Athletics Update – Jan. 29

Owens Is Now Hilbert’s All-Time Steal Leader

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jerame Owens left it all out on the court on Wednesday night and then put it in the record book after the final horn.

The 6’6 senior forward led the Hilbert College men’s basketball team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals (24p/21r/4a/4s) as the Hawks claimed a 93-83 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference victory over D’Youville College.

After becoming the program’s only 1,000 point, 1,000 rebound player (after the weekend road game), he also became the program’s All-Time steal leader Wednesday with 190 career steals.

It was not a one-man show though, as the Hawks needed all nine players to pull this league victory out.  Jalen Smith posted another 20-point game, scoring six buckets and all six free throws as well as dishing for four assists. Sean Weisansal chipped in 19 points, hitting 7-of-11 shots from the floor and was also credited with four assists.

Kirkland Ottey came up big down the stretch sinking all eight free throws, four in the final minute of action to total 12 points.  Xavier Major was held scoreless, but his effort on the glass was appreciated.  The senior forward closed with five offensive rebounds (six total) and swiped the Spartans for three steals. Ryan Bradt had to play through foul trouble but found 11 points in 13 minutes of limited action.

David Arlaud, Kyle Kline, Nehemiah Kornegay and Malique McCoy combined for seven points, five rebounds lifting the Hawks off the bench.

Hilbert finished the game with a 50.8 field goal percentage while their defense held the Spartans to 42.5%.  The Hawks dominated the boards, out-rebounding D’Youville 56-31 and outscored the hosts 22-7 in second-chance points.

Hilbert benefited from the foul line, not only in the final minute but the entire 40 minutes.  The Hawks scored 24 of their 34 attempts while D’Youville made only four buckets of 11 tries.

Hilbert led from start to finish.  The Hawks held their largest lead in the game with 0:55 left in the first half when Ottey converted his offensive rebound into a 52-36 advantage.  The Spartans cut the deficit to eight points about five minutes into the second half and they kept the game within reach the rest of the way.  D’Youville brought the game to one-point at 13 minutes, but Weisansal, Owens and Kline found the bottom of the net to stretch the score back to a seven-point difference.  The Spartans just hung around and looked for their big break.  They scored a lay-up at 1:09 left setting the score at 84-83 Hilbert.

Hilbert broke the full court pressure with a toss to half court and another feed to a wide-open Bradt in the lane for an easy lay-in at 0:58.  D’Youville came up empty on their next three offensive trips and after each missed shot the Hawks corralled the rebound and walked to the foul line picking up seven more free points for the final 10-point win.

Hilbert returns to Hamburg on Jan. 30 when they host Franciscan (1-16, 1-10 AMCC) at 2 pm.

Volleyball Improves to 3-1 After Win At DYC

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Hilbert College men’s volleyball team improved to 3-1 (overall) after their straight-set victory over D’Youville College in North Eastern Athletic Conference action Thursday night.

With the win, Hilbert jumped to the top in the NEAC league and dropped the Spartans to the bottom, as they are the only two programs to have played a conference game this early in the season.

Korey Schwab led the high-powered offense with 10 kills in 21 attempts (.333). Trailing right behind him were Tyler Sieczkarek and Michael Podgorny.  Sieczkarek hit exceptionally well finishing with eight kills in 13 attempts and only one hitting error (.538).  Podgorny collected nine kills as those three Hawks combined for 27 of the team’s 37 kills (.233).  Tanner Makowski posted six kills and Brett Kane closed-out the attack with four kills.  Adam Heftka was credited with all 33 of Hilbert’s assist.

Podgorny (9), Korey Schwab (7) and Trevor Gabamonte (6) led the defensive effort in the back row with digs.  As a team, the Hawks finished with a pair of solo blocks (Korey Schwab and Makowski) and 12 block assists.  Kane picked up three block assists.

In the opening set, each team traded points until the score was 6-6.  The Spartans grabbed three quick points before Hilbert responded with the next four to take an 11-10 lead.  The Hawks never gave up their hold on the game and stretched their largest lead to five points (18-13) thanks to back-to-back kills.  Hilbert maintained enough separation to grab the 25-21 win.

Hilbert led from start to finish in the middle set.  The Hawks outlasted D’Youville’s rallies, as the Spartans forced six different ties, but Hilbert never cracked by giving up the lead.  With the set at 20-20, Sieczkarek picked up a kill as Hilbert’s only earned point in a 3-0 run.  Korey Schwab grabbed the 25th point at the net for the two-point victory.

D’Youville started the final set on top.  The Spartans held an 8-7 lead, but fell behind 10-8 three rotations later and couldn’t recover after that.  Hilbert extended their lead by six points (15-9) and ran away with the final 25-18.

Even though they have a full week off before they play again, the Hawks will continue to train for their opening game at the Golden Flyer Invitational against the host, Nazareth College, next Friday, February 5.