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Men's Basketball 12-13
Streaking Colts Outpace Falcons
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Middletown, NY – When a coach sits down and maps out his game plan for success, it rarely contains shooting 80% from three point range as part of the formula. That does not mean that coach won't take it when it happens. That is exactly what happened in the first half of Orange’s game against Lackawanna College last night at SUNY Orange. Orange would ride its hot shooting to win an offensive battle 96-87. The win improves the Colts record on the year to 16-8 with three games and playoffs remaining on the schedule.
The game started sluggishly for Orange as Lackawanna used its height advantage to bully the Colts on the glass en route to an 11-4 lead. Coach Rickard was forced to burn an early time out to settle his team down. Out of that timeout the Colts caught fire. Orange went on to make 16 field goals, including going 8 of 10 from three in the first half. While Orange was on an uncommonly good hot streak shooting the ball Lackawanna was ice cold. When the Falcons were able to score it was only after grabbing one or two offensive rebounds per possession and putting the ball back in the bucket off a miss. Orange's under sized front court battled and grabbed enough rebounds to allow Orange to build a 48-34 lead at the half.
The second half started the same way the first half ended. Orange continued to play well and the lead swelled to 21 with about 10 minutes left to play. The wide margin combined with the fact that Orange was already in the double bonus and would be shooting two free throws every time it went to the line the rest of the game hinted at an easy night for the Colts. Anyone coming to that conclusion would be wrong. Orange was running out of gas and Lackawanna's pride kicked in. They would not go away meekly. Lackawanna threw on a high pressure full court press that got the Colts turning the ball over and taking ill-advised shots. Lackawanna cut the lead to 10 with 3 minutes to go and had it at 6 with 2 minutes. At this point Lackawanna had to play the foul game and Orange was solid from the line icing the game.
Orange had big performances from several players. Jarrod Scurlock scored 26 points which included 3 three's and going 11-14 from the free throw line. Creshawn Jude had 25 points on 8 of 10 shooting, while Malcolm Covington had 17 points and 10 assists. Inside the Colts were led by Justin Rabsatt's 9 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Bailey had 7 points and a team leading 11 boards. Lackawanna's leading scorer was DeVaughn Jones with 24 points. Jones performance included several rim rattling dunks. As a team Lackawanna pulled down an unofficial 39 offensive rebounds.
Orange is off until next week when they play Army Prep at home on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm. Lackawanna plays Delaware Tech on Saturday in a game which will likely determine the Colts opening round playoff opponent.
Orange Cagers defeat Johnson College
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Middletown, NY- The SUNY Orange men's basketball team defeated Johnson College (Scranton, PA) 72-49 in Middletown.
Orange (14-8) raced out to a 42-24 halftime lead. Jarrod Scurlock (NFA) led Orange with 17 points. Freshman Anthony Bailey (SS Seward) scored 14, Malcolm Covington (Blessed Sacrament) scored 13 and Creshawn Jude (Christ the King) chipped in with 10. " I thought we bounced back nicely against a much improved Johnson team. Our defense was better and we shared the ball on the offensive end. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come", said head coach Tom Rickard.
The Colts are back in action tonight at 7pm against Lincoln College (CT).
Men's Basketball Holds off Kingsborough
Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Middletown, NY- The SUNY Orange men's basketball team beat Kingsborough CC 79-78 in Middletown. Orange improves to 13-6.
Orange led by as many as 20 points late in the second half. Kingsborough stormed back and took a 70-69 lead with 1:30 left in the game. Freshman Jarrod Scurlock (23 points) hit a clutch 10 footer to put Orange back up for good 71-70. Freshman Creshawn Jude (20 points) was 4-4 from the foul line in the last minute to ice the game. Sophomore Justin Rabsatt (Washingtonville HS) had his best game of the year scoring 21 points, on 10-12 shooting, and grabbing 12 rebounds.
"I was happy we pulled out the victory, but we are not where we need to be", said head coach Tom Rickard. "After watching the film , hopefully the guys realize our defensive effort was unacceptable and we will improve".
Ba 1-7 0-0 2, Jude 6-13 6-6 20, Scurlock 10-22 3-3 23, Covington 1-10 0-0 2, Rabsatt 10-12 1-4 21, Bailey 0-2 1-2 1, Langbein 0-2 0-0 0, Occhi 1-2 0-0 2, Roeber 3-7 0-0 8.
