Wheelchair basketball: Scots split at Illinois tournament

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Junior Derek Stricland (above) and the Boro wheelchair basketball team went 2-2 at the Illinois Tournament.
EUP Scots 49-25 loss at Missouri

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

After going 1-2 at the CID Tournamet in McComb Fieldhoue earlier this month the wheelchair basketball team was looking to rebound this past weekend at the University of Illinois Tournament.

The Scots had to settle for a 2-2 ledger.

Boro split its four games during the two-day tournament in Champaign, Illinois., on Friday and Saturday, defeating the University of Illinois women’s team and Southwest Minnesota State while falling to the University of Illinois men’s team and Missouri.

Jim Glatch’s group opened it up with a narrow 44-36 loss to the Illini, who the Scots faced just one week earlier in the CID Tournament. Boro was down early, but fought back ending the game on a 7-0 scoring run that turned out to be too little, too late.

“The beginning of the game was a lot like the last game,” Glatch said in a phone interview Sunday afternoon. “Illinois had their way with us. After a couple timeouts, the guys got it together and really it was from the defensive side. We got a few turnovers and a lot of stops. We forced them into some quick shots and we were able to convert them.

“We got to within five and we thought we had a shot there at the end, but that was when I think we ran out of gas. We were fighting back the whole game,” he continued.

To earn its first win of the tournament, Edinboro used a second-half surge to cruise to a 55-31 victory over the University of Illinois women’s team.

Another big push in the final frame earned the Fighting Scots their final victory of the tournament, 52-43, over Southwest Minnesota State. Boro trailed 16-15 at the break, but shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes of play to earn the victory. Shane Knox, a newcomer this semester to the squad, led the team in scoring, tallying 20 markers in the contest.

“Shane is really the fifth threat on the court, but I think they just forgot about him,” Glatch said of Southwest Minnesota State. “The last time we played them, he had 10 points. He converted his shots.”

Edinboro finished the weekend with a 49-25 loss at the hands of Missouri. The Scots have lost all three meetings to the Tigers this season.

Boro’s 2-2 ledger over the weekend brings its season record to 12-18 overall on the season with a few more games left before the national tournament. The 12 win total means a lot to the team.

“Our big goal this season is to try and match the win total of the last three years,” Glatch said. “We’ve had a few pretty down years for us recently. The number 13 is a magic number for us as it will match the total number of wins we’ve had the last three years combined.”

The Scots will look to match that figure as they visit Pittsburgh this Saturday.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for the Spectator. He can be reached by sports.specator@gmail.com
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