MIDDLETOWN – The Generals competed in the Region XV Division II Championship on Sunday after defeating Westchester CC on Saturday. They were tasked with taking on the undefeated SUNY Orange …
MIDDLETOWN – The Generals competed in the Region XV Division II Championship on Sunday after defeating Westchester CC on Saturday. They were tasked with taking on the undefeated SUNY Orange Colts.
The tournament hosts finished a perfect campaign at 27-0 and won their semi-final game against Rockland CC on Saturday, so the Generals had their work cut out for them on Sunday.
The game started and both teams were bringing the intensity early. Sullivan was leading 6-4 in the opening minutes before drilling back-to-back threes to take a 12-4 lead. Orange and Sullivan matched on their next six points before a timeout with 12:36 to play and a 18-12 score.
Coming out of the timeout, the Colts scored six straight to tie the game at 18, but trailed the Generals for the remainder of the first half by less than five points. In the final seconds of the half, Sullivan scored and took a 36-30 lead into the break.
The second half of the game followed the same level of intensity between the reigning Region XV champions and the undefeated challengers.
After nearly seven minutes into the second half, Orange had cut Sullivan’s lead to two points.
Over the next three minutes, the Colts outscored the Generals 12-10, including a four-point play that tied the game at 54 with just over 10 minutes to play.
After a timeout, the Generals went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes, but the Colts answered with an 8-0 run of their own to tie it at 62. The Generals scored and took a two-point lead before a timeout wiht 4:12 to play.
Sullivan out-fouled Orange and sent the Colts into the bonus, keeping the game between the two teams tight.
With time winding down, both Jair Currie, who led with 24 points, and KeSean Tracy nailed huge three-pointers for the Generals to give them a bit of breathing room. The Generals led 73-70, and the Colts got two good looks from beyond the arc but couldn’t convert on a game-tying shot before the final buzzer.
“I’m so proud of the guys for sticking with the plan and being able to execute late in the game,” Generals coach Brent Wilson said. “We did a great job and were able to get our fifth Region XV Title in a row.”
The Generals will host the District championship this Saturday, with three games scheduled at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
Jair Currie led all scorers with 23 points, including seven 3-pointers. Jay Alvarez added 17 and Kipplyn Richvine netted 12 in the win.
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