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Coaching Changes for TC3 Basketball

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.”

Lyles and Redden Named All-Region

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.

Roster–2002-03 Men's Basketball

Team photo holder

No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown
3 Greg Romulus Fr. West Babylon/West Babylon
4 Gerald Strong Fr. East/Rochester
5 Chris Fox Fr. Dryden/McLean
10 Corey Endress Fr. Sherburne-Earlville/Sherburne
12 Scott Westervelt So. Odessa-Montour/Alpine
15 Patrick Spirawk Fr. Newark Valley/Berkshire
20 Adam Cobb So. Cortland Christian Academy/McLean
23 Ross Sandlas Fr. Genesee Valley/Angelica
25 Keair Hopewell Fr. Union-Endicott/Endicott

Statistics–Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

2014-15 Season

Overall (0-0)
MSAC (0-0), Region III (0-0)

Statistics

Previous Seasons

2012-13

2011-12

2010-11

2009-10

2008-09

2007-08

Records

Team Records

Most Wins

21 (2009-10)
17 (2007-08)
16 (2003-04)

Most Consecutive Wins (Season)

8 (2007-08)
8 (2009-10)
5 (2010-11)
5 (2011-12)
5 (2009-10)

Best Winning Percentage (Season)

.778 (2009-10)
.586 (2007-08)
.552 (2003-04)

Most Points Scored (Game)

132 (vs. Ithaca College JV, 2/22/01)
130 (vs. Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus, 11/1/07)
127 (vs. Onondaga CC, 1/16/01)

Most Points Scored (Season)

2612 (2000-2001)
2420 (1987-88)
2418 (2003-04)

Best Points Per Game Average

104.5 (2000-2001)
86.4 (1994-95)
86.4 (1987-88)

Biggest Margin of Victory (Game)

58 (vs. Practical Bible College, 1987-88)
55 (vs. Practical Bible College, 11/8/87)
52 (vs. Jefferson CC, 2/10/04)

Fewest Points Allowed (Game)

30 (at Onondaga CC, 12/11/81)
42 (vs. Davis College, 12/9/04)
45 (vs. Herkimer County CC, 11/10/02)

Fewest Points Allowed (Season)

1089 (1978-79)
1286 (1993-94)

Fewest Points Allowed Per Game Average

76.2 (1980-81)
77.1 (2009-10)
77.3 (2003-04)

Most Assists (Game)

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)

Most Assists (Season)

553 (2007-08)
550 (1996-97)
515 (2003-04)

Most Rebounds (Game)

64 (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 11/1/09)
63 (vs. Schenectady CCC, 11/7/04)
61 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 11/1/07)

Most Rebounds (Season)

1237 (2007-08)
1216 (2004-05)
1172 (2009-10)

Most 3-Pointers Made (Game)

20 (vs. Broome CC, 2/8/01)
16 (at Cayuga CC, 1/30/08)
16 (vs. Cayuga CC, 2/1/01)

Most 3-Pointers Made (Season)

282 (2000-2001)
264 (2007-08)
201 (2009-10)

Most Steals (Game)

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)

Most Steals (Season)

398 (2003-04)
338 (2009-10)
322 (2007-08)

Most Blocks (Game)

15 (at Practical Bible College, 12/11/03)
15 (at Cayuga CC, 1/6/11)
12 (vs. Cayuga CC, 1/26/11)

Most Blocks (Season)

173 (2010-11)
149 (2004-05)
146 (2011-12)

Most Foul Shots Made (Game)

39 (vs. Corning CC, 2/19/05)
35 (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 11/12/11)
35 (vs. SUNY Morrisville, 11/14/01)

Most Foul Shots Made (Season)

454 (2011-12)
446 (2009-10)
437 (2003-04)

Individual Records - Player

Most Points (Game)

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)

Most Points (Season)

767 Ivan Lewis (2000-2001)
689 Jude Princivil (1994-95)
668 Ivan Lewis (2001-02)

Most Points (Career)

1435 Ivan Lewis (2000-2002)
1128 Randall Thomas (2001-02, 2003-04)
1017 Chris Cartwright (2009-10)

Most Points Per Game (Season)

