by Tom Brown
Sometimes, when you do something wrong, you really do something right.
That was the case during Saturday’s 59-57 win, as BenU Senior Raphael Oglesby hit a three-pointer Saturday six seconds left to send their game against Maranatha to overtime despite running the play incorrectly.
“Coach called I play, and I ran it wrong,” Oglesby said when describing his last second shot. “Luckily, I got open and was able to nail the shot.”
The shot by Oglesby capped an impressive second half by the Eagles after they struggled early, falling behind by a 12-2 margin just minutes into the game. The Crusaders ran a tough 2-3 zone defense that the Eagles could not attack.
“We did not have very good energy in the first half, and on top of that, we were not hitting our outside shots against their zone,” Head Coach Keith Bunkenberg said. “Luckily ,the second half was better, and we were able to make some shots.”
One thing missing from the Eagles win Saturday was the scoring production from Senior guard Nate Green, who scored just four points in the win.
“Nate was not feeling well today,” Bukenberg said. “He was sick, and his energy level just wasn’t there today, which is tough because our team feeds off him.”
Despite feeling under the weather, Green was still able to contribute by tallying seven assists and hitting two big free throws down the stretch. Sophomore guard Mike Woolf came off the bench to lead BenU in scoring with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Oglesby added 12 points and 10 rebounds of his own off the bench, and junior forward Mark Pace had 10 points.
Joell Borchardt led three Maranatha players in double figures with 15 points in the loss.
The Eagles are back in action Wednesday night at 7 pm. as they travel to MSOE, with sole possession of first place in the Northern Athletics Conference South Division on the line