By Ted Waddell
LOCH SHELDRAKE November 10, 2000 It wasnt even a horse race for the Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Generals on Election Day, as they washed away The Wave from Queensborough Community College during the season opener for both mens basketball teams.
For the visitors, it must have seemed as if they were struggling against a relentless tsunami, as the hosts poured it on to take a commanding 40 point halftime lead.
At the final buzzer, the Generals defeated The Wave 122-54.
The Generals took to the floor ranked fifth in the 2000-2001 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III pre-season mens basketball poll. The regular poll starts Nov. 28.
By the time all 122 points registered on the overhead scoreboard, the vote was in from the fans in the stands: this years stable of horses seems destined to play as a team and they know how to play defense.
In a welcome change from recent seasons, while the bleachers werent exactly packed, the game was well attended. About half the seats were filled.
Justin Dawson, a graduate from Monticello High School led the Generals with 23 points, including five three-pointers. Also scoring double digits for the hosts: Curtis Henry (14), Laverne Goulbourne (10) and Kris Ibezim (10).
For Queensborough, Nat Kinnard was their only double-digit man with 10 points.
At the free throw line: SCCC 24/33 (73 percent), QCC 12/22 (55 percent).
It was a horrible defeat, it was very disappointing, said Tom Sinnickson, coach of The Wave. Sullivan has a very nice squad, theyre well coached and theyre talented and very big, he added.
Asked who played well for Queensborough, Sinnickson replied, Nobody, we have a lot of work to do.
According to Generals coach Will Brown now in his third year at the helm he didnt know what to expect from Queensborough when he first saw their roster.
They didnt have a lot of size, and that worried me because I knew they would be quick and my big guys would have to dog them on the perimeter, he said.
This years crop of Generals features some guys with a birds eye view of whats going on around them as seven players top the scale at 6-5 or better. At 6-8, Curtis Henry and Kris Ibezim are capable of reaching new heights on the floor, while Monti HS grad Dawson isnt far behind at 6-7.
Returners from last seasons squad: Kris Ibezim, Ty Brunson and Earv Opong. Four players attend SCCC on partial academic scholarships, representing what may be a new trend at the local community college: Derrel Keys, Derek Rankin, Laverne Goulbourne and Ernest Dancy.
The one thing this team does different from the two previous teams including the one that went to the Final Four is that we defend, we dont give up easy baskets, said Brown. The kids work, they move their feet.
This team is hungry, he added. As we play better teams, this team is going to be cut, and thats going to be the test to see whos concerned about winning.
I like this team because were mixed, said Will Brown. We have some guys who can make open shots, little quick guys and some guys who can rebound.