This was a game I had been waiting for. I am a part of the fourth-seeded Ithaca College men’s basketball team. Sunday was the season end match. I was a benchwarmer but my heart and mind was on the field only.
I kept on looking and cheering my teammates. They played well but luck was simply not on our side that day. The Bombers tried hard but it was heart wrenching to see them fall to the second-seeded New Jersey City University. It was quite close at 87-65. This was an important match as it was the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate/Metro Championship game. We were playing inside the highly spectacular Golden Dome Arena.
I was not on the field but I could easily sense that this loss hurt much more as we concluded our 2015-16 schedule this way at 15-13. It was the Gothic Knights, who were the winners of the ECAC crown in men’s basketball, which they won for the seventh time now. With this win they have now climbed to 21-8.
I simply could not stop admiring the three players who were able to manage double-figures in scoring. These were the Bombers who were led by 19 points of Marc Chasin on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. Next was The Coral Gables, Fla. Native. He accounted for five rebounds in addition to two blocked shots which were a treat to watch! Sam Bevan was playing in his final collegiate game. He managed to finish with 18 points, five boards in addition to three assists. No one could possibly miss Carroll Rich who managed 11 points and four helpers. I really enjoyed the game of Freshman Peter Ezema who had eight points and could boast of a team-high 10 rebounds out of which three were on the offensive glass.
We had taken the lead when we were just three seconds into the game. This is when Rich had found a cutting Chasin. This lay-up had made it 2-0 that was in favor of the Bombers. In fact, the Gothic Knights were able to tie the score only 21 seconds later. This was a part of a 7-0 run in which they took a 7-2 lead. This was when just 2:08 had gone by.
But we the Bombers again re-took the advantage. This was due to an 8-0 run which was capped by a long 3-pointer that came from Bevan. All this made it 13-9, for Ithaca.