The 2016-17 athletic year was filled with highlights for Ohio Dominican's student-athletes. OhioDominicanPanthers.com will be counting down the top moments from last year over the next two weeks.
No. 4 - Heart Stopping Endings To Men's, Women's Basketball Games
Both the men's and women's basketball teams enjoyed great success on the court this season. With no seniors on the roster, the men finished 14-12, compiling their most wins since the 2007-08 season. Meanwhile, the women returned to the GLIAC Tournament and closed the year with an 18-10 record and were ranked in the region.
Both teams had their fair share of tight wins at the end of games. On Dec. 3, the men's team was locked in a tight battle with Grand Valley State in Allendale. ODU trailed 59-54 with 2:18 left but scored the final eight points, capping the comeback with a trey at the buzzer from Michael Simon to give the Panthers their first win over GVSU in program history.
Later that month, the Panthers were in another close game with visiting Shawnee State. Down 61-59, Shemar Waugh found Hasan Varence for a three-pointer in front of the ODU bench with 3.8 seconds left. Varence canned the shot, and ODU held on for a 62-61 victory on Dec. 30.
The late game heroics continued in ODU's next contest as the Panthers played host to Lake Superior State on Jan. 5. Down 77-68 with 3:04 left, the Panthers closed the game on a 10-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left by Ryan Hoyng to give ODU the 78-77 GLIAC victory.
The women also had a pair of last second buckets that led to wins. On Dec. 30, the Panthers traveled to Evansville to take on a Southern Indiana that entered the night with a 10-1 record. ODU trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but crept back to tie it at 46 heading to the fourth. Lauren Bates then scored ODU's final seven points of the game, including a jump shot with 10.7 second left that put the Panthers in front 66-65, which would be the final margin.
Late game heroics came into play for the women on Jan. 21 in Alumni Hall as the Panthers played host to Walsh. Trailing by 12 points in the fourth quarter, ODU held Walsh scoreless over the final 9:07 of regulation and tied the game at 60 with 38 seconds left on a pair of Darian Rose free throws to force overtime. The Panthers trailed 68-66 with 26 seconds in overtime, but Bates tied the game with 4.9 seconds on two free throws, and Megan Eyre stole the ensuing inbounds pass, leading to an Alexis Overly layup at the buzzer for the 70-68 win.