Lima, OH – The Barons Men have wrapped up their regular season, looking like a whole new team the last four games. The Barons won three of their final four games, including two on the road at OSU Mansfield and at ORCC West Co-Champion MU Hamilton, as well as a home win over Akron Wayne. When asked about the big win of MU Hamilton, Coach Pittman commented, “Against MUH we simply made our shots. Freshman Guard, Larry Fuqua III had 39 points and hit 9 of 14 from three point range. Late in the game, Freshman Forward, Heath Geyer made a three to put us in to overtime and then in OT made another three at the buzzer to give us the win! In addition to those individual efforts, guys off our bench, notably Sophomore Forward Caleb Hodges, Freshman Forward Jordan Barclay, and Freshman Guard Thomas Nolte came up with some big stops with our starters in foul trouble.”
Obviously, this is a great time for the Barons to be playing their best ball as the Ohio Regional Campus tournament begins this weekend. So, we asked Coach Pittman what the team is feeling like after the recent wins and how that might help in the upcoming tournament. “Well, when Heath made that shot, we went crazy. Finally getting over that hump was a huge weight off our shoulders, and it was definitely a great ride home! So, we are three and one in our last four games now and really starting to see that the stuff we do offensively and defensively works, and we are believing that it is going to work. It is a pity it took this long, but there are 11 guys that believe we can make some noise in this tournament and that is a great thing to see. OU Chillicothe gives us some challenges, but we will put together a game plan and see what we can do. Go Barons!!!!”
Well said Coach! Go Barons indeed! The Barons will take the court Saturday at 5pm at MU Middletown as they take on OU Chillicothe in the first round of the 48th Annual Ohio Regional Campus Tournament!
Lima, OH – The Barons Women’s basketball team continues to improve, despite struggling to break through with the big win lately. The past three weeks, when bad weather hasn’t interfered, the Barons have been playing some of the top teams in the ORCC this year. In every game, the Barons have pushed their opponent to the limit, but still have dropped 5 of their last 6, by deficits never greater than 12 points.
When we asked Coach Sensabaugh about the OT win over KSU Tuscarawas as well as these tough losses, his reply was, “The Kent State game is when I think we started to believe in ourselves. Then, in the MU Middletown game, we showed some of that same intensity, but couldn’t find a way to finish strong. We only shot 17/34 foul shots that night, which was definitely the difference in winning and losing. Later was MU Hamilton, a team that beat us by 41 early in the season, but this time we led most of the game, only falling behind late after losing our top scorer, Dionna Hurley to foul trouble with about 9 minutes left in the game.” Clearly, these efforts show that the team has improved throughout this season.
We followed up with one more question for Coach Sensabaugh, about where he sees his team currently, at the end of their regular season. “It is really hard to play with only 6 or sometimes 7 ladies. I believe though, they know now that when they play with intensity, they can compete with any team.”
The Barons will take on KSU Tuscarawas in their first round matchup in the Ohio Regional Campus Tournament on the campus of OU Lancaster at 3:00, Saturday February 15th.
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