Chowan teams suffer setbacks on the road

Published 9:44 am Thursday, December 22, 2022

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Chowan’s men’s and women’s basketball teams hit the road earlier this week with both suffering setbacks.

In Hickory, NC, the men’s team led by double-digits along with having a chance at the end of regulation and overtime, but couldn’t get shots to fall at the most critical times in suffering a 66-64 setback at Lenoir-Rhyne on Monday.

Jay Estime paced the Hawks with 14 points. Daylan Askew and RJ Wilson posted 10 points each. Skyler Davies collected nine points.

Isaac Hippolyte hauled in 10 rebounds, while Cheick Traore added eight.

Chowan led 46-35 in the second half, but the home team kept chipping away. The game was tied at 60-60 with under 10 seconds left in regulation. The Hawks called a timeout to draw up the final possession. Wilson would hit the front end of the rim at the buzzer to head to overtime.

In the extra session, Lenoir-Rhyne scored in transition on back-to-back possessions to take a 64-60 lead. The Hawks ended a nearly four-minute drought as Hippolyte finished off a miss. Estime would answer the L-R basket to keep the contest a one possession contest, 66-64.

The Hawks had several chances late in the frame but could not score inside the paint. Chowan would grab the rebound following a missed free throw with 8.0 remaining. Chase Barnett’s jumper from the elbow would not go at the buzzer.

Chowan (6-5 overall) will take the rest of 2022 off as the Hawks return to the court on Jan. 4 on the road against North Greenville in Conference Carolinas action.

Also on Monday, the Chowan women’s team took on defending national champions Glenville State (West Virginia) and were handed a 102-76 loss on the road.

Destiny Robinson led a trio of Hawks in double-figures with 16 points and nine rebounds. Imani Hickman collected her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Aniah Patterson scored 10 points.

Chowan shot 64.3% from the floor in the first quarter, where they led 28-23, and finished the game shooting 49.2% from the floor. The Hawks turned the ball over 35 times leading to 36 points for the Pioneers.

Glenville State rallied from that first quarter deficit by outscoring Chowan 58-30 over the next two periods to seize control of the game.

Chowan (7-4 overall) will take the rest of the holiday break off until the Hawks travel to an old league foe on Dec. 31 to take on Bowie State. Tip-off is slated for 2 pm.