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The men’s basketball team finished just as the women’s team did. They won two of three games with both of their wins coming in front of their home crowd.
They started their final week against Willamette University, winning by seven with the final score of 70-63.
Their defence held all but one Willamette player to single digit scoring.
Freshman Tanner Brill was the player to watch in this game, scoring 20 points and dishing out five assists.
Freshman Jackson Gion had a great game from beyond the arch, cashing in 50 percent of his shots from three and scoring 14 on the game.
Linfield shot right around the 50 percent mark as a team from both the field and the three point line, while holding Willamette players to only 35 percent from the field.
The men’s second game of the week was an away game against Pacific University where they lost 81-55.
The game was a story of poor defence on Linfield’s part, as they allowed Pacific to shoot over 50 percent from the field.
Pacific center Daniel Zitani had a great game, scoring 28 on Linfield and adding 11 rebounds.
Linfield scorers barely made it out of single digits, with only two players scoring 10 points and no one grabbing more than four rebounds.
Linfield knew they had to come out and preform in their next game against Pacific Lutheran to make up for the game against Pacific, and that they did.
They came out with what seemed like something to prove, outscoring the Lutes by 15 in the first half alone.
They passed the ball effectively throughout the game, having an assist come from 15 of their 26 scores, and they absolutely dominated the glass by pulling down 43 rebounds.
Junior Chris Dirks had a great game coming off the bench, scoring 16 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and two assists.
Senior Cory Hendryx also had an impressive game, scoring 14 and shooting 5-8 from the field.
Linfield went on to win the game 67-47, ending their season nicely.
Although the team struggled for the majority of the year, they expect this great finish to carry over into next season and bring them a few more wins.
Drew Mahrt/Senior Sports reporter
The Linfield men’s basketball team brought home their first win of the season in the Bon Appetit Classic against Portland Bible College on Nov. 17, winning 82-63. They had double digit scoring coming from four different players and barely every missed their free throws, shooting 88 percent from the line.
Freshmen guards Jackson Goin and Ryan Potter were the high point getters for Linfield in the game, with Goin scoring 16 and Potter right behind at 15.
Every single one of Potter’s points came from deep, as he made five three-pointers in the game.
As a team, Linfield shot 42.2 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from the line. They pulled in a total of 42 rebounds and were dropping dimes with 16 assists.
Senior guard Ryan Cali was the leader in those two categories, grabbing seven boards, especially impressive due to him being tied for shortest player on the team, and passing for three assists. Cali also went 6-6 from the charity stripe, increasing his season free throw average to 89 percent.
The Wildcat defense was all over the place, forcing Portland Bible to give up 14 turnovers and only allowing them to shoot 33 percent in the second half. They also had the arch locked down, holding Portland Bible to 15 percent shooting from three-point in the second.
While they did get their first win, they also took their first loss against State University of New York at Old Westbury. They just couldn’t seem to get things going in the first half, and while they kept up with Old Westbury in the second, they were just too far behind to catch up.
Goin was again the high scorer in the game with 17, and also pulled in six rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win. It was the speed and agility of Old Westbury’s 6’6” senior guard Tyrik Tucker which got the best of Linfield, scoring 25 and knocking down 10 of 12 free throws.
Linfield will take on UC-Santa Cruz at 3 p.m. on Nov. 22 in Santa Cruz California during their first game in the UC-Santa Cruz Classic.
Their second game on Nov. 23 will be decided based on their standings after that game.
The Wildcats have quite a long wait until they get to play at home again, with their next home game being on Jan. 11 against Lewis & Clark.
Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter
Coming off of a 4-21 season last year, junior forward Chris Dirks, along with the rest of the Linfield basketball team, expects a much stronger season is in store for them.
With Linfield’s top-scorers from last year graduating, someone has to step up and take on the role of the new team leader.
Dirks believes that the team has “a lot of new talent” and will be very competitive this season, adding that he is “excited about our potential.”
Dirks played in 13 games last season and played an average of 12 minutes in each of them. He averaged 2.6 points per game, but really contributed with his rebounding skills, pulling in 39 rebounds and averaging three per game.