30.7 Ivan Lewis (2000-2001)
28.7 Jude Princivil (1994-95)
27.8 Ivan Lewis (2001-02)

Most Points Per Game (Career)

29.3 Ivan Lewis (2000-2002)
24.2 Jude Princivil (1993-95)
21.3 Randall Thomas (2001-02, 2003-04)

Most Assists (Game)

20 Larry Roberts (vs. Environmental Science & Forestry, 12/10/80)
16 Ryan Davis (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/11/00)

Most Assists (Season)

155 Chris Cartwright (2009-10)
154 Joshua Canfield (1996-97)
152 Ryan Davis (2000-2001)

Most Assists (Career)

259 Chris Cartwright (2008-10)
253 Ryan Davis (1999-2001)
212 Sean Anderson (2006-07)

Most Rebounds (Game)

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)

Most Rebounds (Season)

348 Josh Delfino (2009-10)
306 Jude Princivil (1994-95)
267 Tony Parker (2007-08)

Most Rebounds (Career)

515 Armel Traore dit Nignan (2003-05)
432 Jude Princivil (1993-1995)
421 Aaron Wood (1999-2001)

Most 3-Pointers Made (Game)

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)

Most 3-Pointers Made (Season)

98 Aaron Wood (2000-2001)
80 Bob Goble (1988-89)
76 Eddie Mitchell (2007-08)

Most 3-Pointers Made (Career)

145 Chris Cartwright (2008-10)
145 Aaron Wood (1999-2001)
133 Eddie Mitchell (2006-08)

Most Steals (Game)

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)

Most Steals (Season)

103 Randall Thomas (2003-04)
101 Randall Thomas (2001-02)
87 Charleston Collins, Jr. (2009-10)

Most Steals (Career)

204 Randall Thomas (2001-02, 2003-04)
149 Gerald Strong (2002-04)
138 Charleston Collins, Jr. (2008-10)

Most Blocks (Game)

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)

Most Blocks (Season)

81 Austin Eastman (2010-11)
57 Josh Delfino (2009-10)
56 Jude Princivil (1994-95)

Most Blocks (Career)

94 Armel Traore dit Nignan (2003-05)
81 Austin Eastman (2010-11)
75 Tyrone Clark (2010-12)

Most Foul Shots Made (Game)

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)

Most Foul Shots Made (Season)

177 Jude Princivil (1994-95)
141 Ivan Lewis (2001-02)
140 Chris Cartwright (2009-10)

Most Foul Shots Made (Career)

276 Ivan Lewis (2000-2002)
233 Jude Princivil (1993-95)
232 Chris Cartwright (2008-10)

Most Consecutive Foul Shots Made

19 Chris Cartwright (2009-10)
18 Jared Martin (2004-05)
18 Carl Palmieri (2000-2001)

Team Playoff Records

Most Points Scored (Playoff Game)

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)

Fewest Points Allowed (Playoff Game)

62 (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
62 (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
65 (at Hudson Valley CC, 2/24/04)

Most Assists (Playoff Game)

21 (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
19 (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
19 (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)

Most Rebounds (Playoff Game)

57 (at Cayuga CC, 2/25/12)
55 (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
50 (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 2/20/10)

Most 3-Pointers (Playoff Game)

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)

Most Steals (Playoff Game)

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)

Most Blocks (Playoff Game)

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)

Most Foul Shots Made (Playoff Game)

30 (vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 2/27/04)
21 (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)
20 (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)

Biggest Margin of Victory (Playoff Game)

19 (vs. Broome CC, 2/21/10)
16 (vs. Figner Lakes CC, 2/20/10)
15 (vs. Broome CC, 2/26/10)

Individual Playoff Records

Most Points (Playoff Game)

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)

Most Assists (Playoff Game)

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)

Most Rebounds (Playoff Game)

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)

Most 3-Pointers (Playoff Game)

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)

Most Steals (Playoff Game)

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)

Most Blocks (Playoff Game)

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)

Most Foul Shots Made (Playoff Game)

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)

Honors

Total All-American Players
4

Total All-Region Players
12

Total All-MSAC Players
17

Miscellaneous Honors
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

          

Coaches–Men's Basketball

Rich Echevarria

Head Coach

Richard EchevarriaAfter 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.

