by Renee Di Pietro
assistant features editor
The men’s basketball team cruised through the regular season this year, crushing weekly challengers with final scores that nearly doubled the final score of the opponent team. No need to grab Metallica for announcing to competitors in the playoff season that there’s a freight train coming their way. its pretty obvious.
As the team traveled to games this month, their strong aggressive playing kept them from being intimidated.
“This year the team has a stronger focus on defense then last year,” junior Tim Gordon said. Gordon plays guard for the team.
With wins over the colleges of Misericordia, Eastern, and Beaver, the team assured a second place seating in the PAC.
Dzik, head coach and athletic director, recalled the Misericordia game as solid.
“Junior Gary Goldman played well against Misericordia’s lead scorer, Will Chandler,” Dzik said.
Chandler leads the league with points per game and Goldman kept Chandler from hitting his average. Along side Goldman’s strong defense, he led the team with 16 points. Sophomore Brian Wood provided a strong defensive game with nine rebounds and 10 points. Final score was 71-58.
The neighborhood game against Eastern Saturday, Feb. 10, finished with a win and a final score of 79 to 40. The lead scorer for the game was Gordon with 19 points followed by sophomore Bill Rookstool with 10 points.
The playoff season began this week. Last year the men’s team was seated first going in, but lost within the first round. This year the team is seated second and is looking to capture the championship by not making the same mistakes as last year.
“This year, being seeded second,” Gordon said, “the team is not going to take anything for granted as we may have done last year with the higher seed.