Immediate Release –Sports
(12) Sinclair Men’s Basketball finishes a 3 game week with an 80-62 win
December 5, 2015
Dayton, Ohio – Coming off a hard loss at Clark State Friday night, Mid-Michigan (3-6) looked to steal one on the back half of the weekend road trip. The Lakers problem was, trying to find a way to slow down one of the highest scoring offenses in the nation.
Sinclair (9-0) entered the game averaging 105.9 points per game and nationally ranked 12th in the first NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball poll. Knowing that the visitors could not run with the Pride, they took a page out of Coach Dean Smith’s play book and took as much time as the shot clock would allow before running a play.
Taking the air out of the ball did seem to frustrate the Pride a little in the first half. The game did not feel like a typical Sinclair game and didn’t seem to have any flow. Sinclair pulled out to an 11 point lead (35-24) headed into halftime. Well below the average halftime score, Sinclair still shot the ball well knocking down 45% of their shots from the field and 60% from behind the 3 point arc.
Mid-Michigan was able to keep the pace of the game at a crawl only allowing the Pride a few easy transition baskets. In the end, Sinclair was able to pound the ball inside and control the paint by shooting 58% in the second half. The non-conference home victory pushes Sinclair’s home non-conference winning streak to 13. The 18 point margin of victory also breaks a streak of 5 straight games of winning by more than 20 points, which is the new school record. The current 9 game winning streak to start the year, ties the 1997-98 team for third place for most wins to start a season.
Sinclair finished the game still scoring 80 points and proving that they can play and succeed at a slower pace, it’s just not all about run-n-gun basketball. The Pride also held the visitors to 37% shooting and 26% from the 3 point line while forcing 15 turnovers.
Reshardd Harris (6-4/SO – Detroit Michigan Collegiate H.S.) had another solid performance with a game high 21 points and 7 rebounds. Akiean Frederick (6-8/FR – Columbus Franklin Heights H.S.) scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half as Sinclair put the game away.
Sinclair will not play again till Saturday the 12th when they open OCCAC play at home against visiting Lakeland at 3pm. Last season Lakeland finished the regular season as co-champs with a 12-2 record in conference play as well as advancing to the national tournament where they finished 5th. All home games are played on the Downtown Dayton campus in the only arena in the nation named: Building 8