Contact: re013@TC3.edu


Brian Carroll

Assistant Coach

Brian CarrollThe 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.

Contact: athletics@TC3.edu


Highlights–2002-03 Men's Basketball

Season Ends with Loss

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

The season came to a disappointing end for the TC3 men’s basketball team Tuesday. The Panthers, playing at SUNY Canton, saw a late game rally fall short in a 73-66 loss. TC3 finished the season 8-18 overall and 1-13 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC). Canton improved to 8-15 and 3-11.
 
After seeing a 31-30 halftime lead dissolve, TC3 was 9 points back with just over 1:30 left on the clock. The Panthers rallied to cut the lead to just one before Canton put the game away down the stretch.
 
Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) led TC3 with team high’s of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) and Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) added 14 points each.
 
Despite the loss, the future looks bright for TC3. Freshmen Hopewell, Romulus, Strong, and Chris Fox (Dryden High/McLean) lead the Panthers in every statistical category. The four should provide the nucleus of a much-improved team in 2003-04.


Poor Second Half Leads to TC3 Loss

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Despite taking a ten-point lead into the half, TC3 lost to Corning Community College 76-65 Saturday. TC3 is now 8-17 overall and 1-12 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Corning is 4-20 overall and 2-11 in the MSAC.
 
TC3 used a balanced attack to take a 41-31 lead into the break. Eight Panthers scored in the first half, including four with seven or more points. The second half saw just four players score, and just one score more than three points as Corning rallied for the win. Corning took the lead for good with 6:51 left and used solid foul shooting to secure the victory.
 
Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) led three Panthers in double figures, scoring 26 points. Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) added 12 points and Scott Westervelt (Odessa-Montour High/Alpine) chipped in 10.
 
The Panthers travel to SUNY Canton Tuesday for the season finale. Tip-off is at 8 PM.


Panthers Fall to Hot-Shooting Broome

Thursday, February 13, 2003

The TC3 men's basketball team ran up against a hot-shooting Broome Community College squad, losing 96-79 Thursday. TC3 is now 8-16 overall and 1-11 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Broome is 16-8 overall and 8-4 in the MSAC.
 
The two teams played evenly much of the first half before a Broome rally in the final six minutes of the half turned a 5-point lead into a 57-33 halftime bulge. The Panthers never could threaten the rest of the way, ad Broome ran up 12 three-pointers on the night.
 
Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) had another strong night, scoring 22 points to go with 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) tossed in 21 points with 12 rebounds and Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) added 17 points.
 
The final home game of the season is Saturday as TC3 hosts Corning Community College. Tip-off is set for 3 PM.


Rally Falls Short
Panthers Beaten in Final Seconds

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

An upset bid fell just short Tuesday, as the TC3 men's basketball team lost to Jefferson Community College 87-85. TC3 is now 8-15 overall and 1-10 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Jefferson, the #7 ranked team in Region III, is 18-6 overall and 8-3 in the MSAC.
 
Jefferson, who came into the game having won their previous three contests by an average of 26 points, took a 42-35 lead into halftime. The visitors stretched the bulge to 70-58 with 7:48 left before TC3 could claw their way back into the game. A bucket by Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) cut the deficit to 77-73 with 4:25 left. Jefferson responded and pushed the lead to 85-77 with 1:54 left, setting the stage for a dramatic finish. Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) started the run with a pair of baskets with just over a minute left, making it 85-81. After TC3 forced a shot clock violation, Strong hit another shot to make it 83-85 with 32 seconds left. Ten seconds later, the Panthers forced a turnover, setting up a Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) 10-footer to tie the game with 11 seconds left. The tie was broken with 2 seconds left, as Curtis Smith, the leading scorer in the MSAC, drained a shot under pressure from near the top of the key. TC3's attempt to get a shot off in the final 1.2 seconds failed, and the upset bid passed by the boards.
 
The trio of Romulus, Strong, and Hopewell enjoyed an outstanding offensive night. Romulus led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Strong scored 23 and Hopewell added 20 points and 14 boards.
 
TC3 hosts Broome Community College Thursday, February 13 at 8 PM.


