PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were defeated Ohio Dominican, 82-77.
The teams opened the game by trading a pair of three pointers, Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence North) hit the three for the Storm. After a Howard three the Panthers went on a 9-0 run and took a 12-3 advantage, which forced a Lake Erie timeout. Out of the break, the Storm cut the lead to six behind a three pointer from Erron James (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central). The Panthers responded with a quick 5-0 run and stretched their lead to 11 with just over 14 minutes remaining in the first half. Over the course of the next eight minutes the Storm cut the lead to two points. The Storm charge was led by Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East) as he had nine points in those eight minutes of play. At the final media timeout of the first half the Storm trailed by six. The Storm ended the half as they outscored Ohio Dominican 13-5 in the closing minutes of the half.
At the intermission the Storm was led by Howard as he had a team high 10 points, and four assists. Off the bench Middendorf added nine points on 4-5 shooting from the field.
The second half started as a back and forth battle as the Storm retained a 51-49 advantage at the first media timeout of the second half. Out of the break the Panthers opened up a 12-2 run and took a 10 point lead, and the Panthers entered the final media timeout up by nine, 76-67. The Storm fought hard and cut the Ohio Dominican lead to one when Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) hit a three pointer. The Storm could not cap off the come back and fell, 82-77.
The Storm was led by Howard as he had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. The 10 assists marks a career high for Howard. Scott had a team high 15 points, and six rebounds. Middendorf added 14 points off the bench on 6-8 shooting from the field.