Men’s basketball continues to struggle in Conference play 

By Miranda Parrish 

Elm Staff Writer 

The Washington College Shoremen traveled to Swarthmore College to play the Garnets for the first Centennial Conference game of the week.  

In the first quarter, junior guard Kedrick Frink made the first three-pointer of the game and for the Shoremen. Layups by junior guard Jason Zielinski, Frink and a three-pointer by freshman guard Braden Rodriguez also contributed to the Shoremen’s close game in the first part of the first half. Even with these shots, the Shoremen were losing to the Garnets 25-42 at the end of the first half.  

After halftime, the Shoremen came back strong with a jumper by freshman guard/forward Davis Bland. A steal by junior forward Nick Romeo and an assist by freshman guard Ryan Lang led to a three-pointer by junior forward Nick Romeo. Within a minute of each other, two fouls on the Red Devils brought Zielinski and freshman guard Grant Kemp led each player to the line and kept the team close to the Garnets. 

A three-pointer and a layup by Frink supported the Shoremen. The last points of the game were two free throws by sophomore forward Ethan Schwantes.  

Despite this, the Garnets beat the Shoremen 86-56.  

Regardless of their loss, the Shoremen were feeling confident for their next game according to junior guard Kedrick Frink. They traveled to Carlisle, Pa. to play their second Centennial Conference game against Dickinson College.  

Frink commented on the team and their season so far.  

“I feel like we’re a young team and coach has been pushing us to be good and we just have to trust the process and everything we do so I feel like if we keep doing that then we have special things to do next year,” said Frink. 

In the first half, the Shoremen made their first shots after freshman forward Braden Rodriguez was fouled. A back to back layup and free throw made by freshman guard Ryan Lang kept the Shoremen close to the Red Devils.  

Free throws by junior guard Kedrick Frink gave the Shoremen several points in the first half as well as a jumper in the last second, keeping the Shoremen close to the Red Devils by the end of the first half, who were winning 37-30.  

In the second half, the first point was again made by Rodriguez, which was a three-pointer. A foul on Frink when he made a layup brought him to the foul line, which he made one of his free throw shots. Two layups within two minutes of each other after his foul shots also contributed to the Shoremen’s score. Junior forward Nick Romeo and junior guard Jason Zielinksi each made a three-pointer for the Shoremen, contributing to their score as well.  

Despite their efforts, several free throws made by the Red Devils led them to victory by the end of the second half, 86-70.  

Sophomore guard Malcolm Rather commented on their games this week. “I feel like we played hard, but we didn’t get the results we wanted. My takeaways so far into the season are the relationships I’ve made and the learning opportunities. I look forward to finishing the season by making memories to look back upon.”  

Looking to the rest of their season and into next year, Frink has some goals for the team in mind.  

“I want us to be at the top of the conference… I think we will turn around the season that we had this year into next year,” said Frink.  

The Shoremen host their next game against McDaniel on Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Penny J. Fall Gymnasium. 

Photo Courtesy of WC Athletics 

Photo Caption: Shoreman of the week Kedrick Frink taking a foul shot in a Washington College home game. This is his fifth time as Shoreman of the Week in his career. 

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