The Wildcats fell to the University of Puget Sound during the last game of the season. The men’s basketball team fought to keep up with the Loggers but ended the season with a halt when the Loggers pulled ahead in the second half during its home game Feb. 18.
The game started off with sophomore Cory Hendryx taking the lead by sinking two free throws in the first 30 seconds of the game.
However, the game quickly changed when the Loggers took the lead in the first half and doubled the Wildcats in the first 10 minutes.
Keeping up the fight, the Wildcats worked their way back into contention, ending the first half in a tie of 35-35.
Starting the second half, the Loggers lost no time getting ahead. The Wildcats struggled to keep up, losing 87 to 67.
The Wildcats made 45 of 100 shots, while the Loggers made 56 of 103 shots.
In previous action, on Feb. 17, the Wildcats competed against the George Fox University Bruins in Newberg, Ore. They took an early lead, setting the pace during the first half. The team racked up the points early, ending the first half with a score of 33-18.
Continuing on with the second half, the Wildcats did not slow down. They scored shot after shot, doubling their points from the second half by the end of the game, winning 61-37.
The team ended the season with a record of five wins and 19 losses.
“I feel this season did not go as anyone wanted it to,” freshman Chris Dirks said in an email. “We definitely had our ups like our game on the road against George Fox and our home game against Willamette. But overall I think we all wanted better results.”
Reflecting on the season, the team faced some challenges, but worked to overcome them.
“Our team faced a fair share of challenges this year, from players quitting to a coach quitting,” Dirks said. “On top of that, we had a lot of injuries. The worst was our road game against Pacific University because [Zach Meikle], David Lee, and Andrew Batiuk were all hurt. David Lee also missed a lot of our games which hurt a lot, and once he returned, we started playing much better.”
The team will lose two seniors, Anderson and Lee, two major scorers for the team.
Dirks describes the seniors as “[the] players that stood out the most. [They] both had amazing seasons,” Dirks said.
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