Eagles start fast, hang on for 83-73 victory over Carlow
A balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures propelled the Midway University men’s basketball team to a River States Conference victory over Carlow University Saturday Dec. 5 at Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. The Eagles held a 45-26 lead at intermission, but the Celtics made a furious rally in the second half cutting the deficit to as little as five late. Midway, however, was able to hang for the 83-73 victory to return home after going 2-0 in Pittsburgh. Midway Coach Joe Krupinski’s team got some big-time performances today with five players finishing in double figures en route to the victory. Leading the way with a game-high 21 points was sophomore sharpshooter Ty Sparling. The Kokomo, Ind. native caught fire hitting six triples in the win. Coming up with his best performance of the season was Jose Bustamante. The senior forward from Surprise, Ariz. was a force inside finishing with 18 points and 16 rebounds. He went 11-of-12 from the charity stripe. His 16 rebounds are a program record for most rebounds in a game. Also posting a double-double in the victory was Izaya Sims. The sophomore from East Moline, Ill. posted 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Mychele Bullock and Kaleb Britt also had solid performances with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Midway jumped out to a 6-2 advantage behind back-to-back triples from Sparling and Britt, and never looked back. A couple of minutes later, the Eagles went on a 14-2 run as the lead swelled to 20-7 with just over eight minutes left in the first half. A pair of triples from Sparling and a mid-range jumper from Alex Hofer saw the lead grow to as many as 19 as the Eagles would take a 45-26 lead into the locker room. Midway got two more treys from Sparling in the opening two minutes of the second half as they led by 20 – the largest lead of the game but their offense then began to slow down as Carlow made a move and cut its deficit to nine, 57-48, with 12:29 remaining. The Eagles, however, didn’t panic and got back into an offensive rhythm. The visitors responded with a 9-2 run, capped off with a three ball from Bullock as the lead was back to 66-50 with 9:46 remaining. The Celtics made one last rally cutting the lead to as little as five points in the final minute, but the Eagles went 5-of-9 from the charity stripe in the final minute to hang on for the 83-73 victory improving to 8-7 overall and 3-3 in River States Conference. Midway finished the game shooting 35.9 percent overall and 36.7 percent from long distance, while Carlow shot 34.7 percent overall and 21.4 percent from behind the arc. The Eagles also had 21 assists on 23 made field goals with senior guard Gerry Milligan chalking up a game-high eight assists, while not committing a turnover. The Eagles travel to Asbury University on Jan. 12, but then return home Jan. 17 to host the University of Rio Grande at 7:30 p.m. at Marshall Gymnasium.