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Storm Falls in Close Battle at Findlay

Photo by BB Sports Photography
Photo by BB Sports Photography

FINDLAY, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell in a close battle at the University of Findlay, 78-69, Saturday (Jan. 23) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.

The teams went back-and-forth early on, with the Oilers gaining a slim advantage, 10-7, at the 14 minute mark. A Collin Barth (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) three-pointer tied the game a minute later. Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) hit the second straight three for the Storm to give them the lead.

The back-and-forth game continued as the Oilers tied the game once again, 19-19, with seven minutes to play. The Storm shooters went on 10-4 run to gain a six point edge with four minutes to go in the half. Down the stretch, the Storm led by as much as seven on multiple occasions as they owned a 39-32 lead at the half.

In the opening half, the Storm shot 50% from the floor (14-of-28) and from three-point range (Seven-of-14). Alexander led the Storm with 12 points in the opening half. Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ohio/Lawrence North), Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) and Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) had six apiece. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) and Alexander grabbed four rebounds apiece as the Storm led in that category 18-15.

The Oilers narrowed the gap early in the second half, eventually tying the game at 46 with just over 13 minutes to play.  Neither team found a distinct advantage over the next several minutes as they were knotted up at 61 with five minutes to play.  The Oilers then went on an 8-0 run to gain the advantage.  In the final minutes, the Oilers maintained their lead as they picked up the win.

Alexander ended the game with a team-high 14 points.  Sean Howard and Bosley had 13 apiece while Morris had 12.  Trey Howard and Sean Howard had three assists apiece to lead the Storm.

Overall, the Storm outrebounded the Oilers 37-34. Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) led the Storm with seven rebounds while Alexander had six.  Bosley and Morris had five apiece.

The Storm is back at home Thursday (Jan. 28) against Tiffin University.