Amherst, MA – The Williams College Ephs (18-5, NESCAC 6-3) were topped by the Amherst College Mammoths (15-8, NESCAC 6-3) in a Friday night showdown.
When the Ephs and Mammoths last met, they were playing in a Little Three game and the Ephs won 72-69. Now the Ephs travel to Amherst and hope to get a second win of the season against the Mammoths.
The Mammoths struck first with a three-pointer by Johnny McCarthy, but the Ephs were quick to rebuttal with a three-pointer of their own from junior Bobby Casey. After a couple possessions, The Mammoths regained the lead with another three-pointer. The Ephs were able to bring the lead to 1 with a bucket from sophomore Henry Feinberg off of the pass from Michael Kempton. The game continued to be back and forward scoring for the next couple of minutes, but the Mammoths were able to keep their lead. With 13:00 the Mammoths led 12-10.
The Mammoths were able to grow on their lead to 17-10 with 10:56 left in the game. Both teams were playing great defense and keeping each other off the board for several minutes. The Mammoths broke the scoring drought with an and-1, and with 8:33 left in the game the Mammoths led 8:33. Williams called a timeout after free throw.
Out of the timeout, Bobby Casey attacked the basket for two points, but the Mammoths were quick respond with two of their own. Bobby Casey kept it going for the Ephs with a jumper in the lane and later followed it up with a step back. However, the Mammoths kept their lead with a couple layups and a three-pointer. After a period of back-and-forth scoring, The Mammoths were able to build on their lead with good shooting and with 2:32 left in the half, the Ephs were down 33-21.
At the end of the half, the Mammoths were up 37-21.
Leading the Ephs in scoring is Bobby Casey with 11. Leading the Mammoths in scoring is Michael Riopel with 7.
Bobby Casey opened up the scoring in the second half with a layup after the steal. The Mammoths answered with a three-pointer to bring the lead to 17. The Ephs answered with a three from Henry Feinberg, but the Mammoths were able to put two on the board on the next possession. Bobby Casey continued to play well on the offensive side and got his second bucket of the half to cut the lead down to 14. Moments later, Casey hit a deep three for his seventh point of the half.
The Ephs began to feed the ball down low and found some success. They began making shots from inside, which allowed sophomore Mickey Babek to get open behind the arch and sink a three-pointer. The Ephs were able to bring the Amherst lead down to 7 with 12:23 left in the game. The Mammoths called a timeout after the run.
Out of the timeout, The Mammoths hit a three-pointer in the corner, but the Ephs were able to continue scoring and stay in the game. With 8:36 left in the game, Bobby Casey brought the Ephs within 5 with a three-pointer. The Mammoths were able to get some breathing room with a couple layups and a free-throw.
With 5:34 left in the Ephs and Mammoths traded threes, and the Mammoths led 53-61. After that, the Mammoths began to peel away from the Ephs.
At the End of the Game, the Mammoths won 72-57.
Leading the Ephs in Scoring was Bobby Casey with 22 points.
"We didn't quite play with the effort or energy and effort early in the game." Coach App commented on the game, "I think we lost our poise during a couple stretches, but we have to give Amherst credit. They came out and played hard and made some shots. I thought we fought and made a couple runs in the second half to give ourselves a chance, but we couldn't quite get over that hump."
The Ephs next game is Saturday, Feb. 10th at 3 p.m. on the road at Hamilton College.