Pictured Above: Cameron Hunt, junior guard, dribbles past the defender attacking the lane to attempt to score. (Tessa Castor/File Photo)
The (1) Southwestern Moundbuilders were handed their biggest loss of the season to (2) Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles in the championship game of the KCAC tournament by a final of 84-64.
This is the third straight season for the Moundbuilders to make it to the championship Monday just to fall short.
“We really wanted this one,” Cameron Hunt, junior guard, said, “We’ve been here and this will be for some of us our third consecutive time, but we have an opportunity at something even bigger and we’re going to try and grasp that.”
However, the season does not come to a close with this defeat, because the Moundbuilders were conference champions they earned an automatic bid to the national tournament and will play in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“We can’t get too down,” Myron Fisher, senior guard, explained, “We can still end our season with a win, and we have the pieces to do it we just need to bounce back and get better.”
Oklahoma Wesleyan’s defense was the highlight for their team tonight, as they forced 11 turnovers and had nine blocks. Josh Wilchombe, junior forward, for the Eagles dominated the paint with 19 rebounds and 16 points.
“I thought Wilchome intimidated us in the lane and made everything hard for us,” Matt O’Brien, head basketball coach, admitted. “We did a lot of things we’ve been doing all year but when we attacked the basket their length was a problem for us.”
Hunt, along with LaJuan Hardy, freshman guard, led the Moundbuilders in scoring with 14 apiece. The team with have the next day off to recover from the tantalizing tournament schedule. Then it is back to work for this team.
As they prepare for nationals, the team will find out who they play against during the selection show on Wednesday at 5 pm. The team will be holding a watch party at Richardson Performing Arts Complex in the Christy building and is open to the public to see who the Moundbuilders draw in the first time, as well as give the community a chance to meet the players.
Tanner Carlson is a senior majoring in communication. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.