HC Cagers Beat La Roche; Head to AMCC Semifinals

Release Date:
February 21, 2006
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Hot Shooting Opens Big Second Half

HAMBURG, NY – Hilbert College shot 69.6% in the second half Tuesday night to help propel the Hawks to a 77-63 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Tournament win over visiting La Roche College. The win sends the #4 seeded men’s basketball team to Friday night’s semifinal round against #1 seed Lake Erie College.

With eight different lead changes during the first half, it took a long three pointer by Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) with 00:02 remaining to put the Hawks in front 34-32 at the intermission. The Hawks would lead by as many as 19 in the second stanza after a jumper by Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) pushed the score to 75-56 with 4:16 remaining. Hilbert connected on 16 of 23 second half field goal attempts while holding La Roche to just 30.8% from the field (8 of 26).

“The coaching staff is very pleased with our performance tonight”, commented Hilbert head coach Rob deGrandpre. “We had some people step-up and make some big plays and we got a huge lift from our bench. It was a great team effort”. The Hawks finally settled down at the foul line where they connected on 13 of 16 attempts on the night while a stiff defense forced 20 La Roche turnovers.

Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) led all scorers with 23 points while Vander Sluis finished with 16 points and a team high six rebounds. Ufland finished with all 12 of his points coming from behind the arc. La Roche (10-16) was able to stay in the game by making 11 of 27 three-point attempts and were led by Zach Kostorick’s 16 points in a losing effort.

Hilbert (12-13) will head to Painesville, OH to take on the Lake Erie College Storm (19-6) at 6:00 pm Friday night. The winner will face either #2 University of Pitt-Greensburg (16-9) or #6 Frostburg State (11-15) in Saturday’s 3:00 pm championship game. The AMCC Tournament winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.