Lakers Defeat the Knights, Take Second Place
The Lakers brought their 5 game winning streak to 6 last night in the Senior Game against the visiting Geneseo Knights. After an even first half, Oswego came from behind and took the game in the second, winning the game 75–67. The Lakers are now 18–6 overall, while Geneseo is reduced to 16–7, losing their second place lead to Oswego.
The first half of the game saw the Lakers hold the lead for a few minutes of game time until Geneseo caught up in the later part of the half, bringing the game to a near tie at 29–30 going into the second half.
Something changed in the Lakers then, as they gained a ferocity that they didn’t seem to have before, taking a huge 9 point advantage over the Knights. Oswego managed to maintain that ferocity throughout the rest of the game, never once allowing Geneseo to catch their breath.
Of all the players who took the court last night, Keith Tyson and Demetrius Mitchell were the standouts, both giving career high performances. Tyson scored an amazing 23 points, with Mitchell following behind at 13 points.
Brian Sortino also stood-out, getting seven assists last night as well as five rebounds.
Alex Rawa headed up the game shooting four for six free throws, the final four coming in the last minute of game. These last four served as the final nail in the coffin for the Knights.
Altogether, Oswego gave up only four turnovers, and maintained possession for most of the game. The Lakers were great both offensively and defensively last night, and promise to keep up the intensity.
When asked about his 23 points in the game, Keith Tyson responded with “I just let the game come to me, I didn’t try to rush anything. The team did a good job looking for me out there. We knew it was a big win for us, so we were just taking care of business.”
The win last night brought the Lakers to their 6th conference win in a row. Tyson attributed their wins to their focus, saying “Coach really instilled us to really focus on and off the ball on defense, letting the offense come to us, defense is the main key, and everything working out on offense.”
With the SUNYAC championship coming up, and the prospect of going up against both Plattsburgh and Geneseo again in the playoffs, Tyson seemed calm and composed.“The main thing is just being humble and hungry. That’s the big thing. Humble and hungry. Just take it day by day.”