Eagles finish season with heart

Sam Brolley, IV Leader Staff

The men’s basketball team’s difficult season ended Feb. 27 at the hands of the Morton Panthers by a score of 69-84.

IV’s most consistent scorer Torrance Johnson continued his phenomenal play, contributing 20 points, 8 rebounds and four blocks.

The Eagles played their topseeded opponents close through the first half but fell out of contention after committing nearly as many turnovers as assists.

Two days before their loss to Morton, the Eagles cruised to an 87-71 victory over Wright College in the region play in game.

Four Eagles tallied 10 or more points, and the team shot over 50 percent from the field. The win ended a seven-game slide.

When asked about his take on the 2013-2014 men’s basketball team, freshman player Logan Bima noted, “I was honored to have the opportunity to play with a group so full of heart and passion.”

Bima, one of the baseball players recruited to join the ailing squad halfway through the season, continued, “We battled adversity all year and won some big games. Good luck to all those sophomores who are moving on.”

The men’s team suffered hardship this year from the start of the season when the team had 19 players on the
roster to a point where the team had six. Some players quit, some failed drug tests and some had academic eligibility concerns. Eventually, several baseball players joined the squad to make a stronger contender.

Besides dependable sophomores Ross Arteaga and the injured Corey McCrary, Coach Tommy Canale will see his entire squad capable of returning next year. The Eagles finish their season with an 11-19 record.