PLYMOUTH â€“ Jazz Draneâ€™s game winning shot with three second remaining in overtime gave the Ancilla College menâ€™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.
â€śIâ€™m proud of how we stuck together and didnâ€™t panic after being down in the second half,â€ť said Ancilla menâ€™s basketball coach Greg Neeley.Â â€śWe had a lot of guys step up and make plays when we needed them.â€ť
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 Graceâ€™s 6â€™7â€ť forward Jared Treadway and 7â€™0â€ť 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.Â Sophomore Joby Renbarger added 10 points and 15 boards for Ancilla.
â€śHopefully, winning a close game will be another step in our progression,â€ť said Neeley.Â â€śWith so many young guys, getting good game experience is our best teacher at this point.â€ť
Ancilla will resume play on November 10 when they travel to Mishawaka, IN, to play the Bethel College junior varsity.Â Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EDT.