Men’s basketball starts out the year with two preseason games
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Men’s basketball starts out the year with two preseason games


Dustin Teenor

TNE writer

Lasts weekend the men’s basketball went to Tulsa for a preseason match for their 2018-19 season. The RiverHawks faced the Golden Hurricanes in an exhibition game at the Reynold Center on Friday. The RiverHawks shot poorly in the first half, shooting only 22 percent from the field and 3-15 behind the three-point line. The Golden Hurricanes went into half up 48-21, shooting 51 percent from the field. The RiverHawks had a better second half but could not close the deficit. 

Tulsa outscored the RiverHawks 47-39 in the second half, but did improve their shooting percentage to 31 percent by the end regulation. Trent Cantrell, junior guard and D’Angelo Jackson, senior guard, led the team in points, scoring 33 of the teams 60 points. The RiverHawks did beat Tulsa at the free throw line shooting, 10-12 while the Hurricanes shot 13-21. The game ended in 95-60 loss to the Hurricanes.

“It was great getting to play such an elite team and fun getting to play on that stage,” said Cartrell. “It was definitely a new challenge for us because they were very good defensively and we haven’t really gotten to play anyone besides ourselves in practice.”

Monday the RiverHawks had a home exhibition against Rhema Bible College. The RiverHawks outscored the Eagles in the first half 56-35, but was not satisfied in efforts on defense.

“We were making some mistakes and that probably caused most of our problems,” said Lincoln Wiseman, junior forward. “We stepped it up defensively in the second half. When you have a tough defense, it helps your offense.”

In the second half, the RiverHawks got their offense rolling, shooting 63 percent from the field and 33 percent behind the three-point line. Jamel Bodrick, junior forward lead the team in points scored, while only playing nine minutes in the second half. Bodrick was perfect from the field in the second half with 13 points, two steals and seven defensive rebounds. The team’s defensive effort caused the Eagles to shoot 24 percent from the field and only 2-19 three-point attempts. The RiverHawks ended up outscoring their opponent 65-22 in the second half with 43 of those points coming off the bench.

“We wanted to make a statement and I think we did that in the second half,” said Caleb Smith, junior guard. “We need to start games like that throughout the entire season. Playing with so many guys that can knock down threes is great. It makes it hard to guard us. The driving lanes open and really allows us to get in the paint.”    

The men’s team will play their first regular season game at 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 9 at home against Southwestern Oklahoma for the MIAA/GAC challenge. Then the team will play at 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 10 against Northwestern Oklahoma to wrap up the MIAA/GAC face off.

“Playing these two teams we were able to practice running through our offensive and defensive strategies,” said Wiseman. “It’s always great to have some early season tests before you play your first game. We feel more prepared for Nov. 9.”

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