Totals 32-77 11-15 79
ORANGE MEN TOP QUEENSBOROUGH
Monday, January 28th, 2013
Middletown,NY- The SUNY Orange men's basketball team beat the Tigers of Queensborough 80-70 in Middletown. The Colts led 37-34 at the half.
Orange (12-6) was led by sophomore Malcolm Covington (Blessed Sacrament) and freshman Jarrod Scurlock (NFA) who scored 23 apiece. Freshman Creshawn Jude (Christ The King) scored 14 points and Freshman Anthony Bailey (SS Seward) chipped in with 10.
The Colts next home game is Tuesday January 29 at 7pm against Kingsborough CC.
Orange Win, One for the Ages
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Loch Sheldrake, NY - Sabermetrics is the specialized analysis of sports through objective evidence. There are legions of mathematicians who subscribe to the theory of sabermetrics. The hit motion picture, Money Ball, was based on this philosophy. The SUNY Orange basketball team set back the sabermetric cause by decades in their game against nationally ranked JUCO basketball power Sullivan County Community College last night at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse. There is no statistical analysis that could have predicted an Orange victory. What isn't measured in statistics however is the will to win, heart, outright chutzpah.
Sullivan County CC is the toughest venue in the Northeast to play in for a visiting team. They take their basketball seriously there. The crowd is loud, the music is loud, and the Sullivan public address announcer is loud. When a team plays at Sullivan they not only have to beat the current team, but must also beat every National Championship winning team that ever played there. From the moment a visiting team enters the building they are bombarded with how unbelievably great Sullivan basketball is. Last night the SUNY Orange basketball team overcame every obstacle thrown their way to win an impressive 72-67 Mid-Hudson Conference match up. Orange was playing for the second night in a row on the road. On Tuesday night Orange lost to Rockland County CC to extend its losing streak to 3 games. Orange was also forced to play much of the game shorthanded as two of the team’s starters were saddled with foul trouble. Both players fouled out of the game with several minutes left to play. Sullivan opened the game on an 8-0 run as Orange missed its first 7 shots, committed 3 turnovers, and 3 fouls before ever recording a point. At this point Orange’s young team finally found their rhythm and settled in as much as an excellent Sullivan team would allow. Orange was down by as many as 11 points in the first half but rallied down the stretch to head into halftime down 35-28.
In the second half Orange scratched and clawed its way back into the game and finally took a lead 49-48 with 11:33 to play. The game was close the rest of the way until some clutch shooting from outside and at the free throw line iced the game. Creshawn Jude, Jarrod Scurlock and Will Williams all hit decisive shots in the last 10 minutes for the Colts. The final score was 72-67.
The leadership of veteran point guard Malcolm Covington was a major key to the Colt win. Covington not only scored 18 points and dished out 8 assists, but his solid ball handling made it difficult for Sullivan to put any type of pressure on Orange. Will Williams had 16 for Orange including 3 key three pointers. Justin Rabsatt had a strong night on the boards with 11 rebounds. For the game Orange was outrebounded by the much bigger Sullivan team 46 to 28.
Orange, which improved to 6-3 (1-1 MHC) is off until next Tuesday when they play Mid-Hudson Conference opponent Ulster County CC. Sullivan came into the game the number four ranked team in the country. The loss dropped Sullivan to 6-2 on the season.
Orange Splits Two at Hoop Shoot Tourney
Saturday, November 17th, 2012
SUNY Orange went 1-1 in the 31st annual Turkey Hoop Shoot Tournament at County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ. While Orange's effort over the weekend never was in doubt, its execution certainly was. The story of the weekend for Orange was the team's faulty long range shooting. For the two games, Orange was a combined 2 for 25 from three point range. The fact that Orange was able to split the two games while shooting 8% from behind the arc is pretty amazing. The split gives Orange a 5-1 record going into the Thanksgiving break.
