Spartans End Eagles Season
The Williams Baptist College Eagles’ season ended on Thursday night in St. Louis, Mo. at the hands of Missouri Baptist University. WBC lost 66-57 in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest Tournament.
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Despite Kyle Harvey contributing with a double-double, there was limited offense for the Eagles. Harvey scored 19 points and collected 10 rebounds in the game. The only other Eagle in double figures was Zabian Sanders, with 15 points. The Eagles shot just 33 percent from the field and 19 percent from 3-point range.
Williams was able to hold MBU to 31 percent shooting on the night, and 29 percent shooting from 3-point range. However, the Spartans were dominating on the glass. They collected 21 offensive rebounds for the contest and out rebounded WBC 59 to 47 overall.
WBC ends its season with a record of eight wins and nineteen losses. Five of the losses were by five points or less.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a team that worked as hard and as consistently as this group. They’ve done everything we’ve asked of them. Averaging getting beaten by seven or eight points is hard to swallow, but it speaks to the character of these men that they continued to fight every game,” said first year head coach Josh Austin.
It has been season of transition for the Eagles, as they broke in a new head coach and eight new players. But looking ahead to next season, WBC loses only three seniors and returns its three leading scorers to the 2012-13 squad.
“Next season we’ll have 12 of the 15 returning and all of our starters returning,” Austin said. “That’s another year under our system, and recruiting is off to a really good start. I think we are going to be a contender in the AMC in the future.”