ABOVE: Cameron Hunt, senior guard, soars while shooting for the Builders. Hunt led the team in scoring, bringing the Builders 32 points during Wednesday evening’s game. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By Tessa Castor
The Builder men’s basketball team took on the Berhany Swedes at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 in Stewart Field House. The game was the first since the Builders’ 113-108 loss to Ottawa Monday night.
Leading the Builders were starters Cameron Hunt, senior guard, Andrew Hamm, junior guard, Simpson Anderson, senior guard, Ahmad Pratt, sophomore forward, and Brent Smith, senior center. Topping the Builder scoreboard was Hunt, who secured a double-double with 32 points and 10 assists.
“We had to come back from the loss at Ottawa and execute our game plan,” said Smith. “That’s exactly what we did tonight. We need to keep the same energy and intensity through the rest of conference.”
The Builders led the Swedes throughout the game, bringing the score to 46-20 at the half.
“We were ready for them this time around,” said Troy Baker, sophomore center. “This time, we played at the level we knew we were capable of instead of playing at their level, and that’s why the score looked the way it did. We went over film, sets and personnel over and over since our last game.”
More than 10 three-point shots were scored by the Builders during the game, giving everyone at the game a voucher for Neives’ “3s for Cheese” queso promotion. With 2:08 left on the clock, the Builders brought their score to 100, giving everyone at the game a “Cup for a Buck” promotional voucher from College Hill Coffee. The Builders finished the night with a 105-68 victory over the Bethany Swedes.
“I’m very proud of our team bouncing back after a tough loss at Ottawa,” said Matt O’Brien, head coach. “Our team did a great job of sharing the ball on offense and competed well on the defensive end.”
“This was a great team win,” said Hamm. “Not too many teams bounce back after a loss, but we came out ready to defend. That’s what led us to victory.”
The team’s record is now 17-2 overall, 13-2 KCAC. They are ranked second in the KCAC, behind Oklahoma Wesleyan. Their next game will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in York, Neb., against the York Panthers. The Panthers are ranked eighth in the KCAC with an overall record of 9-10.
“Tonight’s game was a game we needed to win,” said Kyrece Mills, senior guard. “It’s very important for our team to be resilient and play through adversity, and that’s what exactly what we did tonight. Instead of creating a two-game losing streak, we dug and did some soul-searching. We executed our game plan and played with no regrets and we were rewarded with a victory.”
Tessa Castor is a junior majoring in English. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.