Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville men's basketball team was defeated by the visiting Hilbert Hawks on Wednesday evening by the final score of 91-77.
Three Spartans led D'Youville on offense in the beginning of the half, and for the majority of the game. Jeremy VanDuluitgaarden (Oneida,NY/Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) scored five of the first nine points for D'Youville while Darrius Hartzog (Rochester, NY/Wilson Magnet) scored the other four as the game was tied 9-9. The Hawks took a 16-11 lead before Juan Miguel Rosales (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Village School) scored 10 of 14 points for the Spartans and they then trailed by 25-23 with 9:11 left in the first half.
Trailing by five, VanDuluitgaarden converted his second and-one of the first half followed by a Hartzog layup and the game was tied at 28-28. Those five points were part of a 9-0 run that allowed D'Youville to take a 34-28 lead over the Hawks with 4:44 to go in the half. As the clock went to under 2:00, Hilbert was able to regain the lead at 41-37. Rosales made a free throw to cut the lead to three, but Hilbert made two baskets with under a minute left in the half and they took a 45-38 lead into halftime.
Hilbert opened the second half with an 8-1 run to increase their lead to 53-49. However the trio that led the team in the first half would do the same in the second. VanDuluitgaarden, Hartzog and Rosales would combine for the first 25 points of the second half where they took a 15-point deficit and closed it to 10.
With 5:23 remaining in the game, the Hawks were able to regain a large cushion as they led by 21 points. The team had some contributions off the bench down the stretch, including a Mark Jorgensen (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) layup and Bryce Little (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) three, but it was not enough to overcome the Hilbert lead as the Hawks defeated the Spartans by the final score of 91-77.
"I liked the way we competed, especially in the first half," said head coach Earl Schunk. "We got back even early in the second, then had a cold spell and we didn't defend as well as we had earlier."
The trio of VanDuluitgaarden, Hartzog and Rosales were outstanding on Wednesday evening. Rosales and Hartzog scored career highs with 20 and 21 points respectively. Adding a team high seven rebounds and three steals, Rosales was a key player off the bench for the team and continued his outstanding play as of late. Hartzog added five rebounds and and two steals to his statline, while VanDuluitgaarden scored 19 points with six rebounds, two steaks and two blocks.
Zach Blask (Portville, NY/Portville) had a team high six assists, with Bayani Salinas (Antioch, CA/Antioch) grabbing two rebounds and dishing out four assists off the bench. All 13 Spartans that dressed Wednesday night played in the game.
The next game for the men comes on Saturday, February 11 as they travel to Franciscan. Tip-off is 3pm.