While love was in the air this Valentine’s Day at Andrews University, a victory for the Cardinals men’s and women’s basketball teams was not. Their most recent face-off against Grace Bible College resulted in a loss for both the men’s and women’s teams.
“We didn’t execute the plays properly in the first half,” said Kaniel Hunt (freshman, exercise science), who serves as shooting guard for the team. “We put up some bad shots and our defense was lazy. We also didn’t have enough energy to start off with. That’s why in the second half we came back with a 20-point lead, because we were able to build that energy.”
The women were up first and, having already played this team twice before this season, they were anxious to hit the court.
“I think we played surprisingly well, considering the circumstances,” commented the team’s point guard and small forward, Kia Williams (sophomore, speech pathology and audiology), referring to the injuries the team has suffered within the last few weeks. “We kept our heads in it, stayed with them and worked hard on defense.”
After a valiant effort from participants on both teams, the game’s final score read 45-58, with the Cardinals accepting the loss.
Last game we played them we lost by 16, and we lost by 13 today, so at least that’s improvement,” said Williams, who was not deterred by the loss. “We’re taking it as it comes, trying not to rush or force things, just playing with the flow. Playing together, and remembering the basic stuff. I see a lot of players giving their very best and that’s all that I can ask for.”
The men’s Cardinals faced a similar fate in their match, as the Grace Bible stole the victory in a 64-76 final outcome.
Michael Von Dorpowski (freshman, Explore Andrews), concessions salesman and brother of men’s Cardinals shooting guard Brandon Von Dorpowski (junior, marketing), said, “It was a close game until the last four minutes of the first half, when Grace Bible started hitting three’s, and pretty much sealed the deal.”