Men’s basketball started out their GSAC play with a loss against Westmont College 64-67 Saturday, Dec.10. They regained momentum against Northwest Indian College with back to back wins Dec. 13-14 dominating 121-60 and 131-39.
“Westmont is a tough game to play, it is a big rivalry they know all our plays and we know all of theirs; it is just a grind to the end and sadly they came out on top,” said Kyle Hoag, Center.
The men then traveled to Phoenix, AZ for the Cactus Classic a three-day tournament against Rocky Mountain College, University of Montana-Western, and Embry-Riddle University. The Royals won in the final match of the Cactus Classic against Embry-Riddle72-66.
They moved on to the two-day Bill Reynolds Holiday Classic in Costa Mesa, CA Dec. 30-31, losing against Saskatchewan 60-67 but coming in clutch against MacEwan University 82-66.
The Royals then hosted San Diego Christian College Tuesday, Jan. 3, overpowering them 92-52. On the road again Saturday, Jan. 7, to match up against The Master’s University in Santa Clarita the Royals beat them on their turf 88-56.
The much anticipated Royals versus Eagles showdown at Biola University stirred up many emotions prior to the game Tuesday, Jan. 10.
The game did not go as planned as the men were quickly demolished by Biola’s strong defense and multiple money shots. They ended the game 55-69 playing from behind practically the whole game.
“[Against Biola] It was a big thing of focus, we were not there mentally, and we were not there energetically either. Tonight we had a lot of energy we knew what the task was and we just brought it to them,” said Daniel Young, Center Power Forward after the game against Arizona Christian University.
The men rebounded from the rough loss with an intense home game against Arizona Christian University, Tuesday, Jan. 12. A steal and dunk from Daniel Young in the first half got the crowd and team going. Josh Smith took over the court as the stand out MVP in the game. The Royals won 68-58 as they came together to make the game tough.
“Josh Smith was a real spark plug he’s waited a long time to get a chance to play so tonight he came out and was awesome.” Bill Czech, Head Coach said, “Josh Smith gave us a big lift; Daniel Young getting the steal that he got kind of ignited the crowed, and Isaac Douglass two games in a row has kind of kept us in the game in the first half.”
The men will rival against Menlo College tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Darling Pavilion.