Despite Late Push,Wildcats Fall to Leopards

Despite Late Push,Wildcats Fall to Leopards

BOSTON, Mass.- The Wheelock College men's basketball team fell to the visiting Wentworth Leopards Thursday night, 76-64. With the result, the Wildcats fall to 1-8 on the season while the Leopards improve to 8-2. 

How it Happened: The game got off to a slow start, offensively. Each side was putting up a strong defensive fight, keeping the scoring low. However, the Leopards strung together a 17-0 run to help command an early lead. Wheelock would begin to push back late in the first half, ramping up their defensive presence with key rebounds and substitutions to bring the score within twelve, 39-27. Including eight rebounds in the first half by Kiwane Crowder (Milwaukee, Wisc.) and five rebounds coming off the bench by Kadeem Apply (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.).

Wheelock began their offensive push from the start of the second half. Brendan Miller (Tampa, Fla.) notched two jumpers in the first five minutes of play and 10 points on the night. Senior guard Kiwane Crowder lead the way for the Wildcats with an outstanding 15 points, 7 rebounds, and two steals in the second half alone.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats could not hold off Wentworth with Jason Ganley (Northbridge, Mass.) and Ben Kizel (Short Hills, N.J.) knocking down two clutch threes a piece, to seal the victory for the Leopards.

Who stood out: The Wildcats recorded four players in double digits: Kiwane Crowder-18, Erick Hernandez-14, Kadeem Apply 11, and Brendan Miller-10.  The Leopards also finished the night with four players in double digits: Jason Ganley-20, Stephen Azums-16, Ben Kizel-12, and Cesar Fulcar-10.

What it means: Wheelock College closed out the first half of the 2017-18 season tonight and will resume their NECC regular season schedule in early January. 

 Up Next: The Wildcats are back in action on Thursday, January 4h when they travel to New York University (5:00 p.m. tipoff).