By Tim Glon
| Box Score |
CHOLULA, Mexico — Ohio Northern quarterback Patrick Angle threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to lead Team Stars & Stripes in a 31-17 loss to Mexico in the 2014 Tazon de Estrellas Saturday afternoon at the Templor del Dolor.
The Mexicans evened the series between the two countries at 3-3 with the victory, snapping the Americans’ two-game winning streak.
Angle, who was one of the four captains for Team Stars & Stripes, finished the day 10-of-24 passing for 132 yards and a touchdown.
His TD pass came with 4:29 left in the opening period to Brendon Boerm of Central (Iowa) to tie the game at 7-7.
He later guided the Americans on an 11-play, 56-yard drive just before the half that ended on a 41-yard field goal by Kevin Sheldon of Central (Iowa) to make it a 17-10 Mexico at intermission.
“At the end of the day, I think I played OK,” Angle said. “We moved the ball well at times, but were not consistent enough. It was really fun to play in the game, though. The atmosphere was terrific.”
Mexico extended its lead to 31-10 with two scores in the first five minutes of the second half on scoring drives of 43 and 19 yards after a short punt and an interception.
“The first five minutes of the second half was the key to the game,” Stars & Stripes head coach Don DeWaard said. “We had momentum going into halftime after the drive for a field goal and had the lead down to 17-10. But the short punt and the pick turned it into a 31-10 game. Our guys kept playing hard and we had a couple of chances to get back into it, but it wasn’t meant to be. Our guys played hard and I’m proud of the effort we gave. With only 40 players and playing at 7,000-feet altitude, I think our guys got tired at times and that was a factor going against us.”
But the story of the game was Mexico’s quarterback Norman Contla, who was an incredible 40-of-52 passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively for Ohio Northern, end Steven Kenny and linebacker Dillon Kwiat each had three tackles and end Adam Bestplayed well despite not having a tackle in the game.
“It was a great experience to spend a week in Mexico and represent the USA,” Best said. “I will never forget the experiences from this week, both the game and the other things we got to do off the field.”
“The Mexicans used quick passes and we were not really able to get much pressure on their quarterback,” Kenny said. “I thought we played pretty well overall. Traveling to Mexico was fun and the community service experience we had was something that I will never forget.”
“It was really fun to play in the game.” Kwiat said. “I think we represented ourselves, the USA and Ohio Northern well. It was a great experience despite the final score of the game.”
ONU offensive tackle Michael Howell played nearly the entire game after one of the three tackles in the rotation suffered a head injury early on and was not able to return.
“The game had highs and lows,” Howell said. “There are a couple of plays I wish I had back. I ended up playing all but three series in the game, so that was fun. It was a good atmosphere, but the fans were definitely not on our side.”
Mexico out-gained the USA 423-255 in total offense.
GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tim Glon; COURTESY ONU SPORTS INFORMATION
The Wilmington College men’s basketball team struggled in nearly every facet Saturday in falling to Baldwin Wallace, 95-61, in Ohio Athletic Conference action at Fred Raizk Arena in Hermann Court.
“We didn’t show up,” said Wilmington head coach K.C. Hunt. “When you don’t show up against a good team, it’s going to be a long day; and it certainly was a long day.”
Wilmington led for just 1:19 while the Yellow Jackets were bombing away in the first half. Baldwin Wallace hit 60 percent from the field in the first half, including 7-of-10 from long range. For the game, BW converted 55.6 percent (35-of-63) from the field. Additionally, the Fightin’ Quakers were beat on the glass as the visitors held a plus-26 advantage (51 to 25) on the boards.
The 16 offensive rebounds enabled BW to record 16 second-chance points and was part of the reason it scored 47 points in the paint.
Senior Jonathan Bibbs (Dayton, OH/Chaminade Julienne), who missed the last two games, came off the bench to lead the team with 12 points and pulled down four rebounds. Sophomore John Righter (Pataskala, OH/Licking Heights) added 10 points for Wilmington.
“It was good to have Jonathan back on the court,” said Hunt. “We absolutely need him to be a productive big for us. He only had one day of practice, but I thought he did some nice things for us. John Righter gave us a spark. As a whole, we weren’t good, we didn’t compete hard enough and we have to care more about the process.”
Senior R.J. Leppert (Liberty Township, OH/Lakota East), who was limited to 12 minutes due to foul trouble, grabbed a team-high five rebounds, while junior Chris Jackson (Ostrander, OH/Buckeye Valley) had a career-high three blocks.
