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Scots split at Illinois tournament

Junior Derek Strickland (above) and the Edinboro wheelchair basketball team went 2-2 at the Illinois tournament. (Contributed Photo/Edinboro University Sports Information).
Junior Derek Strickland (above) and the Edinboro wheelchair basketball team went 2-2 at the Illinois tournament. (Contributed Photo/Edinboro University Sports Information).

Story first appeared in the Feb. 19, 2015 edition of the Spectator.

After going 1-2 at the CID Tournamet in McComb Fieldhoue earlier this month the wheelchair basketball team was looking to rebound this past weekend at the University of Illinois Tournament.

The Scots had to settle for a 2-2 ledger.

Boro split its four games during the two-day tournament in Champaign, Illinois., on Friday and Saturday, defeating the University of Illinois women’s team and Southwest Minnesota State while falling to the University of Illinois men’s team and Missouri.

Jim Glatch’s group opened it up with a narrow 44-36 loss to the Illini, who the Scots faced just one week earlier in the CID Tournament. Boro was down early, but fought back ending the game on a 7-0 scoring run that turned out to be too little, too late.
“The beginning of the game was a lot like the last game,” Glatch said in a phone interview Sunday afternoon. “Illinois had their way with us. After a couple timeouts, the guys got it together and really it was from the defensive side. We got a few turnovers and a lot of stops. We forced them into some quick shots and we were able to convert them.

“We got to within five and we thought we had a shot there at the end, but that was when I think we ran out of gas. We were fighting back the whole game,” he continued.

To earn its first win of the tournament, Edinboro used a second-half surge to cruise to a 55-31 victory over the University of Illinois women’s team.

Another big push in the final frame earned the Fighting Scots their final victory of the tournament, 52-43, over Southwest Minnesota State. Boro trailed 16-15 at the break, but shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes of play to earn the victory. Shane Knox, a newcomer this semester to the squad, led the team in scoring, tallying 20 markers in the contest.

“Shane is really the fifth threat on the court, but I think they just forgot about him,” Glatch said of Southwest Minnesota State. “The last time we played them, he had 10 points. He converted his shots.”

Edinboro finished the weekend with a 49-25 loss at the hands of Missouri. The Scots have lost all three meetings to the Tigers this season.

Boro’s 2-2 ledger over the weekend brings its season record to 12-18 overall on the season with a few more games left before the national tournament. The 12 win total means a lot to the team.

“Our big goal this season is to try and match the win total of the last three years,” Glatch said. “We’ve had a few pretty down years for us recently. The number 13 is a magic number for us as it will match the total number of wins we’ve had the last three years combined.”

The Scots will look to match that figure as they visit Pittsburgh this Saturday.

Box Scores
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 44, EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PA 36
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Nik Goncin 7-10 4-4 18; Neiswender 4-12 4-8 12; Derek Hoot 4-7 0-0 8;
Martinez Johnson 1-4 0-0 2; Nick Weiss 1-7 0-0 2; Patrick Tomic 1-4 0-0 2; Makara Nong 0-1 0-0 0; Michael Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0; Tyler Brinkman 0-1 0-0 0; Tim Nagel 0-4 0-0 0; Ryan Juguan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-52 8-12 44.
EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PA
Blake Rush 5-15 1-2 11; Mike Adams 3-7 0-0 7; Shane Knox 3-3 0-0 6; Ayuba Alli 2-7 1-2 5; Derek Strickland 2-3 1-2 5; David Hix 1-2 0-0 2; Isaiah
Moore 0-6 0-0 0; Redell King 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-44 3-6 36.
University of Illinois……..29 15 – 44
Edinboro University……..16 20 – 36
3-point goals–University of Illinois 0-4 (Nik Goncin 0-2; Neiswender 0-2),
Edinboro University of PA 1-2 (Mike Adams 1-1; Ayuba Alli 0-1).

EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PA 55, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS WOMEN 31
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS WOMEN
Zeman 4-10 0-2 8; Blunk 3-7 0-0 6; Freeman 2-9 2-4 6; Gaeng 3-8 0-2 6; Eaton 1-3 0-0 2; Gruss 1-4 0-2 2; Young 0-0 1-2 1; Morrison 0-3 0-2 0. Totals 14-44 3-14 31.
EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PA
Blake Rush 8-13 0-0 16; Isaiah Moore 5-8 0-0 10; Derek Strickland 4-5 0-0 8; Ayuba Alli 3-7 0-0 7; Mike Adams 2-7 2-2 6; David Hix 2-2 0-0 4; Shane Knox 1-1 0-0 2; Redell King 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-46 2-2 55.
University of Illinois W….17 14 – 31
Edinboro University……..21 34 – 55
3-point goals–University of Illinois Women 0-0 (None), Edinboro University of PA 1-3 (Ayuba Alli 1-1; Mike Adams 0-2).

EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PA 52, SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE 43
EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PA
Shane Knox 10-15 0-2 20; Mike Adams 5-10 0-0 11; Ayuba Alli 4-9 1-2 9; Blake Rush 2-7 1-2 5; Isaiah Moore 2-4 1-2 5; Derek Strickland 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 24-50 3-8 52.
SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE
David Eujen 9-17 3-6 21; David Nelson 3-7 0-0 8; Hunter Gronli 4-8 0-2 8; Dominic Saia 2-10 0-0 4; Raymone Brown 1-4 0-0 2; Steve Eischern 0-2 0-0 0; BJ Bonmon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-50 3-8 43.
Edinboro University……..15 37 – 52
Southwest Minn. St. ……16 27 – 43
3-point goals–Edinboro University of PA 1-3 (Mike Adams 1-2; Ayuba Alli
0-1), Southwest Minnesota State 2-4 (David Nelson 2-4).

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI 49, EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PA 25
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
Brockman 7-11 0-0 14; Bohnett 3-6 1-2 7; Lindsay 3-6 0-0 6; Lucas 3-5 0-0 6; Dixon 2-5 2-2 6; Whittney 2-3 0-0 4; Arey 2-5 0-0 4; Walker 1-2 0-0 2; Moore 0-1 0-0 0; Bollig 0-3 0-0 0; Linsky 0-0 0-0 0; McCormick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 3-4 49.
EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PA
Isaiah Moore 2-10 2-2 6; Ayuba Alli 2-5 0-0 5; Blake Rush 2-9 0-2 4; Redell King 1-3 0-0 2; Mike Adams 1-8 0-0 2; David Hix 1-3 0-0 2; Shane Knox 1-1 0-0 2; Derek Strickland 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 11-41 2-4 25.
University of Missouri…..25 24 – 49
Edinboro University………11 14 – 25
3-point goals–University of Missouri 0-1 (; Arey 0-1), Edinboro University
of PA 1-3 (Ayuba Alli 1-2; Mike Adams 0-1).

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