Panthers Fall to Region's #2 Ranked Team

Thursday, February 06, 2003

The combination of a poor shooting night and a nationally ranked opponent added up to a 103-65 TC3 loss at the hands of Cayuga Community College Thursday. The Panthers are now 8-14 overall and 1-9 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Cayuga improves to 18-4 and 8-1. Cayuga is ranked #2 in the region and in the top fifteen in the nation.
 
A quick outburst early took TC3 out of the game, as Cayuga raced to a 23-9 lead en route to a 42-25 halftime spread. A high scoring half for both teams saw Cayuga extend the lead to the final margin of 38 points.
 
Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in defeat. Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) and Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) added 16 and 14 points, respectively.
 
TC3 hosts Jefferson Community College Tuesday, February 11. The Mid-State Athletic Conference contest starts at 8 PM.


Rally Falls Short, Panthers Fall to Conference Leader

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

The TC3 men's basketball team gave one of the top teams in the nation a scare before falling Tuesday, 92-76 to Onondaga Community College. The Panthers drop to 8-13 overall and 1-8 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Onondaga, currently in first place in the Mid-State Athletic Conference and ranked third in the NJCAA Region III, improves to 19-3 and 8-0.
 
The two teams played close much of the first half, but a stretch of sloppy play gave Onondaga a 48-31 lead at the half. TC3 scored the first eight points out the break, cutting the lead to 48-39. After the teams traded baskets, a three-pointer by Greg Romulus (West Babylon/West Babylon) cut the lead to seven with just over fifteen minutes left. TC3 would get no closer as Onondaga made the most of a tremendous advantage in free throw opportunities, making 23 in the second half alone to seal the win. For the game, Onondaga took 41 free throws, compared with 14 for TC3.
 
Romulus led TC3 with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals. Chris Fox (Dryden High/McLean) poured in 14 points to go with 7 assists. Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) added 13 points and 8 rebounds while Scott Westervelt (Odessa-Montour High/Alpine) had his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also recorded a team-high five blocks.
 
TC3 travels to Cayuga Community College Thursday. The Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) contest starts at 8 PM.


Panthers Fall Behind Early, Never Recover in Loss

Saturday, February 01, 2003

A huge first half by the home team proved too much for the TC3 men’s basketball team as the Panthers fell at Finger Lakes Community College 87-55. TC3 is now 8-12 overall and 1-7 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Finger Lakes is 7-12 overall and 5-3 in the MSAC.
 
The Panthers started slowly, as Finger Lakes led by as many as 28 in the first half before taking a 52-28 lead into the locker room. TC3 cut the lead to 19 (62-43) with just over 11 minutes left, but could get no closer as Finger Lakes used a decided size advantage to keep the Panthers at bay.
 
Chris Fox (Dryden High/McLean) led a trio of Panthers in double-figures, finishing with 14. Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) and Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) added 13 and 12, respectively.
 
TC3 hosts conference-leader Onondaga Community College Tuesday, February 4.


Panthers Drop Heartbreaker
Winning Basket Scored With 0.9 Seconds Left

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

A running 10-footer with 0.9 seconds left gave visiting SUNY Canton a 63-62 win over the TC3 men's basketball team Tuesday. TC3 falls to 8-11 overall and 1-6 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC), while Canton improves to 7-8 and 2-4.
 
After trailing 33-32 at the half, TC3 moved to a 60-55 lead with 5 minutes left. The lead was 62-57 with 3:45 left after TC3 scored what would prove to be it's final basket. Canton pulled to within one with 1:40 left but didn't score again until the final second. TC3 had several opportunities to put the game away, including three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, but couldn't convert.
 
Greg Romulus (West Babylon/West Babylon) had a solid game for TC3 with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) also scored 16 and Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) added 14.
 
TC3 travels to Finger Lakes Community College Saturday, February 1. The Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) contest starts at 3 PM.


Panthers Dominate Early, Tops Corning

Saturday, January 25, 2003

A strong first half powered the TC3 men’s basketball team to a 61-54 win at Corning Community College Saturday. The win snapped a 5 game losing streak and improves the Panthers to 8-10 overall and 1-5 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Corning falls to 1-15 overall and 0-6 in the MSAC.
 
