Panthers Men's Basketball Sweeps Conference Honors
February 25, 2013
Tompkins Cortland Community College freshman Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) has been named the Mid-State Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and Coach David Stevenson has been named the MSAC Coach of the Year. The two are joined by Jaanai Beckford (Northstar Christian Academy/Yonkers) on the all-conference team, which consists of ten players. Voting for the all-conference awards is done by the coaches from the seven MSAC programs.
Lyles is the third Tompkins Cortland basketball player named the MSAC Player of the Year, following Jude Princivil (1994-95) and Chris Cartwright (2009-10). He was fourth in the conference in scoring (17.2 points per game), first in steals (4.3 per game), second in assists (5.8 per game), first in three-point field goal percentage (47.5%), and second in free-throw percentage (83.3%).
Beckford was one of the strongest and most versatile players in the conference. He finished fifth in rebounds (7.7 per game) and sixth in blocked shots (1.5 per game), despite having his averages thrown off by playing just a minute of one game and missing another of the 12-game conference schedule due to illness. On the year he posted four double-doubles of points and rebounds, with at least three assists and a steal in each of those games.
It’s the second MSAC Coach of the Year award for Stevenson, with the first coming after the 2009-10 season. This year Stevenson directed the Panthers to a school-best record of 11-1 in the MSAC regular season. His team won the regular season and conference tournament titles for the second time in the history of the program and he reached 100 wins for his career this season. He is the most successful coach, with the most wins, best winning percentage, and most playoff appearances, in Tompkins Cortland basketball history.
2013 Mid-State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team
Tyseem Lyles, Tompkins Cortland
Lloyd Saunders, Broome
Adam Misener, Onondaga
Richard De La Cruz, Finger Lakes
Jared Donalson, Cayuga
Will Griffin, Corning
Derrick Williams, Jefferson
Jaanai Beckford, Tompkins Cortland
Markee Brown, Corning
Will Arberry, Finger Lakes
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tyseem Lyles, Tompkins Cortland
COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Stevenson, Tompkins Cortland