from a 13 point defict to grab the win.
Reggie Williams was too much for Skidmore to handle inside tonight as the big guy had a career high 17 points to lead the Cardinals in scoring. He completed his double-double by grabbing a game high 12 rebounds including 6 off the offensive glass. Reggie became the 4th Cardinal player in 4 games to lead the team in scoring.
Shamoy McIntosh never scored a point in the game until there was 6:35 left to play. From that point on he scored 13 points and just missed a double-double with 9 rebounds. He added 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. He also logged a game high 39 minutes on the floor.
Point guard Mike Mitchell was back in action after missing last Friday's game and he came through with 10 points, a pair of huge 3 pointes and a clutch 4x4 from the line.
Kyle Richardson chipped in with 5 very big points, all in the overtime period, and 7 rebounds
Eddie Correa added 7 points, 5 rebounds and a pair of dimes.
Plattsburgh did improve their shooting percentages and ended up with 31.7 %, 25.0 % and 61.5% from the field, long range and the line respectively. They ended up with a slight edge in rebounding...48 to 44 and had 16 turnovers to 11 for Skidmore.
The Thoroughbreds were led by the game's high scorer Connor Merrill who tossed down 20 points on a collection of inside moves, several bank shots and a few bombs from long range. He added 5 rebounds as well. Nanribet Yiljep tossed in 11 points and had 6 boards. Issac Carp failed to break into the scoring column but did lead the team with 10 rebounds.
The Thoroughbreds ended up with a 31.0% field goal percentage, only 4x25 from long range...16% and 73.9 % from the line.
Plattburgh improves to 3-1 as they have opened up with 4 consecutive road games. They have yet another one in their next outing when they travel to Canton, New York to take on another Liberty League club, St. Lawrence, on December 2nd when they get back from Thanksgiving break.
Skidmore travels to Schenectady to face Williams College in the 1st round of the Union Tournament on November 29th and will tackle Westfield State the next day.