The Springfield College men’s basketball team lost a game that they could have won as Williams College edged out the Pride 67-59 last Saturday, Dec. 6 in Blake Arena.
Both teams struggled mightily from the field with Springfield shooting 36 percent and Williams just 32 percent. The difference in the game came from behind the arc, however, as Springfield went just 3-19 from three-point range, including a last minute shot when the game was all but over. On the other side Williams knocked down 11 of 33 three pointers, an obvious strength for the sharpshooting Ephs.
“They do some really good things. They play very well together…their execution is excellent, ours is mediocre,” said Head Coach Charlie Brock after the game.
Clearly Brock was frustrated with the way his team performed, saying, “We tried to execute the offense the way it’s supposed to be, and for a few possessions we did, and then we stopped executing.”
The loss is the third in a row for the Pride after a strong four game winning streak to start the season. The offense is partially to blame for the inconsistency, as 14 Springfield turnovers led to 16 easy points for Williams.
“The players don’t have enough patience with the offense to let it work for them and took it on an individual basis, so we don’t score,” continued Brock.
It took a great individual performance from senior guard Sean Martin to keep the Pride in the game. His team-high 18 points and career high 13 rebounds with an impressive three blocks catalyzed the effort from Springfield.
Fifth year Tim Swenson pulled down a team-high 14 rebounds, including a clutch offensive board and subsequent put back to bring the team within one point with 7:36 remaining.
Senior guard Josh Altman hit a critical three pointer out of a timeout to give the Pride their first lead since early in the first half. Unfortunately, that lead of course did not hold as the Ephs had too much fire power for Springfield to handle.
“There isn’t really a change in the offense that’s necessary. A change in the way we manage the offense and execute it, that has to change or we are going to run into the same problems trying to score,” stated Brock.
Early in the season, there is still time for Springfield to make these changes and get back to their winning ways. Clearly they showed the ability to score with 82, 90 point performances earlier this season.
The Springfield College men’s basketball team treated their game against Westfield St. this past Wednesday night as a redemption game. And redeem themselves they did with an 83-70 win against the Owls.
Julian Santiago can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org