Story by Sports Editor Mark Musgrave III
The Aquinas College Men’s Basketball team had exceeded expectations this season according to Coach Ryan Bertoria. They had many close games, especially in the start of the season when 3 of their first 4 games went to overtime. “It’s a young team,” Said Bertoria. “We’ve started 5 different freshman at times, and have 7 new players altogether. There does come some hardship with having a young team, but that is the glory of seeing them grow in unity with one another.
For recruiting, the team is looking to bring in more big men, meaning Forwards and Centers. It will be a tough task to replace the role of Senior Captain Gabe Overway.
Overway has had quite the career at Aquinas. He hit the 1000 career points threshold this season while capping off his senior year with 1182 total. He had a career high 32 points in the regular season finale against #6 nationally ranked Indiana Tech. Of which the team was almost pulled off the upset, losing only 80-74 in a back and forth race of a game.
Overway was First Team All Conference this season, as well as Freshman Donovan Brown-Boyd making the All-Freshman team. “He’s such a talented kid,” said Bertoria in reference to Boyd. “He’s been a leader on this team and marvelously exceeded expectations, I can’t wait to see what he can bring in future seasons.”
An interested story to be noted: brothers Donovan Brown-Boyd and Devon Boyd are playing organized basketball for the first time together in their lives here at Aquinas. The two boys attended different high schools, according to Coach Bertoria.
The Saints accomplished a large feat this season, sweeping their rival the Cornerstone Eagles for the first time since 2007. The first win coming at home by a score of 74-76 breaking a 10 game win streak on the Eagles side. The second win came on the road, winning much easier with a score of 68-49.
At the end of my interview with Coach Bertoria, he had this to say about his 2022-2023 team: “This was a fun team to be around. I enjoyed going to practice each day as I’m sure the team did too. It’s such a fun team to be around. We had so many close games. We’re a young team. As we go into the offseason, we’re going to focus on developing each individual player. It’s all about personal growth in the offseason and being a team in season during the winter.”