As league play begins, Saints look to make it rain

mens-basketball.jpgLuke Hare, Staff Writer

 

It goes without saying, that in order to win in basketball, you need to be able to score more points than your opponent. And as league play tips off, the Saints look to do that with an emphasis.

In almost every category statistic based throughout the team, the Saints are leading their opponents. That includes shooting percentage in field goals, three-pointers, and free throws, as well as assists, rebounds, turnovers, and steals. These are all things that lead a team to scoring more than their opponent, and when a team leads them in almost every category available, they are going to be successful. So far, the Saints are proving that.

As conference play tips off, the Saints are currently 5-1 in non-conference play with very impressive wins against Fresno Pacific University, as well as a stunning come from behind victory against a well-ranked west coast rival Point Loma at their home court. The victory against Point Loma was phenomenal considering they were down by 15 points at halftime, but ended up scoring an outstanding 53 points from the floor en route to a five-point victory. A lot of this was thanks to senior Rhett Baerlocher playing lights out. Baerlocher dropped 15 second half points, going 5-6 from the three-point line. Alongside him was sophomore Tavian Henderson, who dropped 17 points, missing only one shot from the field and one free throw while collecting five boards.

In what could be debated as one of the best all-around team wins against Northwest Christian, the Saints scored a season high 94 points with five players scoring in double digits. In the first half alone, the Saints scored eight 3-pointers putting up a total of 56 points. One of the most impressive stats from this game was the definition of team play. Of the 36 made shots, 24 of those were due to an assist from a teammate. They also out rebounded their opponent by 12, which is a key component to being successful in basketball.

Another important aspect for the specialty of this year’s team is the experience it has. The Saints are made of nearly all returning players, and eight of those are seniors. Of the 15 total players, only five of them are underclassmen. This plays a huge role in the crunch time of games because this team has been together before and knows what it takes to win down the stretch. The leadership of the upperclassmen is also important because for most of them, this is their first time playing and this important to a team where the sky is the limit. Now, they are able to return home to play, which brings the home court advantage back to the Saints.

As league play begins, Saints look to make it rain

Luke Hare, Staff Writer

It goes without saying, that in order to win in basketball, you need to be able to score more points than your opponent. And as league play tips off, the Saints look to do that with an emphasis.

In almost every category statistic based throughout the team, the Saints are leading their opponents. That includes shooting percentage in field goals, three-pointers, and free throws, as well as assists, rebounds, turnovers, and steals. These are all things that lead a team to scoring more than their opponent, and when a team leads them in almost every category available, they are going to be successful. So far, the Saints are proving that.

As conference play tips off, the Saints are currently 5-1 in non-conference play with very impressive wins against Fresno Pacific University, as well as a stunning come from behind victory against a well-ranked west coast rival Point Loma at their home court. The victory against Point Loma was phenomenal considering they were down by 15 points at halftime, but ended up scoring an outstanding 53 points from the floor en route to a five-point victory. A lot of this was thanks to senior Rhett Baerlocher playing lights out. Baerlocher dropped 15 second half points, going 5-6 from the three-point line. Alongside him was sophomore Tavian Henderson, who dropped 17 points, missing only one shot from the field and one free throw while collecting five boards.

In what could be debated as one of the best all-around team wins against Northwest Christian, the Saints scored a season high 94 points with five players scoring in double digits. In the first half alone, the Saints scored eight 3-pointers putting up a total of 56 points. One of the most impressive stats from this game was the definition of team play. Of the 36 made shots, 24 of those were due to an assist from a teammate. They also out rebounded their opponent by 12, which is a key component to being successful in basketball.

Another important aspect for the specialty of this year’s team is the experience it has. The Saints are made of nearly all returning players, and eight of those are seniors. Of the 15 total players, only five of them are underclassmen. This plays a huge role in the crunch time of games because this team has been together before and knows what it takes to win down the stretch. The leadership of the upperclassmen is also important because for most of them, this is their first time playing and this important to a team where the sky is the limit. Now, they are able to return home to play, which brings the home court advantage back to the Saints.

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