AU men’s basketball waltzes past conference rival, 83-64

The Eagles downed the Findlay Oilers in dominating fashion


AU Athletics

The Ashland Eagle men’s basketball team has worked hard to reach a 12-5 record.

Cade Cracas, Sports & Digital Editor

The Eagle men’s basketball team has surprised many teams in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference with their poise and confidence against any team that stands in front of them.

While in Kate’s Gymnasium, the Eagles have not lost a contest this season, and on Thursday, Jan. 19, that undefeated record at home stayed with a zero in the loss column.

Before the contest began, the Eagle supporters packed the gym to help give support as they took on their rival team, the Findlay Oilers.

In the first half of play, the Eagles would begin a massive run that the Oilers struggled to pull themselves out of. Eagle forwards Ethan Conley and James Manns were elite from beyond the arc hitting everything they threw up, no matter how contested they were.

Through the first five minutes of the game, the Oilers were shooting just 2 of 13 from the field while the Eagles shot 8 of 10 from the field. The obvious inconsistencies in their shooting numbers held the Oilers back, and that only grew the Eagles’ lead.

To finish the first half of play, the Eagles led 45-27.

In the second half, the Oilers started to find momentum as guard Joey Edmonds started finding the bottom netting. He dropped in 10 points.

Although he found a rhythm to start the second half, in the last 13 minutes and 40 seconds, when the Oilers needed him the most, he vanished putting up zero.

As the contest came to a close, Eagle guard Brandon Haraway went down with a lower-body injury resulting in guard Luke Metzger entering the contest. He stepped into a massive role alongside guard Derrick James to keep the game in favor of the Eagles.

James would finish the contest with 10 points, six assists and four rebounds in the victory. Alongside James, Conley led the way with 19 points and 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. The two five-forwards for the Eagles, Victor Searls and Maceo Williams, combined for 32 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals.

The Eagles as a whole shot 62 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.

With the win, they improve to 12-5 on the season and 8-2 in conference play. Their next game comes against the Tiffin Dragons on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 3:00 P.M.