Late lead slips away from Quakers

WC loses to Heidelberg in OT

January 21, 2012

Brandon Candella (at right) scored 15 points in Wilmington's overtime loss at Heidelberg.

Brandon Candella (at right) scored 15 points in Wilmington's overtime loss at Heidelberg.

TIFFIN — A 9-point lead slipped through Wilmington’s fingers at the end of regulation as the Quakers were edged by Heidelberg, 68-66, in overtime Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops Wilmington to 6-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, 8-8 overall. Heidelberg improves to 4-6 in the conference, 6-10 for the season.

“It was a blown opportunity, especially when you’re on the road and up by nine points with 4 minutes to go,” Wilmington head coach K.C. Hunt said. “We just have to do a better job of finishing halves, both the first half and the second half. If we do that, we are going to be a pretty solid basketball team.”

The Quakers spent a majority of the game in front. When Malcolm Heard II (Wilmington) scored off a Ben Vonderhaar (Cincinnati/Colerain) assist at 8:50 of the first half, Wilmington led, 24-14.

The Berg, though, cut that 10-point deficit in half as Wilmington settled for a 36-31 halftime advantage.

“Our sense of urgency is just not strong enough all the way through the game,” Hunt said. “We have to be more urgent, smarter and tougher through the game. That has been our Achilles heel.”

The second half was a repeat of the opening stanza as Wilmington threatened to pull away. When Christian Patterson (Cincinnati/Norwood) converted a steal into a bucket at 10:47, the Quakers were up, 50-39.

Wilmington appeared to have things in order and enjoyed a 58-49 lead when Antonio Bowman (Columbus/Whetstone) hit a 3-pointer with 4:18 to play, but Heidelberg closed regulation with an 11-2 run to send things to overtime.

R.J. Leppert (Liberty Township/Lakota East) scored twice in the extra session as Wilmington took a 64-61 lead at 1:41, but the closing moments again belonged to Heidelberg as the Student Princes closed with a 7-2 spurt to take the win.

Bowman led the Quakers with 21 points while Brandon Candella (West Chester/Lakota West) added 15 points and seven rebounds. Klarke Ransome (Richwood/North Union) scored 10 points. Heard contributed seven points and collected game-high 12 rebounds.

The Quakers will host OAC-leading Capital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“We should be playing for first place instead of playing to stay in the race,” Hunt said. “We’re still in this race. We just need to take it one game at a time and be focused and ready to play against a very good Capital team.”

Wilmington @ *Heidelberg

Saturday, January 21, 2012 Final (OT)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
3:00 PM until 4:30 PM