Men’s Basketball Season Ends with Eight-Point Loss in First Round of NCAA Tournament
BY MADISON FELDEWERTH
The Westminster men’s basketball team ended its season with a close game against Hanover College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. This is the second consecutive season that the men lost in the first round of the tournament.
After the Blue Jays won the conference tournament last weekend, they had the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Following the NCAA Division III Selection Show this past Monday, the men were selected to play against Hanover College in their first game of the tournament.
While fellow Blue Jay fans watched the game from the Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall, the men’s basketball team took on Hanover College Friday night. The two teams were even competitors, which made for a good game. Hanover got the lead early on in the game and held it for the first half.
In the second half, the Blue Jays made several scoring runs to even up the game. Hanover made several three-point shots, securing its lead. After a tough battle, Westminster closed the gap in the score.
Junior Romo Tabb had a good game scoring 23 points to help even out the score.
When asked about the game last night Tabb said, “Going into the game, I was so excited and full of energy.”
Once the game started Tabb said, “I was extremely focused and wanted to make sure I stayed with my defensive assignment.”
Hanover had a 17-point lead, which Westminster was able to bring to just a 2-point margin, but Westminster was not able to get the lead at the end. The men fell to Hanover 72-64.
With the loss of this tournament game, the men’s season comes to a close.
After the game, Tabb said: “I didn’t feel sad or mad. I was happy and proud of my brothers. We came a long way and proved a lot of people wrong.”
The Westminster men’s basketball team has three graduating seniors: Zach Nelson, Tanner Gentges and Javier Martin Ortega.
When asked about the end of the season, Martin said, “I feel sad that my last season is over.” He added that the team would not have achieved all they did throughout the season without every team member “playing through the pain and tiredness of the season.”
The Blue Jays ended the season with an overall record of 19-9.