In the opening round of the tournament Orange faced Gloucester Community College from Southern NJ. The team's stifling defense overcame the Colt's 1 for 15 shooting from three point range. Orange held Gloucester to 20 first half points en route to a 70- 52 victory. Orange was led by NFA graduate Parrish Canty's 18 points 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Newburgh Free Academy was well represented as Will Williams and Jarrod Scurlock also stood out for Orange. Williams tallied 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. Scurlock, in his Orange debut, scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Sophomore Malcolm Covington distributed the ball around with 9 assists.
The opening round victory set up a rematch of the 2011 Hoop Shoot Championship game. For the second year in a row Orange faced the tournament host. County College of Morris, in the final. Morris avenged the previous years loss with a 81-73 win. After dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Morris was playing only its second game of the year. The Titans defeated Jefferson County CC in the opening round of the tournament the previous night. The first half was a back and forth affair. Both teams took five point leads with Morris leading 36-34 at intermission. Orange played hard but was unable to overcome a 1 for 10 shooting performance from 3 and a season high 20 team turnovers. Parrish Canty again led Orange in scoring on his way to being named to the all tournament team. Canty finished with 13 points. Malcolm Covington had 11 points and 7 assists. David Ba's tough defense the past three games has earned him more playing time. Ba has been assigned to guard the opposing team’s best player each game.
Orange will need a great week of preparation for their next game. Community College of Rhode Island makes the trip to Middletown next Saturday for a 1:00 pm tip off. Rhode Island was the NJCAA Div 2 runner up last season.
Colts Impressive for Hall of Fame Inductees
Sunday, November 11th, 2012
Middletown, NY - There were big goings on at Orange County Community College on Saturday. Alumni Reunion weekend featured the first ever inductees into the newly formed Colts Athletic Hall of Fame. After a very moving and inspirational induction breakfast at Kuhl's Highland House the inductees and their family, and friends went back to their old campus to watch a men's and women's double header against always tough Alfred St.
The current Orange players had every reason to be nervous. In addition to playing in front of many esteemed spectators, this was the home opener for a very young Orange team. If the team was unnerved by the circumstances of the day they certainly did not show it. The team came out firing on all cylinders. With starting center Parish Canty sitting with foul trouble, the outside shooters on the team found their range. The team hit on six three pointers in the first half. Creshawn Jude had 12 points in the first half on his way to a team high 16 for the game. NFA grad Will Williams had two threes and eight points before intermission and finished the game with 15. When the first Hall of Fame class played at the school there was no such thing as a three point shot. The current Colt's demonstrated it well by draining 9 three pointers on the day. Alfred State played very tough the entire game. It was not until about the five minute mark that SUNY Orange made a bevy of steals that led to easy transition baskets and left no doubt that the Colts would be victorious. The Colts went on an 8-0 run in about 45 seconds to put the game away. The run featured two thunderous dunks by Parish Canty that brought the raucous crowd to a frenzy.
Along with his 15 points, Williams pulled down a season high 12 rebounds. Energetic swing man David Ba also had the best game of his young Colt career. Ba had a monstrous second half. All 14 of his points came in the second half as did 12 of his team leading 13 rebounds. Anthony Bailey, a SS Seward grad, also had a solid game chipping in with 10 points. Bailey was solid at the charity stripe going 3 for 3 from the line in the second half.
Orange takes its three game win streak on the road Tuesday night when they play at Johnson Tech in Scranton, PA at 7:00 PM.
MEN'S BASKETBALL TAKES TWO AT GOLBERG CLASSIC
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Hudson,NY- The SUNY Orange men's basketball team won two games at the Golberg Classic at Columbia-Greene. The first game the Colts beat Springfield Technical CC 80-63. Orange jumped out to a 37-26 halftime lead and never trailed. Parrish Canty (NFA) led the Colts with 28 points,14 rebounds and 6 blocks. Other players in double figures were David Ba (Harborfields),Garrett Roeber (Minisink Valley) and Creshawn Jude (Christ the King) each scoring 10 points.
In the second game Orange (2-0) downed Word of Life Bible Institute 83-69. Orange led 50-37 at halftime. Freshman Parrish Canty had a monster game recording a triple double. Canty posted 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked 11 shots. Sophomore Justin Rabsatt (Washingtonville) scored 15 points and pulled down 20 rebounds. Creshawn Jude scored 15 points and Freshman Anthony Bailey (SS Seward) chipped in with 10 points. Orange hosts Alfred St. this Saturday at 1 pm.
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