The Potsdam Bears never seemed to take their foot off the gas pedal as a huge second-half run sparked by Sophomore Isiah Brown’s 42 points and 15 rebounds put the Bears over the Oswego State Lakers on the road by a score of 76-62 at the Max Ziel Gymnasium on Saturday. The Lakers could simply not stop the momentum of Potsdam as the bears finished a 16-0 run with 7:08 left in the game to create a big enough gap to decide the outcome.
Just one day after clinching a playoff berth against the Plattsburgh Cardinals, The Lakers (16-6, 10-5) could not mimic Friday’s action where they fought all the way down the wire, and refusing to let the opposing team create any opportunities late that would shift the momentum with time winding down in the second half. Isiah Brown stayed hot throughout the entire game, scoring 24 points in the second half.
Isaiah Brown was the only player for the Bears (18-5, 13-3) who scored double digits, as the next closest player was Jayquan Thomas who finished the day with nine points and four rebounds. Brown could not miss as he went 16-26 from the field and 6-12 from beyond the arc.
“He did not miss today,” says Oswego Senior Brandon Gartland, who believes he certainly made the most out of his opportunities today against the Lakers. The Bears finished the day 8-24 from behind the arc and 22-65 from the field.
The scoreboard does this game no justice when it comes to the back and forth action there was for most of this game. The Lakers jumped out to a 9-2 run to start the game and seemed to create a nice pace for the game just as Oswego Junior Liam Sanborn completed an impressive ‘and one’ to put the Lakers up 28-21 with just 6:11 left in the first half. The Bears would remain resilient as they put up a 12-2 run to go up 33-30 with time winding down in the first. Senior Brandon Gartland nailed a three to tie this game up at 33 apiece going into halftime.
For the Lakers, Senior Brandon Gartland finished the game with 18 points and eight rebounds and Joe Sullivan finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
“We were turning the ball over, they were getting the ball and going and we didn’t have anyone back,” says Brandon Gartland. Turnovers seemed to be one of the biggest reasons for Potsdam’s success as they scored 20 points off turnovers against Oswego.
Gartland also explained how it is important to put this loss behind them, stating “If we continue to win, we have three games left in the regular season, we could move up in the rankings possibly and get a try to get a home game”
The Lakers will try to move on as they face the Oneonta Red Dragons on the road Tuesday. As for the Potsdam Bears, they will host Oneonta on Friday as they look to keep their undefeated record at home.