The College at Brockport basketball prepares for NCAA tournament without school's all-time leading scorer

Updated: 03/06/2014 11:32 PM
Created: 03/06/2014 5:07 PM WHEC.com
By: Stephen Bond

Three brothers, once boys together, have grown into men. They’re not blood related. This brotherhood was formed from their passion to win on the basketball court, first at East High School, now at The College at Brockport. The trio has become a duo after a devastating injury weeks before their NCAA tournament.

In a long season, every team needs to find inspiration. The group at The College of Brockport found theirs late this year, when the school’s all-time leading scorer was lost to an injury.

“We are family” is more than just a saying for this team; it has become the rallying cry for the 11th ranked Golden Eagles after senior guard John Ivy went down with an ACL injury ending his college career.

Bobby Bell, senior guard, East High grad, said, “To not have John Ivy, you know we're going to miss him, but we feel like we owe this to him. So, we just want to keep working hard and get to that stage and perform and bring it home for him.”

Greg Dunne, Brockport Head Coach, said, “His loss was a blow to us and these guys want to win and go as far as we can for John. You know the SUNYAC Championship; I really believe his teammates won it for him.”

The core of the Brockport squad is made up of local players including three from East High, John Ivy, Bobby Bell and Brandon Caruthers. They are the same group that helped East High reach the state finals.

Dunne said, “They've never lost, they've always been used to being around winning and that's super important.”

Brandon Caruthers, senior guard, East High grad, said, “It's a great feeling to be back in the flow with them two, knowing that we have great chemistry. Being that we achieved a lot at East High School, it's pretty good; it's a pretty good feeling.”

Bell said, “We use that as motivation, we conquered a lot at the high school level and now we're just trying to use that as motivation while we’re here.”

First on the list to a National Championship is a date with Morrisville this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Hobart will play Scranton in the same gym at 5:30 p.m.

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