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Owens men clinch share of league title

03/02/2014, 1:24am EST
By THE BLADE

DAYTON — Owens Community College men's basketball team used a balanced team scoring attack and survived some late-game scares to beat Sinclair CC 104-99 Saturday and claim a share of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship.

John Murry had 22 points and Andy Bachman had 21 for the Express, who won their first title since 2001-02.

Bikramjit Gill produced 20 points and 15 rebounds. Shaakir Lindsey finished with 12 points and a season-high 14 assists.

The action was back-and-forth until the 8:34 mark when Markese Allen sank a jump shot to give the Express their first lead. The Express were able to push the lead to 50-40 at the half.

The Express carried their momentum into the second half and led 70-50 at just over 13 minutes left.

Sinclair cut the deficit to a three after a Conner Myslowski 3-pointer with 3:38 left.

Edmond Early, Jr., led all bench scorers for the Express with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting.

The Express finished the game 37-for-68 (54.4 percent) from the field, 12-for-25 (48 percent) from 3-point range, and 18-for-25 (72 percent) from the foul line.

Richard Weaver led Sinclair with 18 points.

The No. 10-ranked Express (24-5, 11-1) shares the championship, along with Cincinnati State.

Owens will open district tournament play Friday with a rematch against Sinclair (21-8, 6-6).

WOMEN

OWENS 111, SINCLAIR 66

DAYTON— Zhana Randolph had 18 points to lead seven players in double figures as the No. 5 Express women closed the regular season in record setting fashion with a win over Sinclair CC.

The Express jumped on Sinclair early, draining their first four field goals, all from 3-point range, and led 14-0 with 17:31 left in the first.

Owens led by as many as 23 in the half before taking a 60-39 lead into the break.

Kamilah Carter opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers, before Eboni Adams hit a layup to give the Express a 68-39 lead with 17:42 remaining.

Also scoring in double figures for Owens were Ashley Tunstall (16 points), Maura Hackney (14), Carter (17), Paige Wright (12), Adams (10), and Imani Vickers with 11.

The Express (25-2, 11-1) will open up district tournament play at 1 p.m. Friday against the winner of Sinclair and Edison.

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