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For Spartans, Allegheny is splitsville

Amruth Jonnalagadda

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Sports
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'Tis the holiday season and what more could one ask for other than two non-conference games against Wilmington College and Montclair University at the Allegheny College Men's Basketball Tournament? Perhaps two wins, but the Spartans ended up splitting the two contests, losing to Wilmington, 75-64, and scratching out a close win against Montclair, 67-63.

Despite not playing either of these two teams in the past few years, the Spartans came ready to showcase their talents.

Junior guard Reid Anderson said, "We prepared for Wilmington and Montclair State the same way we prepare for all the teams we play. We studied film of them playing, learned their offensive and defensive weaknesses, and our coaching staff came up with a strategy to best prepare us to win the games when we stepped onto the floor."

Wilmington proved to be too tough of a challenge. They led the Spartans for the majority of the first half and went into halftime with a 37-28 lead. The Spartans made a late 9-1 run and cut the deficit to just three points with 4:57 left in the game. However, Wilmington ended the game on a 13-4 run to grab the win. Anderson led the team with a game-high 16 points and forward Tom Summers added 10 points to his game-high 9 rebounds.

After the disappointing loss to Wilmington, the Spartans rebounded with a close win against Montclair. "Everyone would like to walk out on the court, blow out a team and walk off at the end without a fight but when you play a strong schedule like we do that isn't usually a luxury we have," said Anderson. "It is important to win close games for our team because you learn the importance of the little things in the game. Great teams understand the importance of the little things and winning close games."

FYI

What: Case vs. Hiram

When: Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

Where: At Hiram

Comment: The Spartans will look for revenge against Hiram College who beat them last year 84-80.
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