Oilers lose back-to-back in Vegas

UF Men’s Basketball competes across the country

By Alyssa Grevenkamp

The Findlay men’s basketball team traveled out to Las Vegas last weekend to take on Southern Indiana and Illinois Springfield in the Vegas Showdown.

In the first game against Southern Indiana, the Oilers took a 50-38 lead at the half, but the Eagles had a phenomenal second half that gave them the edge over the Oilers. Southern Indiana went on to win 88-80 over Findlay.

The Eagles shot lights-out in the second half connecting on 67.9 percent of their field goal attempts. They outscored the Oilers 50-30 in the second half.

The Oilers shot 45.1 percent for the game, but the Eagles shot a little better ending the game with a field goal percentage of 57.9.

The Findlay bench outscored their opponents bench 35-23. Findlay outrebounded them as well 39-30. The Oilers had more turnovers giving the ball up 10 times compared to Southern Indiana’s seven.

Offensively, the Oilers were led by sophomore guard Martyce Kimbrough who had 14 points. Junior forward Tyler Stern-Tucker was close behind Kimbrough scoring 13 points and grabbing nine boards.

Sophomore forward Taren Sullivan chipped in 12 points. Senior forward John Staley had a perfect day from the field going six-for-six and ending the game with 12 points as well. Senior guard Dylan Kaufman reached double figures as well as he ended with 11 points to go along with four assists.

The next day, the Oilers lost another very close game this time to Illinois-Springfield.

The Oilers shot quite well once again, 46 percent from the field, but Illinois-Springfield went on to out shoot them shooting 50 percent from the field. The Oilers would outrebound Illinois-Springfield 37-32.

Sophomore guard Elijah Kahlig lead the way from off the bench with 17 points. Kahlig was six-of-11 on shot attempts and drained five-of-10 attempts from three point range.

The bench for the Oilers outscored Illinois-Springfield 27-23 and the Oilers got more second chance points 26-6.

Kimbrough had another 14 point game thanks to making 4-of-6 from long range. Sullivan had 13 points and five boards on the night.

Staley almost had a double-double with 12 points and nine boards. Junior guard Ricardo Smith and Kaufman had seven points apiece.

The Oilers will be looking for their first win as they return home to Croy gymnasium to face Bellarmine on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

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