Chargers Turn Away Panthers in Second Half for South Division Title

Chargers Turn Away Panthers in Second Half for South Division Title

Release courtesy of Jordan Bell
HILLSDALE, Mich. – Despite a strong opening half, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team could not stay with the efficient, balanced attack of Hillsdale (Mich.) and fell 70-59 to the host Chargers Thursday night at Jesse Phillips Arena.

With the Senior Day victory, Hillsdale clinched its first ever outright GLIAC South Division Championship, improving to 14-3 in conference and 20-4 overall. ODU fell to 3-18 on the year and remained winless in the GLIAC at 0-18.

Two Panthers finished in double figures led by senior Jake Mochoskay (Mansfield, OH) for the third straight contest with a game-high 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while corralling four rebounds. Despite playing only 18 minutes due to foul trouble, senior Zak Kapron (Malvern, OH) finished with 12 points on a 4-of-6 shooting effort to go along with five boards.

At the onset of the contest, ODU showed some early muscle, resulting in three ties and six first half lead changes. The Panthers rallied from their largest deficit of the half at 18-12 with 8:11 to go to knot the game at 20 apiece as sophomore Don Kellum (Chicago, Ill.) tallied the final six points of the 8-2 spurt. Following a Charger layup, senior Kip Kelley (Raleigh, N.C.) drilled his first of two threes to put ODU back on top 23-22, however Hillsdale took a 24-23 halftime lead with a jumper in the final minute.

Similar to the first half, poor shooting and turnovers continued to be a constant in the second until the Chargers finally took control for good. A three-point jumper by Brad Guinane and an old-fashioned three-point play by Brandon Pritzl sparked a 10-0, 2:46 run, resulting in a 40-28 lead for Hillsdale. Ohio Dominican twice trimmed the deficit to eight, the last coming on Kelly's second triple with 6:23 remaining, but drew no closer as the Chargers kept the lead over double figures the rest of the way.

Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, OH) collected a game-high seven rebounds and remains just six points shy of the coveted 1,000 career points plateau.

The Panthers return to action Wednesday night as they travel to non-conference foe Notre Dame College for the team's final road contest of the season.

Contact: Scott Miles