By Peter Manickam
The Goshen College men’s basketball team is still looking for their first conference win, as the Maple Leafs fell in a Crossroads League conference game with a loss to the Spring Arbor Cougars by a final score of 66-81.
The Maple Leafs and Cougars faced off on Jan. 12, with the Maple Leafs winning the tip and Matt Glick, a junior, scoring five unanswered points. However, the Cougars then responded with eight of their own points.
The gap stayed close, with the Maple Leafs only trailing by 2 or 3 points until about halfway through the first half, when the Cougars began to pull away. Despite the Maple Leafs’ effort, they were trailing 23-36 at half. The second half started off with a Cougars advantage. Their shots were dropping and the Maple Leafs’ shots were not. In no time at all, the Cougars were up by 23 points.
But then the Leafs rallied back, bringing it within 13 points with 1:40 left with help from Jerron Jamerson, a junior, who ended the day with a double-double of 11 rebounds and 24 points. This was Jamerson’s seventh 20-plus point game with his fourth double-double of the season.
The Leafs shot only 34 percent on the night, their second straight game with less than 35 percent shooting.
Despite the Maple Leafs’ last minute efforts, they fell to 7-12, 0-7 in Crossroads League play. The Maple Leafs finished off the first half of their conference schedule still looking for a win in the Crossroads League, as they fell to the Mount Vernon Nazarene Cougars by a score of 68-56 on Wednesday.
The Maple Leafs are back in action this Saturday as they take on Taylor University here on campus.