Panthers Fall to the Cavaliers 82-54

Jesse Ward
Jesse Ward

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – An up tempo Walsh offense was too much for the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team to handle as the Panthers fell 82-54 to the Cavaliers Thursday evening in Alumni Arena.

Ohio Dominican (4-11; 2-9 GLIAC) scored the first points of the game at the 18:59 mark after a basket by sophomore Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio). Walsh (12-3; 8-3 GLIAC) used the next four minutes to go on an 8-1 run to take a five point lead at the first media timeout, and after the timeout, sophomore Mark Minch (West Chester, Ohio) cut the lead down to 8-5 on a made basket.

Walsh and ODU scored a combined nine points over the course of 30 seconds after hitting three 3-point baskets.

Senior Ledarius Stennis (Moss Point, MS) gave the Panthers their first lead of the half 17-16 with 11:26 remaining in the game after hitting from long range.

The Cavaliers used a 12-4 run to take a 28-21 lead with 5:52 remaining in the opening frame. Minch cut into Walsh's lead after a steal and a basket on the other end of the floor to make the score 28-23.

Walsh took its largest lead of the half 35-23 on a three-point play by Jesse Hardin and extended the lead to 14, 37-23, on a Hrvoje Vucic basket. Jeff Copeland used a fast break pass from Hardin to extend Walsh's lead to 40-23 after converting on a three-point play with 1:39 left.

Over the course of the last eight minutes of the half, Walsh used a 20-2 run to take a 44-23 lead heading into the locker room.

Walsh shot an impressive 52.9 percent on an 18-of-34 shooting clip.

After a 10-0 run by the Cavaliers to open the second half, the Panthers stopped the 24 points scored by Walsh on a pair of Minch free throws to make the score 54-25.

Ohio Dominican chipped away at the 30 plus lead slowly but was not able to overcome the deficit and fell by the final margin of 82-54.

Minch paced the Panther offense with 22 points.

The Cavaliers couldn't miss from any spot on the floor, shooting 50 percent for the game on 30-of-60 shooting.

Ohio Dominican will continue its tour of Northeast, Ohio on Saturday as the Panthers will travel to Malone University on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game.

Contact: Sarah Twiggs

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