Andrew McClung, Sports Editor • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emory & Henry mens basketball team had another horendous week, losing two more games. The two losses put the Wasps on a four game losing streak, after starting the season 18-1 and 10-0 in conference play, the Wasps are now 18-5 (10-4, ODAC).
Game one last week pitted E&H against Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Guilford College. Earlier in the season the Wasps defeated the Quakers 95-77 at Guilford. This time the Quakers came in looking to steal a win from the Wasps and that they would do. Guilford defeated the Wasps 79-64, giving the Wasps their third straight loss.
It was a back and fort game with the Wasps and Quakers trading buckets, with Guilford leading 36-33 at the half.. The second half would be a different story, with Guilford running away with the game. E&H shot under 40% in the half, leading to their loss. Senior John Shelor led the Wasps in scoring on the night with 20 points. Shelor scored on four of those points in the second half. Right behind him in scoring was senior Chase Branscomb with 18 points. Even with the loss, the Wasps remained in first place, tied with Randolph-Macon College. That also set up a first place showdown for their game that Saturday against Randolph-Macon in Ashland, Virginia.
This time the Wasps would suffer another heartbreaking loss 63-59, against the Yellowjackets. The Wasps earlier this season had defeated RMC 75-65, and were looking to sweep the season series.
The Wasps played from behind the entrie game not leading a single time. Sophomore Daniel Spencer led the Wasps all across the board, with 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Spencer was just three assists shy of a triple double. Chase Branscomb had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
There was one bright spot in the game for Emory & Henry. Senior Chase Branscomb from Bristol, Tennessee, recored his 1,000th point as a Wasp. Branscomb is the second Wasp to achieve that milestone this season. His roommate John Shelor, also a senior scored his 1,000th point earlier this season.
The Wasps have two games left in the regular season, both this week.
Wednesday February 14, the Wasps play their final home game of the season, hosting Washington & Lee, and on Saturday February 17 travel to Harrisburg to play Eastern Mennonite University.