Calvary’s Men’s Basketball team fought hard in it’s first-ever NCCAA National Tournament contest, but was outgunned by #1 seeded Randal University on Wednesday afternoon.
“We didn’t shoot well,” said CU Head Coach, Matt Sanders. “We played good defense for the entirety of the first half, but you’ve got to give them (Randall) a lot of credit. They did a good job. They’re really, really good and it just wasn’t our day today.”
The final score was 89-54 with the Warriors shooting just 18-55 (32.7%) compared to Randall’s 33-68 (48.5%). Braydon Unruh led CU with 13 points, D’Marques Harris contributed 8 and both Tobias Welling and Demitrius White-Thomas added 6 each.
The Warriors will play in the consolation bracket Thursday morning at 10 a.m. A win will put them in the 5th place contest on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The tournament is being hosted by Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. There will also be a watch party for all the games in the Warrior Cafe on Calvary’s campus in Kansas City. Live streaming and on demand viewing can be purchased by following this link.
“God has so richly blessed us,” said CU Athletic Director, Jeanette Regier, “with three leaders who have helped beyond words with Zak (Kirkman), Braydon (Unruh), and Ques (Harris). When you see them congratulate them for a job well done! Matt (Sanders) and Robbie (Bollinger) have done their normal outstanding work as our coaches.” Kirkman is sidelined with a knee injury.
Calvary’s President, Dr. Alexander Granados pointed out that, “A lot of teams are already fishing, and would love to still be playing. It’s a great accomplishment to be here.”
Braydon Unruh was perfect from the line going 4-4.
Coach Matt Sanders
Peter Brandel driving to the basket.
Joseph Morrow looking to pass inside.
Coleson Voran drawing the foul.
Tobias Welling at the line.