ENC’s men’s basketball narrowly defeated longtime rival Gordon College in a 65-59 win during the concluding match of the regular season on Feb. 21.
The Lions have had a consistently impressive season, with 21 wins and only 4 season losses. This win also takes the Lions to a 14-4 record in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. The team has now advanced to the third seed of the CCC and is looking to continue their wins into the playoffs.
Leading the game was senior Jaylen Owens (Johns Creek, Ga.) who scored 27 points, six rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Christian Lynch (Alpharetta, Ga.) scored 12 points and junior Corey Doran (Fairfield, Calif.) finished with 10 points.
This win marks the men’s second win against Gordon and puts the Lions in a confident position for their coming playoff game.
“Beating Gordon College twice this year was huge for our confidence because they are way bigger [than us], and a huge competitor,” junior Eric Lynch (Alpharetta, Ga.) said.
The Lions contribute their season accomplishments to having a successful team dynamic.
“We have taken another step in the right direction with a 20 plus win season. This is our third year playing with a lot of the same teammates, and has allowed our team chemistry to develop,” junior Jeremy Wagner (Oklahoma City, Okla.) commented.
The match also served as senior night, honoring senior player Alex Jarman (Portsmouth, R.I.). Jarman pulled an impressive 10 rebounds in the game, as well as scoring eight points, four assists, three blocks, and three steals.
This win has clinched the Lions an advantage, allowing them to play their first game on their home court.
The players expressed excitement and confidence for the playoffs, but recognize the potential challenges.
“There are eight really talented teams in the playoffs. It will take our best effort to obtain our goal of CCC tournament championship,” Wagner commented.
“[I feel like] everyone is focused and ready for the playoffs. We all know we have a good chance of winning it all,” Lynch said.
The team also calls for campus-wide support going into their next match.
“We will need all the support to make this dream become a reality, not just for us but for the ENC community,” Wagner said.
The Lions will defend the home court against 6th seed Roger Williams on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.