Basketball Season Coming To A Conclusion

Seth Roseman
Student Writer

Concluding the 2013-2014 men’s and women’s basketball seasons, each team ends the term with solid winning records. After beginning the season with a streak of 12 wins in a row, the men’s season rests at a healthy 18-4, with a record of 10-1 at home. The lady Falcons are holding their own at 16-7 with a record at home of 9-2. As the seasons come to a close, the has come to reflect on the peaks and valleys on the programs road to success.

Last year’s men’s team finished with a record of 13-11, including finishing an even 9-9 in the conference. After losing senior Derek Mosley, and his impressive total of 154 rebounds, the Falcons were able to utilize their maturity and experience to dominate their opponents for the beginning half of the season. The men hit a rough patch midway through as teams countered the fast paced style of the Falcons and retained possession. Yet the men bounced back. The team, which consists of 5 seniors and 4 juniors, was able to capitalize on playing time accumulated from past seasons to create a well-balanced and composed attacking tour de force. As the season progressed, the Falcon’s continued to be dominant, including a double overtime win over Albright that ended 90-87. The men look to continue this winning form in their final game against Alvernia on February 22nd.

Meanwhile, the women’s team rebuilds after losing 7 seniors who helped lead the team to an impressive record of 25-5 in the 2012-2013 season. This year’s current roster consists of a relatively young squad after graduating numerous team members, yet still strung together and remarkable 7 wins in a row late in the season. This includes an impressive win over Hood College by 37 points in a game that ended 77-40 as well as a win over rivals Elizabethtown (who is ranked first in the conference) in a hard fought game that finished 59-58. Coach Mike Millers 28 years of experience have paid off dividends for a team that hopes to qualify for the NCAA National Tournament for the 15th consecutive time.

Several tough losses have befallen each team, but the Falcons have continued to fight back. After the men lost a stunning game to Stevenson to end the team’s 12 game winning steak, they have rebounded to outscore their challengers by an average of 4.5 points. Likewise, the women’s time has outscored their last 10 opponents by 13 points. Inevitably, competition produces moments that feel like mountains, valleys and plateaus; each team has navigated this rough terrain with expertise. The men and women are ranked 1st and 3rd, respectively, in the Mid-Atlantic conference (MAC).

Each team will graduate multiple key players next year, but talented first-years and the continued contributions of players from every level will be able to remedy the situation. With veteran coaches and promising young players, the teams look to forward to building on this years success. The 2014-2015 season may prove to be even more fruitful for Messiah’s basketball empires.

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