Quakers beat Baldwin-Wallace in overtime
WC wins, 77-70
January 28, 2012
Klarke Ransome (at right) and the Quakers were overtime winners at Baldwin-Wallace. (John Swartzel photo)
BEREA — A late lead got away, but the game did not, as Wilmington College posted a 77-70 overtime win at Baldwin-Wallace Saturday afternoon.
The win moves the Quakers to 8-4 in the OAC, 10-8 overall. Baldwin-Wallace drops to 6-6 in the conference, 11-8 for the season.
For a second straight game, Wilmington struggled to score early. The Quakers — who lost scoring leader Malcolm Heard II (Wilmington) to foul trouble 3 minutes into the game — found themselves in a 22-14 hole midway through the first half, but Brandon Candella (West Chester/Lakota West) scored five straight points and Antonio Bowman (Columbus/Whetstone) scored to cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 22-21.
“This was a great team effort. We got in foul trouble early and played a bunch of guys off the bench who did a great job of bringing effort and energy to the floor,” Wilmington head coach K.C. Hunt said.
By the break, Wilmington had overtaken Baldwin-Wallace and held a 32-29 advantage.
Bowman hit from deep and R.J. Leppert (Liberty Township/Lakota East) scored as Wilmington pushed its advantage to 37-29 early in the second half.
When Dwight Johnson (Dayton/Jefferson) converted a steal into a lay-in at 12:30, Wilmington’s lead had grown to 49-37.
A blowout, however, was not in the cards, as the Jackets used a 12-2 surge to cut Wilmington’s lead to 51-49 with 9:00 to play.
The Quakers stayed in front until Ben Umbel scored in the paint with 35 seconds to play and send the game to overtime.
“We played really solid basketball in the second half, but we had a stretch where we just didn’t execute. I thought we kind of played not to lose, as opposed to playing to win in the final minutes of regulation,” Hunt said. “The exact opposite happened in overtime as we seized the moment and the game.”
Heard opened the extra period with a paint bucket, but B-W responded with a 3-point play from Kyle Payne that put the Jackets up, 68-67. The lead proved to be the Jackets’ last of the game.
Klarke Ransome (Richwood/North Union) found Heard for a dunk, and Candella followed up with a killer trey to give Wilmington a 72-68 lead at 1:28.
“We’ve had a few of those opportunities this year, but that was the first one where we just had that dagger-to-end-the-game shot,” Hunt said. “It was wonderful to see Brandon step up and be the guy to take that shot.”
The Quakers put the game on ice at the free throw line as Candella, Bowman and Leppert connected on five straight from the stripe.
Bowman finished with 16 points, four assists and four steals. Candella added 13 points and team-high seven rebounds. Leppert scored 10 points to go with six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Heard contributed 12 points in just 21 minutes of action. Ben Vonderhaar (Cincinnati/Colerain) finished with eight points and five boards.
Wilmington shot 54 percent (30 of 56) from the field while the Jackets were 25 of 62 (40 percent) from the field.
The Quakers remain tied with Marietta in third place in the OAC standings, a game behind front-runners John Carroll and Capital. Wilmington will travel to Marietta Feb. 1 for a 7:30 p.m. showdown.