Randolph and Hampden-Sydney basketball enter Bojangles Holiday Challenge with momentum
Lynchburg, Va. -
The top two teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference thus far, Randolph College and Hampden-Sydney, welcome John Hopkins and Huntingdon College to the area this weekend as the programs take part in the annual Bojangles Holiday Challenge at Hampden-Sydney.
Off to their best start in program history, Randolph enters the challenge undefeated at 9 – 0 in large part to Colton Hunt.
Hunt, the ODAC’s leading scorer, has been lights out this season averaging over 26 points and six boards a game, both team highs. To put what Hunt has done into perspective, no other player in the ODAC averages more than 20 points game and he has scored 83 more points than the second leading scorer, Roanoke’s Kwami Amponsah.
Hunt has led the WildCats in scoring every game this season, but he has not done it alone, as junior Mike Ehilegbu and first year guard, Evan Horn, have played great as well. Ehilegbu is the only other WildCat that averages double figures with 12.4 points a game and is second in rebounds with just over five a game. Horn has been important to the WildCats offense as well, averaging a team high 3.2 assists a game while shooting 45 percent from beyond the arch.
While their offense has been on point, so has their defense, as the WildCats have outscored their opponents by an average of 19.7 points a game, well enough for second in the conference behind the Tigers of Hampden-Sydney.
Sydney (9 – 1 / 3 – 0) also enters the challenge this weekend on a win streak after knocking off Marygrove, 70 – 55, last week to earn their seventh consecutive victory. In that contest, junior Khobi Williamson finished with a career high 26 points to lead the Tigers to the double digit win.
After falling to North Carolina Wesleyan on a buzzer beater a few weeks back, Sydney has looked nearly unbeatable since then, in large part to their explosive offense. Behind senior Harrison George and Williamson, who average 15.2 and 12.8 points per game respectively, the Tigers average an ODAC high 91.6 points per game and outscore their opponents by over 26 points a game as well.
While both programs are 3 – 0 in conference play thus far and first and second in the conference standings respectively, we unfortunately have to wait until Jan. 23 to see the WildCats and Tigers face off. Although #1 in the nation, Virginia Wesleyan, will not be in attendance this weekend, the challenge should give us a good indication of how two of the top three ODAC powerhouses measure up.
Sydney kicks off the challenge Saturday evening at 5 pm against Huntingdon, before Randolph takes on John Hopkins at 7 pm. The ODAC foes will then switch opponents Sunday afternoon with Randolph taking on Huntingdon at 2 pm and Sydney taking on Hopkins at 4 pm