All the seniors took in their special night, the evening that was dedicated to them. It may not have been played as well as many hoped, but they got the job done, and that’s all that matters. Springfield College men’s basketball team battled Clark University at Blake Arena at 7p.m in a game where Clark needed to win. The Pride (16-7) and Clark (9-14) had a competitive contest until the Pride slipped away last minute, taking it home 65-57.
Senior Sean Martin was the leading scorer for Springfield with 20 points. It didn’t seem as if Martin, better yet, the rest of the team had the greatest night from field. While the Pride is shooting 45 percent on the season, they shot a below average 42.4 percent against Clark.
“We had a tough time shooting tonight,” Springfield Coach Charlie Brock said. “I believe we made three outside shots tonight, very tough time.”
As the Pride saw themselves down 34-31 at the end of the first half, Clark was shooting close to 50 percent from beyond the arc. Brock knew he had to adjust to something.
“I very quietly said, ‘guard them,’” said Brock.
Everybody knew there was some sarcasm behind that comment.
“It wasn’t quiet, trust me,” said Piretra..
Piretra finished off the game with a double-double; scoring 14 points and gobbling up 11 rebounds. This game was all about second chances, the Pride shot a miserable 37 percent in the first half so any rebounds helped them out. Springfield out-rebound Clark 43 to 28, being in complete control from the paint all night.
Needless to say it was a sloppy game for the Pride. The second half is where they really picked up their game. Shooting 50 percent and holding Clark to a horrendous 32 percent. Aggressive defense in the second half really proved to be the difference maker for the rest of the game.
As the Pride prepare for the tournament, they need to take care of business first. Springfield will head on the road to face Coast Guard in a conference duel this Saturday, February 21.
Ben Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org