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Maroon’s Disappointing Loss Against Virginia Wesleyan

Richard Gill

Saturday afternoon the Roanoke College Men’s Basketball team lost to the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan for the second time this season. This was a very disappointing loss after the Maroons led for most of the game. The final score was 89-82 in favor of Virginia Wesleyan.

Saturday’s game started with Virginia Wesleyan scoring a quick 4 points, but Roanoke’s top scorer, Julian Ramirez, responded with five points of his own, making a layup then a 3 point shot. Over the next 6 minutes of the game, Roanoke went on a run where they scored another 15 points while allowing the Marlins only 4 more points that came via two free throws and a layup.

The Marlins recovered from this deficit quickly by going on a 15-0 run to take the lead with 6:30 remaining in the first half. Roanoke responded with a four layups, five free throws, and a three point shot to close the first half with a lead of 36-30.

Roanoke was determined to hold onto this lead after the break, but they did not make it easy on themselves by getting into foul trouble early in the second half. They continued to increase their lead by beating Virginia Wesleyan 24-14 over the first few minutes of the half. With 12:44 remaining in the game, Roanoke led by the largest margin of 18 points. 14 seconds later with 12:30 on the clock, Roanoke committed its seventh foul of the half, assuring the Marlins free throw shots each time they were fouled.

After the Maroons earned an 18 point lead, the Marlins started to chip away at this lead. Roanoke tried to hold on to their lead, but with 3:13 left, Virginia Wesleyan tied the game up 75-75. The Maroons and Marlins exchanged layups to keep the game tied until with 1:30 left in the game, Virginia Wesleyan took the lead and held onto it until the game ended.

The Maroons were the superior shooters throughout the contest making 46.8% of 2 point shots and 43.8% of 3 point shots. Virginia Wesleyan made 42.6% of 2 point shots and 38.1% of 3 points shots. Virginia Wesleyan was capable of taking the game because they made 29 free throws, 22 of which were in the second half of the game.

Roanoke’s top scorers were Julian Ramirez (22), Kwasi Amponsah (21), and Daniel Eacho (16). Daniel Eacho also made a career high 13 rebounds during the game.

This defeat leaves the Roanoke College Men’s Basketball team with a record of 7-10 and 0-8 in ODAC Conference games.