Strong First Half Not Enough for Warriors to Push Past Wilmington

Strong First Half Not Enough for Warriors to Push Past Wilmington

Nyack, NY- The Men's Basketball team welcomed the Wilmington University Wildcats into Bowman Gym to compete in another CACC match. The Warriors possessed and had the lead through majority of the first half. Carl Balthazar led the Warriors with 16 points, while also adding two blocks. Despite a strong showing in the first half Nyack was edged out 82-66 by the Wildcats.

The Warriors trailed in the first half with the first basket from the Wildcats being a 3-pointer. It was not long after that Rashard Lewis would tie the game at 3-3 within a couple minutes of the jump ball. Nyack started to scramble to keep the gap within reach as Wilmington remained dominant. Witherspoon, of the Warriors, made his debut into the fame with his defensive rebound and he then went on to add a layup to scoreboard. He initiated the Warriors 8-0 lead to get ahead of the Wildcats. Curtis Thompson added 4 of the points while Jah-Meer Mcduffie contributed 2 points. The Game had yet another tie after Elijah Farley gave a jump shot assist to Carl Balthazar. The score was now 17-17. The epic battle continued as Carl Balthazar went on to create a one point lead for the Warriors after another jump shot. With just under 5 minutes left of the first half, Nyack managed to rack up 10 points to give them the first half lead of 38-35.

With continuous and relentless efforts Nyack would put the first score on the board at the beginning of the second half as Imran Ritchie found the ball through the net from behind the arc. Teammate, Rashard Lewis, went on to add 2 more points with an offensive rebound and assist from Deandre Osuigwe. It was not long enough before the Wildcats began to find points on the board. They managed to lead the game 43-45 at the 14 minute mark. Rashard Lewis added another shot from behind the arc to bring their defiti within a four point reach. However, that was not enough to keep the Wildcats up as they led 60-54 with under 10 minutes left of the game. The ball seemed to occupy the Wildcats territory before Junior Graham brought it back into Nyack's side to make a layup. Carl Balthazar followed up with made jump shot with only a minute to spare. The Warriors battled each second towards the countdown of the game. Rasahrd Lewis managed a steal that caused the Wildcats to foul. Jah-Meer found himself at the free-throw line with a successful shot.  The Wildcats succeeded as the match ended in their favor. The score was 82-66.
 
In their next CACC match, Nyack will travel and face Concordia on January 24th. Game is set to start at 7:00pm.