Story by Samantha Bell, Sports Editor
Image courtesy of aqsaints.com
Another year, and another basketball season is officially in the books, as both the men’s and women’s teams were ousted from the playoffs in their first-round matchups.
The men’s team, the number three seed in the playoffs, had the opportunity to take on Rochester College at home on Feb. 21. The Saints came out strong, holding a 37-34 lead at halftime. The second half didn’t go as well, however, as Rochester held the Saints to only three points in the final 10 minutes of action. Rochester finished on top by a score of 71-65. The Saints were led by senior Arsenio Arrington, who scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds in the effort.
The women’s team, also ranked number three, took on Cornerstone at home on Feb. 22. Cornerstone was on fire from the start – sinking 54.8% of the shots they took. They also went 16-for-22 at the free throw line, a stat that proved to be important when push came to shove. The Saints put up a fight, however they ended up falling 64-57. Senior Momo Neal led the Saints, scoring nine points, as well as tallying four assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block.
Although their respective seasons are over, both teams have a lot to look forward to in the coming years. With both teams being relatively young, as well as the addition of new JV teams to enhance the teams’ young athletes’ skills, the Saints will be a force to be reckoned with.