The PioSphere Weekly Forecast: 12/3/12

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Despite having one of the strongest senior classes in recent years, this week’s performance comes from first-year Parker Stansberry during the men’s basketball victory over Anderson University on Saturday. Stansberry finished with twelve points total, ten of which came during a 14-0 Pioneer run during the second half that sealed the 75-45 victory over the Ravens.

Matchups of the Week: Both the men and women’s basketball Pioneers face off against Earlham College at 7:30pm on Wednesday. The women, travelling to Earlham, will face their first conference road test against the Quakers and look to rely on their young core group of scorers (the top four being sophomores or younger) for the win. Returning home after a 2-1 road trip, the men continue to be led by the strong group of seniors (with solid contributions made by younger players) and seek a strong start in conference play.

Player to Watch: The men’s basketball Pioneers have been led in both scoring and rebounds so far this season by senior Ethan Spurlin, who contributed a double-double in the tough overtime loss to Centre last Wednesday. Look for Spurlin to continue this performance at home against the Earlham Quakers.

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