Immediate Release –Sports
February 11, 2017
Sinclair Men’s Basketball comeback comes up short
By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Dayton, OH-The Sinclair Men’s Basketball (18-7/6-6) could not overcome an early 18 point deficit to hot shooting Owens (18-7/8-3)
Owens built a 19-6 lead over the game's first five minutes as the team opened 7-for-9 from the field.
Sinclair responded with a 9-2 run behind the play of LiDonta Hick-Gentry (6-7/FR-Fort Wayne (IN) Snider H.S.) and Jaquan Harrison (6-4/FR-Columbus Africentric H.S.).
Sinclair closed the half on an 8-2 run behind six points from Akiean Frederick (6-09/SO-Franklin Heights H.S.) to pull within seven 47-40.
After building an 18-point lead with just under six minutes left in the first half, Owens saw Sinclair chip away and eventually pull within one with 2:44 left in the game on a layup from Akiean Frederick. On the ensuing three possessions, the Express connected on back to back threes and Sinclair could only answer with one by Frederick pushing the Owens led 81-77 with just over a minute left.
Two possessions later, Owens pushed its lead to five following a pair of free throws. Frederick, who scored 11 points in the final five minutes, answered with another 3-pointer to pull his team within two.
Down the stretch, though, Owens made 5-for-6 from the foul line, while Frederick missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 13 seconds left as Owens pulled out the victory.
As hot as Owens was from the field, 14 for 32 (43.8%) from the 3 point line, Sinclair was equally as dominant on the offensive glass pulling down 21 offensive boards.
Frederick scored 18 of his game-high 31 points in the second half. LiDonta Hicks- Gentry added 19 points and a game-high 19 rebounds for Sinclair, while Jaquan Harrison had 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Dwayne Chastain, Jr. (6-03/SO-Thurgood Marshall H.S.) led all players with 13 assists, as well.
With the win, Owens is now 18-7 overall and 8-3 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play. Sinclair falls to 18-7 overall and 6-6 in OCCAC play. With the outcome, Owens strengthened its hold on third place in the conference over Sinclair, which will be important for postseason seeding.
With his 31 points on Saturday, sophomore tri-captain Akiean Frederick is only the 11th player in Sinclair history to reach 1,000 points. His 31 points gives him 1,009 on his career. He also started his 54th game which is tied for 2nd on the all-time Sinclair list.
His 507 total rebounds currently ranks him 3rd all-time at Sinclair along with being ranked 7th at Sinclair with 77 career block shots.
The Pride will return to action this Wednesday as Sinclair takes on the Eagles of Clark State, game time 7:30pm.
All home games are played in the only arena in the nation named Building 8 on the downtown Dayton campus.