(Ogdensburg, N.Y.)- Four players reached double figures in scoring as the SUNY Canton women’s basketball game captured the 1st Annual Kevin Fee Memorial College Basketball Game at Ogdensburg Free Academy beating Morrisville State College 69-57.
Everyone was a winner Wednesday night as $1,275 was raised for Relay for Life in the memory of Kevin Fee, a longtime police officer in Ogdensburg and a devoted and dedicated supporter of local sports. Fee died this fall after a courageous battle with cancer.
The game was developed by SUNY Canton head coach Bruce Tallon and Morrisville head coach and Ogdensburg native Sean Pinkerton as way to honor and pay tribute to their friend. There was no admission charged to enter the game but donations were accepted at the door and a three-point shooting contest was held at halftime. The Heuvelton Boys & Girls Youth Basketball Association, the referees from the game and several individuals presented Tallon, Pinkerton and the Ogdensburg Free Academy Key Club checks prior to the game. The Key Club was instrumental in helping organize and manage the game with SUNY Canton staff.
“This was just a terrific night, a fantastic basketball game and a wonderful way to honor such a tremendous man and his family,” said Tallon.
Members of the Heuvelton Youth Basketball Association donated a check prior the game on Wednesday
On the court the Roos took control early scoring the first six points of the game. SUNY Canton (1-2) trailed just once the remainder of the night and the Mustangs (0-2) managed to the tie the score on only one other occasion.
The Roos opened their largest lead of the first half at 11 points after a pair of free throws from Brittany Kenyon (Hammond, N.Y.) with 4:32 left.
After leading 32-24 at halftime the Roos began to stretch their lead even further and that swelled to as much as 16 points following a Kenyon basket with 11:53 remaining in the game.
Morrisvlle slowly chipped away at the lead and cut the deficit to four points on a 3-pointer from Nigee Scott with 7:45 left. The Roos responded with a 7-1 run over the next four minutes capped off by an offensive rebound and put back from Brittany Crump (North Lawrence, N.Y.) that extended the lead back into double digits.
The Mustangs kept the score close connecting on several big shots from beyond the arc in the last six minutes of the game, but in the end free throws proved to be the difference as SUNY Canton sank five of their last six shots to seal their first win of the year. The Roos converted 23 of 34 free attempts in the game.
Kenyon was 8 of 12 from the line and finished with a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds.
Former OFA standout Shannon LaFave (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) and Jackie Sedlacek (Endicott, N.Y.) each posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Tierney McGlynn (Watervliet, N.Y.) added 11 points and two steals and Crump finished with six points and five boards.
Scott scored 15 points and had five rebounds, three assists and three steals to guide the Mustangs. Simoine Rogers also had 15 points along with seven rebounds and four assists.
The Roos will host SUNYIT on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. at Clarkson University’s Alumni Gym.