Purchase, NY- The Williams College Ephs. (4-0) defeated the Manhattanville Valiants (3-2) 85-73 in a Saturday afternoon showdown.
The Valiants opened up the game in a full court press. However, the Ephs were able to break the press and advance over hal court. Regardless of the Valiants' defensive pressure, the Ephs were able to find success in the paint with their first baskets coming from Matt Karpowicz and James Heskett.
"We wanted to use our size" Head Coach Kevin App commented about their success in the paint." They get up in you and try to deny a lot, which opened up even more space inside. I thought we did a good job early and got a big lead, which we were able to defend."
The Valiants offensive strategy was focused on the outside shot. However, the shots were not falling for them early on in this game. After 4 minutes of play, the Valiants would start to take more mid-range shots, and they began to find their groove. At this point, the Ephs led 8-5.
The teams would trade baskets for the next couple of minutes. The Ephs continued to find success when they attacked the paint. The Valiants continued to hit from midrange and around the rim. Halfway through the first half, The Ephs began to distance themselves from the Valiants with buckets coming from Bobby Casey and Kyle Scadlock. The Valiants called a timeout at 9:16, and at the point, the Ephs led 25-15.
After the Timeout, the Ephs came out in a 3-2 zone. The Ephs came out with defensive intensity, which caused the Valiants to miss a couple of shots. The Ephs went on a 10-2 run after putting in the zone. With 5:57 left on the clock, Mike Ryan would hit a corner three through contact to bring the score to 35-20.
In the last 2:30 of the half, the Valiants began to hit from behind the arc bringing them to within 12 of the Ephs, but the Ephs would have the final blow of the half when Bobby Casey had made a layup with 6 seconds left. On the inbound, Mickey Babek got a hand to the initial pass, recovered the ball and hit a layup through contact with .3 seconds left on the clock. Babek would hit the free throw to put the Ephs up 51-34 the end of twenty minutes;
At the half, the Ephs were shooting 61.1% from the field. Leading the Ephs in scoring was Kyle Scadlock (13), Matt Karpowicz led the team in rebounds (7). The Ephs were winning the rebound battle 27-16. On the other end, the Valiants were shooting 32.4% from the field. JoJo Cobbs led the Valiants in points (13), Chris Brown led the Valiants in rebounds (5), and Sean Smith led the Valiants in assists (3).
The Ephs came out of the half fired up. They went on a 9-2 run, that was fueled mostly from their defensive play. The final shot of the series was a three-pointer from James Heskett. After the 3-point shot, the Valiants called a timeout to regroup. With 17:23 left in this game, the Ephs led 62-34.
The Valiants began to cut into the Ephs lead when they started to hit from behind the arc. They cut a 26-point led to an 18 point lead with just under 13 minutes left in the game. After the series of successful threes, the Ephs called a timeout to regroup.
After the timeout, the Valiants continued to cut into the Ephs lead, bringing it down to as little as 13 with 10 minutes left in the game. The teams would continue to trade baskets for the remainder of the game.
At the end of 40 minutes, the Ephs won 85-73. The Ephs shot 53.0% from the field and won the rebound battle 47-38. Bobby Casey and Matt Karpowicz led the Ephs in scoring with 16 apiece. Kyle Scadlock secured a double-double with 13 points and ten rebounds. Bobby Casey led the team in assists. For the Valiants, JoJo Cobbs led the game in points with 22.
"That was our first road test as a group, so it was fun to see this group in that environment and pull out a win. Now we have to rest up and try to get another win tomorrow," said Coach App.
The Ephs next game will be tomorrow November 25th at Yeshiva at 2 p.m.