Moundbuilders drop third straight game

Southwestern College sophomore guard Justin Criddle looks to pass while being guarded by Avila guard Trey Heinrich during Wednesday night’s game at Stewart Field House. Criddle turned in a big second half, finishing with 27 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

The Southwestern College men’s basketball team lost to Avila 90-84 in KCAC action Wednesday night at Stewart Field House.

Looking to snap a two-game losing streak, the Moundbuilders (4-3, 0-3 KCAC) were on the receiving end of another team’s best shot, led by Avila’s Shandon Boone.

Southwestern trailed at halftime for the third straight game, 44-36 after a 19-point half from Boone.

A big part of Avila’s early success came from behind the arc. The Eagles (3-3, 2-1) ended the first half 9 of 19 from downtown.

Avila scored the first two baskets of the second half and prevented the Builders from drawing to within nine points for the next 13 minutes, building the lead as high as 18.

Trailing 70-53, the Builders went on a 21-10 run to cut the deficit to six with just more than three minutes remaining.

Sophomore Justin Criddle had a big second half, finishing with 27 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

Criddle crumpled to the ground on the final basket of the run, a layup in traffic, forcing him to exit the game. With junior Noah Webster sustaining an injury in the first half, senior De’Rias Johnson was key to Southwestern’s comeback effort, finishing with 13 points and five rebounds off the bench.

After a bucket from Boone to move Avila’s lead to eight, Criddle re-entered the game to hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 1:45 left as Southwestern pulled to within two, 82-80. Boone, however, made big play after big play on the other end, this time converting an and-1 opportunity to stretch it back to five en route to a 39-point game.

Senior Andrew Hamm finished with 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Junior Ahmad Pratt added 12 points, while junior Troy Baker grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

The loss is the third straight for the Builders, who play at 5 p.m. Saturday at McPherson. The Bulldogs (4-3, 1-2) fell to Friends 74-72 on Wednesday.

 

Friends 90, Southwestern 84

AVILA (3-3, 2-1)

Shandon Boone 13-23 7-8 39, Brandon Phillips 4-10 0-0 9, Trey Heinrich 1-5 2-5 4, Jaylin Dinkins 2-4 0-0 6, Dylan DeShazer 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Matthews 3-5 3-3 10, Clarence Johnson IV 0-0 0-0 0, Tremaine Banks 1-1 0-0 3, Donte’ Simpson 1-3 5-6 8, Eric Smith Jr. 5-11 0-0 11. Totals 30-63 17-22 90.

SOUTHWESTERN (4-3, 0-3)

De’Rias Johnson 3-6 6-8 13, Andrew Hamm 6-15 2-2 20, Jarehn White 0-7 0-0 0, Justin Criddle 8-23 8-9 27, Dayton McGroarty 0-0 0-0 0, Geoff Salas 1-1 0-0 3, Lorenzo Martinez 1-1 0-0 2, Cooper Pierce 0-1 0-0 0, Noah Webster 0-1 0-0 0, Ahmad Pratt 4-9 2-2 12, Troy Baker 2-3 0-0 5, Quintin Wallace 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-69 18-21 84.

 

Halftime: Avila 44-36. 3-Point goals: Avila 13-32 (Boone 6-12, Phillips 1-5, Heinrich 0-2, Dinkins 2-3, Matthews 1-2, Banks 1-1, Simpson 1-3, Smith Jr 1-4); Southwestern 14-38 (Johnson 1-2, Hamm 6-12, White 0-7, Criddle 3-8, Salas 1-1, Pratt 2-7, Baker 1-1). Rebounds: Avila 38 (Smith 11); Southwestern 43 (Baker 13). Assists: Avila 13 (Boone 4, Simpson 4); Southwestern 14 (Criddle 8). Steals: Avila 7 (Simpson 4); Southwestern 4 (Hamm 3). Blocks: Avila 2 (Matthews 1, Simpson 1); Southwestern 1 (Pratt). Turnovers: Avila 14, Southwestern 16. Fouled out: none. Total fouls: Avila 19, Southwestern 17. Technicals: Johnson IV.

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