Immediate Release –Sports
(2) Sinclair Men’s Basketball wins in a second half comeback 67-65
January 27, 2016
Dayton, Ohio – The #2 ranked Sinclair (21-0 / 8-0 OCCAC) Men’s basketball team had to use a second half comeback to beat Columbus State (14-5 / 5-3 OCCAC) 67-65 to remain undefeated and in first place in the OCCAC.
Building 8 Arena was electric with one of the largest crowds of the year. Making the most noise was the Sinclair Baseball team and they made their presents known.
Both teams entered the game scoring in the high 90’s, but this would not be the case tonight. Two teams known for scoring played a great defensive game as the score would indicate.
A close first half as Sinclair jumped out early but was unable to hold on to a double figure margin. The Cougars made a 7-0 right before half to take a five point lead (38-33) into halftime.
The second half was all Columbus State as Sinclair could not hit a shot or get Columbus State off the boards. With about 8 minutes remaining and the outcome not looking good as the Pride was down 14 points, the largest lead of the game for both teams. The Pride started to chip away at the Columbus State lead.
That is when the Baseball team started to get involved and the energy picked up for the Pride. Sparked by DeAngalo Gates (6-2/SO – Dayton Thurgood Marshall H.S.) off the bench 14 clutch second half points, the Pride was finding ways to score against the Columbus State stingy defense. Down the stretch, the Cougars could not keep Gates away from the bucket or the free throw line.
Columbus State held the lead the entire second half until Gates scored the go ahead bucket with little over a minute remaining. The Cougars tied the game and with the shot clock off, Sinclair held the ball for the final shot.
After two baseline out of bounds plays with less than 5 seconds left in the game, Sinclair was able to get the ball to Gates for the games final bucket and a 2 point lead.
Columbus State had to go the length of the floor in 4 seconds and got a 3pt shot off from the corner but is was not in time and the Pride escaped with a 67-65 home win.
Leading the way for the Pride was Akiean Frederick (6-8/FR – Columbus Franklin Heights H.S.) with 18 points and 9 rebounds on his birthday. Coming off the bench was DeAngalo Gates with 16 points and Reshardd Harris (6-4/SO – Detroit Michigan Collegiate H.S.) logged another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Sinclair will travel to Lakeland on Saturday before returning home Wednesday against Cincinnati State.
All home games are played on the Downtown Dayton Campus and in the only arena in the nation named Building 8.