Monday, March 3, 2014

Nail Shut the Peach Baskets, Janitors

Both the men's and the women's basketball seasons at Stevenson are now complete.  The men's team advanced to the finals of their conference tournament and played off at home last weekend against Alvernia for an NCAA bid.  (This was the "Barat Employment Bowl," as Alvernia was the other school at which I interviewed in the Spring of 2003 before being hired by what was then Villa Julie College.)  The gym was packed and noisy, and things looked good for the Mustangs as they built a 15-point lead early in the second half.  The game got away down the stretch, though, and the Crusaders won 70-69 on an off-balance shot with a couple of seconds remaining.  SU did not get an at-large bid to the Division III tournament.

The girls finished 14-13 but have little to be ashamed of.  Without a senior on the roster, they finished fourth in their conference, upset a Top 20 team for the first time in their history, and rallied to beat Lycoming in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Lebanon Valley.  They will probably be one of the favorites in the conference next year.

All in all, this was the best hoops year at Stevenson in more than half a decade, and both programs appear to be on the right track.

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