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Five seniors to start in final home game

February 8, 2013

Senior Tim Pfeiffer will be one of five seniors playing in their final regular season game at Fred Raizk Arena.

Senior Tim Pfeiffer will be one of five seniors playing in their final regular season game at Fred Raizk Arena.

In what marks the final regular season home game for Wilmington’s five seniors, the Fightin’ Quakers will be tested by a John Carroll team that will throw waves of players at them. (Game Notes)

Seniors Brandon Candella (West Chester, OH/Lakota West), Miles Bankston (Cincinnati, OH/Walnut Hills), Taylor Kin (Sandusky, OH/Riverdale), Tim Pfeiffer (Clinton, OH/Akron Manchester) and Ethan Fite (Hamersville, OH/Western Brown) will start the game and hope to pull of the achievement of last season’s senior class that all reached the scorebook.

“It’s always a bittersweet time of year,” said head coach K.C. Hunt. “We will do everything possible to put them in position to be successful. They have earned the honor of starting the game.”

While the moment is for the seniors, the Fightin’ Quakers are also scrapping to earn a bye into the quarterfinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament. Wilmington is tied with Mount Union at 8-7, one game ahead of John Carroll and Ohio Northern. Mount Union travels to Ohio Northern today. Two of the four teams will earn a bye in the tournament.

Wilmington has its tournament fate in its own palms as the Fightin’ Quakers end the season with games against John Carroll, Mount Union and Ohio Northern. WC defeated all three teams in the first swing through conference play.

“We control our own destiny,” said Hunt. “We look at (Saturday’s game) as it’s the next game in front of us. We have to take care of business for our seniors.”

In the 70-66 victory earlier this season, the Green & White just a good job of controlling the tempo and mixing defenses. But most importantly, WC owned the rebounding battle – winning 41-31. Hunt acknowledges his team will have to match the Blue Streaks’ physical nature. Seniors Kyle Hubbard and Kenny Janz have given a usually guard-dominated lineup some inside presence.

Hubbard is third in the league with 16.1 points, while is 10th with 5.4 rebounds. In the first meeting, Hubbard led the way with 10 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The 6-8 Janz is second in the OAC with 7.6 boards per game. Despite have two players in the top 10 in rebounding; the Blue Streaks are getting out rebounded as a team on the season. He added 10 points and 12 boards in the first game.

Even with the presence of Hubbard and Janz, finding their shooters will be imperative in achieving success. In the first game, JCU was just 5-of-21 from beyond the arc.

Junior Malcolm Heard II (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) has really picked up his play in the second trip through conference action. Over the first nine games of OAC action, Heard averaged just 13.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. In the rematches, the forward is averaging 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. Over the last seven games, six of which he has led the team in scoring, Heard is scoring 19.4 points and nine rebounds.