Believe it or not, Brandon Camacho already is a senior at Houghton College.
The lightning-quick guard grabbed the Finger Lakes’ attention as a senior with the Dundee boys basketball team. The transfer from Freedom Village USA made the most of his one year with the Scots, averaging 25.8 points and 6.5 assists a game. He helped guide Dundee to a 16-4 record and was named the 2012 Finger Lakes Times Fab 5 Player of the Year.
After his sparkling season he moved on to Houghton and progressed upward each year. Now, as an upperclassman, Camacho is averaging a team-high 15.6 points per game along with 3.3 assists. He also heads the Highlanders with 18 steals.
Most recently, Houghton snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 5-3 with an 84-83 victory over Alfred State. Camacho tossed in 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, pulled down seven rebounds, dished out five assists and collected three steals.
Camacho ended November on a three-game hot streak in which he scored at least 20 points — 20 against Wells Nov. 21, 21 vs. Villa Maria Nov. 24 and 20 against Pitt-Bradford Dec. 2.
He has been the catalyst on a potent offense; the Highlanders eclipsed the 90-point park in their first five games of the season.
Since appearing in 17 games as a freshman, Camacho has found a consistent role in the lineup with 38 starts as a sophomore and junior.
He averaged 11.9 points and 3.5 assists a game last season; and 12 points and three assists as a sophomore while starting in 24 games.
Ameele leads Lakers in scoring
Courtney Ameele (Pal-Mac) is the leading scorer for the Oswego women’s basketball team after eight games. The sophomore is putting up 11.6 points per game and also averages 31.4 minutes per contest. She racked up a career-high 25 points early in the season during an overtime loss to Wells.
The holiday season is usually a quiet time on the college sports landscape, so I’m going to take a few weeks off and pick up the notebook again on the first Thursday of 2016.
If you’re thinking of adding me to your holiday shopping list, I’m always on the lookout for information about our area athletes. If you know of anyone playing a sport in college, drop me an email at email@example.com or give me a call at (315) 789-3333, ext. 243.
So Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and we’ll catch up again in 2016.
Sports Coordinator Gregory G. McNall’s “College Notebook” appears Thursdays in the Finger Lakes Times. It features graduates from Ontario, Wayne, Yates and Seneca counties who are playing in college. Call Greg at 789-3333 ext. 244, fax him at 789-4077 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.