The Panthers raced to a 36-20 lead behind 51 percent shooting from the field. TC3 held Corning to just 29 percent from the field in the first half and 37 percent for the game. For the game, TC3 shot 49 percent from the field.
 
Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) led a quartet of TC3 scorers in double-figures with 18 points. Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) and Chris Fox (Dryden High/McLean) scored 12 each while Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) tossed in 10.
 
TC3 wraps up the first half of the conference season by hosting SUNY Canton Tuesday, January 28 at 8 PM.


Panthers Hang Tough Before Falling

Thursday, January 23, 2003

The TC3 men’s basketball team played close with one of the top teams in the region Thursday night before falling at Broome Community College 79-59. The Panthers fall to 7-10 overall and 0-5 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference while Broome improves to 12-5 and 4-1.
 
Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) had a huge night for TC3, scoring 31 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. Chris Fox (Dryden High/McLean) scored 10, followed by Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester), who finished with 9 points and 9 assists.
 
TC3 plays at Corning Community College Saturday, January 25 at 3 PM.


Panthers Fall Behind Early, Never Catch Up

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

The TC3 men's basketball team dropped to 7-9 on the season with a 95-55 loss at Jefferson Community College Tuesday. The loss moves TC3 to 0-4 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Jefferson is 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the MSAC.
 
Following a familiar pattern, the Panthers fell in a hole in the first half and could never get back into the game. Jefferson jumped to a 53-28 lead at the break and coasted to the win.
 
Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) paced TC3 with 16 points and Scott Westervelt (Odessa-Montour High/Alpine) added 10. Chris Fox (Dryden High/McLean) had a team-high 4 steals to go with 9 points.
 
TC3 plays at Broome Community College Thursday, January 23. The Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) contest starts at 8 PM.


Panthers Lose at Home, Fall to 0-3 in MSAC

Saturday, January 18, 2003

The TC3 men's basketball team fell to 0-3 in conference play with a loss Saturday to Finger Lakes Community College, 103-73. The Panthers are now 7-8 overall and 0-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC), while Finger Lakes improves to 4-11 and 1-2. The loss marks the first time this season TC3 has been below .500.
 
For the third straight game, the Panthers struggled to match up with a much larger team. With a lineup that included six player 6' 4" or taller, Finger Lakes dominated the first half. The Lakers took a 55-28 lead into the break and never looked back.
 
TC3 was led by Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester), who scored a season-high 27 points. Greg Romulus (West Babylon/West Babylon) added 14 while Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) chipped in 12.
 
TC3 travels to Jefferson Community College Tuesday, January 21. The Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) contest starts at 8 PM.


Panthers Fall to .500 with Loss

Thursday, January 16, 2003

The TC3 men's basketball team fell to .500 for the first time in nearly two months by losing to Cayuga Community College Thursday. The Panthers are now 7-7 overall and 0-2 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC), while Cayuga improves to 12-3 and 2-0. The last time TC3 was .500 was after a November 21 loss to SUNY Cobleskill left the team 3-3.
 
Playing a much larger team, TC3 kept it close early before a 17-4 run by Cayuga gave the visitors control. The lead ballooned to 61-28 at the half and TC3 never threatened.
 
Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) led all scorers with 21 points and tied for the team lead with 6 rebounds. Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) added 9 points and 6 boards.
 
TC3 hosts Finger Lakes Community College Saturday, January 18. The Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) contest starts at 3 PM.


Panthers Drop MSAC Opener

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Playing against one of the top teams in the region, TC3 lost its Mid-State Athletic Conference opener 86-54 at Onondaga Community College Tuesday. The Panthers fall to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in MSAC.
 
Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) led TC3 with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) and Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
 
TC3 returns home against Cayuga Community College Thursday.


Panthers Beat Practical Bible to Improve to 7-5

Thursday, January 09, 2003

The TC3 men's basketball team opened the spring semester with a 71-58 win over Practical Bible College. The Panthers improve to 7-5 while Practical Bible College falls to 1-6.
 
TC3 led from the start, moving to a 35-25 lead at the half. After stretching the lead to 13 with 11 minutes left, TC3 held off a Practical Bible rally that saw the visitors pull within 3 points with 3 minutes left. The Panthers posted the win by outscoring Practical Bible 10-0 the rest of the way.
 
Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) led all scorers with 30 points while Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) added 15. Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) chipped in 12 points and a team-best 8 rebounds. Chris Fox (Dryden High/McLean) paced the team with 6 assists.
 
TC3 plays at Onondaga Community College Tuesday, January 14. The game is the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) opener for both teams.


Panthers Fall at Laker Holiday Classic

Sunday, December 08, 2002

The TC3 men's basketball team lost to Glen Oaks Community College 92-54 in the consolation game of the Laker Holiday Classic at Lakeland Community College Sunday. The Panthers trailed the Michigan team by just five at the half before being outscored by 33 points in the second half. TC3 finishes the fall semester 6-5.
 
TC3 was led by all-tournament selection Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon), who finished with 20 points. Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) added 17 points and a team-high 9 rebounds.
 
TC3 is off for the holiday break. The Panthers return to action January 9 with a home contest against Practical Bible College. TC3 starts conference play January 14 at Onondaga Community College.
 

 
TC3 Men’s Basketball vs. Glen Oaks Community College, December 8, 2002 Final: Glen Oaks 92, TC3 54
Half: Glen Oaks 34, TC3 29
 
TC3 (6-5): Greg Romulus 8 0-0 20, Gerald Strong 3 0-0 6, Richard Hall 0 0-0 0, Erastus Shannon 8 1-8 17, Chris Fox 1 1-2 3, James Belokur 0 0-0 0, Keair Hopewell 1 2-4 4, Adam Cobb 1 0-0 2, Kimron Lucas 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 4-14 64
 
Glen Oaks: Tyrell Hightower 7 7-10 23, Brian Foster 11 1-3 26, Jason O'Polka 2 1-5 6, Justin Henderson 4 1-2 9, Chase Conrod 2 0-0 4, Camille Leach 2 0-1 5, Lewis Muse 3 0-0 6, Eric King 1 2-2 5, Robbie Keyes 4 0-0 8. Totals 36 12-23 92
 
3-Point Goals: TC3 - 4 (Romulus 4), Glen Oaks - 8 (Foster 3, Hightower 2, O'Polka 1, Leach 1, King 1)


Sunday, December 08, 2002

Panther Drop Laker Holiday Classic Opener

Saturday, December 07, 2002

The TC3 men's basketball team dropped a 94-71 decision to the host team in the opener of the Laker Holiday Classic at Lakeland (OH) Community College Saturday. The Panthers, now 6-4, are the only Division III (non-scholarship) team in the tournament.
 
TC3 featured a balanced attack that saw four players reach double-digits. Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) led the way with 16 points while Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) added 14. James Belokur (Candor High/Candor) and Keair Hopewell (Union-Endicott High/Endicott) each scored 10.
 
TC3 plays Glen Oaks (MI) Community College in the consolation game Sunday.


Strong Second Half Propels Panthers to Win

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

A strong second half effort helped the TC3 men’s basketball team to a convincing 87-66 win at Practical Bible College Tuesday. The Panthers, ranked #10 in this week’s NJCAA Region III Coach’s Poll, won for the third straight game to improve to 6-3. Practical Bible College falls to 1-7. A strong second half effort helped the TC3 men’s basketball team to a convincing 87-66 win at Practical Bible College Tuesday. The Panthers, ranked #10 in this week’s NJCAA Region III Coach’s Poll, won for the third straight game to improve to 6-3. Practical Bible College falls to 1-7.
 
After taking a 46-40 lead into the half, TC3 turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, holding the home team to just 26 points to cruise to the win. “This was a quality win over a good team,” said TC3 head coach John Pijanowski. “Their record is misleading. They’re a good team.”
 
Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) led the way with a game-high 23 points. Richard Hall (John Bowne High/Jamaica) finished with 19 points and a team-best 6 steals while Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds.
 
TC3 travels to Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio this weekend to take part in the Lakeland Invitational. The Panthers play the host school on Saturday.


Panthers Completes Weekend Sweep

Sunday, November 24, 2002

TC3 completed a weekend sweep with an 88-64 win at North Country Community College Sunday. The Panthers, winners over Clinton Community College Saturday, are now 5-3. North Country is now 1-10.
 
