WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Emmanuel Men's Basketball team continued their post-season win streak to advance to the National Championship from snagging the semi-final win against Bluefield College, 78-56.
Graham Maxwell, Assistant Coach, spoke out on the game and says, "We played extremely well collectively. Everyone did their job. Our bench gave us great minutes tonight, as well."
The first shot was fired off by Emerson McClung putting three on the board. Bluefield gave away many free throws to a variety of players for Emmanuel. Derek Vandiver helped lead the first half sinking three 3-pointers in consecutive possessions. Emerson McClung fired off the last 3-pointer of the first half. The Lions walked off the court leading 42-24.
The second half started with Austin Greene and Kendrick Colvin shooting from the field. Kendrick Colvin was fouled going 4-4 from the line. The Lions held onto their defense against Bluefield but continued to blow through Bluefield's defense. The Lions were up by twenty-two with ten minutes left in the game. Colton Collins fired off the last 3-pointer of the game.
The Lions walked off the court victorious with a 22-point win, 78-56. They will play in the National Championship game Saturday, March 17th at 5:00 PM. The game will be shown in the Shaw Athletic Center for any students or local fans to support the Lions during their last stop in this journey.
Looking ahead at the championship game on Saturday, Graham Maxwell also says, "Come Saturday, we have to be locked in. This for everything and everybody will be a little tired and banged up on both ends. It will just come down to hustle plays and execution. We are blessed to have this opportunity and we are excited to represent our school in the game."
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