Drew Ellwanger, Eastside —
Ellwanger sealed the win in the senior day meet for Gardner-Webb over Davidson, 107-98 on Saturday.
The victory-clinching race came in the 100 breaststroke, where Ellwanger won in a time of 58.03.
GWU (2-1) got a huge win late in the meet from senior Drew Ellwanger, of Newborn, who sprinted to a win in the 100 breast to seal the meet for the Runnin’ Bulldog men.
Ellwanger finished the race in 58.03, touching out Davidson senior Drew Onken (58.16). Ellwanger’s nail-biting win over Davidson’s Drew Onken (58.16) came with Gardner-Webb clinging to a 13 point lead and in need of a win. A second place finish (and a 1st place finish by Onken) in the event would have cut GWU’s lead to three points heading into the meet’s final event, the 400 free relay. Davidson would go on to win that event.
"The best way to fire up your team is to get your hand on the wall first," said Ellwanger, who defeated Onken for the first time Saturday. "I’m proud of my guys for the way they swam today."
GWU got a win in the last individual of the night from Ellwanger, who charged late to finish first in the 100 breast. Ellwanger, who trailed at the midpoint of the race, completed a comeback win which meant an 11 point swing in favor of the Runnin’ Bulldogs and mathematically clinched the meet for Gardner-Webb.
Jordan Butts, Alcovy – Butts scored 21 points in
34 minutes as Belhaven fell to Loyola 88-75 Saturday. Butts was 7 of 18 from the field and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line adding four assists in the Blazers’ fourth straight loss.
It came after another big night from Butts, going 8 of 12 from the field and 8 of 17 from the free-throw line for 26 points in a 91-70 loss to William Carey Thursday.
Kate Palo, Alcovy –
Palo played seven minutes, grabbing two rebounds as Georgia College and State lost to USC Aiken 59-39 on Thursday.
Alex Ordu, Newton –
Ordu led Oxford College with 21 points and four rebounds in the Eagles’ first GCAA conference loss of the year, 71-64, to Southern Crescent Technical College Wednesday.
Emili Russ, Newton –
Russ scored two points in five minutes of action in Landers 60-58 loss to Flagler on Saturday.
Stephen Croone, Newton –
Croone led Furman with 14 points and three assists in Furman’s 63-50 loss at Wofford Thursday. Croone was 6 of 7 from the free-throw line and had two rebounds in the Paladins’ loss.
Derrick Henry, Newton –
Henry scored 14 points and made 5 of 10 shots, despite missing a potential game-winner on a one-handed floater with under 23 seconds left in Winthrop’s 58-57 loss to Radford Saturday.
Henry played 25 minutes in Winthrop’s 61-55 win over Winthrop beat Gardner-Webb 61-55 Wednesday.
Jamon Hawkins, Newton –
Hawkins scored nine points and had seven rebounds and five assists in Georgia Southwestern’ 72-69 loss to Columbus State on Saturday. It was the fifth straight loss and ninth in the last 10 games for Georgia Southwestern. In its 78-73 loss to North Georgia Thursday, Hawkins had six points, three assists and two steals.
Worrel Clahar, Alcovy –
DePaul lost its fourth straight, falling 93-55 to Pittsburgh Saturday. Clahar had three points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist in the loss.