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March 3, 2014

Delhi men fall in regional semifinal

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Top-seeded SUNY Delhi forced overtime on a three-pointer by Matt Banton with 2 seconds left in regulation before falling, 67-65, to Clinton Community College in an NJCAA Division III Region III men’s basketball semifinal Saturday at Delhi.

“It was a wild game,” Delhi coach Rob Schoener said. “We were up eight in the first half and had a chance to crank the margin, but they hung around and made one more play than us.”

Delhi, which finished its season at 26-6, had a look from about 30 feet at winning three-pointer at the end of overtime but didn’t connect.

Banton finished with a team-high 19 points, one of four Broncos in double figures. Ibrahima Toure had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Arif Mehmetaj contributed 11 points, and Marvilio Berroa finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Clinton, which lost to Herkimer County CC, 81-75, in Sunday’s final, was led by Bayron Carter’s 25 points. Kyree Hull contributed 22 points for Clinton.

The Broncos are expected to have seven players back next season, including starters Banton and Berroa.

SWIMMINGNCAA Region 3 Qualifier

Oneonta State senior diver Jermaine Miller will make his third straight trip to the NCAA Division III meet.

Miller qualified in the 1- and 3-meter events in the NCAA Region 3 Diving Qualifiers over the weekend at Rensselaer.

On Friday, Miller placed third in 1-meter with a score of 529.45. The next day he placed eighth in 3-meter at 461.85. The top eight in each qualified for nationals.

The NCAA Division III Championships will be held March 19-22 at Indianapolis.

Miller is the school record holder in both diving events. His best score in 1 meter is 537.20 and his best in 3-meter is 509.50.

Hartwick College Lindsay Bowker diver also qualified for nationals in the 1-meter event in the regional event at Rensselaer. Bowker’s score of 420.45 placed her 10th.

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