WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Emmanuel Men's Basketball team participated in the NCCAA National Championship game against Southwestern Christian Univ. and brought home the title winning 85-65.
Nathan Williams had a huge performance coming off the bench going 5-6 in 3-pointers totaling 15-points. Emerson McClung followed behind Williams with 14-points. Colton Collins, Kendrick Colvin and Kurtis Robinson all followed with 12-points. On the defensive side, Elijah Robinson led with 11-rebounds and 3 blocks, while Austin Greene had 4 steals. In the first half, Emmanuel shot 71% from the field and from beyond the arch.
Head Coach, T.J. Rosene, looks back at the Championship win and the season to say, "An amazing run. I couldn't be more proud of these guys. They love each other and care for each other. They desire to be good men and I am thankful to watch them on their basketball, academic, and faith journey."
Elijah Robinson started the three-point streak for the Lions as multiple were fired off between Robinson and Austin Greene. With ten minutes played, Emmanuel led Southwestern 22-11. Nathan Williams came off the bench firing off five 3-pointers. After a layup from Emerson McClung, Emmanuel led 41-18 with five minutes left to play. With one second left, Kurtis Robinson was fouled clearing both shots. Emmanuel walked into the locker room leading 54-27 after a stunning first half performance.
The Lions lost a little spunk as the second half began. From missed free throws to turnovers, the Lions gave way for Southwestern to pick up there scoring. With six minutes left in the game, Southwestern cut the lead in half now only down fourteen, 70-56. The Lions called a couple timeouts to get their heads back in the game, which worked. After fouls by Southwestern a layup from Emerson McClung the Lions were back up 79-61. Nick Scheimann entered the game and made a bucket. Tavish Reynolds sank the last free throws of the game as the Lions let the time run out and make their National Championship victory, final.
Emmanuel Men's Basketball will wrap up their season with an overall record of 23-10. They averaged 83 points per game shooting 50% from the field, 40% from the arch, and 71% from the line.
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*Photo Credit is given to Jeff Nycz, Mid-South Images.