Urbana Defeats Sidney 69-56

By Justin Weller

The game started relatively slow for both teams.  Sidney took the lead early with 3:26 left in the 1st period, but quickly the Hillclimbers reversed the score.

By the end of the 1st the Climbers were in the lead 15-9.  Alex Niswonger, a senior for Urbana, was the leading scorer throughout the game.  Dillon Knueven and Justin LeVan, both seniors, had outstanding performances as well.  All three players were emotional after the game as this was the last time they would ever play in Climber Gymnasium.  The game ended uneventfully with the three seniors receiving a standing ovation as they came off the court for the last time.

Each of the three seniors made great strides throughout their career.  Knueven averaged 7 points and 1 rebound per game in 2013, but greatly improved to almost 12 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 2014.  Niswonger averaged 5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 2013 and increased to 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 2014.  LeVan started at 3 points and 3 rebounds per game in 2013 and improved to 5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 2014.

Special thanks to these seniors and the entire team for giving us a fantastic three years of broadcasting Urbana basketball games.