(CEDARVILLE, Ohio) – Lake Erie fell in a 53-52 setback at Cedarville in the first of a four-game road stretch to close the regular season. The defeat drops the Storm to 15-10 overall and 10-7 in the conference while the Yellow Jackets improved to 16-10 and 13-5 in the same categories.
While the loss may have dampened the mood, Head Coach Kyle Conley's squad did find out they will be returning to the postseason. While the probability of the Storm clinching were already overwhelmingly compelling, tonight's loss by Alderson Broaddus ensured the Green and White will be going dancing a second consevutive season.
The teams were nearly even for the first 10 minutes of the game, but a 15-4 run by Cedarville near the end of the first half help put the hosts in the lead for good. The Storm made a few pushes in the second half and came as close as four after a Gabe Kynard triple made the score 39-35, but the Jackets extended their lead to double-digits once again shortly after and remained that way until the final horn.
Kynard led all scorers with 18 points with four 3-pointers on the day. He recorded his second double-double of the season as he churned out 10 rebounds as well. Brogan Scott added 14 points on 6-of-11 from the field with five boards.
Branden Maughmer and Quinton Green paced Cedarville with 16 points each. Grant Zawadski added 13.
The Storm will return to action on Saturday as they head to Tiffin for a date with the Dragons. Because of damage to Tiffin's home floor, the games will now be played at Heidelberg. Tip-off is still scheduled for 3 p.m.