Wheelchair basketball goes 1-2 in CID Tournament

By Mike Fenner
Staff Writer/Spectator

On Friday and Saturday the Edinboro wheelchair basketball team hosted the CID Tournament in McComb Fieldhouse.

The squad dropped its first two games by a large margin to the University of Whitewater and the University of Illinois, but was able to recover in its third and final game against Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne and win in big fashion.

“Usually when the game gets tougher we’ll shut down and stop communicating and we need to learn to be able to communicate through those times,” said junior Derek Strickland.

The Illinois game was still within reach at halftime with the Scots only trailing by 10 with a score of 29-19.

However, when the Illini went on an 11-2 run to open the half, it turned out to be too big of a gap for Edinboro to close. The final score was 56-35.

The Whitewater game was close for the first 10 minutes, but by halftime it was 46-24 and the Scots struggled to muster any scoring in the final frame of the contest.

Edinboro was only able to score 15 points and lost in a route of 77-39.

The shining light was freshman Mike Adams who put up 16 in the loss to Illinois and 15 in the Whitewater loss.

In the third and final game against IPFW the Fighting Scots opened it up early and were leading 39-12 at halftime.

They kept pouring it on in the second half while only allowing seven second half points from their opponent winning the game convincingly with a score of 70-19.

Isiah Moore, a freshman, was the leading scorer in the game against IPFW with 17 points. Adams also contributed 16 points in the Fighting Scots win.

Up next for the Scots is the University of Illinois tournament on Feb. 13 and 14.

Mike Fenner is a staff writer for the Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com