Playing the second half of a weekend trip to Northern New York, TC3 took a 42-31 lead to the half. Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) topped the TC3 scorers for the second straight game, tossing in a season-high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Richard Hall (John Bowne High/Jamaica) had 14 points, Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) added 11 and a team-high 8 assists, and Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) just missed a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
 
TC3 is off for the holiday until Tuesday, December 3 when they play at Practical Bible College in Binghamton.


Panthers Snap Losing Streak, Beat Clinton

Saturday, November 23, 2002

TC3 snapped a three-game losing streak with a 76-65 win at Clinton Community College Saturday. The Panthers are now 4-3 while Clinton is 2-8.
 
For the second straight game, TC3 took a lead into halftime. But unlike the game vs. Cobleskill when the Panthers blew an 8-point lead, this time, TC3 extended the 9-point halftime lead to an 11-point win. Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) and James Belokur (Candor High/Candor) each had season-highs, scoring 23 and 17 respectively to lead TC3. Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) added 11 while Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) tossed in 10 as TC3 used a balanced attack to earn the victory.
 
TC3 looks to make it two in a row Sunday at North Country Community College.


Panthers Fall to SUNY Cobleskill

Thursday, November 21, 2002

The Panthers dropped a heartbreaker to SUNY Cobleskill 71-64 Thursday. After seeing an 8-point halftime lead disappear, the Panthers fell behind for the first time at 49-48 with exactly ten minute left in the contest. TC3 would tie the game once, 53-53 with seven minutes left, but would never regain the lead. TC3, ranked #9 in the latest NJCAA Region III poll, falls to 3-3 while #7-ranked Cobleskill improves to 3-3.
 
TC3 gained the early lead behind a strong first half that saw four players score six or more points. In the second half, poor rebounding and foul trouble caught up with the Panthers, as three starters fouled out. Richard Hall (John Bowne High/Jamaica) led all scorers with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 blocks. Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) added 14 points and 8 rebounds.
 
TC3 looks to rebound with a weekend trip to Northern New York. The Panthers play at Clinton Community College Saturday, November 23 and at North Country Community College Sunday, November 24.


Panthers Fall to Region's #1 Team

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

The Panthers lost 98-55 at SUNY Delhi Tuesday. The Panthers, ranked #9 in this week’s NJCAA Region III Coach’s Poll, fall to 3-2. Delhi, ranked #1 in the region and #2 in the nation, improves to 7-0.
 
Delhi dominated play from the start to put the game away early, taking a 51-14 lead into the half. TC3 was led by 11 points from Richard Hall (John Bowne High/Jamaica) and 10 from Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester). Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) grabbed 12 rebounds and set a new TC3 record with 7 blocked shots in a losing effort.
 
TC3 returns home for an 8 PM Thursday contest with SUNY Cobleskill.


Panthers Fall to Division II Jamestown-Olean

Saturday, November 16, 2002

Playing against a talented Jamestown Community College-Olean team, the TC3 men's basketball team suffered its first setback of the year, losing 121-91 Saturday. The loss drops TC3 to 3-1 while the Division II (able to offer athletic scholarships) Jaguars improve to 4-0.
 
Despite the lopsided final score, the game was closely contested most of the first half. TC3 led 23-22 before Jamestown-Olean went on a 10-2 run to take the lead at 32-25. The Panthers clawed their way back, tying the game at 44-44 with 4:20 left in the half, before Jamestown-Olean used a 14-0 run to help them to a 66-48 halftime lead. TC3 could get no closer than 18 the second half as the Jaguars lead by as many as 33 en route to the win.
 
Richard Hall (John Bowne High/Jamaica) led TC3 with 20 points, with Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) adding 19. Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) had 15 points and 9 rebounds, Ryan Tilebein (Groton High/Groton) had 11 points, and Kimron Lucas (Brooklyn Tech/Brooklyn) had his first collegiate double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
 
TC3 next plays at the top-ranked team in Region III, SUNY Delhi, Tuesday, November 19.


