FMCC Roundup: Raiders upset MVCC, 90-87

UTICA — Having lost twice to Mohawk Valley Community College during the regular season, the third time was the charm for the Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s basketball team.

The eighth-seeded Raiders upset the top-seeded Hawks, 90-87 in the quarterfinals of the Region III Tournament.

During the regular season, FMCC lost at Mohawk Valley, 93-60, on Feb. 10 and lost at home to the Hawks on Feb. 22 by a score of 75-67.

The Raiders started quickly Tuesday, jumping out to a 42-28 halftime lead before holding on for the win.

The Raiders had five players score in double figures. Chris Toussaint led with 18 points, Brandon Cooper and Tyvon Stenson each had 17. Jaleel Jean Jacques finished with 16 and Dante Morgan had 11 points. 

“It was a great team win. We made some adjustments from the first two times we played Mohawk and the guys executed the game plan,” FMCC coach Ed Collar said. “Their effort and intensity and great defense built the lead in the first half. Their resiliency and determination held off a great Mohawk team in the second half. Many players contributed to help us pull off the upset. Now, we have to build on our momentum and stay hungry for success and not be satisfied as we move into the semifinals against Cayuga. Cayuga is a very athletic and aggressive team.  We need to come out with the same determination on Saturday vs Cayuga, if we hope to make the finals on Sunday.”

Marquis Gilbert scored 27 points to lead Mohawk Valley.

FMCC (14-10 overall) will face fourth-seeded Cayuga Community College in the semifinals Saturday at Herkimer College at 4 p.m.. Cayuga (20-7 overall) posted a 96-91 victory over fifth seeded North Country Community College in its quarterfinal contest Tuesday. FMCC posted an 89-87 home victory over Cayuga in its regular-season meeting on Feb. 3.

MVCC finishes its season with a 24-4 overall record. The Hawks were ranked third in the latest NJCAA Division III poll.

In the other quarterfinal contests, second-seeded Herkimer College posted a 97-77 victory over seventh-seeded Corning Community College and third-seeded Onondaga Community College edged sixth-seeded Finger Lakes Community College, 89-87, in overtime. Herkimer and Onondaga will meet in Saturday’s other semifinal contest.

The championship game is scheduled for Sunday.

FMCC women lose to Finger Lakes

CANANDAIGUA — After shocking Columbia Greene Community College in its regular-season finale Saturday, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College women’s basketball team was hoping to carry its momentum into the postseason.

However, the eighth-seeded Lady Raiders dropped an 86-61 decision to top-seeded Finger Lakes Community College in the quarterfinals of the Region III Tournament on Tuesday.

Finger Lakes led 49-32 at the half on its way to the victory.

Sarah Lacey finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks to lead Finger Lakes, while Ranaveya Richards had a triple-double with 26 points 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Mackenzie Hammer posted 17 points, five rebounds and three blocks for the Lakers and Megan McAllister added 16 points.

Diasia DeBoue finished with 21 points and eight rebounds to lead FMCC, while Julie Hampton had 16 points and seven rebounds. McKiea Weekes added 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Lady Raiders, who made just 25 of 82 shots (30.5 percent) in the game.

Finger Lakes (24-3 overall) will face fourth-seeded Onondaga Community College in the Region III semifinals Saturday. Onondaga posted a 77-61 victory over Tompkins Cortland in its quarterfinal contest Tuesday.

FMCC finished its season with a 13-11 overall record.

In Tuesday’s other quarterfinal contests, third-seeded Columbia-Greene Community College tops sixth-seeded Jefferson Community College, 70-54, and second-seeded North Country Community College posted a 65-60 victory over seventh-seeded Hudson Valley Community College. North Country and Columbia-Greene will meet in Saturday’s other semifinal contest.

Finger Lakes Community College 86, Fulton-Montgomery Community College 61

FMCC 20 12 13 16 — 61

FLCC 27 22 18 19 — 86

FMCC

Hampton 5-6-16, DeBoue 9-2-21, Cruz 2-0-6, Dopp 1-0-2, Weekes 5-0-10, Danylak 3-0-6. Totals 25-8-61.

Finger Lakes

Richards 9-6-26, Lacey 11-4-27, Hamer 6-0-17, McAllister 8-0-16. Totals 34-10-86.

3-point goals: FMCC 3 (Cruz 2, DeBoue); Finger Lakes 8 (Hamer 5, Richards 2, Lacey).

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