Scots fall in title game

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 11:19 PM
Scots fall in title game  by Michael McLaughlin
Ayuba Alli and the wheelchair basketball team went 3-1 in the Boro Shootout (Contributed Photo/EU Sports Information).

Over the weekend the wheelchair basketball team won three of its four games in the Boro Shootout, losing in the championship game to Bay City.

Mike Adams returned for the tournament after missing the past two games and racked up 55 points throughout the weekend.

“Mikey’s last game was what kept us in it the whole time,” head coach Jim Glatch said.

In the first game of the weekend, against NRH, Edinboro dominated the contest, opening up with a 16-2 run and won 54-39.

“It was all defense. We didn’t give them space to move. We turned our defense into offensive opportunities,” Glatch said.

In the first half of the Rochester game, it was still close with the Scots leading 29-22. Glatch said they were able to dominate in the second half because of their offensive execution. He also noted they had some turnover problems early, which allowed Rochester to stick around longer than they would have liked.

Edinboro played Charlottesville in its third game of the tournament and dominated the first half, going into halftime leading 21-7. However in the second half Charlottesville scored 26 points and got within eight at one point.

“In the first half we really set a tone to play excellent basketball,” Glatch said. “It was until they brought all three of their bigs in during the second half that they were able to make a run at us.”

Glatch mentioned the first half of that game was the best half of basketball the team played all weekend.

Bay City was the only team to hand Edinboro a loss during the weekend. It came on Sunday during the championship game. Bay City ended the half on a 10-3 run and led the Scots by five at halftime.

“You put Trayvon Jennifer on the floor and he can do pretty much anything he wants with the basketball,” Glatch said about Bay City’s best player, who tallied 37 points in the championship game. “It just seemed he was on a mission ... and that definitely affected the outcome.”

Edinboro lost the game 62- 58. The Scots brought it within three with a little under two minutes left in the game, but Bay City was able to hold on for the win.

The Scots face Bay City again Nov. 18, but Glatch said they’re not quite ready as a team to slow down Jennifer much more than they did on Sunday.

Glatch said that this is the first time since 2011 his team is entering the college portion of their season over .500. 

Michael McLaughlin is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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