Basketball

Men’s basketball cruises to conference win

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HOLLAND, Mich. — They say timing is everything.

12 days ago, the Albion College men’s basketball team suffered a crushing five point defeat at the hands of Hope College in non conference play. On Saturday — when it mattered most in conference action — the Britons prevailed on the road, sinking the Flying Dutch, 81-63.

Junior Cortez Garland notched his third straight 20-point game, scoring a game-high 23 points. He was lethal from beyond the arc, knocking down five 3-pointers. The Britons improve to 5-2 on the year and 2-0 in the MIAA.

After five minutes, Albion held a quick 14-4 lead. During the run, all five starters either scored or tallied an assist. Relentless, four minutes elapsed before the visitors increased their lead to 23-8.

A small run by Hope late in the half cut into Albion’s lead, but the visitors had built a commanding enough advantage that the Flying Dutch could not get within single digits. A late three by Hope trimmed the Briton lead to 43-31 at the break.

Out of the half, the Flying Dutch scored the first five points to chip away and cut the deficit to seven points. With 13:43 on the clock, Juwan Perry found Jaylen Ross who knocked down a trey to put the Brits back up 48-39. Following a stop, the Britons added another trey off the hand of Garland to inflate the lead back to double digits.

Albion would hold the momentum for the remainder of the game to cruise to their second straight victory.

Caden Ebeling (14 points) and Mark Tocco (10 point) were the only other Britons in double figures. Perry had a complete day on the stat sheet, scoring six points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out a career-high six assists. Ken Thomas added eight points off the bench on a 4 of 6 shooting afternoon.

Albion turned turnovers into points, using 18 Hope turnovers to score 23 points. Led by Ebeling and Thomas, Albion dominated the inside game, outsourcing the hosts in the paint, 44-30.

Enjoying a breakout season, Garland currently ranks second in the MIAA in points per game and three point percentage. Albion leads the conference in points per game (83.9).

The Brits are currently scheduled to host Kalamazoo College on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. The schedule is subject to change and as always, we will keep you posted at gobrits.com.

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