Dirks is motivated to be the best team player he can, saying that he doesn’t care whether he starts or gets his minutes off the bench, either way he believes that “Coach Rosenberg will put us in the best position to win this season.”
His personal goals are to just simply do whatever he can to make the team better and help his team reach a .500 record.
Dirks’ team goals aren’t any different.
“I think a realistic goal for the team this year is to put ourselves in a position to be playing for a conference playoff spot at the end of the season,” Dirk said.
Basketball has always been Dirks’ passion, and he feels extremely privileged to be able to play after high school, but the NBA isn’t where he sees himself ending up.
Dirks’ plans for the future include being a math teacher and coaching basketball, with an alternative option of going to play ball in Australia with his old teammate Zach Anderson, a 2012 Linfield graduate. Anderson played as a forward for the Wildcat’s basketball team his senior year at Linfield.
One of the things that is difficult with playing a sport in college is figuring out how to manage your studying, as well as practicing your sport.
Dirks can relate to balance being a struggle while playing a sport, but says that when he is in season, he finds it much easier to manage his time.
Having a lot of free time can sometimes be harder to handle than not having any free time at all.
Dirks and the Wildcats play their first official game at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium for the Bon Appetit Classic against the State University of New York-Old Westbury.
Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter
The men’s basketball team held senior night Feb. 16 for all players leaving the team to say their goodbyes and receive honors from the program. However, one person was left out on this night.Head coach Larry Doty or “Dotes” as players and other students know him as, is retiring after 26 seasons of coaching the Wildcats.
“It’s the fastest 26 years I have been through,” Doty said.
The tenured coach has held his position the longest in program history. He also recorded the most victories in program history with 330.
He was the last full-time faculty and head coach hired by the school.
Doty attended West Linn High School, then Linfield for his undergraduate and master’s degrees, during which, he was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball.
“I had a great experience here as an athlete,” Doty said.
During his senior year playing basketball, coached by Ted Wilson, the team had the program’s all-time best scoring record with 2,676 points in 28 games. The team’s average was 95.6 points per game.
After having positive experiences with basketball in both high school and college, Doty stepped into coaching himself.
He coached the West Linn Lions men’s basketball team. The team took fourth in the state during his final year of coaching.
As soon as he saw an opening for head coach at Linfield, Doty quickly applied for the position.
During his time as head coach, Doty made sure the men that went through his program had positive experiences.
In addition to the 100 hours spent to prepare for about 26 games a season, the team spends time bonding through fundraising events, volunteering and team trips.
“We end up doing those kinds of things because we spend a lot of time together,” Doty said.
His players know him for all of the stories that he shares with them, which helps him standout as a lively individual.
“[Doty] is somebody who teaches his players much more than just the game of basketball. He is constantly teaching his players life lessons as well,” senior Dakotah Pine said.
Doty’s son Dominic Doty is also a member of the basketball staff. He has served as an assistant coach for the past six years, in addition to his four years as head coach for women’s soccer.
“I think every son grows up wanting to be like their father. I was just lucky enough to be a part of his legacy,” Dominic said in an email. I can’t begin to tell you all the things he has taught me or all the ways he has impacted my experience as a coach today. I wouldn’t know where to start. But what I can say is that I am what I am as a coach and a person today because of him.”
Doty’s family was constantly sitting in the stands cheering him and Dominic Doty on at home games. Doty also helped lead game management for the soccer games so he could support his son.
“When you are a coach, your family makes sacrifices,” Doty said. “It’s been a family affair.”
After leading two teams to conference championships in 1999 and 2001, Doty said he is now ready to try new things in his life.
He will continue to teach classes for the Human Health and Athletic Performance Department and also oversee internships for students.
“The things that I will take with me are the experiences with the student athletes,” Doty said.
Former players from all over, including ones from Iceland and England, remain in contact with him, following their college careers.
Although Doty has completed his time with the men’s basketball program, this does not mean he is done impacting student’s lives at Linfield.
“It just seemed like the right time for me, my wife, my family and the right time for the basketball program,” Doty said.
Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor
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