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Men’s Basketball: Unselfish Oilers get by Goshen

The University of Findlay men’s basketball team never settled and, unselfishly, got every shot it wanted in the first half against Goshen College (Ind.) on Thursday night.
The Oilers put up 65 points by halftime with assists coming on 21 of their 25 buckets and from eight different players.
Five UF players scored in double figures overall in winning the nonleague tuneup 113-78 at Croy Gymnasium.
“That’s pretty darn good,” UF coach Charlie Ernst said of their first-half assist totals. “The tendency when you play an opponent that you’re more talented than is that guys decide to go solo and one-on-one.
“I’m proud of our guys for sharing the ball and making the extra pass and scoring from each other.”
The 28 assists for the Oilers (13-2) would’ve been a season high had they not set the school record (37) one month prior in a 131-72 win over Miami-Hamilton.
In both games, UF tallied 21 assists by halftime.
On Thursday night, 12 of their 25 first-half makes came from 3-point range.
They finished with a season-high 17 threes, two off the school record, and shot 57.9 percent overall (44 of 76).
The Maple Leafs, a NAIA Division II school, fell to 8-8.
Goshen’s Christian Grider led all players with 22 points and six 3-pointers. Devin Heath-Granger notched a double-double of 12 points and 11 assists.
Martyce Kimbrough’s 19 points fronted UF as he connected on 4 of 8 from downtown.
True freshman Anthony Masterlasco (Liberty-Benton) added 15 points and three steals while Taren Sullivan and Alex White each chipped in 13 points. Elijah Kahlig also had 11 points.
Sullivan, UF’s leading scorer at 18.9 points per game, racked up five assists before finally getting into the scoring column on a pair of free throws at the 5:14 mark of the first half.
By then the Oilers had built a 49-24 edge and were 16 points into an eventual 28-0 scoring run.
Sullivan unleashed two highlight reel dunks to end the spurt.
His first came two possessions prior as he took a Trey Smith pass down the lane and finished via right-handed tomahawk.
“(It’s) moving the ball well. When we do that, we have a lot of guys in back close outs,” Sullivan said. “It opens up gaps and easy buckets.”
He upped the ante on his next one, sneaking untouched down the right baseline before throwing down an Elijah Kahlig lob with two hands.
“A lot of practice, reps in, just making sure we know where we’re supposed to go,” Sullivan said.
“We look to see if it’s there. If it’s there throw it up; if not, not really.”
The contest was especially key for the Oiler youth.
Three true freshmen in Masterlasco, Tommy Schmock and Brady Wildermuth closed out the final 12:37 with fellow benchmates Trey Smith, Matt Ashley and Aaron Overhiser.
Schmock matched his career-bests with seven assists and three steals.
“It’s definitely big,” Masterlasco said. “Next year we’re losing five key guys to our team. The freshman stepping in, it’s going to be a lot of help for next year.”
“It’s not all the time you’re going to play all the freshman in the game. With an opportunity like that we definitely had to step up.”
Ernst cited the amount of defensive energy the unit brings but them needing to slow down on offense and be more precise.
“Their continuity and rhythm on offense is not where it needs to be,” Ernst said. “But that’s experience there. That’s the difference between our first group and our second group.”
Goshen first-year interim coach Jon Tropf, a Findlay native and 2008 Van Buren grad, without a doubt felt at home.
“It was a lot of fun,” Tropf said. “I’ve come and watched — this was my hometown team obviously. I was super excited when they won the national championship in 2009. Came to a bunch of games when I was younger.
“This was really cool. To get to come here and coach on this court is really a dream come true.”
Findlay resumes Great Midwest Athletic Conference play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Davis & Elkins (1-8, 0-5 GMAC).

GOSHEN (8-8)
Barrie 3-5 0-0 7, Noel 2-7 0-1 4, Geschke 6-12 6-6 19, Grider 8-19 0-1 22, Heath-Granger 4-8 3-5—12, Boos 0-0 0-0 0, Audu 3-4 0-0 6, Funkhouser 1-6 2-2 4, Watkins 1-1 0-0 2, Cotton 0-2 0-0 0, Camp 1-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 29-65 11-15 78.
FINDLAY (13-2)
Sullivan 5-11 2-2 13, White 6-8 0-1 13, Gardner 2-2 0-0 5, Kimbrough 7-12 1-2 19, Kahlig 4-8 0-0 11, Smith 5-10 0-1 12, Schmock 1-5 0-0 3, Masterlasco 6-7 2-3 15, Wildermuth 1-1 0-0 2, Ashley 2-4 3-4 7, Overhiser 3-4 0-0 6, Linder 2-3 0-0 6, Buford 0-0 0-0 0, Garverick 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 44-76 8-13 113.
3-Point GOALS: Goshen 9-23 (Barrie 1-3, Geschke 1-2, Grider 6-12, Heath-Granger 1-2, Funkhouser 0-2, Cotton 0-2); Findlay 17-35 (Sullivan 1-4, White 1-1, Gardner 1-1, Kimbrough 4-8, Kahlig 3-7, Smith 2-5, Schmock 1-2, Masterlasco 1-1, Ashley 0-2, Overhiser 1-1, Linder 2-3).
rebounds: Goshen 33 (Barrie, Heath-Granger & Camp 5); Findlay 42 (Sullivan 8).
ASSISTS: Goshen 15 (Heath-Granger 11); Findlay 28 (Schmock 7).
STEALS: Goshen 9 (Grider, Heath-Granger & Funkhouser 2); Findlay 13 (Schmock & Masterlasco 3).
BLOCKS: Goshen 4; Findlay 5 (White 3).
TURNOVERS: Goshen 19; Findlay 11.
TOTAL FOULS: Goshen 20; Findlay 16.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 65-37.
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