Genesee Community College hosted their annual Cougar Holiday Classic this past weekend in their brand new Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium. The Men's Basketball team dropped a heart breaker on Saturday to open up their portion of the tournament with a loss to the Community College of Rhode Island Knights by the score of 94-84 as free throws became a issue for Genesee as they missed eight in the first half alone and that would have made the game a lot closer than what it was if the Cougars were able to put them in the basket. Speaking of free throws, the Cougars went 19 for 28 from the charity stripe the entire contest. Arron Allen led the way for the Cougars in the contest with 17 points as Ryan Sorti led the way with 23 points for the visiting Knights of CCRI.
Sunday saw the Cougars play the ASA Institute of Brooklyn, NY and came up with the same result as Saturday as Genesee lost to the Avengers by the score of 68-48. Keenen Ellis was a major factor in the game as the big man had a height advantage of a good four inches on the tallest Cougar, which is Leon Nelson who is 6'7''. With the win, ASA is now perfect with a record of 9-0 while the Cougars fall to 5-3.
On the flip side, the Women's Basketball team successfully won both of their contests to win the Cougar Holiday Classic. They defeated ASA 92-70 behind 22 points from Ka'Mela Bender. Marcades Caver had 21 points with Krystie Laurey scoring 20 to lead the Cougars. Bender and Laurey were named to the All Tournament Team for their performance over the weekend. Saturday saw Genesee defeat CCRI 65-45. The Lady Cougars record is now 7-3.
Next up for the Cougars will be a game on Saturday against Lakeland CC starting with the Women playing at 1 and the Men to follow up at 3:00 pm. Both games will be broadcasted live on WGCC-FM 90.7 and online at www.wgcc-fm.com with Sports Director Cameron Marsh calling the action for you live from the Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium.