On Sunday afternoon, Wilmington University snapped Goldey-Beacom Lightning’s six game winning streak by winning 85-76 at the WU Athletics complex. Wilmington now has back to back victories in their pocket.
This game was not just any ordinary game, this one was for the fallen firefighters in Delaware in 2016. In the Womens and Men’s game the two teams honored local firefighters. The two school also raised $5,000 dollars to give to the local families of the fallen firefighters.
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Our ceremonial opening tip honoring our local heroes right before the start of #WilmUWBasketball and Goldey-Beacom. We welcomed Frank Maule from the Wilmington Fire Department to come out today, as both teams are taking part in our Playing For Our Heroes game. #UntamedCats #heroes
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.@wilmingtonuniversity #WilmUAthletics and @gbclightning all came together to help support the families of the fallen firefighters at Wilmington and Lewes this past year. #WilmUWBasketball, #WilmUMBasketball and the Lightning raised $5,000 to give to the Association! #LocalHeroes #ComingTogether
Then it was time for the two teams to take the court and battle. It all started when Wilmington took a early 5-3 lead which did not last very long with Goldey-Beacom tying it up a couple minutes later. Pretty much until the 6:30 mark in the first half the two teams were just trading baskets and the lead.
Then around the 5:56 mark in the first half, the Wildcats caught fire and went on a 10-0 run to put the score 32-23. Miles Gillette led the Wildcats with 6 points and a offensive rebound during the run. After this run, the Wildcats would never let go of the lead for the rest of the game.
Goldey-Beacom was not just going to go away they fought back and went on their own 8-0 run to close the lead to 34-31.
Omari Dill-Pettiford had two baskets at the end of the half to help push Wilmington’s lead to 40-33.
Wildcats out rebounded the Lighting 23-15 in the first half.
Wilmington shot 18-30 from the field and Goldey-Beacom shot 12 for 39 in the first half.
Omari Dill-Pettiford led the Wildcats in points with 15 in the first half.
Riyan Williams led the Lighting with 12 points in the first half.
In the second half, Wilmington would go up by double digits multiple times but those pesky Lightning kept battling back and push it back within a single digit deficit. With time running out, Goldey-Beacom had to foul to stay in the game but the Wildcats did not falter and hit 8 out of their 9 free throw shots to seal the win.
Omari Dill-Pettiford led the Wildcats in points for the game with 21.
Four other Wilmington’s players hit in double digits with points and they were Tyaire Ponzo-Meek (20), Drew Johnson (13), Masner Beauplan (10) and Miles Gillette (10).
Wilmington (8-5, 4-1 CACC) has two weeks off before heading to the District of Columbia on January 2nd. Tip off is at 6pm.
DE SPORTS BLITZ PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
Wildcats: Omari Dill-Pettiford who had 21 points, 3 rebounds ( all defensive), 1 assist, 2 steals and went 4 for 4 from the free throw line.
Lighting: Dante Thompson who had 27 points, 8 rebounds ( 5 offensive, 3 defensive), 2 assist, 1 steal, 1 block and went 9 for 11 at the free throw line.
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