The men’s basketball team remains undefeated at 9-0, their best start since Jim Aller was named head coach in the 2009-2010 season. The Lions are proving the value of team work as they lead the Commonwealth Coast Conference in assists per game.
On Dec. 2, the team enjoyed a 70-58 win over Curry and a 71-65 win over Endicott on Dec. 5. They were able to pull away in the second half against Curry after playing them close until halftime, due to Senior Justin Wagner’s 16 points and Senior Jaylen Owens’s 23 points, the team’s leading scorer. Senior David Eddings had his second game of double-digit rebounds, with 10 in the game against Curry.
The Lions played a well-contested, back-and-forth game with Endicott. This time Justin Wagner was the team’s lead scorer with 16 points and Owens’s with 15 points. The win against Endicott marked the third consecutive game in which ENC has held their opponent under 65 points. Senior Jeremy Wagner also played a solid game, securing ten rebounds and three assists.
They continued their winning streak Dec. 8, beating Gordon College 100-84. Though the Lions started off strong, Gordon came back hard with a 12-0 run. The Lions eventually bounced back with an intense half-court press that set the tempo for the rest of the game, sealing a first-half victory for themselves. With just five minutes left in the second half, the Lions were up by 15 points. Owens, along with Senior Lequan Gomes, both scored 20 points, while Junior Christian Lynch had seven rebounds and Owens secured seven assists.
With nearly a quarter of the season over and zero losses recorded, The men’s basketball team is in prime position to win the CCC Championship. Their next game is Jan. 2, against Worcester Polytechnic Institute.