November 24, 2015 - The Sinclair Men's basketball (6-0) stayed unbeaten with an easy 109-68 victory over visiting University of Pikeville JV (4-10) team.
Playing shorthanded due to a couple of injuries and players getting called up to the varsity, the Bears put up a good fight but just did not have the size to match Sinclair. UPike has been one of the strongest NAIA programs over the last ten years and is always well coached, today they may have been short on bodies but the Bears were ready to play.
The game got out of hand for the visitors early in the first half when Sophomore Guard Caleb Walker (6-2/SO – Gahanna Christian H.S.) knocked down five consecutive three pointers to pull UPike out of their zone defense. Guarding against the Sinclair size factor, UPike packed in a tight 2-3 zone early on giving Sinclair open looks from the perimeter. Playing at home for only the second time all season, the Pride shot the ball with great efficiency the first half as they knocked down 61.5% of their 3 point attempts.
Even though the Pride took a 52-30 lead into the locker room for half time, they felt like they had not played a full 20 minutes. UPike had forced the Pride into some careless turnovers as well as gave up several offensive rebounds to the visitors.
The second half was all Sinclair as UPike ran out of gas and bodies trying to battle the bigger and stronger home team. The Pride was able to continue to attack the rim as they dominated the paint shooting 58.1%.
Once again Sinclair had four or more players in double figure scoring, led by Reshardd Harris (6-4/SO – Detroit Michigan Collegiate H.S.) with a game high 21 points and 12 rebounds in just 24 minutes. Marcellous Washington (6-1/SO – Lexington, KY Bryan Station H.S.) chipped in with 18 points and Steven Perriere (6-8/SO – Villepinte, France – Jean Rostand H.S.) had 16 points. Caleb Walker (6-3/SO – Gahanna Christian H.S.) finished with 17 points and Manny Powell (5-8/SO – Gahanna Lincoln H.S.) contributed 11 points and 8 assist. DeAngalo Gates (6-1/SO – Dayton Thurgood Marshall H.S.) had 8 points and 8 assist while Akiean Frederick (6-8/FR – Columbus Franklin Heights H.S.) pulled down a game high 13 rebounds.
The Pride is now 4th in the nation averaging 104.5 points per game and 3 nationally with 25.7 assist per game as the Pride continues to share the ball.
Sinclair will serve Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Dayton Convention Center at the Annual Feast of Giving Celebration before taking a few days off for the holiday. The Pride will be back in action on Monday November 30th as the host Cedarville JV Yellow Jackets at 7:30. That will start a three game week heading into Finals. All home games are playing on the Downtown Dayton Campus in Building 8 Arena.
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