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Men's basketball searching for consistency

December 12, 2012

Sophomore R.J. Leppert has grown more comfortable coming off the bench.

Sophomore R.J. Leppert has grown more comfortable coming off the bench.

Seven games into the 2012-13 season, and the Wilmington College men’s basketball team is still searching for consistency. There have been times when they have played stellar, and at times they haven’t looked good. (Game Notes, Live Stats/Audio)

The Fightin’ Quakers, at 3-4 overall, will take a step away from Ohio Athletic Conference play Thursday to host the College of Mount St. Joseph. Tip off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Fred Raizk Arena in Hermann Court.

“We were very inconsistent against Marietta (last Saturday),” said WC head coach K.C. Hunt. “We have to reach a level of consistent basketball or we will be an average team.”

For a team that wants to press the action and make their opponents uncomfortable, Wilmington biggest source of inconsistency is possibly on the defensive end. Over the last two games, they have forced only 19 turnovers.

Prior to the opening of OAC action, WC forced Tufts and No. 9 Washington University into 23 turnovers each. They added 19 against unbeaten Thomas More. So, they press has been successful against good team.

“I am not happy with our press,” said Hunt. “We have to play harder and more focused. It’s a matter of getting it done. We have yet to develop the killer instinct. We need to focus better as a group.”

The Lions comes into Thursday’s contest on a three-game winning streak and 4-2 overall. The one common opponent, Thomas More, beat both teams. WC fell by 10, while the Mount lost by 19.

MSJ has four players averaging double figures, led by Joel Scudder. The sophomore guard is scoring 16.0 points per game, while junior David Mann is added 11.8 points per game. Sophomores Ken Kunkel and Andy Countryman are chipping in with 10.8 and 10.0 points, respectively.

“They are a solid basketball team that runs a version of the Princeton offense,” said Hunt. “They can be difficult to guard.”

Half of MSJ’s baskets are from beyond the arc as the Lions are shooting 42 percent (63-of152) from three-point range.