Ephs Top MCLA 84-59 in Battle of Berkshire County
NORTH ADAMS, MA – Williams (3-1) took control of the contest with a 10-0 run from 9:39 to 6:01 of the first half making an 18-13 game 28-13 in the Ephs' favor in downing cross county foe MCLA (1-4) 84-59.
A three ball from first year guard Dan Wohl from the right corner and Williams had its biggest lead at of the half at 15, 28-13, with 6:01 left.
Mike Mayer, who replaced starting center Brian Emerson who was injured on the first rebound of the contest, opened the scoring 48 seconds in with a three from right side off a feed from Jordan Mickens.
Robertson hit his first shot of the year off a penetration by Wang, who pivoted and dished back to beyond the arc, for a Robertson three at 15:34 giving the Ephs an 11-4 lead. Robertson's hoop prompted MCLA coach Jamie Morrison to call a timeout
MCLA made a run that was keyed by some long threes from Tyrell Mosely. Mosley's second three of the half from the left corner cut the Eph lead to 10, 28-18 and his third trey off the ensuing Williams miss at 4:21 made it a seven-point game with 4:18 left in the half.
Dan Wohl stemmed the MCLA run with a three from the left side at 3:46 making the score 31-21 Ephs.
When James Klemm hit a cutting Ed Flynn for a layup and Flynn converted the three-point play Williams owned a 36-23 lead
Wohl buried this third three from the left corner at 1:57 off a pass out of the lane from Ed Flynn boosting the Ephs to a 39-23 lead.
Harris netted a three and then a jumper in the lane for MCLA to make the score 39-28 at the break.
Both teams collected 18 rebounds in the first half with Mike Mayer leading Williams with four, while MCLA's Tyriq Rochester topped everyone with six.
The Ephs hit a blistering 67% from the floor in the first half, including 6 of 9 from beyond the arc. MCLA was held to just 27% from the floor.
The Ephs' Dan Wohl and the Trailbalzers' Tyrell Mosley tied for most points in the opening 20 minutes as they both drained three three-pointers.
MCLA opened the second half with two quick hoops, but the Ephs responded by fashioning an 8-point run to build the lead back to 15. James Klemm hit a three from the top of the key. Jordan Mickens made MCLA pay for a miss when he knocked down a three and then Mike Mayer dropped a pass down low to Taylor Epley for a layup making the score 47-32 Williams,
Klemm had no points in the first half, but ended with 16.
The Ephs built their lead to 17 with 12:47 to play off a three from Klemm, 53-36.
MCLA's Tyriq Rochester made it a 12-point game when he hit a three from the left baseline, Klemm responded for the Ephs with two free throws at 10:36 and the Ephs went up 14, 58-44.
Off a frontcourt steal Taylor Epley threw a long pass to a streaking Daniel Wohl and Wohl made the layup and the resulting free throw and the Ephs were up 19, 72-52.
A baseline floater by James Klemm and the free throw capping a tradirional three-point play lifted the Ephs to a 24-point lead, 77-53.
On the night Williams hit on 71% of their field goals and 10 of 17 from three. The Ephs had a plus 6 on the glass, 38-32, and 20 of the their 26 hoops came off assists.
First year guard Daniel Wohl had a game-high 18 points, followed by Klemm's 16 and Mike Mayer's 12. Mayer led the Ephs on the glass with 8 and Mickens, Wang, Robertson and Mayer all had four assists.
MCLA was led in scoring by Tyriq Rochester who tallied 14 and Tyrell Mosley who ended with 11. Rochester also notched a game-high 9 rebounds, while Mosley added five assists. The Ephs held MCLA to just 33% shooting from the floor. "I think our defense is underrated said Eph head coach Mike Maker. "This is the second game in a row we've shot well over 60% and held our opponents in the low 30s."
Maker, who played 13 players in the first half, noted that, "we're not in great team shape yet because we've had so many injuries, but I'm pleased that we are getting contributions from so many players. Wohl and Mayer were outstanding tonight."
While the Ephs did welcome back Nate Robertson and Hayden Rooke-Ley to game action they had two more players forced out with injuries. Center Brian Emerson was injured on the first rebound of the game and junior forward Sean Hoffman had to leave the court with an injury as well in the second half.
"We've been challenged early by injuries, but I'm proud of how hard the guys are working and how well they are adjusting," stated Maker.
Next up for the Ephs is a home game vs. RPI on Tuesday the 29th at 7:00 PM.