The Sinclair men’s basketball team (18-3, 3-1) hosted Lakeland (10-9, 2-2) who handed them their first conference loss in overtime at Lakeland two weeks ago. Sinclair is now ranked 8th in the nation for the 8th consecutive week and coming off road wins at Columbus State and Edison. Sinclair Head Coach Jeff Price and Lakeland Head Coach Terry Bowe both came together today to raise awareness about the fight against cancer as they both sported suits and sneakers as part of the Coaches vs Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend.
The first half was much like the game at Lakeland, close with every basket being contested and every rebound being hard fought. Lakeland hit first getting an underneath bucket and taking a 2-0 lead. The first half was a physical battle, and Sinclair came out on top, leading at halftime 32-30. PJ Weaver led Sinclair with 13 points in the first halfm and he also grabbed 5 rebounds.
The second half was remained close with Lakeland starting to pull away until Deiontay Walters and Ramar Hairston hit back to back three pointers and trailed by three with 10:00 to play (53-50). Sinclair pulled to within one off of a Deiontay Walters shot, 53-52. As the game started to wind down, Trace Cureton hit a three and put Sinclair up by 4 with less than 5:00 to play and PJ Weaver followed with hitting another three and Sinclair took a 64-59 lead. Trace Cureton hit another three to put Sinclair up 67-63 with 1:35 remaining before Lakeland started to foul.
Lakeland was able to pull to within one at 74-73 with 7 seconds remaining and the ball at center court. Lakeland missed their final attempt, and Deiontay Walters collected the rebound and was immediately fouled, making both free throws to end the game.
Sinclair survived a tough battle, defeating Lakeland 76-73. Sinclair shot 70.8% from the free throw line in the second half as well as shooting 71.4% from the three point line.
Leading scorer for Sinclair was PJ Weaver (6-5/SO – Meadowdale H.S., Dayton, OH) who put up 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Other top scorers included Deiontay Walters (5-10/FR – Princeton H.S., Cincinnati, OH) who tallied 12 points and 3 assists. Trace Cureton (6-4/SO – Cathedral H.S., Indianapolis, IN) recorded 11 points and snatched 5 rebounds. Conner Myslowski (6-4/FR – West Carrollton H.S., West Carrollton, OH) led the team with 9 rebounds and added 5 points. Ashier Poole (6-0/FR – Benedictine H.S., Cleveland, OH) led the team in assists dishing out 4 and adding 6 points.
Sinclair will be on the road for the next three games and then will finish the season off with five consecutive home contests. The next home game will be on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 when they face Edison at 7:30 PM following the women’s game at 5:30 PM. All home games are held at Sinclair Community College in the gymnasium in building 8.
Assistant to the Athletic Director
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH 45402