By Sports Information Intern Brian Moracz
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will host Ashland at Alumni Hall on Thursday night in a battle between second and third place teams in the GLIAC South, and will take on Tiffin this Saturday in a road, inter-divisional contest.
ODU will host Ashland at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Alumni Hall and travels to Tiffin to take on the Dragons this Saturday at 3 p.m.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers (11-9, 6-8 GLIAC) are currently competing for a spot in the GLIAC tournament and are tied for third in the GLIAC South with six games remaining in the regular season.
ODU ranks fourth in the GLIAC in assists per game, averaging 15.9 assists per contest, due in part to junior Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH), who leads the Panthers in assists per game with 3.7 assists per contest. Waugh's 3.7 assists per game is good enough to rank eighth in the GLIAC. Waugh is also joined in the top ten in assists per contest in the GLIAC by his teammate, junior Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH), whose 3.5 assists per game is good enough for ninth in the conference. Cytlak also ranks fourth in the GLIAC in assist to turnover ratio, with 2.9 assists for every turnover he commits.
Ohio Dominican ranks first in the GLIAC in three-point percentage defense, holding their opponents to 30.4 percent shooting from three-point range.
Freshman Sam Hickey (Toledo, OH) led the way on Monday night against Lake Erie, scoring 31 points on 8-of-11 shooting from three-point range. Hickey leads the GLIAC in three-point percentage, shooting a staggering 50.8 percent from behind the arc. Hickey's 31 point outburst also marks the first time a Panther men's basketball player has scored over 30 points in a game since the 2013-14 season.
Freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, NY) has been dominant on the boards all season and carries an 8.1 rebounds per game average into the Panther's contests this weekend. Varence's 8.1 rebounds per game leads ODU and he ranks second in the GLIAC in boards per contest. He also ranks fourth in the GLIAC in field goal percentage, shooting 60.5 percent on the season.
Junior Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) is averaging 7.5 points per game as well as shooting 64 percent from the field, which ranks second in the GLIAC in field goal percentage.
The Eagles (14-6, 9-5 GLIAC) travel to Alumni Hall on Thursday night to take on the Panthers. In their most recent contest, the Eagles defeated Tiffin 85-74 on the road, making 62.7 percent of their shots from the field, which helped them grow their lead to as much as 19 points.
Ashland ranks first in the GLIAC in field goal percentage (49.5 percent) and also ranks first in three-point field goal percentage (40.3 percent).
Senior Adrian Cook leads the Eagles in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per contest on 50.7 percent shooting from the field.
Senior Boo Osborne ranks fourth in the GLIAC in three-point percentage, connecting on 44.9 percent of his shots from behind the arc.
Ashland leads the all-time series against the Panthers, 17-2. ODU is seeking its first win over the Eagles since the 2012-13 season, when the Panthers scored a 75-71 victory over AU at Alumni Hall.
The Dragons (9-12, 5-9 GLIAC) travel to Lake Erie on Thursday before hosting Ohio Dominican on Saturday. In their most recent game, the Dragons fell 85-74 to Ashland, totaling eight steals against the Eagles.
The Dragons rank second in the GLIAC in steals per contest, averaging 7.6 steals per game. Tiffin is also fourth in the GLIAC in blocks per game, averaging 3.5 blocked shots per contest.
Tiffin is led by sophomore Austin Adams in scoring, who is averaging 14.3 points per contest. Adams also leads the Dragons in rebounds per game, averaging 7.8 rebounds per contest.
Senior Juwan Johnson leads the Dragons in three-point shooting percentage, shooting 43.3 percent from behind the arc.
Tiffin leads the all-time series against ODU, 34-20. Since the 2013-14 season, the Panthers are 5-2 against Tiffin. The last matchup was January 14, 2017, when the Panthers defeated Tiffin, 87-85 at Alumni Hall.
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