Hanover's men's basketball team was bumped out of a four-way tie for first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 59-51 overtime loss at Defiance (Ohio) on Saturday.

Tied 48-48 early in the extra session, Defiance surged ahead 54-48 with 1:22 on the clock. Tim Bass cut the margin in half on a 3-pointer with 1:09 left, but the Panthers were 0-for-3 from the floor the rest of the way.

Defiance, which has lost six of its last eight against Hanover, led 27-19 late in the first half and had a 29-21 cushion in the opening minute of the second period.

Bass scored six points to key an 11-1 run which allowed the Panthers to take a 32-30 lead with 11:21 on the clock.

Hanover (11-6, 7-3 HCAC) eased ahead 39-34 with 8:28 to go, but the Yellow Jackets chipped away at the margin and forged a 40-40 tie with fewer than five minutes to play in regulation.

The teams went nearly three minutes without a point down the stretch. Defiance, however, eventually grabbed a 46-44 lead on a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left.

Hanover worked the clock and Kyle James was just off the mark with a jumper in the closing seconds. Michael Van Kleunen camped under the bucket, collected the rebound and scored from point-blank range with 5.5 seconds left to force the overtime.

Bass posted game highs with 21 points and four assists to lead Hanover. Bernard Edwards had 19 points for Defiance, which raised its record to 12-4 overall and 8-2 in the HCAC.

After shooting better than 52 percent in five of its last six outings, Hanover was 22-of-63 from the field (34.9 percent) and hit only 2-of-15 3-point attempts (13.3 percent). The Panthers made 5-of-7 free throws (71 percent), but were outscored 20-5 at the charity stripe.

Hanover hosts Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) on Wednesday.

Women rally late, pull away for 88-77 win in overtime

Juniors Alicia Hopkins and Caitlin Bischoff each scored career highs to lead Hanover's women to an 88-77 overtime victory at Defiance (Ohio) on Saturday.

Hopkins, from Columbus, netted a career-best 25 points and Bischoff, from Atlanta, Ind., set a personal mark with 20 to lead the Panthers. Jessie Davidson, a freshman from Lexington, Ind., added 13 points, marking her eighth-straight outing in double figures. Sophomore Kelsey Block from Madison chipped in 11 off the bench.

Hanover (9-8, 7-3 Heartland) used a 5-0 run in the final two minutes of regulation to force the extra session, then outscored Defiance 19-8 in overtime to post its fourth win in a row.

Hopkins, who tallied 17 of her points in the second half, scored from inside to tie the game at 69-69 with 29 seconds left. She grabbed a rebound off the Yellow Jackets' shot in the closing seconds to preserve the tie in regulation.

In the five-minute overtime, Bischoff scored seven points and Davidson added six as the Panthers pulled away to seal the program's seventh win in its last eight meetings with Defiance.

With the teams knotted at 71-71, Bischoff hit a 3-pointer and later added a bucket from inside to key a 9-1 burst during a two and one-half minute stretch to push Hanover ahead 80-72 with 90 seconds to play.

The Yellow Jackets (8-9, 4-6 HCAC) trailed just 80-75 with 1:18 left, but Megan Caudill scored from inside to increase the margin to 82-75 with 1:04 on the clock.

In the final 42 seconds, Shauna Watson hit a pair of free throws and Davidson made 4-of-4 from the foul stripe to seal the Panthers' fifth road win of the season.

Hanover was just 26-of-72 from the field (36.1 percent), but dropped in a season-high 11 3-pointers and made 25-of-30 free throws (83.3 percent). The Panthers were outrebounded 58-42 but forced 30 turnovers and totaled 15 steals.

Hopkins had nine boards, while Bischoff and Caudill each pulled down eight boards to lead the effort on the glass. Hopkins and Caudill also grabbed four steals each.

Hanover travels to Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) on Wednesday.


Saturday's Men's Game

at Defiance, Ohio


HANOVER (11-6, 7-3 HCAC) - Bass 21, James 9, Van Kleunen 8, Billups 6, Muchmore 4, Rieger 3, Black 0, Crabtree 0, Bingham 0, Steinhart 0.

DEFIANCE (13-4, 8-2 HCAC) - Edwards 19, Roth 16, Hicks 15, Schomaeker 5, Wooley 4, Tietje 0, Frizell 0, Reed 0, Fair 0.

Halftime - Defiance 27-21. End of Regulation - Tied 46-46. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 2 (Bass 2), Defiance 3 (Roth 2, Schomaeker 1). Rebounds - Hanover 35 (Van Kleunen 7), Defiance 42 (Roth 9). Assists - Hanover 7 (Bass 4), Defiance 6 (Roth 3). Total Fouls - Hanover 19, Defiance 12. Free Throws - Hanover 5-7, Defiance 20-26. Fouled Out - Hanover: Rieger. Next Game - Hanover hosts Mount St. Joseph Wednesday. Defiance hosts Bluffton Wednesday.


Saturday's Women's Game

at Defiance, Ohio


HANOVER (9-8, 7-3 HCAC) - Hopkins 25, Bischoff 20, Davidson 13, Block 11, Caudill 8, Weddle 5, Watson 4, Malloy 2, Meyer 0.

DEFIANCE (7-10, 4-6 HCAC) - Zachrich 14, King 14, Tietje 14, Williams 12, Bingley 11, Harshman 10, Birchmeier 2, Smay 0.

Halftime - Hanover 32-31. End of Regulation - Tied 69-69. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 11 (Bischoff 4, Block 3, Hopkins 3, Caudill 1), Defiance 6 (Williams 2, King 2, Zachrich 2). Rebounds - Hanover 42 (Hopkins 9), Defiance 58 (Bingley 12). Assists - Hanover 18 (Watson 4), Defiance 18 (Bingley 6). Total Fouls - Hanover 16, Defiance 20. Free Throws - Hanover 25-30, Defiance 13-20. Fouled Out - Defiance: Bingley. Next Game - Hanover at Mount St. Joseph Wednesday. Defiance visits Bluffton Saturday.