JACKSON BLEVINS ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • The Little Giant basketball team started off the 2018-2019 regular season with a bang after they rattled off three consecutive wins in a two- week period. After competing against two tough opponents in Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine in their exhibition schedule, the Little Giants took what they learned about their team and were able to apply it to their first challenges at the Division III level. The team knocked off Earlham College on the road and defeated Boyce College and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at Chadwick Court to start off the year with a perfect record.
The Little Giants traveled to Richmond, Indiana on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break and defeated the Earlham Quakers by a score of 79-64. The Little Giants went into halftime facing a four-point deficit by a score of 34-40 but outscored the Quakers by 21 in
the second half as they cruised to victory.
Jack Davidson ’21 led the Little Giants with 28 points and Connor Rotterman ’21 followed with 17 points of his own. Harry Hallstrom ’20 contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Little Giants, while Ben Stachowski ’19 scored 6 points and was a monster in the rebound category, pulling in 14 rebounds.
On Tuesday during Thanksgiving break the Little Giants hosted their first game at Chadwick Court against Boyce College. The Little Giants cruised to a 119-33 victory that saw the team clicking on all cylinders. The team never trailed and were lights out from behind the arc, as they broke the school record for 3-pointers made in a game with 21. Colten Garland ‘20 dropped in four 3-pointers to score 12 points and Jack Davidson led all scores with 22 points. Tyler Watson ’22 had a quality game for the Little Giants, as he contributed 18 points. This game saw seventeen Little Giants get playing time, a good sign for this team that is comprised of some youth and experience.
After classes started back up on Monday, the Little Giants defeated Rose-Hulman by a score of 77-74. This game was a back and forth battle against the Fighting Engineers, who were picked to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The game was tied up at the half and the second half was a battle that saw many lead changes, but clutch free-throw shooting and tough defense late in the contest brought home the win for the Little Giants. Jack Davidson led the Little Giants with 20 points while playing
36 minutes, and Colten Garland contributed 11 points in just 15 minutes of play. Alex Eberhard ’20 chipped in 14 points, and Harry Hallstrom led the Little Giants with 8 rebounds while he scored 4 points.
“In the offseason we worked on a new offense that consists of lots of cutting and moving the ball,” Davidson said. “This year we are spreading it out and driving and kicking more. I think it’s working out well, as we’ve been shooting the ball well and scoring a lot of points. Defensively, the coaches want us to lock in on defense, and if we continue to perform on the defensive end, our offense will come.”
“We’re taking care of the ball and shooting it really well so far,” Garland said. “We’ve been solid defensively but I think that’s a place we can keep improving. If we follow the scouting report and take away the other team’s strengths, we’ll be a really tough team to beat.”
The Little Giants defeated Elmhurst 95-71 on Wednesday. Starting point gard Jack Davidson’21 scored seventeen points. Wabash will open North Coast Athletic Conference play by bringing Denison to Chadwick Court on Saturday, as the coverage for these games will come out next Friday.