FINAL SHOT FALLS SHORT
ZACH MOFFETT ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • On Wednesday, the Wasbash basketball team faced off against the Dannies on Chadwick Court. Leading up to the thriller at Chadwick, Wabash would first have to face some tough competition on the road. Wabash took their road trip to Oberlin College. They took a tough loss prior to the Oberlin game as they went on the road to the third ranked Wittenberg. Wabash went into the games with a record of (11- 11) overall.
The Little Giants struggled against Oberlin in the first half, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Wabash shot just 34% from field goal range and 40% from the thee point line. They trailed for the first six minutes of the game, but Alex Eberhard ’20 regained the lead for the Little Giants. They managed to only put up 27 at the end of the first half and held Oberlin to 25.
The Wabash defense would hold their own through the rest of the game. In the second half, the Little Giants turned on the switch. The shot 64% from field goal range and 50% from behind the arc. Harrison Hallstrom ’20 picked up his eighth double-double on the year with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Wabash would go on to a 10-1 run in the beginning of the second half and finished strong, forcing 11 turnovers on Oberlin and managing to only score 32 in the second half.
Wabash would score 43 points alone in the second half. Wabash stayed strong with their lead to finish out the game on top. The final score was Wabash 70, Oberlin 57.
Next, they took on the team from down south. The Little Giants took
on the Dannies in their last home game of the year. Wabash struggled early and continued to struggle through the rest of the game. Wabash shot 46% from the field and 55.5% from behind the arc in the first half.
The defense could not manage
in the paint as DePauw put up 34 points for the whole game. The Wabash offense struggled with turning the ball, giving the Dannies the ball 11 times. They finished the first half trailing 37-33.
In the second half, the defense stepped up for the Little Giants,
but the offense could not find a way to put things together. Wabash shot under 40% both from the field and behind the arc. “The whole atmosphere was insane tonight, and it was great coming into this and we knew it was gonna be a tough game,”
Hallstrom said. “They came out and gave it their all and so did we.” The Little Giants fought back at the end of the game to come within one, but failed to convert the last second shot of the game. The final score was Wabash 61, DePauw 62.
The Little Giants finish their regular season run with a road trip to Denison tomorrow. They are fighting for positions with Denison to hopefully get a higher seed in the conference tournament.
The conference tournament will begin with its quarter final games on Tuesday and semifinals and championship on Friday and Saturday. Wabash will need to
get a win over Denison to provide themselves with a opportunity to
get a higher seed in the conference tournament. Wabash will take on the Big Red Saturday at 3:00 p.m.