2.21.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Hot Start for Oilers Too Much For Cavs

Men's Basketball, 2013-02-21

(FINDLAY, Ohio) - In a battle between the two teams in the GLIAC’s South Division, Findlay found itself still on top after defeating Walsh 83-67. The Cavaliers (16-7, 12-7) were playing in their final road game of the season and sixth in their last seven. With the win, the Oilers (18-6, 15-5), No. 10 in the first Midwest regional rankings, clinched at least a share of the division title.

A cold start put the Cavaliers down early and made it difficult to recover. After a 3-pointer by Brad DuPont (Jr., 6-0, Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit) made it 10-6 just under four minutes into the game, Findlay went on a 15-0 run over the next six minutes. The Cavaliers trailed by as many as 20 before going into the halftime break down 51-34. The Cavs recovered to shoot 50 percent for the first half, but Findlay seemingly made everything at a 60.6 percent-clip.

True to form in past games this season, Walsh made a valiant attempt to get back into the game. Down 20 midway through the second half, the Cavs went on a 13-3 run capped off by Jesse Hardin (Fr., 6-1, Warren, OH/Harding) 3-pointer that cut Findlay’s lead to 75-65 with 3:42 to play. It was the closest the Cavs could make it though, as the Oilers made their free throws down the stretch. 

Defending GLIAC South Division Player of the Week Kenny Kornowski (Sr., 6-9, Marshallville, OH/Smithville) recorded another strong game as he finished with 29 points on 12-of-17 from the field. Jeff Copeland (So., 6-5, Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) added 13 points and Hardin finished with 10 points in his return to the lineup.

The Cavaliers found trouble in stopping Greg Kahlig as he finished with a game-high 38 points.

Walsh now returns home for its final three games of the season. The Cavs can still claim a share of the South Division title, but will need some help along the way. For now, they remain in second place after Hillsdale was defeated by Malone tonight.

The Cavs will host the Chargers for the first of those three remaining games this Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 95.9 WNPQ.