Wheelchair basketball loses thrice at national tournament

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 5:51 PM
Wheelchair basketball loses thrice at national tournament by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Erica Burkholder

Edinboro entered the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament as the fifth seed, but was forced to settle for eighth after dropping their three games at the University of Illinois-hosted event.

The Fighting Scots opened up competition against the University of Missouri. The opponent would score first, maintaining the lead for most of the half. ‘Boro tried to keep the deficit close, but Mizzou pushed the lead to 11 with a little less than eight minutes to go in the first half.
Mizzou would then push it to 13, but ‘Boro would fight back, bringing it to within four with less than 30 seconds left. The first half ended with the Fighting Scots trailing, 30-26.

The deficit wouldn’t get below four until four minutes remained in the game. Seamus McNally scored to bring the Scots within two. ‘Boro wouldn’t pull any closer, though, with the game ending, 61-51.

Chayse Wolf scored 16 points and had 10 assists and 7 rebounds.

‘Boro next competed against Southwest Minnesota State. The Scots held the lead in the beginning, but Southwest would go on a 23-7 run, heading into the half leading 37-23.  

The Scots would bring the deficit down to seven points with a free throw by Cor’Rales Dupree around the halfway point of the second, but Southwest would hold out to win, 70-60.

Jacob Spillers scored 20 points in the game. Kevin Atherley scored 16 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds.

The Scots’ final game was against the University of Nebraska-Omaha. ‘Boro opened the scoring and kept the game close. Nebraska’s biggest lead in the first half would be nine.

A 3-point basket by Wolf would start the second half to bring ‘Boro within six. The Scots would continue to bring the deficit lower. After Nebraska jumped out to a 12-point lead, the Scots would bring the deficit down to just one with less than seven minutes left, following baskets by Atherley and Wolf.

Nebraska would then gain a six-point lead, baskets would be exchanged, and the Scots would lose 56-50.  

Spillers scored 19 points and earned 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Wolf scored 14 points.

The Scots finish their season with an 18-18 record.

Erica Burkholder | voices.spectator@gmail.com

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