ROCHESTER, NY: For the third straight year, the GCC men's basketball team matched up with Monroe CC in the Region III Division II postseason, with the past two seasons pairing the schools in the regional finals. After eliminating the Tribunes and capturing the regional title a year ago, top-seed MCC returned the favor with a win in Saturday's semifinals, knocking out No. 4 seed GCC 94-73.
The Cougars were in search of their third consecutive trip to the regional finals and first back-to-back regional championships for the first time since 2001-02, 2002-03.
Devante Carolina connected on a three point basket on Genesee's third possession of the game and the Cougars led 9-8 three minutes in. After an MCC timeout, the Tribunes went on a 20-2 run and held GCC scoreless for nearly five and a half minutes to take a 28-11 lead.
Monroe connected on five three point attempts in the first period and forced 12 Genesee turnovers to help build a 50-32 lead at the half.
Genesee cut into the Monroe lead early in the second and got to within 11 at 58-47 with just under 14 minutes to play.
The Tribunes extended their lead back to 18 before Alex Morris converted on a four-point play to make it a 69-55 game with less than 10 minutes to go, but that was as close as the Cougars got the rest of the way as Monroe held a lead as large as 27 late in the half.
Morris scored a team-high 20 for Genesee, which ended the game just better than 40-percent from the field. Terrence Brown added 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Carolina netted 14 points and had four assists, Adopo chipped in nine points and collected five boards and Rahsaan Williams and Tarik Allicock each finished with four points apiece.
Genesee finishes the season with a 20-10 overall record. Monroe advances to Sunday's finals and will play the winner of No. 2 Jamestown CC and No. 3 Erie CC, which tips-off at 2 p.m. on Saturday.