Cobleskill Turns Back SUNY Canton Ladies
Cobleskill, NY – The SUNY Canton women’s basketball team stormed back from a 15-point halftime deficit to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but ultimately fell in the final seconds, 69-67, at SUNY Cobleskill on Thursday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The hosts opened up a 21-12 lead after the opening quarter and extended that lead to 40-25 at intermission.
Cobleskill led as many as 21 midway through the third quarter. The Roos stormed back from there outscoring the Tigers 37-19 the remainder of the way.
After trimming the deficit to 12 after three quarters Canton came out of in the fourth quarter with a renewed intensity.
Trailing 60-49 the Roos rattled off seven consecutive points on back-to-back buckets from Antanasia Chambers and a three ball from Alexis Sullivan to get within six at 62-56.
The Tigers led by nine with 4:31 to play but an old-fashioned three-point play from Chambers sparked another rally from the Roos. Shanelle Borth split a pair of free throws, and Shannyn St. Andrews finished a bucket in the paint. The 9-0 run was capped off by a Joie Culkin transition three to tie the game at 65 all.
TyLysa Martinez went 3-for-4 from the free throw line to give the Tigers a 68-65 lead with 59 seconds remaining. Culkin got a great look at a game-tying three with 25 seconds remaining that was just off the mark, and Cobleskill was able to hit one free throw down the stretch to hang on for the win.
INSIDE THE STATS
Chambers led all players with game-highs of 19 points, eight assists and three steals. Joie Culkin posted 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Shanelle Borth recorded 11 points and six boards. Shannyn St. Andrews chipped in nine points and 10 rebounds, while Gabrielle Lambert recorded nine points off the bench.
Anna Post paced the Tigers with a double-double on 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Inasia Barham (13), Jordan Finch (10) and Martinez (10) also scored in double figures.
SUNY Canton shot 42 percent from the field compared to a 35 percent mark for Cobleskill. The Tigers controlled the glass, 59-40, including turning 28 offensive rebounds into 23 second chance points. Cobleskill also held the edge in bench points (34-12), fast break points (26-8) and points in the paint (42-34).
FROM THE BENCH
“I am beyond proud of this team. The way they made adjustments at halftime, stayed together and fought to get back in that game was incredible,” Head Coach Chris Klassen said. “From day one they have bought into our culture and worked incredibly hard. I hope anyone who watched the game saw the same passion, unity and toughness I did. Tonight, this group laid the foundation of what SUNY Canton Women’s Basketball will be moving forward and I can’t wait to continue to build upon that.”
WHAT'S NEXT These two teams will have a rematch on Friday in Canton. Tip is set for 6 p.m. in the Roos House.