Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville men's basketball team fell to the Hilbert Hawks on Monday evening by the final score of 98-88.
It was an evenly matched game in the beginning of the first half as the two teams were not more than two points apart through the first four minutes with D'Youville taking a 16-12 lead. The high scoring affair continued when Hilbert took a 19-18 lead, but the two teams would trade the lead on the next three possessions. Will VanAuken (Caledonia, NY/Caledonia-Mumford) hit a three with 12:28 to go in the first to earn the lead, but the Hawks would then tie the game on their next trip down the court.
The Spartans then took the lead back and extended it to four at 27-23 on a Jagdeep Drumgoole (Rochester, NY/Early College) layup. The battle between the two teams continued to the 7:11 mark as they were tied 34-34, but the Hawks began to separate themselves from D'Youville. Hilbert went up 41-36, but the Spartans would come back to tie it at 41-41 with 3:56 to go. With the score tied at 44-44, the Hawks scored seven points in the final 1:28 to take a 51-44 lead into halftime.
Hilbert began to create some distance between themselves and D'Youville to open the second half. They increased their lead to 12 after just 3:20 of action in the second and then 16 just a few minutes later. The Hawks continued to keep separate themselves from the Spartans as D'Youville brought their deficit to nine at 72-63 with just over 10 minutes to go in the game.
D'Youville chipped another point off their deficit to make it eight at 78-70 with 7:26 remaining in regulation. However the Spartans were never able to get closer to Hilbert than eight points throughout the remaining five-plus minutes and the Hawks went on to win the game 98-88.
"We played a really strong game offensively, especially early," said head coach Earl Schunk. "Our defense had a bad 10 minute period at the end of the first half and beginning of the second and that turned out to be the difference in the game. The guys have done a great job playing these last two weeks through some injuries and missing players, but we are getting back to full strength and this stretch will help us get stronger for the playoff run."
The men had five player in double-figures Monday evening, led by Simeon Heard (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney) with 20 points. Juan Miguel Rosales (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Village School) added 15 points with eight rebounds while Brian Nwaekeke (Corona, CA/John F. Kennedy) tallied 15 points and five rebounds of his own. Devon Camel (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) scored 11 points with VanAuken scored five with seven rebounds and a team high four assists.
Off the bench, Jake Socha (Tonawanda, NY/Niagara Catholic) scored 11 points, adding a team high four blocks. Darrius Hartzog (Rochester, NY/Wilson Magnet) had six points and Steve Kunelius (Oswego, NY/Oswego) scored three. Wanya Bruce (Rochester, NY/Fairport) played 17 minutes.
The next game for the men comes on Wednesday, January 17 as they travel to Medaille to play the Mavericks at 6:00pm.