Findlay Hoops takes first place in the GMAC

By Owen Rode

The 9th-ranked University of Findlay men’s basketball team battled with Hillsdale College for the second time this year on Saturday Feb. 9. The Oilers got revenge this time around, earning a hard fought 75-70 victory. The Chargers beat the Oilers 93-82 Jan. 19. This weekend’s win gives the Oilers sole possession of first place in the GMAC and moves them to 19-3 overall on the year and 13-2 in league play.

The Oilers connected on 44.4 percent (20-of-45) of their field goal attempts and made a season-high 31-of-42 attempts from the free throw line in the victory. A major part of the victory was the rebounding department, out rebounding Hillsdale 38-22.

Sophomore Corbin Linder was happy to get Hillsdale back the second time around.

“We really needed this one,” said Linder. “We knew we had to approach the game differently this time around and it worked out for us. We came into the game with a win or go home mentality.”

Very distributed scoring for the Oilers in this game with 5 different players reaching double figures. Anthony Masterlasco led the way with 15 points on 6-9 shooting and Tommy Schmock right behind him with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

Senior forward Alex White posted his tenth double-double of the year with 12 points and lead the team in rebounds with 11.

In the women’s game against Hillsdale Anna Hintz led the team with 22 points, four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Senior Allie Thobe scored 16 points. But the Lady Oilers still lost 88-67 taking the season record 15-6 and 11-5 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) play.

The men and women’s team face more league action at Lake Erie Storm Feb. 14. The Lady Oilers are at Ursuline College on Saturday Feb. 16 and the men are back at home Feb. 18 against Wilberforce.

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