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Friday, January 11, 2013

GLIAC Basketball: Reserves shine in UF's 97-58 romp
By BRIAN LESTER

STAFF WRITER

Josh Brown saw the ball rolling off the rim on a missed shot by Luke Kohls in the closing minutes of a blowout win Thursday and didn't think twice about putting his athleticism to use.

The 6-foot-3 Brown threw down a two-hand dunk that put the exclamation point on the University of Findlay's 97-58 win over Ohio Dominican at Croy Gymnasium.

Brown has seen more playing time lately, and the dunk was the sophomore's moment to shine while helping the Oilers bounce back after a crushing 65-61 overtime loss to Wayne State on Saturday. Brown finished with 9 points and grabbed four rebounds.

"I'm just trying to get back to being how I have always played," Brown said. "I want to be that athletic, slashing, attack-the-basket player and just play how I am capable of playing."

While the jam was his highlight, his 3-pointer helped the Oilers break the Panthers' will in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.

Brown drained a trey that gave Findlay a 19-12 lead and Mark Frilling, another valuable player off the bench, knocked down a jumper to stretch the Oilers' advantage to 21-12.

"I just come out and play hard. I don't worry about doing one specific thing," Brown said. "I'll try to score, play hard on defense and just do what I can to help the team win."

Findlay (10-3, 7-2 GLIAC) has a knack for getting a lot of production from its bench, and on this night, it finished with 48 bench points.

Findlay's depth took its toll on the Panthers (3-11, 0-9), who are in the midst of 10-game losing streak.

"So often when you play a team like this, everyone expects you to be up 20, 10 minutes into the game," Findlay coach Charlie Ernst said. "Ohio Dominican has put good halves together this year. Their problem is putting 40 minutes together. We knew if we played Findlay Oiler basketball, our depth would wear them down."

Everyone played, including former area standouts Konnor Baker (Ada) and Kohls (Columbus Grove). Baker and Kohls scored 4 points apiece in Findlay's 81st consecutive GLIAC win at home.

"I appreciate when our starters play hard and do well enough to give the guys who don't play as much an opportunity to play," Ernst said. "I was one of those players when I was here as a player. Those guys work just as hard as everyone else but don't always get the glory."

Glory was a pipe dream for the Panthers, who shot 35.9 percent (23-of-64) from the field. Ohio Dominican had a glimmer of hope with under four minutes to play in the first half when Findlay High grad Brock Ammons converted a three-point play to cut the Findlay lead to 36-25.

Hope faded quickly as Aaron Robinson turned a steal into a layup, nailed two free throws and then capped the run with a 3-pointer that gave Findlay a 48-29 lead at the half.

Robinson scored 12 points and led the defensive effort against Morgan Jones, who came in averaging 17 points per outing. Jones rarely got an open look against Robinson and managed only 12 points.

Ammons and Bobby Stauffer tallied 10 points apiece but the Panthers lacked the firepower to keep pace with Findlay.

"(Morgan) makes their whole team go. He is a good player and really quick, but we were able to contain him," Robinson said. "The help defense I got from my teammates really helped out with that."

The Oilers shot 50 percent (31-of-62) while holding their 10th opponent to 70 points or less.

Greg Kahlig provided the biggest lift, pouring in 22 points. Kahlig worked himself open for three shots from beyond the arc, including one that gave Findlay a 54-34 advantage with 16:33 to go.

Brad Piehl dropped in 11 points and Jack Smith knocked down three wide-open 3-pointers en route to 11 points.

Findlay has a chance to take another step forward on Saturday when it hosts Tiffin at 1 p.m. The Dragons (5-9, 2-7) lost 96-78 to Hillsdale on Thursday.



OHIO DOMINICAN (3-11, 0-9)

Trew 2-8 0-0 4, Stauffer 5-10 0-0 10, Minch 2-6 0-0 4, Nelson 2-3 3-4 8, Jones 5-14 1-3 12, Stennis 0-0 0-0 0, Carr 1-3 0-1 2, Kellum 0-3 0-0 0, Weaver 1-2 4-5 6, Ammons 4-11 1-1 10, Cowgill 1-4 0-0 2. TOTALS: 23-64 9-14--58.

findlay (10-3, 7-2)

Heagan 1-4 2-2 4, Kahlig 5-8 9-9 22, Piehl 4-7 3-4 11, Samsel 0-3 0-0 0, Robinson 4-7 2-2 12, Brown 3-6 2-2 9, Baity 1-2 1-2 4, Baker 0-0 4-4 4, Smith 4-7 0-0 11, Baldwin 2-3 2-3 6, Kaufman 2-3 0-0 4, Brencans 0-2 0-0 0, Frilling 3-6 0-2 6. TOTALS: 31-62 25-30--97.

HALFTIME: Findlay, 48-29.

3-Point GOALS: Ohio Dominican 3-15 (Nelson 1-1, Jones 1-5, Ammons 1-6, Carr 0-1, Trew 0-2); Findlay 10-24 (Smith 3-4, Kahlig 3-6, Robinson 2-5, Baity 1-1, Brown 1-2, Kohls 0-1, Heagen 0-2, Samsel 0-3).

rebounds: Ohio Dominican 33 (Trew 6, Weaver 5); Findlay 44 (Heagen 6, Piehl & Smith 5). ASSISTS: Ohio Dominican 11 (Jones 6); Findlay 17 (Baity 4, Heagen 3). STEALS: Ohio Dominican 5; Findlay 12 (Piehl 3). BLOCKS: Ohio Dominican 3 (Ammons 3); Findlay 7 (Piehl 3).

TURNOVERS: Ohio Dominican 16, Findlay 11. TOTAL FOULS: Ohio Dominican 20, Findlay 12. FOULED OUT: None.

Lester: 419-422-5151,

brianlester@thecourier.com


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