Hilbert Grabs Seventh Straight Win and Stays on Top
In an exciting end to the first half, the Hilbert College men’s basketball team stormed back to take a four-point lead into the locker room and then held strong the second half en route to a 73-69 important Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference road win at Pitt-Bradford on Wednesday.
Hilbert retained their first place hold in the AMCC and, with only three games remaining, are still fighting for their second consecutive regular season AMCC championship title. Hilbert improved to the program’s best-ever record of 19-3 (13-2 AMCC) while they pushed Bradford to 13-9 overall and 9-6 AMCC which keeps them in third place.
The Hawks got a balanced-scoring effort from Jerame Owens, Trevor Start who each netted 14 points. Owens picked up his 13th double double pairing his 14 points with 11 rebounds. Nick Nadeau and Owens each shared game-high honors with three steals while Nadeau added 10 points off 50% field goal shooting. Trevor Stark reached for 14 points, another strong shooting night going five for 10 from the field and sinking two long balls.
CJ Hodge picked up four assists which gives him a career total of 364, just two shy of taking over sole possession of second place in Hilbert’s career records. Hodge also give the Hawks five points, two steals and five rebounds.
Jalen Smith made two of his three attempts from beyond the arc at crucial times tonight for his eight points and his five assists earned him game-high honors.
Bradford’s Keith Burgess earned game-high scoring honors with 23 points. His Panther partner, Eric Matheson gave the hosts 14 points and nine rebounds just two short of Lucas Pichette’s 11 caroms.
Nadeau started the game with a basket early. That was it for Hilbert for a while as the Panthers went on a 14-0 run before the Hawks knew what hit them.
Owens broke the ice at 14:42 helping Hilbert to get back on track. Kumro scored a lay-up to start the 12-0 run which had contributions by sharp-shooting three-point threats Smith, Nadeau and Sean Weisansal.
Both teams went cold for almost five minutes until the Panthers knocked down a score at 7:55. The home team stretched their lead back to six points with 1:33 left in the first session. Nadeau cut the deficit to four points, Owens went one for two from the charity stripe before Hodge inched the Hawks closer with a bunny in the paint.
The Panthers were denied by Ryan Bradt who was credited with the block that turned into Hilbert’s first lead of the game after Owens scored in the paint. Just seconds later, Hodge earned another Hilbert steal which he passed to Smith who sank a three at the buzzer. Hilbert went to the locker room with a four-point lead and confidence they needed to control the second half.
The final half was pretty consistent. Hilbert built their largest lead of 10 points just about five minutes in. Bradford was always knocking at the door, but the Hawks never allowed them to force a tie or take a lead. Twice the Panthers got it to one point, but the Hilbert always responded and took the win.
Hilbert’s bench outscored Bradford’s by 11 points and converted 22 points off Panther turnovers. But the Hawks struggled at the foul line sinking only 12 of 25 (48%) even though they finished the game shooting 42.6% from the field and 47.4% beyond the arc.
Hilbert returns to action this weekend when they host Pitt-Greensburg at 1pm on February 15. Prior to the tip off, the Hawks will celebrate CJ Hodge‘s last regular season home game in Hamburg.
The 2013-14 season ends with two road games against two teams Hilbert has to beat in order to stay in first place and host the AMCC championship weekend at the end of February.
Bradford has the Upperhand as the Hawks fall 66-52
Kylie Reinholz‘s 15 points in just 23 minutes of play was not enough for the Hawks, who fell 66-52 to the Lions of Pitt-Bradford (13-9, 9-6). Hilbert was down by as many as 21 points but could not make a big enough run to come back. The Hawks were unable to stop Pitt Bradford from pounding the ball inside and gave up 40 points in the paint. Bradford did not attempt a three-pointer.
Pitt-Bradford’s Madison Krebs led all scorers with 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Brittany Watts and Alicia Kimmel were the only other double-digit scorers for Bradford, contributing 13 and 12 respectively. Geena Sneeringer led all players with 5 steals.
Natalie Whitman was one rebound shy of a double-double with her 11 points and two assists. Emily Speidel chipped in eight points, while playing the entire 40 minutes. Kateland Ball also knocked down seven points on three of four shooting, while Amber Hay had a game-high two blocks.
The Hawks opened the game with a 7-3 run capped with a three-pointer by Speidel. The Lions used a few possessions to tie the game but did not control a lead until 10:58 was left in the half. During that time the Hawks controlled a five point lead but could not extend it any further. Once Pitt-Bradford took the lead, they never trailed again and finished the half on a 20-8 run, giving them the 31-22 edge.
Hilbert fought back in the opening minutes of the second half and a Reinholz layup brought the Hawks within four but Bradford countered with an 11-0 run to go up 46-31 with 13:39 remaining. The Lions continued to force turnovers and grab offensive rebounds to extend their lead to as much as 21 points. The Hawks fought back and finished the game with a 12-5 run for a final score of 66-52.
Hilbert turned the ball over 21 times, with 17 of those being credited as Bradford steals. The Hawks could not keep the Lions off the boards and gave up 25 rebounds and lost the overall rebounding battle 53-29.
The Hawks (4-18, 2-13) come back to the Hafner Recreation Center for their final home game of the season this Saturday at 3pm. Seniors Natalie Whitman, Jenna Crans, and Kateland Ball will be honored before the game.
The first week of the 2014 Division III men’s volleyball statistics were released today and both Adam Weaver and Ryan Ratajczak are ranked as one of the Top 10 players in their position.
Weaver, who finished the 2013 season as the #1 ranked player in kills/set, currently averages 5.12 kills per set and 5.74 points per set which place him as the second-most proficient hitter early in the 2014 season. He trails Jaleel Lino (Lehman) who leads the division with 5.33 kills/set and 6.14 points/set. Weaver is also sitting in 54th place with a hitting percentage of .282.
Ratajczak, who averages 3.00 digs per set is currently ranked 7th best and is chasing Jared Gross (Emerson) who tallies 3.88 digs/set.
Hilbert returns to action this week with two home matches. They host cross-town rival D’Youville College in a United Volleyball Conference match-up Thursday, Feburary 13th (7p) before they host both Thiel College and Keuka College Sunday, February 16th. The Hawks will face Thiel in their third match of this young season (1p) before they battle Keuka at 3p. Thiel and Keuka are not scheduled to play each other that day.
All home matches can be viewed via Boxcast live streaming video at no charge. Follow this link for a listing of games.