The Tompkins Cortland men's basketball team went on the road for the first time this season Saturday, losing 93-84 to Columbia-Greene Community College. The Panthers are now 1-2 overall and 1-1 in regional play. Columbia-Greene is now 2-1 overall and 1-0 in region.
The Panthers once again featured a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures and two others coming within a basket of joining that group. Nine Tompkins Cortland players scored during the game as the Panthers saw a 44-39 halftime lead disappear as the Columbia-Greene Twins exploded for 54 points in the second half to pull out the win.
Devonte Henry (Brooklyn/Boys and Girls H.S.) had a big afternoon with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, adding a pair of assists along with a steal and a blocked shot. Jaiden Allen (Marlboro/Marlboro H.S.) was the top scorer with 18 points, making three three-pointers on the day and going a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Phillip Harris (Brooklyn/Research and Service H.S.) was an efficient 5-of-6 shooting from the floor as part of his 13-points and 6-rebounds effort. Derek Brower (Queens/Half Hollow Hills West H.S.) had two two-pointers, two three-pointers, and two free throws to finish with 12 points and Brandan Paul (Middletown/Progress H.S.) and Gabriel Blenman (Brooklyn/George Westinghouse H.S.) added nine and seven points, respectively.
The Panthers complete their early-season three-game road trip Tuesday with a game at defending national champion Herkimer College.