Men win over Tiffin

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Noah Cloonan

Coach John Ellenwood gets his 100th career win as the Ashland Eagles (16-4, 10-4) rode the hot hand of Boo Osborne and cruised to a 70-51 victory over the Tiffin Dragons (10-11, 6-8).

The Eagles got out to an early lead and led 7-2 after an Adrian Cook three-pointer just over two minutes into the game. The Dragons closed the lead to 9-8 and took the lead on an Alex Brown layup with 11:49 to go in the first half.

The Eagles went on a 6-0 run and from there they never looked back. After a Chrishean Marsden  (26 points and 10 rebounds) layup to make it 25-18, the Eagles knocked down three 3-pointers, including two by Boo Osborne, to stretch the lead to 34-18.

The Eagles took a 36-24 lead into the locker room at halftime and came out on fire in the second half. Osborne made a three-point shot to start the second half followed by a layup by Adrian Cook to extend the lead to 41-24.

The Dragons clawed their way back into the game and closed the gap to 48-46 after a Tony Kynard three-pointer.

From there the Eagles once again took control of the game. They finished the game on an 8-0 run to give John Ellenwood his 100th victory at Ashland University.

“We shot the ball really well today,” said head coach John Ellenwood. “Boo had a great game for us.”

Boo Osborne led all Eagle scorers with 20 points including five of nine from behind the arc. He also chipped in four rebounds, two assists, and three steals.

“They were really long and really big,” said Osborne. “They have like two seven-footers on the team and you know you can’t get the shots you normally get.”

The Eagles did a great job of moving the ball around and getting everyone involved in the game. Wendell Davis, the Eagle’s leading scorer averaging over 19 points a game, had only three points in the contest, but he had six assists and played lockdown defense to help his team to the victory.

“Wendell would be the first one to tell you he doesn’t care about that,” said Ellenwood. “It’s just about winning.”

Davis also recorded five rebounds bringing him to 503 rebounds in his career at Ashland University. He is the ninth player in school history to score over 1000 points as well as grab over 500 rebounds.

Ellenwood’s 100th victory came in his seventh season as the head coach of the Eagles.

“Its special because you feel like you’re building something here,” said Coach Ellenwood. “Its something that Ashland can be proud of.

Osborne said Ellenwood is really emotional, energetic and just wants to win.

“He’s, I wouldn’t say feisty, he is like the level over feisty,” said Osborne.

This championship attitude has been passed down to his players and because of it the Eagles are winning a lot of games.

“It’s real fun actually,” said Osborne. “We feel like we hit our stride right now.”

The Eagles have won six of their last eight games and will head to play Lake Erie (8-12, 5-9) on Monday looking to extend their win streak to four games.