Panthers Come Up Short at Home

Tahleek Weekes
Tahleek Weekes

The Tompkins Cortland Community College men's basketball team couldn't hang on in the closing minutes Thursday, losing at home to Corning Community College, 78-69. Tompkins Cortland is now 6-14 overall and 1-9 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference while Corning improves to 12-8 overall and 5-4 in the MSAC.

Tied at 34-34 at the half and at 52-52 with 10 minutes left in the game, the Panthers scored four straight to lead 56-52. The Red Barons responded with a run of nine straight to take the lead. While the Red Barons never relinquished the lead, the Panthers battled all the way to the closing horn, pulling within a single point with four minutes left and keeping within six until the final minute.

Tahleek Weekes (South Queens/Construction H.S.) paced the team with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jonathan Baker (Staten Island/Curtis H.S.) had 18 points and Shakel Cofield (Westbury/Westbury H.S.) had a team-best 11 rebounds.

The Panthers take to the road for a non-conference game Saturday at SUNY Adirondack.