Immediate Release –Sports
(7) Sinclair Men’s Basketball opens conference play with 88-66 home win
December 12, 2015
Dayton, Ohio – The OCCAC opened conference play tonight with 4 games on the docket. None seemed better than the defending OCCAC regular season co-champs and 5th place finisher in last year’s nation tournament Lakeland CC (6-7/0-1 OCCAC) against host (7) Sinclair (10-0/1-0 OCCAC) currently undefeated and ranked #7 in the country.
The Pride took early control holding the visiting Lakers to 18% shooting from behind the 3 point arc and 20.7% overall shooting in the first half. As the Lakers were not able to knock down open jumpers, they also committed 10 turnover allowing Sinclair to capitalize with easy transition baskets. With a late bucket before halftime, Sinclair took their largest lead of the first half 36-17.
Coming out after halftime, the Pride was able to open up the games largest lead at 52-26, but the defending champs would not go away. They were able to get Sinclair to turn the ball over in the open court late in the game to pull within 14 only to run out of gas and fall short in the comeback bid.
Manny Powell (5-8/SO – Gahanna Lincoln H.S.) had a team high 20 points and 5 assist. Reshardd Harris (6-4/SO – Detroit Michigan Collegiate H.S.) continues to play well as he scored 18 points and grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Akiean Frederick (6-8/FR – Columbus Franklin Heights H.S.) once again got hot in the second half as he scored 10 of his 12 points in the final 20 minutes as well as pulling down 8 rebounds. Marcellous Washington (6-1/SO – Lexington KY Bryan Station H.S.) also scored in double figures again with 12 points and 4 assist. Coming off the bench with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 block shots was Sophomore Steven Perriere (6-8/SO – Paris, France).
With the win tonight and starting the season 10-0, this ties as the second best start in school history. It is also the 7th time out 10 games that Sinclair has beaten an opponent by 20 or more points. The Pride is now averaging 101.5 points per ballgame with 7 players scoring in double figures, a true balanced attack.
Sinclair now travel to Columbus State on Tuesday to continue conference play. The game at Columbus State will be an early start at 5:30, as the men’s team will play before the women’s game. Sinclair will return home on Saturday to conclude the 3 game conference play in the first semester with Owens at 3:00pm. All home games are played on the Downtown Dayton campus in the only arena in the nation named: Building 8