The men’s basketball team was defeated by Gwynedd- Mercy College 78-62 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference first round playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The loss has ended the men’s team’s season. The year ended with a record of 12-14.
This year included seven more wins than the preceding season.
“We had a great season overall after adapting to a new coach and style of play,” senior Randy Reid said.
The Cavs’s loss now leaves Gwynedd- Mercy 18-8 and headed to the second round of the PAC playoffs where they will face off against Alvernia.
The Cavs’s lead scorer Glenn Washington had a total of 18 points followed by Randy Reid’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. Charles Bush aided with 10 assists.
Washington and Clifton both had a series of three point shots throughout the game.
“Saturday was a battle to the end,” Reid said. “I’m proud of my guys because of the way they kept fighting and never gave up.”
In the first half, both teams struggled for the lead. The Cavs were able to tie the score throughout the first few minutes of the game, but Gwynedd- Mercy came out on top.
The first half ended with the score of 25-38.
Griffin’s lead scorer Dave Smith led the home team with 17 points. Teammate Haven Wroten and Smith had 13 rebounds each.
With the start of the second half, Gwynedd had a 14 point lead.
The Cavs tried to close the gap, making the lead only six points, with a shot by Clifton, but was unable to close it completely due to the strong defense from the Griffins.
“I thought we played hard, but we didn’t play our best game, we didn’t quite stay together,” junior Charles Bush said. “We had a really great group of guys this year and we really bonded as a team, so the only place we’re going is up next year.”