Red Hawks lose to Oregon Tech Owls


ASHLAND, Ore. - Simpson University men's basketball team traveled up to Oregon to take part in the Southern Oregon Classic hosted by the Southern Oregon University Raiders. The first opponents the Red Hawks faced were the Owls from Oregon Tech, a team that the Red Hawks became familiar with earlier in the month when the Owls traveled to Redding and beat the Red Hawks 89-54. This time around it was a similar result as the Owls came away with the 89-68 victory.

The Owls picked up right were they let off in the previous meeting between these two teams by hitting shots from all over the court and jumping out to an early lead. Bryant Sentman and Bobby Hunter accounted for 26 of the Owls' first 35 points of the game. Sentman had 12 points, and Hunter had 14. The Owls started the game 6-of-7 from beyond the three-point line and were shot 73 percent from the field. The Owls led by 18 with four minutes left in the half and it looked like they were going to cruise to a similar victory as they enjoyed in their previous meeting. However, the Red Hawks battled. Travis Derochowski had 10 points and Ian Corella had nine points and four rebounds to spearhead the Red Hawks' comeback. The Owls lead was cut to just four points at the break (43-39).

The second half started with both teams trading baskets with Bryan Castillo taking charge for the Red Hawks and Bobby Hunter for the Owls. The Owls again jumped into the lead when Josh Johnson scored back-to-back baskets and Sentman and Alex Zerbach had two huge slam dunks to extend the Owls' lead back to 13 points with 12:06 to play. The Owls continued to control the tempo of the game with Zerbach and Hunter leading the way. OIT coasted to the 89-68 victory.

The Owls had three players score career highs including Bobby Hunter with 28 points, Bryant Sentman with 21 points and Josh Johnson with eight points. Hunter also had five rebounds, and David Clarke also added 10 points and seven assists in the win for the Owls. The Red Hawks were led by Castillo who had 18 points. Corella, Stephon Thomas and Derochowski were all in double figures with 11, 13 and 10 points respectively.

The loss drops the Red Hawks' season record at 0-8. They will be in search for that elusive first win of the year in another game in the Southern Oregon Classic on Saturday, Nov. 26 against the Raiders from Southern Oregon University at 7:30 p.m.


Written by Dan Anderson

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