All alone in first: Pioneer men defeat Quakers

J.J. Martin enjoyed a bounce-back game in Marietta College’s 98-87 triumph over Wilmington College at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday.

The 6-foot-5 senior posted a double-double with 32 points and a career-best 13 rebounds in the Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball tilt.

“I didn’t have a very good game in the last game (at Capital on Jan. 16),” said Martin, who was averaging a Pioneer-high 15.8 points per game going into the Wilmington contest.

Against Capital, Martin was limited to just seven points, but MC prevailed anyway, beating the Crusaders, 69-68.

“I hit my first couple of shots (vs. Wilmington), and that’s the main thing, to play with confidence,” Martin said. “I had it going a little bit.

“They’re a physical team inside. We wanted to keep them off the glass. I had to be aggressive on the boards.”

Martin was 13-of-18 shooting, including four-of-seven from three-point range. His career best in points was 33 in a 97-90 win against Mount Union on Jan. 9.

“He had a great day (vs. Wilmington),” said MC head coach Jon VanderWal, whose OAC first-place Pioneers improved their record to 13-4 overall and 9-1 in the league. “He’s really becoming a big time player.

“This was his second 30-point game in the last couple of weeks. He has the potential to have big nights. He’s an inside-outside guy. He’s a tough matchup, and he played great tonight.”

Jacob (J.O.) Owens added 20 points, Scott Kimmey tallied 12, and Tyler Hammond netted nine markers and five assists for the navy blue and white winners, who have extended their win streak to four.

“J.O.’s really got it going, now,” VanderWal said. “I hope he can keep it rolling.”

Wilmington (8-9, 5-5) was paced by Brandon Candella and non-starter Jordan Berlin, who each scored 22 points. Malcolm Heard II chipped in with 15, and sub Ben Vonderhaar had 10.

The Quakers were also defeated by the Pioneers 64-57 in a December 8 meeting.

Sparked by Martin’s 15 first-half points and nine boards, Marietta staked itself to a 41-34 advantage. During the opening 20 minutes of play, there were three lead changes and three ties.

In the first half, Owens gave the Pioneers two double-digit leads with two triples. But the Quakers stayed within striking distance, thanks to Candella’s 11 first-half points.

At the beginning of the second half, Owens drained a three to put Marietta back up 10. Martin followed with a bucket, and then Hammond made two deuces to give the Pioneers a 50-34 advantage.

“I thought J.O.’s three to start the second half that put us up 10 really gave us some energy,” VanderWal said. “I thought that was a big play. Seven points isn’t much and when it got to 10, it gave us some confidence.”

With Martin, Owens, and others continuing to have hot hands, Marietta’s lead bulged to 20-plus. During the contest, the Pioneers shot 56.1 percent (32-57) from the field.

“That’s the good thing about our team, we all can shoot and we all can score,” Owens said.

Wilmington staged a late rally, and was able to reduce the deficit to single digits, 92-83, when Berlin hit a three at the 1:07 mark. But it turned out to be too little, too late as MC kept the Quakers at bay with its free-throw shooting.

During the game at the charity stripe, the Pioneers converted 21 of 28, including 16 of 20 in the second half.

Marietta is scheduled to player at Otterbein University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Women

Wilmington 64,

Marietta 52

WILMINGTON – Neither team shot better than 34 percent here Saturday afternoon, but host Wilmington College registered its 10th win of the season by turning back Marietta College, 64-52, in Ohio Athletic Conference action.

The Pioneers (6-11, 1-9) were led by double figure point-producers Candice Alexander (13) and Paige Lamp, who had 10 markers and a team-high six boards.

Wilmington (10-7, 6-4) had a team-best 13 points from Brianna Peters while Courtney Tucker and Shelby Kies chipped in nine counters apiece. LeAnn Topp had seven points and eight rebounds for the victors while Sierra Sigman added eight points for the Pioneers.

.J. Martin enjoyed a bounce-back game in Marietta College’s 98-87 triumph over Wilmington College at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday.

The 6-foot-5 senior posted a double-double with 32 points and a career-best 13 rebounds in the Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball tilt.

“I didn’t have a very good game in the last game (at Capital on Jan. 16,” said Martin, who was averaging a Pioneer-high 15.8 points per game going into the Wilmingotn contest.

Against Capital, Martin was limited to just seven points, but MC prevailed anyway, beating the Crusaders, 69-68.

“I hit my first couple of shots (vs. Wilmington), and that’s the main thing, to play with confidence,” Martin said. “I had it going a little bit.

“They’re a physical team inside. We wanted to keep them off the glass. I had to be aggressive on the boards.”

Martin was 13-of-18 shooting, including four-of-seven from three-point range. His career best in points was 33 in a 97-90 win against Mount Union on Jan. 9.

“He had a great day (vs. Wilmington),” said MC head coach Jon VanderWal, whose OAC first-place Pioneers improved their record to 13-4 overall and 9-1 in the league. “He’s really becoming a big time player.

“This was his second 30-point game in the last couple of weeks. He has the potential to have big nights. He’s an inside-outside guy. He’s a tough matchup, and he played great tonight.”

Jacob (J.O.) Owens added 20 points, Scott Kimmey tallied 12, and Tyler Hammond netted nine markers and five assists for the navy blue and white winners, who have extended their win streak to four.

“J.O.’s really got it going, now,” VanderWal said. “I hope he can keep it rolling.”

Wilmington (8-9, 5-5) was paced by Brandon Candella and non-starter Jordan Berlin, who each scored 22 points. Malcolm Heard II chipped in with 15, and sub Ben Vonderhaar had 10.

The Quakers were also defeated by the Pioneers 64-57 in a December 8 meeting.

Sparked by Martin’s 15 first-half points and nine boards, Marietta staked itself to a 41-34 advantage. During the opening 20 minutes of play, there were three lead changes and three ties.

In the first half, Owens gave the Pioneers two double-digit leads with two triples. But the Quakers stayed within striking distance, thanks to Candella’s 11 first-half points.

At the beginning of the second half, Owens drained a three to put Marietta back up 10. Martin followed with a bucket, and then Hammond made two deuces to give the Pioneers a 50-34 advantages.

“I thought J.O.’s three to start the second half that put us up 10 really gave us some energy,” VanderWal said. “I thought that was a big play. Seven points isn’t much and when it got to 10, it gave us some confidence.”

With Martin, Owens, and others continuing to have hot hands, Marietta’s lead bulged to 20-plus. During the contest, the Pioneers shot 56.1 percent (32-57) from the field.

“That’s the good thing about our team, we all can shoot and we all can score,” Owens said.

Wilmington staged a late rally, and was able to reduce the deficit to single digits, 92-83, when Berlin hit a three at the 1:07 mark. But it turned out to be too little, too late as MC kept the Quakers at bay with its free-throw shooting.

During the game at the charity stripe, the Pioneers converted 21 of 28, including 16 of 20 in the second half.

Marietta is scheduled to player at Otterbein University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Women

Wilmington 64,

Marietta 52

WILMINGTON – Neither team shot better than 34 percent here Saturday afternoon, but host Wilmington College registered its 10th win of the season by turning back Marietta College, 64-52, in Ohio Athletic Conference action.

The Pioneers (6-11, 1-9) were led by double figure point-producers Candice Alexander (13) and Paige Lamp, who had 10 markers and a team-high six boards.

Wilmington (10-7, 6-4) had a team-best 13 points from Brianna Peters while Courtney Tucker and Shelby Kies chipped in nine counters apiece. LeAnn Topp had seven points and eight rebounds for the victors while Sierra Sigman added eight points for the Pioneers.