Tournament Sharks Bite Back in Consolation Game

March 6, 2012


By Brendan Parks and PJ Leehey

GAME 1: Lakes Region 83, Landmark 64

Despite a hard fought 36 minutes of basketball the Landmark Sharks men’s team couldn’t pull off a win.

Unlucky for the Sharks a game is 40 minutes and the team didn’t have enough energy to pull off the win. They played Lakes Region College in the 9th Annual Click Invitational Tournament to finish off the Shark’s season. As in the game between the two in the regular season, the Sharks kept it close for the first half- fighting hard.

They played a physical game to match Lakes Region’s energy but didn’t have enough to pull off a comeback upset and move on to the finals. Landmark faded with a little less than nine minutes left when the spread got to 15 points.

The Sharks played a very good first half and were only eight points behind late in the first half. It looked like they could take the lead before halftime.  After a few quick baskets the Sharks had an 11-point lead at halftime, making the score 46-35.

After a Landmark time out Lakes Region came out with a game plan to shut the door on the Sharks, and took the lead with 15 points. the Sharks took another time out but never got closer.

“I feel good about the game because we left our energy on the basketball court,” Captain Zachary “Ziggy” Benson said.

“I’m more worn out and beat up than ever this season,” Coach John Wood said, “I’ve been coaching for 20 years and I had one of the toughest weeks; 3 players left the team.”  He also added. “We played one of our best games of the year all we needed was a week or more on the game plan. We are playing teams over our head and we need to find where our niche is.”

He also mentioned that players sometimes have trouble finding their role on the team and he struggled to put in the right personal at the right times. After their loss, the Sharks got ready for the consolation game.

GAME 3: Landmark 64, Sarah Lawrence 57

The second time around the Sharks had a much easier battle to fight. Sarah Lawrence College who had fallen to Lincoln College earlier in the tournament put up a fight but fell short against the Sharks.

With the crowd in full force, the house was rocking as they rallied behind the Sharks starting up rousing cheers of D-FENCE and LET’S GO LANDMARK leading our boys to a seven point victory.

It was clear that everyone was in the spirit in the Click when even the members of the Lincoln College team began to cheer along with the Landmark fans.

The attendance was great at the second game. Among the attendees were Resident Deans Sean Smith and Stephen Querrey, security officer Matt Brown, many past alum of Landmark including former captain of the basketball team Dave Brandolph, as well as many students.

In a status update on Facebook Coach John Wood had this to say “I want to thank my players for all of their hard work today in earning a split in our tournament! Also, thanks to Austin Huettl for organizing so many alums to show up today it was great of all of you to show! Thanks, Coach Wood.”  ♦

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