Second Half Drought Prevents Men’s Hoops Upset Bid

Zak Kapron
Zak Kapron

FINDLAY, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team threatened No. 19 Findlay, but a 7:17 scoreless drought in the second half saw a Panther lead slip away and result in an 85-67 Oiler win at Croy Gymnasium Saturday in GLIAC play.

ODU (2-8, 0-6 GLIAC) scored eight straight to grab a 49-46 lead with 15:46 left, but the Oilers (9-2, 4-1 GLIAC) answered with a 15-0 run to take control over the contest.

Four of ODU's five starters finished in double figures, paced by 14 points apiece for senior forward Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio) and senior guard Darrien Douglas (Willard, Ohio). Senior forward Jake Mochoskay (Mansfield, Ohio) tallied 12 of his 13 points in the first half while junior guard Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) registered 11 points.

The first half was an entertaining affair played within a nine-point window, as Findlay's largest lead was six points and ODU's was three. There were six ties and 12 lead changes in the opening 20 minutes as ODU, which had struggled from the outside in the prior three games, hit 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Triple hits by freshman forward Brock Ammons (Findlay, Ohio) and Mochoskay helped the Panthers recover from 20-16 and 26-21 deficits, respectively, and Mochoskay stuck back-to-back threes in a 38-second span near the end of the half as well. A jumper from senior forward Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio) moments before the buzzer cut the Oiler deficit to 38-34 at the break.

Findlay led 46-41 early in the second half before Kapron scored twice inside to make it 46-45 and Jones made a layup as well to put ODU back on top. A jump shot by Douglas then put the Panthers on top by three at 49-46.

The Panthers then missed their next six shots from the field and also committed five turnovers before a Mochoskay free throw stopped the cold spell at the 8:29 mark. That cut the score to 61-50, but ODU would draw no closer than nine points the remainder of the contest.

ODU shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the field, including 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from beyond the arc after hitting just three three-pointers in the last three games combined. Findlay hit just 1-of-18 from three-point range but were 31-of-50 from inside the arc and shot 47.1 percent (32-of-68) from the field overall. The Oilers also had a 43-27 rebounding advantage and committed just eight turnovers to ODU's 16.

The Panthers are off until Friday, Dec. 30 when ODU travels to New York to take on Mercy College in a non-conference affair.

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