Panthers Comeback Bid Falls Short in Home Opener

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team, still looking for their first win of the season, put up a valiant effort, but their second half comeback bid fell short as they lost their home opener, 67-60, to Spring Arbor (MI) University in Alumni Hall.

The Cougars (5-2) charged to a quick double digit lead as the Panthers struggled to find their shooting touch in the opening half. Spring Arbor on the other hand shot a blistering 53.8 percent (14-for-26) for the half and went 5-for-8 behind the arc. Ohio Dominican (0-4) was able to keep it manageable, but was still down 13 points, 39-26, heading into the break.

The second half proved to be a different story for both teams. The Panthers cranked up their defensive intensity and got into a rhythm on offense shooting 43.8 (14-of-32) percent for the half. The Cougars, after shooting lights out in the first half, were held to just 36.8 percent in the second.

The game however was decided at the free throw line. The Cougars were a perfect 6-for-6 in the first half and connected on 13-of-18 in the second, shooting 79.2 percent for the game. The Panthers could not get to the line, only shooting ten free throws for the game and connecting on five, for 50 percent.

Spring Arbor was led by Rob Boss with a game high 16 points, while DJ Baisden added 15 points for the Cougars.   Leading the way for the Panthers was forward John Trew (So./Barberton, OH; pictured) who finished with a career high 15 points and eight rebounds. Adriene Rodriguez (Sr./Lorain, OH) chipped in with a season best 12 points and Sonny Stattmiller (Sr./Columbus, OH) finished with 10.

Ohio Dominican will return to action next Tuesday, November 24th as they travel to Cedarville, Ohio to take on former AMC rival the Cedarville Yellow Jackets. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Callan Athletic Center.