FMCC women, men advance to regional semifinals

Fulton-Montgomery Community College's McKiea Weekes (15) looks to shoot as Tompkins Cortland Community College's Reyanah Brown defends during Tuesday's Division III Region III quarterfinal game. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — Every coach will most likely tell you when the game is on the line, they want the ball to be in the hands of their best player.

For the Fulton-Montgomery Community College women’s basketball team, they were able to find Diasia DeBoue in the fourth quarter as she led her team to a 74-65 victory over the visiting Tompkins Cortland Lady Panthers in an National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Region III quarterfinal matchup.

With the third-seeded Lady Raiders trailing by three points heading into the final quarter and their season on the line, DeBoue rallied her team back and scored 11 fourth-quarter points. DeBoue’s strong fourth-quarter effort was a direct result of her equally strong third quarter as she scored 10 points coming out of the locker room.

DeBoue scored 21 of her game-high 27 points in the second half while also adding six assists and eight rebounds on the night.

“She is hard to guard and a good player,” Tompkins Cortland head coach David Stevenson said. “We tried to take away her driving ability away and then she started hitting her outside shots and then from there it became a much tougher assignment because she can do both, but good players hit shots and she did that tonight.”

Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Niaimani Marshall (13) looks to shoot as Tompkins Cortland Community College's Macy Boice defends during Tuesday's Division III Region III quarterfinal game. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

The sixth-seeded Lady Panthers came out of the locker room trailing 32-27, but had an offensive explosion as they went on to score 25 third quarter points. Leading the way for Tompkins Cortland was guard Shantasia Jeffrey who scored eight of her team-high 20 points in the third quarter.

“As she goes, we go,” Stevenson said. “She did some great things for us as she always does but tonight it seemed to get masked with us committing turnovers in some critical spots.”

It was the Lady Raiders ability to force turnovers and shoot the three-ball effectively that kept them in the game. FMCC connected on 10 3-pointers on the night while also forcing the Lady Panthers into 31 combined turnovers.

Coming into the game, Tompkins Cortland CC’s leading scorers Taylor Day was averaging 16.0 ppg on 40.3 percent shooting from the field. The defense for FMCC was able to hold Day to 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting.

“We wanted to key in on [Taylor] Day, she was their top scorer and we needed to get to her and get out on her shots,” FMCC coach Jones said.

Fulton-Montgomery Community College's McKiea Weekes (15) looks to shoot as Tompkins Cortland Community College's Taylor Day defends during Tuesday's Division III Region III quarterfinal game. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Helping Deboue in the scoring department was her teammate Niamani Marshall who finished with 26 points and really shoot the ball well converting on five three-pointers.

Marshall really had it going in the second quarter where she scored 10 points, nearly outscoring Tompkins Cortland by herself in the quarter as the Panthers mustered just 14 points.

In the battle down low, the Lady Raiders got a double-double performance from McKiea Weekes, who recorded 11 points while hauling in 15 rebounds. Tompkins Cortland used the length of Reyanah Brown on the glass as she grabbed 14 rebounds while also recording a double-double as she finished with 10 points.

In the opening quarter, both the Lady Panthers and FMCC traded baskets with the Tompkins Cortland CC emerging on top 13-12 when the first buzzer sounded.

With the loss, the Lady Panthers ended their season while posting an overall season record of 9-12.

“As long as you battle and give it your all, you will win more often than you lose,” Stevenson said. “We battled and sometimes it just doesn’t go your way.”

FMCC (18-6), which has won its last six games, is slated to face North Country Community College on Saturday in the Region III semifinals at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

The second-seeded Saints posted a 73-48 victory over Corning Community College in their quarterfinal contest Tuesday. North Country won both regular-season meetings with FMCC, posting a 64-53 victory at home Dec. 5 and a 69-49 win at FMCC on Feb. 14.

“Our message coming into regionals was that anybody can win it,” Jones said. “If we can put together two good games, then anything can happen and all we can control is how we play.”

Fulton-Montgomery Community College 74,

Tompkins Cortland Community College 65

Tompkins Cortland 13 14 25 13 — 65

FMCC 12 20 17 2 — 74

Tompkins Cortland

Brown 3-4-10, Boice 5-0-13, Jeffrey 6-7-20, Whitehead 2-2-6, Day 3-2-10, O’Shaughnessy 3-0-6. Totals 22-15-69.

FMCC

Dopp 2-0-6, DeBoue 11-2-27, Marshall 9-3-26, Weekes 4-3-11, Baldwin 1-2-4. Totals 27-10-74.

3-point goals: Tompkins Cortland 6 (Boice 3, Day 2, Jeffrey); FMCC 10 (Marshall 5, DeBoue 3, Dopp 2).

FMCC men defeat Onondaga

SYRACUSE — Trailing 37-31 at the half, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s basketball team outscored Onondaga Community College 46-29 in the second half to earn a 77-66 victory in a Division III Region III quarterfinal contest Tuesday.

It was the fifth win in the last six games for the sixth-seeded Raiders.

Jaleel Jean-Jacques had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead FMCC, while Darren Demmitt had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Juwan Malone finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Amadou Diakite added 14 points.

Antonio Scrimale scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead third-seeded Onondaga, which had posted a 59-55 home win over FMCC on Nov. 10 in their regular-season meeting.

Syquan Ralands and Jaysaun Gunn each had 17 points for the Lazers. Gunn also had a team-high eight rebounds.

FMCC (20-6 overall) will face Mohawk Valley Community College in the semifinals Saturday at Herkimer College. The second-seeded Hawks posted a 67-61 victory over seventh-seeded Hudson Valley Community College in their quarterfinal contest Tuesday.

Mohawk Valley won both regular-season meetings with FMCC, winning 85-60 at home on Feb. 9 and 95-93 in overtime at FMCC on Feb. 21.

Fulton-Montgomery Community College 77, Onondaga Community College 66

FMCC

Diakite 5-3-14, Toussaint 2-0-4, Demmitt 4-11-19, Jordan 1-0-2, Jean-Jacques 10-1-21, Malone 7-2-15, Weekes 1-0-2. Totals 30-16-77.

Onondaga

Williams 1-2-4, Ralands 7-3-17, Gunn 8-0-17, Scrimale 7-4-24, Behlin 0-1-1, Abdo 1-0-3. Totals 24-10-66.

3-point goals: FMCC 1 (Diakite); Onondaga 8 (Scrimale 6, Gunn, Abdo).

Halftime: Onondaga, 37-31.

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