Cardinals Fall Short to Holy Cross College
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Andrews University Cardinals men’s basketball team played their first game of the season. This game was against Holy Cross College, which is located in South Bend, Indiana. This year, Cardinals men’s basketball team head coach David Jardine has only signed two freshmen, leaving a majority of the team as returning players and recalled players from previous seasons. The team that will be representing Andrews University this year has been doing pre-season practices for over a month, so there is already a considerable amount of chemistry throughout the team. The team also has the same coach and three of the starters from the last time they won the USCAA title, which was in 2014. The roster appears strong and the team anticipates to perform well this season.
Although they have started preparations, there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of conditioning and developing cohesion among the players. The result of Wednesday night’s game was a 73-61 loss for the Cardinals. The Cardinals had been trailing for the first and second half, with a score of 29-35 for the first half and 32-38 during the second. The team fought tirelessly all throughout the game and even had a difference of only three points in the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the lead slowly started opening up for Holy Cross.
Holy Cross is already a difficult team to challenge because they are in a different division, but another factor that made it challenging for our Cardinals was the fact that this was not Holy Cross’s first game of the season, so they had already had the opportunity to rack up more experience. The Cardinals performed relatively well considering the fact that Wednesday night’s game was their first of the season. Most teams do not do play their best in the first game of the season anyway.
While the Cardinals distributed a considerable amount of points through the collective efforts of the team, the star player was Kris Owens (senior, information systems), who scored 15 points Wednesday night. This is score in among the top three out of all the players, for teams. Playing for upwards of 23 minutes, Owen had three three-pointers, making a substantial contribution to the team’s overall score. However, the team still fell short of a win, despite the great effort Owens and other players displayed.
Even though the Cardinals left the court with a loss, expectations for the season are high. Only the Cardinals can limit themselves this season. They have both the capability and the depth to have a great season. They just have to continue to stay focused on working hard to improve, bringing energy and enthusiasm to every practice and game. With this continued attitude, we can anticipate seeing quality results and hopeful a record good enough to take them to the championship. Keep working hard Cardinals—the beginning does not define how the end will be. We believe!