Hanover drops road tilt at Defiance

The Hanover College men’s basketball squad’s four-game winning streak against Defiance College (Ohio) came to an end with a 75-58 loss to the Yellow Jackets, Saturday, Dec. 8, in Defiance, Ohio.

Sophomore guard Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 11 points and freshman forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) added 10 off the bench to lead Hanover, which slipped to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with the setback.

Drew Frizell netted 17 points to pace Defiance, which improved to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the league.

The conference clash was never more than a two-possession spread before an eight-minute stretch late in the opening half allowed the Yellow Jackets to get away.

Van Kleunen converted a three-point play to pull Hanover within 21-18 with 8:20 left in the first period. Defiance countered with a 20-6 run through the next seven minutes to sprint ahead 41-24 with one minute left in the half.

The Yellow Jackets would hold the double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Van Kleunen, who has reached double figures in three of his past four games, nailed a three-pointer to get Hanover within 48-36 with 12:41 left in the game. Frizell, though, made back-to-back treys in the following minute to raise the lead to 18 points (54-36).

Hanover, however, made a final charge.

Bass scored from inside, senior forward Brian Gunter (Louisville, Ky.) hit a three-pointer and senior guard Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.) had a layup on a fast break to cut the margin to 56-44 with 8:37 on the clock.

That is as close as the Panthers would get down the stretch.

Behind eight points from Ryan Hicks, Defiance countered with a 12-4 run during the next five minutes. The late burst allowed the Yellow Jackets to extend the lead to 68-48 with 3:08 left and lock up the win.

Hanover, which committed just six turnovers, hit 21-of-65 field goals (32.3%), but was only 3-of-27 from three-point range (11.1%). Defiance made 29-of-58 from the floor (50%), including eight three-pointers.

Gunter led the Panthers with seven rebounds, while freshman swingman Jacob Steinhart (Mount Vernon, Ind.) added six boards off the bench.

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