(FINDLAY, Ohio) - Normally if a record is broken, it would be preferable to do it in front of the home fans, but if it has to be done on the road, Findlay is an appealing place to do it. That's what happened as Walsh (13-3, 9-3) defeated the Oilers (13-4, 9-4) 81-61 Thursday evening. With the win, Jeff Young moved ahead of Steve Loy with the most wins in the Cavaliers' history with 255 victories.
Young passed Steve Loy, who was 254-130 in 12 years at the helm. The win also puts Walsh back into first place in the GLIAC's South Division by a half game.
After a close first half that saw Walsh take a 37-34 lead into halftime, the Cavaliers controlled the second half as they outscored the Oilers 44-27. The half started much like the first with Walsh going on a 12-2 run to take a 49-36 lead. Findlay answered with five-straight points, but the Cavs kept the pressure on with three of the next four baskets in the game. The last of those was a jumper by Jeff Copeland (Jr., 6-5, Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit) which followed a 3-pointer by Findlay's Greg Kahlig and put Walsh up by double-digits for good.
The Oilers remained competitive and at times had momentum on their side. After a technical foul called on the Cavaliers' bench, Findlay made two free throws and Dylan Kaufman scored a 3-pointer to bring the Oilers within 10 at 61-51.
But every time it seemed like momentum was flowing for Findlay, Walsh answered. On this particular sequence, Brad DuPont (Sr., 6-0, Sr., Massillon, OH/Jackson) answered with a layup. After the Oilers missed a 3-pointer, Chall Montgomery (So., 6-4, Central Catholic/Naval Academy) added a layup of his own for two of his game-high 17 points to make the score 65-51 with 5:50 to play . Findlay could only cut the deficit to 12 the rest of the way and was down by as many as 23 until a buzzer-beating 3-pointer set up the final score.
It was perhaps the finest offensively played game Walsh has had this season. The Cavs made 45.6 percent of their shots with 31-of-68 made from the field and turned over the ball just five times. Walsh also dominated inside as the Cavs' outscored the Oilers 44-14 inside the paint. Walsh also had a 45-36 edge in the rebounding department.
The win puts Walsh in some rare company. In the last 10 years, only five teams have gone into Croy Gymnasium and defeated the hosting Oilers in 166 games. The Cavaliers are also just the second team to win at Findlay in the Oilers' last 94 regular season conference home games. Tiffin defeated Findlay 57-55 last season. Before that, the Oilers' last conference loss was to Gannon by a score of 70-68 in 2004. The last time the Cavaliers won at Findlay game 20 years ago in the 1993-94 season.
The tough schedule against the South Division's top teams continues as the Cavaliers will host Hillsdale on Saturday. Tip-off against the Chargers is set for 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WNPQ FM, 95.9 and streamed live on TEAMLINE.