Injuries hinder men’s basketball team

Senior Zach Anderson struggles to find a teammate to pass to against Pacific Lutheran University Dec. 3 at home. Joel Ray/ Photo editor

The Linfield men’s basketball team battled to the end in its home conference game of the season against Pacific Lutheran, scoring two three-pointers in the last minute of the game.

The Wildcats lost the game 68-76 Dec. 3.

While they may have lost, they certainly didn’t lose without a fight. In the last 10 minutes of the game, the Wildcats scored 10 points, bringing the score from 58-76 to 68-76.

“Our goals for the season are to get into the playoffs. We have to finish in the top four spots,” said Larry Doty, the men’s basketball head coach.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Pacific won the game 76-67.

“We didn’t make free-throws and didn’t make stops at crucial points in the game,” said freshman Andrew
Batiuk.

The game started out in the Wildcat’s favor, with junior Dakotah Pine scoring a two-pointer and a three-pointer early in the game.

Both teams looked evenly matched after the first half, with Linfield just barely ahead of Pacific by two points.

“There is good chemistry,” Doty said, about how well the team works together.

The second half didn’t go as well as the first for the Wildcats. The score was close for most of the game, as neither team let the other get too far ahead.

Pacific however, started to pull away in the last four minutes of the game. In the last minute alone, Pacific players Charles Moreley and Coby Proctor scored 10 points off of foul shots alone.

“If you can make more free-throws than the other team attempts, you win 90 percent of your games,” Doty said.

While the Nov. 29 game was the first conference game, it was not the team’s first game. The men’s basketball team has already played four games this season.

The Wildcats played against Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., on Nov. 25.

Unfortunately, junior Zach Meikle and Batiuk sprained their ankles in this game. The Wildcats scored 41 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to Northwest.

Northwest came out with the victory, winning 83-63.

The Wildcats played against NCAA Division I team, the Portland State University Vikings on Nov. 21.

“Our guys look forward to the challenge,” Doty said.

“It’s fun to play against D1 teams,” Batiuk said.

PSU won 101-64.

The Wildcats had their first win of the season against Concordia on Nov. 19 at their home court. Some good shots and rebounds helped the Wildcats to pull ahead of Concordia in the first half of the game and win 47-33.

Linfield held its lead throughout the second half, leaving the Wildcats victorious with a score of 88-72.

The men played their first game of the season against Corban on November 19 at Linfield.

The game was close, but Corban barely edged out Linfield for the win, with a score of 71-68.

The game was a battle until the end. Corban pulled ahead of Linfield with two two-pointer shots in the last minute of the game.

The Wildcats play Multnomah on their home court Dec. 5.

Currently, the team has a lot of players out with injuries, including front line players. Doty said he hopes to have his players healthy by January, when the next conference games happen.

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Meghan O’Rourke/
Opinion editor
Meghan O’Rourke can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.

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