Official Athletics Website
RED WOLVES LOSE IN OT
January 19, 2014IU EAST BROADCAST SPORTS
BY FRANKLIN CRIST (RADIOTROY.COM SPORTS)
CINCINNATI, Oh. – The IU East men’s basketball team has battled injuries all year, so to take another loss would be horrific for an already injury and ill ridden squad. Tragedy struck again as Jason Ray (Martinsville, Ind./Martinsville High School) came down on an ankle in the first half fighting for a loose ball. The Red Wolves played a competitive first half, trailing by a score of 34-33 at the midway point, but drastically missed Ray’s presence in the second half of play. At 6’8, Ray contributes a great deal to IU East’s rebounding.
“We got in a really tough spot after Jason went out in the first half.” Coach Mark Hester stated following IU East’s 83-85 overtime loss at Cincinnati Christian Saturday. We had some guys come in and really contribute in a big way that allowed us to stay in it. I thought Andrew Wilcox (New Paris, Oh./Tri-Village High School) and Bryan Schlatter (Avon, Ind./Avon High School) came in and helped out in a big way. They were helpful throughout the second half.”
The Red Wolves have played well against ranked opponents this season, including being in the game against teams such as Indiana Wesleyan (2), IU Southeast (3), Grace (16) l.;]and St. Xavier (11) for much of the game before falling short in the second half. IU East came into the Saturday afternoon contest looking at a No. 32 team in the Golden Eagles.
“Most of what I attribute our success against ranked opponents is our ability to rise to the occasion and play well in big games. We know that it will take our best showing to beat the good teams, and we want to show that we can play on the same stage as them. We have the talent; we’ve just been short handed all year. It’s just frustrating to watch guys fight through the stuff they’ve had to deal with, and come up short. It’s been the way the season has gone all year.”
The Red Wolves seemingly were playing a home game away from Richmond as many fans made the trip to Cincinnati, including some hometown friends and family of IU East players.
“I think our guys are able to feed off of the positive noise coming from our fans, especially in Tyler’s (Fangman) (Cold Spring, Ky./Beechwood High School) case. I feel like they could have helped us through some of the dry spells we had in the second half.”
Fangman definitely fed off the energy brought from the IU East faithful, pouring in 27 to lead all scorers. Fangman’s hometown of Cold Spring, Ky. Lies just on the opposite side of the Ohio River from Cincinnati, so his following was very much present Saturday evening.
IU East (6-16, 2-7 KIAC) has dropped six in a row now, and is searching for its first win of the 2014 calendar year. The road doesn’t get any easier as the Red Wolves will travel to Owensboro, Ky. Jan 22 to take on a Brescia team who defeated a battered IU East team Jan. 12 on a double weekend outing for the Red Wolves.