Basketball Grabs the Gators by their Tails
by Channing Joseph
Oberlin mens basketball team pleased its fans this past Wednesday,
Feb. 13, by defeating the Allegheny Gators with a final score of
79-65. The win placed the team at 8-15 overall and helped them to
maintain their fifth place standing in the North Coast Atlantic
Conference. The victory was a welcome rebound after last weeks
16-point loss to Kenyon College, potentially putting the Yeomen
back on the track they seemed to be following prior to their Feb.
6 defeat, during which they had managed to pull off an impressive
five-game winning streak.
The latest game against the Gators had held the possibility of being
an intimidating proposition in light of Alleghenys Feb. 9
victory over Kenyon, 79-69, and Oberlins recent, smoldering
loss to that very team. Yet this prospect seemed to hold no water
for the Yeomen, who demonstrated that they were up to the challenge.
This readiness, however, was not obvious early in the game, which
began with two-point shots by Ryan Meerstein and Eric Johnson of
the opposing team. These early Gator strides were countered by three-pointers
from Oberlins Chris Ikpoh and James Keating, and the rest
of the period continued along similar lines. The two teams did not
differ more than a few points from each other during this part of
the game, both reaching the half-way point with a mere three points
separating them, Oberlin scoring 38, Allegheny 35.
fact, it was not until quite some time into the second period, with
only about six minutes on the clock, that the Yeomen began to make
any significant progress against the game-long stalemate. This sudden
change may have been due in part to several good shots by Keating,
Ikpoh and Jon MacDonald, which seemed to propel the team into a
point-scoring frenzy, ultimately securing Oberlin the win with a
solid 14-point lead.
Among the outstanding players who helped to contribute to this victory
were the aforementioned sophomore Ikpoh, who alone scored an imposing
25 total points, junior MacDonald, who racked up a career-high of
15 points, junior Djordje Eremic, sophomore Cameron Leverett, and
first-year James Keating, who scored 14, 12, and 9 points, respectively.
We played well most of the game, except for a few stints,
Ikpoh said, After last weeks loss, we knew we had to