Lancers grab fifth straight win in OT
GOSHEN, Ind. – Grace’s men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to five thanks to a 90-78 overtime win at Goshen on Wednesday.
The Lancers (11-4, 4-2 Crossroads League) outscored Goshen 17-5 in overtime, moving into a tie for third place in the league standings.
Grace had six of its seven players score in double figures. The Lancers were lethal with their shooting touch, making 54 percent overall, 42 percent on 3-pointers and 78 percent on free throws.
But Grace nearly gave the game to the Maple Leafs (3-15, 1-8 CL) by committing a season-worst 25 turnovers. The Lancers helped their cause tremendously on the glass, pounding Goshen 47-24 in rebounds.
Grace led nearly the entire first half, although the score was never out of reach. Frankie Davidson converted an and-1 with four minutes left in the half, giving Grace its largest lead at 36-24.
The Maple Leafs managed to cut Grace’s lead down to 40-33 by halftime.
The Lancers tried to put the game away early in the second half with a quick 8-1 spurt. But the Maple Leafs kept battling back.
A timely 12-2 charge from the Maple Leafs put Goshen on top 63-62 with 7:29 on the clock. With less than six minutes to play, Goshen held a four-point edge.
Matt Jennings and Haden Deaton responded with points on the next two plays, and Elijah Malone regained the lead for Grace with a putback score with four minutes to go.
The Lancers had numerous chances to ice the game, but Grace’s offense dried up in the closing minutes. Grace did not score for the final 3:38 of regulation, turning the ball over four times and missing three shots.
Goshen responded by tying the game at 73-73 with a pair of free throws with 24 seconds on the clock. Grace tried to hold for a potential game winner, but Goshen stole the ball and nearly won the game with a last-second layup. Cade Gibbs hustled back to challenge the layup, which missed the mark and sent the game to overtime.
Grace scored the first eight points of overtime to essentially seal the win. Jennings made two baskets, including an and-1.
In the extra period, Jake Wadding scored five points, and Davidson buried five free throws as the Lancers coasted to the victory.
Wadding led Grace in scoring with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting, adding five rebounds. Davidson produced a double-double with 16 points, 15 boards, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists. Davidson shot 10 of 12 from the foul line.
Malone was explosive off the bench, making seven of his eight field goals to tally 15 points, 6 boards and 3 blocked shots.
Deaton had 12 points, 4 assists and 4 boards, and Cade Gibbs added 14 points and four rebounds.
Jennings finished with 13 points, 5 boards and 3 assists, and Jakob Gibbs chipped in six boards and two assists.
Jennings also eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark during Wednesday’s win. He became the 53rd member of Grace’s 1,000-point club.
The Lancers remain on the road Saturday for a 1 p.m. clash at Huntington.