Men's Basketball Team Falls To Wilmington

Men's Basketball Team Falls To Wilmington

WILMINGTON, OHIO  – Senior guard Antonio Bowman scored 16 points and led three Quakers in double figures as the Wilmington College men's basketball team defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 59-56, today (Saturday, December 10, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Fred Raizk Arena. This was the second game of a men's and women's OAC doubleheader.

With its win,  the Quakers improved to 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the OAC while B-W fell to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the league..

In addition to Bowman for the Wilmington, sophomore center Ben Vonderhaar had 12 points and sophomore forward Malcom Heard II had 10 points.  B-W was led by sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) wth 13 points.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring on a layup by sophomore forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) with 19:08 left in the half to take a 2-0 lead. The Quakers answered immediately and tied it at 2-2 with a basket of their own on a layup by sophomore forward Ben Vonderhaar at 18:42.

B-W retook the lead at 18:19 when senior All-OAC guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria) scored a three-pointer for a 5-2 lead. Wilmington then cut the B-W lead to 5-4 when junior guard Brandon Candella scored a jumper at 16:25.

The Yellow Jackets put together a 5-0 run, capped by a layup by sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) with 14:24 left in the half, for a 10-4 lead. Wilmington answered with a 4-0 run of its own, capped by two free throws by Heard with 13:20 left in the half, to cut the B-W lead to 10-8.

B-W would then extend its lead to 12-8 at 12:51 when sophomore center Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus St. Francis deSales) scored a layup.  Undaunted, Wilmington would go on a 5-0 run, capped by a layup by senior guard Tyler White with 10:45 left in the half, to take its only lead of the stanza at 13-12.

The Yellow Jackets would answer back with an 11-2 run to take a 23-15 lead with 6:10 left when sophomore guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) canned a three-pointer.

After each team got a basket to make the score 25-18, Wilmington then went on a 4-0 run, capped by a jumper by Heard, to cut the lead to 25-22 with 2:46 left in the half.  The Yellow Jackets ended the half on a 4-0 scoring run of its own, capped by a layup by Fairhurst with 1:55 left, for a 29-22 halftime lead.

In the second half, B-W gained its largest lead of nine points at 40-31 with 14:46 left when junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/ Seminary) made the second of two straight jump shots. The Quakers then scored nine of the next 11 points to close to within two points at 42-40 with 10:30 left when Bowman made a three-pointer.

Wilmington tied the game at 42-42 with 9:45 left when Candella made a steal, drove the length of the floor and made a layup.  The Qauker run grew to 15-2 and they took a 46-42 advantage with 9:00 left when Vonderhaar scored on two consecutive possessions.  B-W finally ended the run when sophomore center Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) scored on a layup to make the score 46-44 with 8:30 remaining.

The Quaker lead grew back to four points at 48-44 when freshman guard R.J. Leppert made a steal and scored on a layup at 6:10, but B-W cut it back to two points at 48-46 with 5:56 left when Payne canned a pair of charity tosses.  Umbel tied the game at 48-48 with 5:00 left when he made a steal and then a subsequent driving layup.

With 4:25 left, Bowman gave Wilmington a 50-48 lead when he made two foul shots. Payne tied it at 50-50 again at 4:05 when he made a nifty move on the inside to score. Undaunted, Bowman gave the lead back to the home team at 52-50 with 3:50 left when he made a jump shot.

B-W regained the lead at 53-52 with 2:54 left when Fairhurst canned a long-range three-pointer.  Heard tied the game at 53-53 with 2:45 left when he made the first of a two-shot foul. Following an offensive rebound of Heard's second free throw, he then gave the Quakers a 55-53 lead with 2:30 remaining when he scored via a layup.

Wilmington took a 57-53 lead at 1:38 when Vonderhaar made a steal and drove the floor for a layup. B-W closed to 57-56 with 46 seconds left when Krakowiak made a three-pointer.

With 39 seconds left, Leppert made the first of two foul shots to gain a two-point lead at 58-56. B-W had a chance to take the lead, but a Krakowiak triple with 20 seconds left was blocked and the ball went out of bounds off of Payne. Having to foul, B-W did with 10 seconds left and sent Bowman to the line for two shots. He made one of two shots to give Wilmington a 59-56 lead.  B-W had one last chance, but a Payne three was off the target at the buzzer and the Quakers survived.

B-W is back in action on Saturday, December 17 when it will travel to New Concord to take on the Fighting Muskies of Muskingum University at 3:00 p.m.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise two men's and women's basketball doubleheaders onregional cable TV giant SportsTime Ohio. The games are the January 28 doubleheader versus Wilmington and the February 18 twinbill versus Ohio Northern University. B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school

FOR MORE B-W Sports Information, please contact Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple by telephone at 440-826-2327 and e-mail at kruple@bw.edu or Assistant SID Jeff Miller by phone at 440-826-2780 and email at jefmille@bw.edu. Fans can access the latest B-W athletics information at www.bw.edu/athletics and we invite you to join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bwyellowjackets and Twitter at http://twitter.com/bwathletics.