The Hanover (Ind.) College men's basketball team defeated Rose-Hulman Institute 69-66 in a tightly contested game last Wednesday to cling to a tie for first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Unfortunately, the Panthers tripped in their final league game Saturday, a 72-63 setback at Anderson, while Manchester defeated Transylvania to claim the crown and earn the right to host the postseason tournament.
Wednesday's win did enable Hanover (18-6, 14-4 HCAC) to avenge a 66-64 loss to Rose-Hulman (16-9, 10-8) in Terre Haute on Jan. 19.
The images you see here, including the above battle for a second-half rebound among Hanover's Jacob Rieger (white jersey) and Rose-Hulman's Julian Strickland (left) and Brenton Balsbaugh, are from Wednesday's game at Hanover's Horner Health and Recreation Center. To peruse a full gallery of photos from the game, follow this link.
Above: Grant Pangallo of Hanover spies a path of open space in the lane, but it turned out to be fleeting. A few moments later, once the opening had dissipated, he launched a drive to the basket using a circuitous route to his right.
Above: Hanover's Mike Case (40) gets to the ball first on this offensive rebound in the first half.
Above and below: Drake Hendricks slices through Rose-Hulman defenders Jordy Martin (25) and Brenton Balsbaugh during a drive through the lane. Martin's hand offered a momentary obstacle; Hendricks made it through to put up the layup.
Above: Mike Case (40) ponders the best way to get off a shot around Rose-Hulman's Spencer Harlan.
Above: The Engineers' James Pillischafske was helped off the court after a tumble under the basket on the defensive end in the first half.
Above and below: Hanover guard Grant Pangallo on two of several drives to the basket. The one above is in the first half, the one below in the second.
Above: Rose-Hulman's Austin Weatherford contests Hanover's Mitchell Meyer (42) and Mike Case for possession of this second-half rebound.