The men’s basketball team suffered five straight Northwest Conference losses. The latest one came Feb. 11, when the ’Cats traveled to the University of Puget Sound and lost 57-73.
But the team bounced back with a win against the Pacific University Boxers during a game on Feb. 12.
Defeating the Boxers during the two teams’ first match-up in back in January was no easy task. The game went into double overtime, and the ’Cats pulled off a win by a two-point margin, 94-92.
Last weekend, however, the ’Cats needed only the two halves of regulation to beat the Boxers.
“We played a lot better, and it was at home so that helped,” senior guard Ryan Lobdell said.
The score remained close through the first half and ended with an exclamation point from junior guard Zach Anderson. He hit a three-point, buzzer-beating shot that gave the ’Cats a 30-25 lead.
The ’Cats offense was boosted by double-digit performances from four players.
Freshman guard Michael Moreland and junior guard Daniel Teater each scored 11 points. Anderson finished the game with 17 points, 12 of which came from his 4-5 three-point shooting. Leading the ’Cats in scoring and rebounding was senior center K.C. Wiser, who combined 20 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The final score was 76-65. The win improved the ’Cats’ record to 9-14 overall and 5-9 in conference play.
The basketball season will come to a close this weekend. The ’Cats will take on George Fox University at 8 p.m. on Feb. 18 at home.
The team’s three seniors, Lobdell, Wiser and Sergio Rosario will play their last game at home.
Wiser said his final week of basketball has been bittersweet.
“It has been a constant in my life since third grade. It’s just a very surreal feeling that it will be over and that four years have gone by so quickly,” he said.
Lobdell said that things haven’t caught up with him yet. The focus, however, remains on the games.
“We need to take care of the ball so that we can get more possessions and take more shots,” Lobdell said about this weekend’s games.
Wiser added that the team’s goals are the same ones they’ve had all season: “Win both games, and keep getting better.”
The ’Cats will wrap up the season at 8 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Pacific Lutheran University.
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