Andrews Basketball: Cardinals Recap
The Cardinals men’s basketball team started off this season on the road against three of their hardest rivals: Holy Cross College, Trinity International University and Grace Bible College. The Cardinals grabbed their first win on the road in their second game against Trinity International University Trojans, 78-71, with forward Robert Moon (senior, accounting) leading in scores with 23 points. Moon’s outstanding performance also landed him the MVP spot in the Grace Bible College Tip-Off Tournament, along with forward Kris Owens (senior, information systems) who put up 22 points against Grace Bible College. Additionally, for his performance in first five games of the season—a total of 55 points, 19 rebounds and six assists—Moon was named an Athlete of the Week the second week of the season.
The Cardinals continued on the road with a loss at Grace Bible College and another two straight losses at home against Bethel College and Indiana University South Bend. But the Cardinals bounced right back as they went on a 5-0 winning streak with their most recent win at home (Nov. 19) against Indiana University-Kokomo, 76-70. Guard Gabriel Becton (junior, computer science) led in all scores for the Cardinals putting up a total of 17 points and four assists. Becton is also honored the featured Athlete of the Week this week (week four) by the Cardinals men’s basketball coach David Jardine for his outstanding performance throughout the week.
When asked about what he thought contributed to the winning streak, Becton credited the team effort.
“I think it’s all because of the chemistry we’ve built and also the fact that we’re a very deep team in terms of talent—every player has the potential to do really well,” Becton said.
Jardine also credited the team’s chemistry in their recent winning streak.
“These young men trust in one another and are beginning to view their teammates as family. Each team member is valued and appreciated for the skills they bring to the team each day,” Jardine said.
As the Cardinals look to continue their winning streak, Moon and Becton were asked about their personal goals for the season. Becton said both his personal and team goal would be “to make it to the national tournament.”
Moon said, “I want to win a championship. I think with the talent we have we would be selling ourselves short if that was not our goal. We have played the best teams we play and although we lost a few (games) we have shown great potential. The new guys are very talented and I think together we can get there.”
Jardine said he looks forward to what will come from this team as the season progresses.
“The sky's the limit for this group. I’m looking forward to each game the rest of the season knowing that teach team member will play an integral part to the success of this team” Jardine said.
The Cardinals (6-4) look to grab their sixth straight win next game at home against Lake Michigan College on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.