Yellow Jackets Triumph in Close Game Against Miami-Hamilton

By Hanna Young

Landen Swanner for the Yellow Jackets struck first, sinking a three pointer to give Defiance the first lead of the game. The scoring went back and forth for a while, Defiance still maintaining the lead majority of the first half. The Harriers earned a one-point lead early in the game after a foul shot. The Yellow Jackets answered with a three pointer by Landen Swanner and then a jump shot by Sherrod Brooks to add a few points to Defiance’s lead. With less than a minute left in the game, Will Gehlhausen made two three pointers to extend Defiance’s lead to 8 heading into halftime.

It was the Harriers who struck first in the second half, making a pair of free throws. Jakob Trevino swished a three pointer to score the first points of the half for Defiance. Miami-Hamilton gained the lead just once in the second half after a jump shot gave them a one point advantage. The lead was quickly regained by Defiance when Clay McCorkle swished his own jump shot. This was followed by a free throw by Cam Martin and then a three pointer by Clay McCorkle to extend the regained lead. The Yellow Jacket’s remained in the lead nearing the end of the second half going on a brief scoring run to keep Miami-Hamilton at bay. Landen Swanner made a three pointer, followed by a pair of free throws by Clay McCorkle. The Harriers then made a three pointer which was followed by a pair of free throws from Defiance’s Cole Wojciechowski. The Harriers score one final basket to end the game with a final score in favor of the Yellow Jackets 71-68.

The Yellow Jackets not only recorded the most points in the contest, but they also had the most rebounds, offensively and defensively. There were 37 rebounds, 26 of which were defensive. Cole Wojciechowski led the team in defensive rebounds with 6, followed by Will Gehlhausen and Cam Martin who each added 4. Sherrod Brooks, Jordyn Jury, and Cam Martin each captured 2 offensive rebounds for the Yellow Jackets. Sherrod Brooks led the team in points scored earning 13 points, Landen Swanner, and Clay McCorkle followed closely behind scoring 11 and 10 respectively. Sherrod Brooks also led the team in steals recording 3 of the team’s 5 steals. Defiance also recorded 19 assists, Landen Swanner led with 6, he was followed closely by Jakob Trevino who added in 4. 

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Saturday, November 18th 2023, against Kalamazoo at 2pm. 

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