COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will look to avenge losses this season to fellow GLIAC South opponents Ashland and Lake Erie this weekend and will honor four seniors against Lake Erie on Saturday. The Panthers will host No. 21 Ashland (21-4, 15-4 GLIAC) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and will tipoff at 3 p.m. on Saturday at home against Lake Erie (9-16, 6-13 GLIAC).
ABOUT OHIO DOMINICAN
The Panthers (9-16, 6-13 GLIAC) are coming off a 64-47 road loss at Malone on Saturday and a 87-81 home win against Walsh at Alumni Hall last Thursday.
Four seniors will be honored this weekend, as Jordan Cowgill (Worthington, Ohio), Connor Dahn (Columbus, Ohio), Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) and Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) will play their final two games at Alumni Hall.
Weaver and Nelson have had storied careers at Ohio Dominican. Weaver is tied for 12th all-time in Panther scoring with 1,207 points. He needs 17 points to move into 10th place in school history and ranks fourth all-time in rebounding with 776 boards. Weaver currently averages 9.3 rebounds per game this year, ranking third in the GLIAC and 35th in the NCAA.
Nelson's 1,100 points as a Panther ranks him 15th all-time for the black and gold. He has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 13 games, including this past week against Walsh (18 points) and Malone (12 points). Nelson is eighth in Ohio Dominican history in made three-point field goals with 139.
Ohio Dominican has had success at home this season, boasting a 7-3 home record and winning six of its last seven home contests. The Panthers average 86.3 points per game and 48.4 percent shooting at Alumni Hall.
Sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) is coming off a strong week that saw him tie a career-high 19 points against Walsh and pitch in 13 points at Malone. DeLeon shot 78.9 percent last week and has scored in double-figures in each of the past three games. The sophomore also currently ranks 18th in the conference in rebounds per game (5.9).
No. 21 Ashland (21-4, 15-4 GLIAC) is currently riding an eight game winning streak and sits atop the GLIAC South after beginning 7-4 in conference play. The Eagles' last loss was a 71-63 defeat at Findlay on Thursday, January 21.
Ashland is led by junior forward Wendell Davis, who averages a team-high 17.8 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting from the field. Davis shoots 40.2 percent from three-point range, good enough for 11th in the GLIAC. Davis also leads the Eagles in rebounds per game (7.5) and assists per game (3.5).
The Eagles rank first in the GLIAC in defensive rebounds per game (28.2), points per game allowed (64.6), opponents field goal percentage (39.7 percent) and opponents three-point field goal percentage (29.1 percent).
ABOUT LAKE ERIE
Lake Erie (9-16, 6-13 GLIAC) has dropped eight of its last 10 games and currently sits sixth in the GLIAC South. Lake Erie is coming off an 81-67 overtime victory vs. Findlay in its last contest on Saturday.
Senior guard Andy Bosley leads the Storm in scoring at 14.4 points per game and also leads the team in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game.
Lake Erie leads the GLIAC in three-point field goals made per game (9.2) and currently sits third in the conference in steals per game (7.3).
Contact: Scott Miles