ABOVE: Justin Criddle, sophomore guard, leaps for a shot during the Ottawa University game Saturday. The Builders lost in a 90-92 heartbreaker. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By Daegiona Wilson
The Builders lost a tough one.
Darryl Bowie, senior guard, dribbled through defenders to put up a buzzer-beating layup, lifting the score 92-90 to seal the victory for the Braves.
Coming into this game, the Ottawa Braves were coming off a win against no. 7 ranked in the country, Oklahoma Wesleyan, and the Southwestern men coming off a loss against Bethel.
Fans from both teams were anxious to see the outcome of this game.
Throughout the entire game, it was close. Both teams battled each procession, as the biggest lead margin was only 6 points, from the Braves.
Matt O’Brien, head men’s basketball coach, said that the Builders defense just wasn’t good enough to stop the Braves tonight.
O’Brien also said, “Ottawa did play well. But we made so many mental errors which makes it tough to come out with a win.”
For the Braves, Bowie came up big. He was a threat to the Moundbuilders, as he ended with 21 points. 3-5 from beyond the arc, and 4-4 from the line.
Bowie coming off of a 30-point game against Oklahoma Wesleyan, then ending with 21 points tonight, helped his team secure both victories.
Noah Webster, junior guard said, “He was a tough competitor. He’s obviously playing very well right now.” Webster also said that the Builders didn’t take care of business on the defensive end to eliminate players like Bowie from executing well on offense.
Jaquan Daniels, junior forward, also contributed well for the Braves. He ended with 17 points. 6-9 from the field, 2-2 from beyond the arc, and 3-3 from the line.
In total, the Braves played their part on the offensive side, as there were five players who seen double figures.
For the Moundbuilders, Webster had his best game of the season, leading the builders with 21 points.
Webster came up big at attacking the basket and putting up mid line shots, ending with 9-15 from the field.
Webster also made a three-pointer with 1:51 on the clock to lift the builders 86-85 going into the final minute of regulation.
Webster said what helped him tonight was having confidence in myself and my teammates. It was important that I put up points when we needed them.
Andrew Hamm, senior guard, was the second-highest scorer for the Moundbuilders, ending with 17 points. 5-9 from the field, 3-5 from beyond the arc, and 4-4 from the line.
To add, Justin Criddle, junior guard, made the biggest play of the night for the Moundbuilders as he connected for a three with 5.7 seconds to go, to tie the game at 90.
As the Moundbuilders haven’t had the start they would have liked, O’Brien said, “I take full responsibility. I don’t think we are playing well or together as a team.” He also said, “Unfortunately it’s early on in the year, and we will keep working to try and make it better.”
Next up, the Moundbuilders look to take on the Avila Eagles, who are 1-1 in conference play. The game will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday night in Stewart Field house.
Both Eagles games came down to three points or less for the deciding factor in the win.
As the Moundbuilders head into this game Webster said, “A great week of practice is what it is going to take. We are 0-2 in the conference right now, and that isn’t sitting well with us.”
“We control our own destiny and we’ll do what we can to get the result we want,” said Webster.
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