TC3 Men's Basketball Off to Best Start Ever
Panthers Beat Herkimer to Improve to 3-0

Sunday, November 10, 2002

A night after the offense exploded for a 51-point win, the TC3 men’s basketball team used a solid defense to post a 57-45 win over Herkimer County Community College Sunday. The win improves TC3 to 3-0, the best start to a season in the 33-year history of the program. Herkimer falls to 1-4. The 45 points allowed is the second fewest in TC3 history, and the least since the shot clock was instituted.
 
Both teams had trouble scoring early. Trailing 11-10 with ten minutes left in the half, TC3 went on a 16-7 run, taking a 26-18 lead into the break. After Herkimer cut the lead to 6 early in the second half, Ryan Tilebein (Groton High/Groton) nailed a 3-pointer to push the bulge to nine. The two teams traded baskets before Herkimer went on a run to pull within one, 33-32, with just under 14 minutes left in the game. Back-to-back baskets by Richard Hall (John Bowne High/Jamaice), the second coming of a beautiful pass from Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) following a steal, followed by a three-pointer from Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) and short jumper by James Belokur (Candor High/Candor) gave control back to TC3. The lead stayed at ten as the two teams traded baskets before Romulus connected on another three-pointer, giving TC3 its biggest lead of the game, 51-38 with eight minute left. Herkimer would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
 
Romulus led all scorers with 16 points. Shannon finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Hall scored 10 and pulled down 13 boards.
 
TC3 next plays Saturday, November 16 hosting Jamestown-Olean Community College.


TC3 Explodes for 51-Point Win

Saturday, November 09, 2002

The TC3 men’s basketball team broke open a close game with a 25-0 second half run, pulling away for a 102-51 win over Schenectady County Community College Saturday. The game was tied at 38 at the half, and Schenectady led 44-41 with 18 minutes left in the contest when TC3 went on their run. TC3 is now 2-0 and Schenectady is 0-2.
 
The Panthers led from the start, and with six minutes left in the first half, increased the bulge to 15 points, 34-19. From that point to the halftime break, Schenectady outscored the Panthers 19-4 to tie the game at the half. Schenectady started the second half with a pair of three pointers sandwiched around a free throw and lay-up for TC3, giving Schenectady the lead at 44-41. From that point on, it was all TC3.
 
Gerald Strong (East High/Rochester) started the spurt with a put back before Erastus Shannon (Copaigue High/Copiague) hit a pair of free throws to give the Panthers the lead with just over 16 minutes left. From that point on, TC3 outscored the visitors 57-7 for the win.
 
Shannon and Richard Hall (John Bowne High/Jamaica) each scored 18 to lead the Panthers, with Hall pulling down 8 rebounds. Strong finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals, and Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) added 15 points and 4 assists.
 
TC3 returns to action Sunday, hosting Herkimer County Community College Sunday.


Panthers Beat Morrisville 67-54 to Move to 1-0

Saturday, November 02, 2002

The TC3 men’s basketball team opened the season with an impressive 67-54 win at SUNY Morrisville Saturday. It had been eight years since the TC3 men’s basketball team had won a season opener, and it’s possible the Panthers never posted as convincing a first game win in their 32-year history. The game was close for the first five minutes before TC3 took control, leading by as many as 20 points en route to the victory. TC3 is now 1-0 and Morrisville is 0-2.
 
The Panthers won with a solid defense, limiting Morrisville to just 21 first half points as TC3 led 27-21 at the break. In the second half, TC3’s offense opened up, outscoring the home team 40-33 for the win. Richard Hall (John Bowne High/Jamaica) led all scorers with 21 points on near perfect shooting. The freshman was 9-of-10 shooting from the field, including 1-for-1 from 3 point range, and 2-for-2 from the line. Greg Romulus (West Babylon High/West Babylon) added 16 points and 5 assists while Erastus Shannon (Copiague High/Copiague) registered a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Shannon also led the team with 6 steals and 2 blocks.
 
“We weren’t shooting well as a team,” said TC3 coach John Pijanowski. “But we played good defense. That was the difference.” TC3 held Morrisville’s leading scorer, Rich Phillips, to just 7 points. Phillips scored 30 the night before in the Mustangs’ season opener.
 
TC3 returns to action Saturday and Sunday, hosting the Panther Classic Invitational. TC3 plays Schenectady County Community College Saturday and Herkimer County Community College Sunday.


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