Quakers fall in overtime at John Carroll

WC unable to make 14-point lead stand

February 11, 2012

Ben Vonderhaar (center) and the Quakers were edged in overtime by John Carroll. (John Swartzel photo)

Ben Vonderhaar (center) and the Quakers were edged in overtime by John Carroll. (John Swartzel photo)

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — A 14-point second-half lead slipped away from Wilmington College as the Quakers dropped an 84-82 overtime decision at John Carroll Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops the Quakers (12-10, 10-6 OAC) from second to fourth place in the OAC standings. John Carroll (16-6, 11-5) remains tied with Marietta in second place, a game behind front-running Capital.

The game was a battle between Wilmington’s perimeter shooting and John Carroll’s inside strength.

Brandon Candella (West Chester/Lakota West) continued his torrid play by hitting 5 of 6 shots from downtown. As a team, Wilmington connected on 9 of 19 efforts from deep.

John Carroll out-scored Wilmington, 48-24, in the paint, and scored 12 second-chance points to the Quakers’ four.

Statistics aside, Wilmington put itself in position to pick up a huge road win.

Candella scored 14 first-half points as the Quakers took a 37-35 lead at the break.

The Quakers used a 14-3 spurt midway through the second half to pull away. When R.J. Leppert (Liberty Township/Lakota East) scored at 11:00, Wilmington was up, 61-47.

Over the ensuing 6 minutes, John Carroll gradually cut into Wilmington’s lead. Conor Sweeney’s 3-pointer at 5:05 pulled the Streaks within four points.

Candella hit a foul shot to give Wilmington a 73-66 lead at 3:12, but John Carroll scored nine unanswered points to go up, 75-73, with 26 seconds to play.

Malcolm Heard II (Wilmington) answered at the other end with a lay-in that tied the score and sent the game to overtime.

Wilmington took an 80-77 lead in overtime when Klarke Ransome (Richwood/North Union) hit a trey with 2:50 to play.

After Antonio Bowman (Columbus/Whetstone) connected twice from the foul line at 2:26, the lead again was three, 82-79.

The end of overtime, though, was similar to the end of regulation as Wilmington missed five straight shots and John Carroll scored five unanswered points for the win.

Candella led Wilmington with career-high 23 points and pulled down five rebounds. Heard scored 19 points while Bowman and Leppert added 10 points apiece. Ransome scored eight.

The Quakers will remain on the OAC highway with a game at Ohio Northern 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Wilmington @ *John Carroll

Saturday, February 11, 2012 Final (OT)
*John Carroll
University Heights
Saturday, February 11, 2012
3:00 PM until 4:30 PM