Wellington Dukes take advantage of the Oberlin Phoenix’ poor shooting night

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Oberlin’s Jason Moore, center, gets trapped by Wellington’s Tim Young, left, and Dave Clark in the first quarter.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Wellington's Dylan Weidrick, left, goes down hard after being tripped by Oberlin's Noland Isom in the first quarter.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Wellington's Tim Young, right, and Oberlin's Noland Isom fight for control of the ball in the first quarter last night.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Wellington's Jacob Grimmett, right, lays up two points in the first quarter as he gets by Oberlin's DaShaun Horton

WELLINGTON — After Friday night’s rivalry game between Oberlin and Wellington, which the home team won 55-46, it was difficult to say if the Phoenix gave the game away or the Dukes took it.

“We like to think we won it,” Wellington coach Dan Gundert said. “That’s what we do. We try to go out there and win it. We had some guys make some big play tonight.”

While the Dukes (1-1) did have some players step up, Oberlin (0-2) struggled the whole night to make baskets. The Phoenix shot just 34 percent from the field, missing open jumpers and layups throughout the game.

Wellington lost nearly all their starters from last year’s team that made a deep run in the tournament, while the Phoenix returned a large number of theirs, Oberlin looked out-of-sorts the whole game.

“We are a very poor shooting team,” Phoenix coach Kurt Russell said. “I think we missed 15 wide-open layups, and I’m not going to count the three-pointers we missed. Right now we’re just a poor team. We could get better, but right now we’re not a very good team.”

Oberlin hit just four of their 18 attempts on 3’s.

Senior Jason Moore led the Phoenix with 21 points, but his coach wasn’t happy with the way his standout guard played. Moore made nine of his 22 attempts from the field and was just 3 of 7 from the foul line.

“I think Jason can play much better. He missed some wide-open shots and shot too many jump shots,” Russell said. “He’s a talented young man. We lean on him for a lot, but I think our whole team just has to get better.”

The Phoenix came out and looked to take control of the game early. They opened up a 9-4 lead to start the game, but their defense just wasn’t there most of the night.

“We spent all week practicing our full-court press, and it seems that our kids just don’t buy into what we are trying to do,” Russell said. “Wellington just dribbled right past us. We didn’t jump to the ball.”

Give the Dukes credit, though. While the Phoenix struggled, Wellington was willing to take advantage and push past the Oberlin defense.

Dave Clark led the Dukes with 16 points. Dylan Kidd, Dylan Weidrick and Tim Young added 13, 11 and 10, respectively.

“That’s something we want. If we have more guys scoring, that’s great,” Gundert said. “I think our leaders stepped up tonight.”

Another problem Oberlin had all night was having players in foul trouble. Marcus Bailey and Charles Lewis both fouled out in the fourth quarter and helped send the Dukes to the free-throw line 42 times on the night.

Wellington took advantage of their chances from the charity stripe by knocking down 25 of them for 60 percent shooting from the line. Kidd did even better than that, as he made nine of his 10 attempts.

“We practiced free-throws. Coach came in and said we weren’t going to do anything different in practice. He thought we’d hit our free-throws when it comes down to it, and today was one of those days,” Kidd said.

With just ten miles separating Wellington and Oberlin, both schools look at the match up as a rivalry game, which usually means a physical battle. Friday’s game was no exception.

At times the it resembled a football game more than a basketball game, but the Dukes were able to keep their cool.

“That’s something we always preach, keeping our cool and keeping our heads,” Gundert said. “That’s a tough 10-mile rivalry game. That’s what we get when we play them. Both teams battled, and we were lucky enough to come out on top.”

The Dukes next travel to Brooklyn for a conference game against the Hurricanes Tuesday, while the Phoenix host Keystone the same night.


Wellington 55, Oberlin 46

Patriot Athletic Conference

Oberlin — Jason Moore 9-3 21, DaShaun Horton 5-0 12, Charles Lewis 2-1 6, Noland Isom 1-0 3, Demonte Taborn 1-0 2, Marcus Bailey 1-0 2. TOTALS 19-4 46.

Wellington — Dave Clark 4-8 16, Dylan Kidd 2-9 13, Dylan Weidrick 3-2 11, Tim Young 4-2 10, Joey Holliday 1-1 3, Jacob Grimmett 1-0 2. TOTALS 15-25 55.

3-POINT GOALS — Oberlin: Horton (2), Isom, Lewis; Wellington: Weidrick (3).

Score By Quarters

Oberlin (0-2, 0-1) 11 10 9 16 — 46

Wellington (1-1, 1-0) 8 14 13 20 — 55

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Oberlin 19 of 56 (34 percent), Wellington 15 of 31 (48 percent).

Free Throws — O 4 of 9 (44 percent), W 25 of 42 (60 percent).

Rebounds — O 20 (Moore 6), W 25 (Weidrick 8).

Turnovers — O 14, W 23.

J.V. — Oberlin, 42-30.

Last Updated: 12/8/2012 12:12:47 AM EST

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