Men’s basketball climbs to the top

By Lauren Mineo
February 21, 2003

With only two games left before the PAC Quarterfinals, the Cabrini men’s basketball team improved its record to 16-7 on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a 71-63 victory over Wesley College.

Although the score remained close throughout the majority of the game, Cabrini managed to dominate in the last few minutes. The key to their success was the cooperative effort from all team members, the starters and those coming off the bench. Leading scorers were senior guard Tim Maddox and sophomore guard Dan Clemens, however 29 points came from the subs.

While the win was a true team effort, two key elements were missing from Cabrini’s game. The team’s free-throws and offensive rebounds need work if it has any championship aspirations. Even while shooting 53 percent from the line, it is critical that the Cavs make more free-throws considering the fate of so many games has come down to the last few seconds.

More aggression is also needed on the offensive side of the ball where rebounds are concerned. With only six offensive boards, the team needs to box out and be quicker getting to the ball instead of just watching it fall into its opponents’ hands. Less posing, boys.

The highlight of the game did not come until the last 30 seconds. It was not clutch free-throw shooting, it was not the game-winning three-point shot and it was not a half-court lob at the buzzer, it was one name- Marcel. The gym came alive as sophomore Marcel Bassett stepped foot onto the court for the first time during the game, subbing in for Maddox. Rallying around this junior varsity player, the Cabrini crowd went wild with pride. “I was ready to do my damn thing,” Bassett said.

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