Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College men’s basketball team suffered a tough week with three home match losses, two of which were Centennial Conference games, leaving the Shoremen with a 3-5 overall and a 0-3 conference record.
The stretch kicked off with a home match against Salisbury University with a promising outlook for the Shoremen when they took an early lead of 26-10 with the help of a lay-up by junior and captain Dallas Marshall.
The Gulls fought back with only minutes left in the first half. They went on a 13-2 run to leave the score at 35-30 at half-time with the Shoremen still in the lead.
Salisbury maintained their offensive momentum throughout the second half, scoring the first six points and edging right past the Shoremen for a one point lead of 36-35.
The Gulls built upon their established lead in the second half and went on a 17-4 run, ultimately ending the game in a 62-68 defeat for the Shoremen.
Daniel Brown, a sophomore forward for the WC Shoremen, held the game high for rebounds and scored a total of nine points.
“I think we played our hardest. We’ve been in a losing slump but that hasn’t stopped our drive to get better each and every day,” Brown said. “We are still putting the pieces together and we are very close to doing that. This team is resilient.”
The Shoremen’s resilience was tested again on Thursday, Nov. 29 as they faced off against their second conference rival of the season.
On Thursday, Nov. 29 the Shoremen took on the Ursinus College Bears in Cain Gymnasium. They were ultimately left defeated with a final score of 65-58.
The teams were so evenly matched that no one team was able to garner a significant lead for the duration of the match.
The first half ended with a tied score of 28-28, however, the Bears were able to take a marginal lead of 37-32.
Ursinus ran with the lead to eventually create a double-digit gap of 54-43. The Shoremen came back with two free throws sunk by sophomore Barry McCormick and a lay-up by Marshall to lessen the gap to only a 60-56 lead for the Bears.
Despite the Shoremen’s efforts, they ultimately fell to their Centennial Conference opponent leading to a second conference loss for the Shoremen.
The Shoremen’s last match of the week was another conference face off against the John Hopkins University Blue Jays on Saturday, Dec. 1, which was also the Camper Appreciation Day and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee White Out game.
The Blue Jays came out strong and maintained their momentum the entire game, never once trailing behind the Shoremen.
The first half finished with a score of 47-33, leaving Hopkins with plenty of room to breathe into the second half.
Junior guard and captain Josh Porteous made a basket that temporarily halted a six- point run by the Blue Jays. However, it was not enough as the Blue Jays fought to increase the gap to an 18-point lead to end the game with a score of 82-64.
Porteous commented on the two conference matches and said, “I think overall we played pretty well but nowhere near as well as we could have played. We started off very hot on the offensive end but we need to make sure that our defensive energy and execution is just as high as our offensive defense and energy.”
The Shoremen will face their next opponent on Saturday, Dec. 8 as they take on Haverford College at 1 p.m. in the Cain Gymnasium and work to improve upon their standing 3-5 record.