Meadville Tribune

Sports

January 27, 2013

Kenyon’s jumper in final seconds defeats Allegheny

MEADVILLE — It has been an interesting season for the Allegheny men’s basketball team.

Going into Saturday afternoon’s North Coast Athletic Conference tilt with Kenyon, the Gators had played in nine games decided by four points or less or in overtime. Five of those ended up going in favor of the Gators.

Allegheny wasn’t quite as fortunate yesterday.

The Gators rallied back to tie the score at 69-69 with 23 seconds to play, but Ikenna Nwadibia knocked down a jumper with three seconds remaining to give the Lords a 71-69 victory at the David V. Wise Center.

Allegheny fell to 9-10 overall and 3-7 in the NCAC and is now tied with Wabash for eighth place in the conference. Only the top eight teams advance to the postseason tournament, which begins Feb. 19.

“That’s our conference,” Allegheny junior forward Bobby Theiss said. “Every game is a battle. Every game is a dog fight. That’s the way things are going to be the rest of the year. Good teams find ways to win close games. We have found a way in a few of them. (Yesterday) was not our day.”

Allegheny’s last three contests were decided by four points or less beginning with a 65-61 loss to Denison a week ago. The Gators followed that up with a four-point win over Hiram, who the Gators had trailed in the standings.

For some time it looked as though Allegheny might pull off another big win right down to the buzzer.

Devone McLeod gave the Gators a 62-61 lead with 4:57 to play. Kenyon responded, though, with an 8-3 run that included 3-pointers by Julian Pavlin and Jonathan Amador to go up 69-65 with 1:13 remaining.

Josh Valentic responded with a jumper with 59 second left to ignite a raucous crowd and pull the Gators to within two. Allegheny opted to foul, sending Pavlin to the line for Kenyon for a 1 and 1 with 38 seconds to play. Pavlin missed the first one and Clark Tritto grabbed the rebound, setting up the tying jumper by McLeod with 23 seconds to play.

The Gators left too much time on the clock. Nwadibia took the ball from the right wing and drove across the baseline and threw up a one-handed jumper for the win. Allegheny did get off a shot at the buzzer from beyond half court that nearly banked in.

“We got off to a really good start, but they can shoot,” Kenyon head coach Dan Priest said of the Gators. “They have a lot of guys who can really shoot. So I don’t think they are ever out of games.  If you look at what (Allegheny head coach) Jim (Driggs) has done and their scores … They’ve been in every game. We’re really happy. I think we beat a good team.”

Kenyon did come out on fire in yesterday’s game and led 9-2 with 16:09 to play in the first half. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Tritto pulled the Gators to within one (9-8). Allegheny wound up finishing the half up 34-31 and opened the second half with a 5-0 run to take its largest lead (39-31) of the game.

Tritto finished with 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Gators. McLeod added 15 points and Valentic and Theiss chipped in with 10 apiece.

Nwadibia led all scorers with 19.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • District 1 District 1 girls enjoy day off

    It was a tense day for many of the teams participating in the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hawley scores District 1 finishes off dominant pool performance by trouncing New Jersey

    Pitchers often get the most credit in shutout victories. And Emma Osborne, Katy Dunn and Emily Beddick have certainly been deserving for District 1.
    Its defense, though, has been equally deserving.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sliding into second District 1 remains unbeaten after two routs

    Becca Siple’s response to a question on Twitter may have said it all.
    “Best experience of my life,” Siple said, when asked by The Meadville Tribune via Twitter to describe her experience thus far at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament. Following her response was the hashtag #D1isfamily.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers camp Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.
    Spence almost gleefully smashed into fullback Bryce Davis during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first full contact drill of training camp on Monday. The two tussled for several seconds before Davis — his fists full of Spence’s jersey — pulled them both to the ground.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 dominates at East Regional

    Outscoring its opponents 32-0, District 1 moved to 3-0 at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Monday with a pair of wins.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kissing the bricks Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
    Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roethlisberger OK with choice to wait on new deal

    There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.
    And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.

    July 26, 2014

  • Teen doping Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

    Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.
    The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought bottles of HGH online in the past year. Turns out, what they bought was fake.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

    Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
    The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

    July 25, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 looking forward to bigger goals

    The members of the District 1 Senior League softball team haven’t spent a whole lot of time playing together.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
Poll

A South Carolina woman was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The decision has created a debate over “free-range” parenting and whether it’s a good idea or not. What’s your take?

I’m fine with it. If she cannot afford childcare, what choice does she have?
This is horrible and very bad parenting.
I’m torn. It’s not right what she did, but it sounds like the mother had few other options.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks