Immediate Release –Sports
November 27, 2016
#13 Sinclair Men’s Basketball wins 3 road games in 5 days
Dayton, OH- The (13)Sinclair Men’s Basketball (6-0) went on an extended road trip before the Thanksgiving break that included a trip to Philly and then back to Lima.
Every three years the Pride will travel to the city of Brotherly Love for a long weekend that includes at least one game combined with an educational day. This year the Pride played two games, one at Harrisburg Area CC on Thursday and the other at Montgomery County CC on Saturday.
Joining the Men’s team this year, Coach Jones and the Women’s basketball team. This was the first time both teams made the trip together.
The Pride had to work extremely hard on Thursday night as Sinclair pulled out a 89-87 win at Harrisburg Area Community College.
Coming off an 8 hour bus ride, Sinclair was unable to contain the HACC guards defensively. Sinclair took a ten point margin into half and they would need every point in the second half to hold on. HACC was able to get Sinclair into early foul trouble and late in the game, continued to get to the free throw line (31 total attempts) to inch closer and closer.
In the end, Sinclair got a career performance from Akiean Frederick (6-9/SO – Franklin Heights H.S.) as he was just too much for the home team around the basket and dumped in 35 points and collected 12 rebounds.
After the opening night scare, Sinclair took the day to see the many of the sights in Philadelphia. It started with a visit to the Liberty Bell then on over to Old City Hall then Independence Hall.
After finishing there, they stepped into Congress Hall before heading up to the National Constitutional Center. After lunch, a stopover at the US Mint then back on the bus to the University of Pennsylvania. We received an Ivy League campus tour before both teams were allowed to practice at the famed Palestra – The Cathedral of College Basketball.
The day would not be complete without a stop for an authentic Philly Cheesesteak, and the team bus found Geno’s.
The last day the Pride took on Montgomery County CC just north of Philly. Maybe it was all the walking or the Philly Cheesesteak, but Sinclair could not get anything going in the 1st half. It didn’t help that Akiean Frederick was saddled with two quick fouls and only played 2 minutes.
For the first time this season, the Pride was down at half (36-31). Led by freshman guard Tyrone Gibson, Jr (6-03/FR-Beachwood H.S.) with a game high 26 points, the Pride was able to stay close without Akiean Frederick. Frederick took over the second half by scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes as the Pride outscored Montgomery Co. 69-41 to seal the 100-77 road victory.
Both games in Philly earned Akiean Frederick the OCCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for week 3. This was his second honor this season and the third of his career.
Finishing off a grueling 3 games in 5 days that covered almost 2,000 miles traveled, the Pride traveled to Ohio State Lima for a pre-Thanksgiving non-conference matchup with the Barons.
Sinclair got off to a slow start as the home team was able to press the issue and hit timely 3’s to keep the game close. Sinclair was able to hold onto a one point lead (38-37) at the intermission break.
The second half was all Sinclair as both the offense and defense woke up. Once again leading the Pride was 6-9 sophomore Akiean Frederick with 32 points and 10 rebounds, his 5th double-double of the year and the 11th of his career. Freshman Tyrone Gibson also equaled his career high with another 30 point performance as the Pride cruised to a 95-77 victory.
Sinclair Men will be on the road Monday night as they travel to take on the Hilltoppers of Ohio University-Chillicothe at 7pm. The Pride will finally return to Building 8 Arena after 5 straight road games to take on Cedarville Univ. JV Wednesday night at 7:30pm.
All home games are played in Building 8 Arena on the downtown Dayton campus.