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Fate of Oilers hinges on success in the GLIAC tournament

By BRIAN LESTER

As the University of Findlay men’s basketball team finished off Hillsdale College Saturday afternoon, capping the regular season with a 74-66 win over the Chargers, the attention shifted to the postseason.

It is a postseason where the Oilers have no room for error. And their quest for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament title begins Wednesday against Ferris State at Croy Gymnasium.

No one has a clue what the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional committee will do Sunday night when it sits down to sort out the bracket, but for the Oilers, their sure-fire way into the dance is to win the conference tournament this week to grab an automatic bid.

This is not the year where Findlay wants to leave its NCAA tournament fate in the hands of committee members who sometimes lack more rhyme and reason than politicians.

The Oilers were 10th in the regional poll last week, but that could change.

All I know is Findlay is in a position where some close losses during the year have cost it an opportunity to be in a more comfortable spot heading into this week.

But you can’t change the past. You can only have an impact on the future. The future is now for the Oilers, who head into the GLIAC tourney as the third seed and the winners of six of their last seven.

They won a conference title on the road last year, taking the decision away from the NCAA, and they are certainly capable of doing it again this year.

It’s all about stepping up and making plays on both ends of the floor.

If the Oilers play up to their potential, they will give themselves a chance to play in the NCAA tournament again.

If they fall short of a title, it could very well be the end of the road for their 2012-13 season.

Follow me on Twitter @BLester1993.