On January 31 the Bobcats hosted the University of Maine-Farmington and handled them 91-72. Marcus Delpeche ‘17 had a game-high 22 points while Jeff Spellman ‘20 added a career-high 21 points. Nick Gilpin ‘20 gave support off the bench with a career-high 12 points. The Bobcats had four players in double-figures. Isaac Witham led his team with 19 points and Riley Robinson dropped 15 points for UMF.
The Beavers kept it close during the first half but the Bobcats would finish the half strong with a 9-0 run to end the half, giving them a comfortable 44-29 lead. The Beavers would not give up the fight in the second half, cutting the deficit to 8 with 8:10 left in the game. But a 6-0 run and a 9-2 run would solidify the Bobcats’ win. Bates shot the ball well, notching a 54% mark from the field and 48.1% from downtown.
On Friday the team visited Amherst, which is ranked 11th nationally, and lost 74-65 in a NESCAC showdown. Amherst’s Jayde Dawson scored a game-high 27 points, dropping 19 of those in the second half. Marcus Delpeche tallied another double-double and had a team high 17 points and 12 rebounds. Jerome Darling ‘17 and Spellman both added 10 points. The first half was about the Bobcats; they dropped six threes compared to the one made by Amherst which gave Bates a 38-33 lead at the half.
Things would flip in the second half, as Bates missed all seven three-point attempts whereas Amherst converted six of their 14 threes. Amherst would pour it in on the offensive side of the ball outscoring Bates 41-27 to take control of the game the rest of the way. The Bobcats had the lead at 58-51 with 8:32 left in regulation but Amherst responded over the course of six minutes. Amherst went on a 13-0 run to take a 64-58 lead with 2:07 left in the game. Bates never caught up as Amherst put it away. Foul trouble for the Delpeche brothers, who both fouled out, and poor shooting in the second half put Bates in a hole that they did not have enough time to climb out of.
Another tough NESCAC loss came this past Saturday when the Bobcats travelled to Hartford, Connecticut to face Trinity, losing 83-66. The Bantam’s Ed Ogundeko scored a game high 23 points and snagged nine rebounds while Langdon Neal added 14 points and four assists. Marcus had a team high 15 points and Darling tallied 10 points and five assists. Spellman and Tom Coyne ‘20 dropped nine and eight points off the bench, respectively.
The Bantams took a 7-0 lead in the opening 3:22, and led 40-29 at halftime. Trinity increased its advantage to a game-high 20 points at 65-45 with 9:08 left in the game after two Neal free throws, but Bates kept fighting and cut its deficit to single digits at 71-62 with 3:22 on the clock after a big 3-pointer by Coyne. But Trinity went on an 8-0 run in the closing minutes to put it away.
The Bobcat’s final game of the regular season is a NESCAC showdown against Williams, set for Sunday February 12. Marcus Delpeche will be looking to be the 33rd player join the Bates’ 1,000-point career club.