by Tim Miller
The Cedarville Yellow Jackets probably didn’t need an entire week to prepare for Wilberforce. That’s about all that can be said.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 14-8 (9-3 G-MAC) in their 98-51 demolition of non-conference Wilberforce on Saturday night. The win was Cedarville’s sixth in a row, as the Yellow Jackets are getting hot at the right time and prepare to move up in the conference.
Sophomore forward Isaiah Speelman led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points. Senior center Seth Dittmer scored a career-high 11 points. The scoring was well spread out, as those were the only two Yellow Jackets in double figures.
Sophomore guard Branden Maughmer began the game with a highlight slam, driving from the top of the key to the right side of the cup, punching the ball through the hoop. Sohpomore center Kollin Van Horn would keep the Yellow Jackets hot, scoring the next six points to put Cedarville up 8-3 with 17:19 on the clock.
The Yellow Jackets continued to run away from Wilberforce early, and senior guard Demond Parker swished a triple out of a timeout to push Cedarville’s margin to 18-10. On the next possession, Speelman used his post moves to give the Yellow Jackets a 20-10 lead with 11 minuets left. Speelman stayed hot, hitting three more triples in a row to put the Yellow Jackets up 29-11 in the next two minutes.
Wilberforce struggled to stay alive for much of the first half, but a couple quick buckets brought the Bulldogs within 12 with under six minutes left. However, Cedarville responded quickly, pushing its lead back up to 18 in less than two minutes. After Dittmer made a free throw, Cedarville led 38-20 with four minutes left.
Cedarville’s largest lead of the first half came after Dittmer jammed home a lob, putting Cedarville up 42-20. At halftime, the Yellow Jackets held a strangling 48-22 margin.
Speelman scored 13 points in the half and Green added nine. Both Maughmer and Dittmer chipped in seven.
In the second half, Cedarville continued to cruise. The Yellow Jackets’ largest lead of the game was 50.
Cedarville will return to G-MAC play on Thursday when the Yellow Jackets welcome Malone to the Callan Athletic Center to close out a five-game homestand. The Yellow Jackets handled Malone in Canton in the first matchup of the season, winning 80-66.
Editor’s note: During the game, Cedarville’s detailed digital scoring system failed. Rebounds, assists, field goal percentage, and the likes were not available. All scoring numbers in this article are unofficial.
Tim Miller is a senior Marketing major, editor-in-chief and sports editor for Cedars. He enjoys having a baby face, knowing too much about health insurance, and striving to perfect the optimal combination of Dwight Schrute and Ron Swanson.