Cannon connected on 14-of-21 shooting – including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc – to keep Ancilla (4-15, 3-8 MCCAA Western) close throughout the contest. It still wasn’t enough to offset a potent Lake Michigan offense that saw three players – Kevan Ford, Golden Hairston-Parker, and Angelo Griffis – each score over 20 points on the night.
“We couldn’t get enough stops,” said Ancilla men’s basketball coach Greg Neeley. “Regardless of what defense we played, Lake Michigan took advantage both inside and outside. We can’t expect to simply outscore other teams and win.”
Freshmen guards Michael Hornback and Josh Wilson each added 18 points on the night for Ancilla, with a majority of their damage coming from beyond the arc. The Chargers shot nearly 60 percent in the contest, including 16-of-23 from three-point territory.
Many of those came in a flurry late in the first half, as Ancilla quickly recovered from a double-digit deficit and claimed the lead. At one stretch, Hornback connected on three straight three-pointers, helping reignite a Chargers team that had been lackluster up to that point.
Ancilla ran their lead up to eight early in the second half, but Lake Michigan slowly came back and eventually took the lead for good.
“It was a back and forth game, and they made more winning plays than us down the stretch,” said Neeley.
The Chargers resume play on Saturday, Feb. 12 when they host MCCAA Western Conference rival Kalamazoo Valley Community College as part of the “Chargers for Change” fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EST.
Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.