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New Year Means Rough Start for ESF Basketball Team

Mighty Oaks drop first three games of 2017

The Mighty Oaks men's basketball team is off to a tough start in 2017, losing its first three games.

The squad faced off against crosstown rival Onondaga Community College Jan. 4 and the Lazers defeated the Mighty Oaks, 97-66. The beginning of the first half was close, with the teams exchanging baskets, resulting in four lead changes. The Lazers went on a 10-0 run midway through the half to pull ahead and take a 54-32 lead at half time. The Lazers continued their strong play throughout the second half and came away with a 97-66 win. Four Lazers scored in double figures, led by Quantae Elijah's 26 points. Senior Ryan Caldwell scored 19 points for ESF as junior center Tyler Kuhn chipped in 10 points.

The Mighty Oaks then traveled to Pennsylvania where they faced Penn State Lehigh Valley Jan. 7. ESF played hard but came up short in a 101-82 loss to the Nittany Lions. Senior Jared Bard led ESF with 17 points. Freshman Ben Russ IV added 11 points. The Nittany Lions recorded four players with 19 points each.

The following day, ESF traveled to Delhi, New York to face USCAA rival SUNY Delhi. The talented Broncos team overwhelmed the Mighty Oaks, 83-61. Caldwell led ESF once again with 23 points and seven rebounds. Kuhn added a double-double, 15 points and 15 rebounds.

The Mighty Oaks fall to 6-7 overall and hope to get back on the winning track as they host back-to-back HVIAC conference home games vs. Culinary Institute and The King's College Jan. 14 and 15.