Hoppa's 28, Songster's 22 not enough to overcome early deficit against Wasps

Hoppa's 28, Songster's 22 not enough to overcome early deficit against Wasps

The Emory & Henry Wasps used a 60% shooting effort along with 46 points in the paint to defeat the Maryville College Scots 98-91 in Emory, Virginia on Saturday evening.


In the first half, the NCAA Division III rivals battled to an 8-8 tie in the first five minutes before the Wasps went on a 12-0 run featuring a pair of treys and a lay-up by Colin Molden. Key three-pointers by Dante Hoppa and Emanuelle Garcia brought the Scots to within a basket at the 6:43 mark.


Maryville's Danterrius Bray dropped a running jumper with five minutes remaining to give the Scots their first lead since tip-off. With less than two minutes left before intermission, Calvin Songster's shot tied the game at 34-34. Emory & Henry's Chase Branscomb took over the final 1:44 with a three-pointer and an additional pair of buckets to give the Wasps a 41-34 lead at halftime.


At the break, Maryville was paced by Songster's 9 points with Hoppa tossing in eight. The Wasps shot an amazing 55% from the floor behind Molden's 14 points while Branscomb added nine points and six rebounds.


In the final period, the Wasps extended their lead to as much as 13 with MC battling back with each possession. Emory & Henry finished the game outrebounding the Scots 35-25 taking advantage of second shot and fast break point opportunities.


A pair of Kaleb Estes' treys and Dante Hoppa finishing strong at the free throw line (10-for-13) pulled Maryville to within four (95-91) towards the final whistle. The Wasps closed out their free throw opportunities to defeat the Scots 98-91.


Maryville (0-2) finished the challenge paced by Dante Hoppa's 28 points on 7-of-11 shooting including a 4-of-7 effort from beyond the arc. Calvin Songster equaled Hoppa's long-distance attack while finishing 8-of-13 from the floor for 22 points. Daquan Summers and Kaleb Estes added 11 points each for the Scots who shot 48 % from the floor and 50% (13-for-26) from long distance.


Emory & Henry (2-0) shined behind the double-double effort of Chase Branscomb. He deposited a game-high 23 points while hauling down a game-high 10 rebounds. Colin Molden added 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Tharon Suggs, Daniel Spencer, Alic Wynn, and John Shelor completed the Wasps' double-digit scorers with 15, 14, 12, and 11 respectively. E&H finished 35-of-58 from the floor to preserve their early lead.


The Scots will look to turn around their fortune next Tuesday when they welcome The University of the South-Sewanee to the Boydson Baird Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Randy Lambert Court.