ABOVE: Kyrece Mills, senior guard, drives down the court for a layup. Mills had 13 minutes of playing time in the Manhattan Christian game, scoring six of the Builders’ 98 points. “I felt like we played very well,” said Mills. “There is a lot of things we can work on to get better, but tonight was not too bad for our first home game. In order to be a championship team again, we have to get better at a lot of things. I felt like we executed our game plan and we played to the best of our ability.” (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By Qae Clark
Before the start of Wednesday evening’s game against the Manhattan Christian Thunder, the 2017-2018 Moundbuilder men’s basketball team received their KCAC championship rings, announced by Charles Osen, news bureau coordinator, and given by supporters selected by the champions.
As the game began, the energy of victory continued as the Builders won the tip off, taking an early 7-0 lead.
Some early first half standouts for the Moundbuilders were Cameron Hunt, senior guard, Andrew Hamm, junior guard and Brent Smith, senior center. After a couple of substitutions, the Moundbuilders had some players come off the bench and bring energy. Kyrece Mills, senior guard, brought energy and had a couple of strong finishes.
The Moundbuilders got on a nice run in the first half and extended the lead to 40–15. Jarehn White, junior guard, came off the bench and brought intense energy. To end the first half, Hunt 3-point play to bring the score to 51-19 at the half.
“We are thankful for all the students, faculty and administration that supported us tonight,” said Tim Miser, associate head coach. “It made for a great atmosphere.”
To start the second half, Ahmad Pratt, sophomore forward, had a 3-point play to make the score 54-19. Both teams then began scoring back to back, and the Thunder went on a run to tighten the score to 69-36. While the Thunder was down, they played as if it was a close game. The Builders made a run and made a couple threes.
The game ended with a score of 98-48. Matt O’Brien, head coach, said, “This team has to get better every day and they have to believe in the process. I am very thankful for the support from Builder nation. It was fun to celebrate the accomplishments of last season and play well tonight.”
“It was great to finally play in front of our fans,” said Hunt. “We are just trying to get better each and every day so we can reach our goals at the end of the season.”
Qae Clark is a freshman majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.