By: Zack Bucher
Benedictine Eagles head basketball coach and assistant director of athletics of Benedictine, Keith Bunkenburg, earned his 300th career win as a coach in a 73-57 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran on the road Wednesday night.
“I have been blessed to coach so many great student athletes. I have had so many great coaches help me along the way also. Our current staff is doing a great job. Coach Kollar, Coach Jones, Coach Fano and Coach Janzcak. Matt and Frank have seen a lot of these wins along with the losses. I am proud of what this program has accomplished and will do in the future. If not for the players, coaches, staff and administration, this would not be possible. I am lucky to be at a University that cares so much for the students and their experience,” said Bunkenburg.
Bunkenburg is a member of the Benedictine Hall of Fame and is in his 20th season as head coach for the Eagles. He not only has led the eagles to the NACC five times in his career but has also earned 4 20-win seasons. His team started off strong in the game and never looked back.
“We executed and definitely played a lot harder than Wisconsin Lutheran throughout the entire game. We gave it our all like we do every game. Things are looking good,” said senior Michael Carter.
The Eagles took the lead early and held it for the rest of the game. Sophomore Adam Reynolds scored a layup. Early in the first half the Eagles pulled away thanks to a 12-0 run that ran the score to 14-4. Sophomore Michael Blaszczyk also made a three point shot. Senior Tim McGinty made both his free throw shots. Eagles led the first half, with 36-26 at the intermission.
Wisconsin Lutheran put up a valiant comeback effort in the second half, coming to within four points with only a little over five minutes to go in the game. Benedictine put a halt to Wisconsin Lutheran, as they scored only 3 points the rest of the game.
“We had a great win for us. We needed to start to string together some wins coming back from Puerto Rico and Wisconsin Lutheran was a big win for us on the road. It was a big emphasis for us to move the ball and get the best shot possible because we felt we could get any shot we wanted,” said freshman John Dodson.
“We executed our offensive game plan and played great defense, which got us off to a great start. They are a tough team, they never gave up and came back at the end of the first half as well as the beginning of the second half. We closed out the game with inside out execution and free throws to put them away. We also out rebounded the best offensive rebounding team, which was another key to the game. All in all, we played all around great. It helped to propel us to tie with first in the conference,” said Dodson.
The Eagles are now 8-5 with a 6-2-conference record. The Eagles look to continue their winning ways as they head home to play Rockford University on Tuesday, January 13.