by Elana Garay
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
Benedictine’s men’s basketball once again continues to win another conference. Last Saturday afternoon men’s basketball beat Marian University with the score of 84-76. This is the fifth win in a row and second win in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC).
“We were glad to be back at home and we know every conference game is going to be a grind. Marian plays extremely hard and we’re glad to come away with a win”, said junior Adam Reynolds.
It took two minutes until the first score was made which was made by Marian. After the first two ties, Benedictine quickly gained the lead. Three individual points by junior Michael Blaszczyk and a three pointer by senior Luke Johnson had Benedictine in the lead by six points, 10-4.
Marian stayed close behind by a couple points as the first quarter continued to progress. Suddenly as they caught up again with one point behind Benedictine, a two pointer by one of Marian’s players got their team in the lead. A three pointer increased their lead with the score of 21-17.
Benedictine gained the lead back by a couple individual points starting off with senior Time Reamer then a three pointer by junior Shawn Soelter. Benedictine pushed forward into the lead by seven points and continued to make their way into the lead.
Several points made by Benedictine in the last two minutes of the first half lead them into a lead of 14 points ahead of Marian. The score was 49-35. Blaszczyk started off with a two pointer in the second half to continue the conference. The teams rallied in points and Benedictine gained a lead by 18 points twice.
Benedictine held the lead throughout the second half. Even with Miran closing in behind towards the end of the second half, Benedictine still gained a victory. Johnson had the lead by scoring 21 points in this conference including 10 rebounds, and five assists. Blaszczyk followed with 17 points and seven rebounds. Senior John Dobson contributed 15 and Reynolds made 10 points.
“It was a well fought game, we have to learn how to put teams away in the end but it was a great team effort”, said Johnson. The upcoming conferences for men’s basketball are December 9 against Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) at the Dan and Ada Rice Center at 7 p.m., then December 12 against Edgewood College at 2 p.m. off campus.