PLYMOUTH – Jazz Drane’s game winning shot with three second remaining in overtime gave the Ancilla College men’s basketball team a hard fought 64-62 victory over the visiting Grace College junior varsity on Monday at the LifePlex.
With the victory, Ancilla improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2005.
“I’m proud of how we stuck together and didn’t panic after being down in the second half,” said Ancilla men’s basketball coach Greg Neeley. “We had a lot of guys step up and make plays when we needed them.”
Ancilla led 33-29 at the half, but a long scoring drought early in second half found the Chargers down 45-35 with just under 14 minutes to play.
To combat the presence of Grace’s 6’7” forward Jared Treadway and 7’0” center Adrian Makolli, Ancilla employed an up-tempo style of play, forcing the Lancers into 33 turnovers on the night and effectively swinging momentum back in their favor.
Drane finished with a team high 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting while Josh Wilson finished with 12 points. Sophomore Joby Renbarger added 10 points and 15 boards for Ancilla.
“Hopefully, winning a close game will be another step in our progression,” said Neeley. “With so many young guys, getting good game experience is our best teacher at this point.”
Ancilla will resume play on November 10 when they travel to Mishawaka, IN, to play the Bethel College junior varsity. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EDT.