Andrew McClung, Sports Editor • email@example.com
For the first time in school history, the Emory & Henry men’s basketball team is ranked in D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll.
The Wasps have been clicking on all cylinder recently, winning both of their games last week and improving their record to 16-1 (8-0, ODAC).
Game one against Lyncbhurg College was supposed to be played Wednesday January 17, but it had to be postponed to the next day due to bad weather and poor road conditions.
The game was finally played the very next day, where the Wasps would defeat the Hornets from Lynchburg College 102-81 for what was their fifth straight victory.
The Wasps started off the game very slow, with Lynchburg going up on them 10-3.
However a 14-4 run would put the Wasps up and they never looked back on their way to the victory.
Senior Chase Branscomb from Bristol, Tennessee, had a career night, scoring 34 points. Branscomb also had 11 rebounds, which made it a double-double He became the first player since 2014 to score more than 30 points for the men’s basketball team in a single game. Senior John Shelor also had a good night, scoring 13 points, while sophomore Jarris Hendricks contributed 12 points for the Wasps
The Wasps had short rest befor their next game that Saturday, January 20, against the Randolph-Macon Yellowjackets. The Yellowjackets came into the game tied with E&H for first place in the ODAC. With both teams holding perfect 7-0 conference records. E&H ultimatley won the battle 75-65.
Emory & Henry opened up the game leading 12-5, and never looked back. In the first half, the Wasps led by as much as 18, before going into the locker room leading 38-24. In the second half the Wasps jumped out to a 45-27, lead before the Yellowjackets would go on a 19-0 run, taking the lead 46-45. E&H responded with a run of their own, jumping back ahead 57-48.
Again Chase Branscomb led all scorers with 20 points, on 8 for 12 shooting, and was just one rebound shy of a double-double, with nine rebounds. Junior Alic Wynn also had a good game, just barely getting a double-double, with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
There was one downfall for the Wasps in the game. One of their best players, sophomore Colin Molden went down with an apparent foot injury. The word on the street is that Molden will be out for a month, but should return for the ODAC tournament.
The Wasps are back in action this week, atop the ODAC, with games against Randolph and Bridgewater. Both games are on the road, and the Wasps are favored in both games.
With the Wasps being halfway through their conference schedule, this team is poised for greatness. Knock on wood but I beleive this team is poised for destiny and can make this years NCAA tournament and can win the ODAC.