BRONX, NEW YORK, February 1- The Maritime basketball team fell short of visiting Sage Thursday night at the Riesenberg Hall Gym, 71-65, in an important conference matchup with late-season playoff implications. The Privateers’ record drops to 4-13 (3-9 Skyline), while the Gators improve to 10-10 (5-8 Skyline).
"We played very hard tonight and did a good job sticking to the game plan,” said first-year head coach Jake Scott. “Unfortunately, a couple of possessions went their way and that decided the game."
Sophomore-transfer Sean Corley (Harlem, N.Y./Thurgood Marshall) led all players with 21 points on the night, while also bringing down a team-high seven rebounds. Four other players scored in double-figures for Maritime as sophomore T-Vaughn Gibson (Freeport, Bahamas/Sunland Baptist) and freshman Tim McNamara (Somerville, N.J./Somerville) both had 13 points, apiece, and senior Ron Bethea (Harlem, N.Y./Humanities Prep.) recorded 11.
Senior Matt Farbotko had 19 points to lead Sage and classmate Ryan Sager registered a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Mason Horne scored 15 to round out the double-digit scorers.
The game featured 12 lead changes, including one right as the buzzer sounded for the first half, as Sage senior William Hennep nailed a three-pointer to put the Gators ahead 30-28 at halftime. Sage held the lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half, building it up to as many as four points. However, the Privateers regained the lead, 51-49, at 8:20 on a jumper by freshman Kevin Blohm (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville).
With the game tied at 56-56 with 4:56 to play, the Gators went on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to take a seven-point lead, 58-65, with just 1:44 to play. Maritime had to foul late and got some help by some missed free throws to bring the game back down to just three points. However, Sage drained four of their last six free throws to seal the victory.
The Privateers return to action on Saturday, when they will travel up to nearby Purchase, N.Y. to take on Purchase College. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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