By Miranda Parrish
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College men’s basketball team traveled to Baltimore, Md. to play an exhibition game against Loyola University Maryland on Nov. 17.
“The team was feeling excited. This was an exhibition game, so it doesn’t necessarily count towards our record, but it was a great experience playing on ESPN and playing against D1 players. Just the experience of being a team and that being our second game seeing how we can improve, what we did well and what we didn’t do well,” Tshibangu said. In the first half, several Shoremen were fouled on, including junior guard Zack Skrocki and junior guard Kedrick Frink, which kept the Shoremen up with the Greyhounds. Freshman guard and forward Davis Bland made several defensive rebounds and blocks on the Greyhounds, which also contributed to their strong defense against Loyola. At the end of the first half, the Greyhounds were up 41-23.
In the second half, junior guard Kedrick Frink assisted sophomore forward Ethan Schwantes with a jumper. Two free throws made by Frink halfway through the second half helped the Shoremen continue to fight against the Greyhounds. At the end of the second half, the Shoremen lost 53-81.
“Loyola was a tough opponent. They are very different than other opponents that we are used to seeing in our conference. They’re a little taller, a little bit more athletic, but they definitely helped us towards preparing for conference play. We feel really confident… we were able to execute a lot of our plays against a division one opponent so were definitely going to use that to build our momentum going into Haverford on Tuesday,” Tshibangu said.
The Shoremen have their next home game on Dec. 8 at 7 pm against Neumann University.