Wilmington (2-7 overall, 1-4 OAC) will be off for nine days due to the holidays, and will return to the hardwood 4:30 p.m. December 29 to face Alma in the Wittenberg Holiday Tournament.
GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Jayson Ameer Rasheed; COURTESY WILMINGTON ATHLETICS
BEREA – The Wilmington College women’s basketball team couldn’t get on track offensively Saturday, falling to Baldwin Wallace 55-29 at Ursprung Gymnasium in Ohio Athletic Conference action.
“We struggled to score the basketball all day long,” said Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve. “BW played solid man to man defense, we had too many turnovers. Defensively, we did much of what we wanted to do.”
It mark the lowest point total in the school’s NCAA era, and it was Wilmington’s lowest point total since an 86-29 loss to Rio Grande during the 1977-78 season.
Wilmington dropped its third straight game since becoming ranked, and in all three games, the Fightin’ Quakers committed more than 20 turnovers.
Despite struggling on the offensive end, the Fightin’ Quakers scored the first six points of the second half to pull to within four points. However, Wilmington managed just 10 points over the final 18:30.
Sophomore Mary Moyer (Martinsville, OH/Clinton-Massie) led the team with eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, while senior Courtney Tucker (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Wilmington (6-3 overall, 2-2 OAC) will take off for the holiday break, and return to the court 7:30 p.m. December 30. The Fightin’ Quakers host Earlham in non-conference action.
GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Jayson Ameer Rasheed; COURTESY WILMINGTON ATHLETICS
DAYTON – Kendall Pollard and Darrell Davis paced the Flyers with career-highs of 19 points each as the University of Dayton men’s basketball team defeated the Boston Terriers 78-62.
Pollard shot 7-of-13 from the field while Davis was 6-of-7 from the field including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Jordan Sibert and Scoochie Smith were the other Flyer in double-figures with 11 and 10 points respectively as Dayton improves to 8-2 while Boston drops to 3-7 on the season.
In addition to Pollard and Davis’ career-highs in points, Smith set a career high with eight assists to go along with zero turnovers, and Bobby Wehrli set a career-high with four points in 21 minutes of action. Coming into the game, Werhli had played just 16 minutes all season.
With just three players coming off the bench, Dayton dominated bench points 31-9. UD also forced the Terriers into 18 turnovers. Boston came into the game turning the ball over on average just 11.3 times per game.
The Flyers converted 11-of-23 (47.8%) shots from beyond the arc and 26-of-50 (52.0%) from the field. The 11 made threes for UD is a season-high. Dayton held Boston to 7-of-19 (36.8%) from the three.
A Darrell Davis three-pointer put the Flyers up 57-45 with 13:12 remaining in the game. Boston countered with a 17-7 run over the next six minutes and 16 seconds to cut the Flyer lead to just five (64-59) with 6:57 remaining. The Dayton defense clamped down and held the Terriers scoreless for the next six minutes of the game. UD forced Boston into four missed field goals and two turnovers during that stretch as Dayton went on a 14-3 run to close the game.
The Flyers are back in action on Tuesday Dec. 23 at UD Arena as they take on Brian Gregory’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Tip-off from UD Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati men’s basketball head coach Mick Cronin will not coach Saturday’s game against VCU for medical reasons. Associate head coach Larry Davis will lead the Bearcats in his absence.
During a routine workup for lingering headaches it was discovered that Coach Cronin has an unruptured aneurysm. Further testing is being conducted, but given this finding, he is under physician’s orders to refrain from coaching until such testing has been completed.
“Coach Cronin is doing well,” UC team physician Dr. Michael Donaworth. “While he would love to be courtside, he understands our decision. His health is our biggest priority.”
“I appreciate the UC Health medical community for all they have done to get to the bottom of my issue as quickly as possible,” Cronin said. “Obviously, I am being held out of coaching the team for precautionary reasons which I fully understand. I have total confidence in my coaching staff and players that they will be focused and ready to play today.”
“The most important factor here is Mick’s health, which is bigger than any game,” Director of Athletics Mike Bohn said. “We will support him and his family to the fullest extent and want Mick to be our coach for a long time. We have faith in Larry Davis and our outstanding coaches and support staff to lead the program today. We are blessed to have an outstanding medical team here at UC and thank them for their efforts.”
Additional information will be released when available.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andre Foushee; COURTESY UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS