Men’s basketball dominates season home opener

 

Pioneer men’s basketball began its season with a dominating win on its home court last night as they defeated Ohio Christian University 104-64.

The team was energized as a pack  from the crowd’s “White Out” to support the Pioneers’ season opener. Sophomore Christian Graves got off to a strong start. By halftime, he had already hit 4-for-5 three-pointers giving the Pioneers a lead of 46-32.

Sophomore basketball player Christian Graves scores a total of 26 points against Ohio Christian Tuesday evening, Graves helped lead his team to a 40-point win against Ohio Christian. (Photo courtesy: Andy Smith)

“I felt good shooting the ball,” Graves said. “I’ve focused even more on my shot this offseason and I’m always in the gym.”

The Pioneers showed no signs of slowing down as they went on a 23-8 run to start the second half, pushing the lead to 69-40. Ohio Christian was forced to call a time out and the crowd continued to stay ignited with shouts of “MVP” as Graves poured down three more three-point jump shots.

“I can’t get too excited,” Graves said. “Ohio Christian is a good team, but we will play a lot better teams.”

Although Graves had a big night leading all scorers with 26 points, he didn’t’t do it by himself. The Pioneers had four other players in double-digits (Isiah Elliot, Che Richardson, Brandon Bapst, and Daniel Wise) .

“A lot of guys contributed tonight,” head coach Tim Walker said. “Any time Christian shoots the ball like that it’s going to help us, and I thought Zach Wasson played some great minutes off the bench.”

Wasson scored seven points and six rebounds that provided the spark off the bench along.

[pullquote]“We were consistent through the game, which was a big goal of ours,” Walker said. “I think Ohio Christian has a decent ball club that can really make some runs at times, and tonight we did a good job in containing those runs.”[/pullquote]

The Pioneers were excited to get their first win, but they already have their eyes set on their next opponent.

“We are going to have a real test on Saturday going to the University of Indianapolis,” Walker said. “It will be a great opportunity for us against an in-region division II game.”

The Pioneers will travel to the University of Indianapolis (IN) this Saturday for a Division II showdown at 7:30 p.m.

 

 Tim Woods is a sports writer for The Aviso AVW.

 

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