Impressive first-looks in men’s basketball season opener

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 7:11 PM
Impressive first-looks in men’s basketball season opener by Madi Gross
Photo: Kelly Staschak

In a weekend jam packed with Edinboro sports — football, swimming and wheelchair basketball — the men’s basketball team also kicked off, landing win number one of their season, 81-63, against Thiel College on Saturday at McComb Fieldhouse.

“It’s real good,” stated newcomer Daylon Harris about the win. He continued: “I know we have a week off until our next game. We’re going to have to rest. Starting off with a ‘W’ is real good, but [the] PSAC gets harder and harder. Every game it gets harder, so we’re just gonna have to rest, execute and get back on the road.” 

The last time these Fighting Scots were in action was at the 2017-2018 PSAC semifinals where the team endured a 29-hour bus trip, slept on a hotel conference room floor, and dealt with a plentiful amount of snow. The team lost in the semifinals and ended their season at 18-11 overall and 13-9 in the conference.

Since then, the team lost a few names off of their roster, but also gained a few. Four of the new faces are transfer students: Daylon Harris from Western Nebraska Community College; Steven Freeman from Dakota College at Bottineau; DeAnthony Owens from New Mexico Junior College; and Anthony Allen from the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville. All four of these additions to the team are juniors. 

The team also added two new freshman to their roster:  Kameron King from Richmond Heights, Ohio; and Turner Kurt from Cambridge Springs. Another addition to the team is Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Chivas Whipple, who was named assistant coach back in July.

As tip-off commenced at 7 p.m., over 400 spectators filed into McComb. After a missed jumper by Thiel early in the first minute of the game, senior Anthony Coleman put the first points on the board for ‘Boro. Coleman would put up a total of 11 points for ‘Boro in the first half. 

Before Edinboro could put anything else on the board, Thiel’s Andre Williams would put 6 points up for his team. With a little over 16 minutes left in the first half, the transfer Owens would record his first points as a Fighting Scot after sinking a 3-point shot, tying the game 8-8. 

Shortly after, Alonzo Brown would put up a dunk for Thiel and they would take the lead for the second time in the game. The Scots would soon tie the score, 10-10, at the 15:24 mark when Coleman was granted two free throws after a foul by Thiel’s Terrance Holloway.

After a foul by ‘Boro’s Jaryn Simpson, Thiel sunk their two free throws to regain the lead.  Simpson later came back with a 3-point shot that put Edinboro back in the lead. Like Coleman, Simpson would have 11 total points in the first.

Before the end of the first half, Freeman put his first points on the board as a Fighting Scot, which pushed the team ahead of Thiel, 23-16. After Brown tipped the ball in for Thiel with 9:15 on the clock, neither team put any points on the board for another 2 minutes until Coleman had a fastbreak and scored for the Fighting Scots. 

In the last 6 minutes of the half, Harris would get into the action, helping Edinboro to a 29-22 lead. Simpson, Coleman and Harris would all keep scoring as the half closed. At the end of the first, Edinboro led 40-31.

Owens put the first points on the board in the second half. In the next minute, Thiel would put another 3 points on the board, bringing the score to 42-35. Harris scored another 2 points for the Fighting Scots after a fast break with 17:14 on the clock. 

Edinboro senior Jack Frank tipped a ball in with a little over 16 minutes left on the clock for the game. Thiel put up another 10 points before the Fighting Scots would score again. Harris broke Thiel’s scoring streak with a 3-point shot for Edinboro, pushing the team to the 50-point mark. 

After points from Owens, Simpson and Alex Jay, Kurt put his first college points on the board with a 3-pointer to give the Fighting Scots a 59-52 lead. Edinboro would score another 10 points before Thiel could score again. Again, Jay, Simpson and Owens all put points on the board for the Fighting Scots before Kurt sunk another 3-pointer. 

With 6 minutes left on the clock, Thiel began closing the gap, but Harris would respond with a dunk.

Simpson put up the last 5 points for Edinboro. With 1:25 left on the clock, ‘Boro had a 20-point gap over Thiel, and in the end took the game, 81-63.

“It was great,” Whipple said. “Coach Cleary put a great game plan together. I think the guys executed for the most part.”

Four Fighting Scots reached double-digit scoring in the effort, led by Simpson with 22 points. Harris accounted for 15 of the team’s points while Owens and Coleman scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. 

The team next travels to Lake Erie College to face off against the Storm Saturday at 3 p.m.

Madi Gross can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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