Winning Streak EndsBy Jessie Kimble | December 6th, 2012 | Category: Lead Story | No Comments »
The Pioneer basketball team saw their first conference opponent, Wheeling Jesuit, last Tuesday in the Lily Gymnasium. Both teams went back and forth for most of the first half until Glenville was able to extend an eight-point lead on the Cardinals, with a score of 21-13.
With a little over eight minutes left to play in the first half, the Cardinals went on a run and took the lead over the Pioneers, leading 28-27. After their run, the Pioneers were quick to answer as they scored the last ten points of the first half which put them on top 46-36.
After the Pioneers started the second half with a 14 point lead, the Cardinals were sure to let them know they weren’t going down without a fight, as they battled their way back into the game only down by two points. With only 18 seconds left to play, the Pioneers were only up 85-83. Wheeling Jesuit quickly fouled Jamel Morris, who was sent to the foul line knocking down two shots, extending the lead 87-83 which would seal the win for the Pioneers.
Lamar Mallory led the Pioneers with 20 points, and brought down six rebounds. Jamel Morris scored 15 points and was followed closely by Kevin Gray who had 14 points.
Freshman point guard, DJ Blanks, finished the game with a triple-double scoring 12 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and dishing out 13 assists. This week, Blanks was also named the Co-WVIAC Player of the week.
Once marking down this win, the Pioneers now sit with a 4-1 overall record and 2-0 in the conference. This was the first WVIAC opening win the Pioneers since 2004. Unfortunately, the Pioneers four-game winning streak was snapped when the Bobcats from West Virginia Wesleyan came to town.
After a very tough battle, the Pioneers fought back and forth with the Bobcats until Wesleyan extended their lead in the second half which sealed the win for them 72-82.
Lamar Mallory had a great double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds, Jamel Morris and Kevin Gray both scored 16 points. DJ Blanks led in assists as he handed out five.
After losing to the Bobcats, the Pioneers overall record is 4-2 and 2-1 in conference play. The Pioneers will see their next conference play on Saturday when they travel to take on West Liberty.