Panthers Force Overtime, But Fall Short in 86-77 Setback at Ashland

Jake Mochoskay
Jake Mochoskay

ASHLAND, Ohio – Junior forward Jake Mochoskay (Mansfield, Ohio) hit an off-balance three-pointer as time expired in regulation to send the Panthers into overtime, but Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team fell 86-77 at Ashland in GLIAC South Division action Thursday from Kates Gymnasium.

ODU dropped to 4-15 (1-12 GLIAC) with the setback, while AU improved to 10-9 (4-8).

Mochoskay's heroics to close the second half capped several rallies that the Panthers were able to mount against Ashland. ODU scored the first bucket of the second half, a Keith Jackson (Lima, Ohio) layin, but went cold for the next six minutes, making just one of its next 10 shots as Ashland used a 14-4 run to build a 48-39 lead with 12:58 left. The Panthers scored consecutive baskets on a Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio) layup and a John Trew (Barberton, Ohio) putback, then got back to within three after a pair of Zack Joseph (Lewis Center, Ohio) free throws and, after a Joseph steal, a Mochoskay three-pointer which made it 54-51 at the 8:20 mark.

Two Panther turnovers led to a pair of baskets for AU, though, and a 58-51 Eagle lead with under seven minutes to play. Again, though, ODU responded, first with a Mochoskay three-pointer that made it 61-58, before Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) beat the Ashland zone and the shot clock with a floater to make it 61-60 with under four minutes remaining.

A second chance opportunity led to a layup for the Eagles on their next possession, but Mochoskay sank a turnaround baseline jumper to answer and make it 63-62 with 2:29 left. Ashland broke ODU's press for an easy layup, but Joseph drilled a three on the right wing after an Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio) offensive board to tie the game at 65 with 1:54 to go.

David Harris beat the shot clock with a three-pointer of his own with just over a minute left to put AU up 68-65. The Panthers missed a three, but came up with a turnover, which led to a Gibbs breakaway layup with 22 ticks left. ODU was forced to foul, and Kale Richardson made the first free throw, missed the second but came up with the loose ball and ODU was again forced to foul. The Eagles split the two free throws to make it 70-67, and Mochoskay got the ball on the right side, lost his dribble but leaned in and away from the defender to bury the three-pointer to tie the game as time expired.

Ashland, though, scored the first six points in the extra session, and though free throws by Gibbs and Jones made it 78-74 with a minute left, ODU could draw no closer. The Panthers made just 1-of-6 shots in the extra session, while the Eagles went 3-of-5 from the field and 10-of-17 from the stripe.

The Panthers jumped to a 13-6 lead in the early going, with Gibbs scoring eight points, Trew knocking down a triple from the right wing and Jones sinking a jumper of his own. Another three-pointer by Trew kept ODU in front 16-10, but the host Eagles answered with a 13-2 run to take a 23-18 advantage with 7:37 to play. Back-to-back threes by Kelley and Trew helped ODU regain a 26-23 advantage before Ashland rallied with eight unanswered points of their own. Mochoskay would drill a three-pointer with 58 seconds left to close the first half scoring and send the Panthers into the break trailing 34-33.

ODU shot 56 percent in the half, hitting 14-of-25 from the field, but turned the ball over nine times and allowed 10 Ashland offensive rebounds, which turned into 16 second chance points for the Eagles.

Gibbs led all scorers with 18 points and tied for a game-high eight rebounds. Mochoskay recorded 17 points and Trew finished with 14 to lead ODU, which dropped to 0-2 in overtime games this year.

The Panthers return home to host Lake Erie at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu