ABOVE: Brent Smith, junior center, defends the opposing players from scoring. (Cale Eirich/File photo)

By Tanner Carlson

Staff reporter

The (4) Southwestern Moundbuilders tipped off their tournament play against (5) Roosevelt Lakers March 7. The game was pushed back, starting at 11:15 p.m. due to prolonged games played previously.

This was the first tournament appearance for Roosevelt in their school’s history and the first tournament victory for Southwestern in school history as they took down the Lakers 65-55.

“We were hoping for the game time to run late,” Matt O’Brien head basketball coach, proclaimed. “The more adversity the better it is for our team to prove our toughness.”

Myron Fisher, senior guard, was perfect from the floor, scoring on all four of his shot attempts and three of those shots were from beyond the arc. Fisher finished with 11 points and three rebounds.

“It’s pretty awesome! This is a special team to me and we have accomplished so much this season,” Fisher said. “It’s pretty sweet that we can add this to our list of accomplishments and hopefully we can keep going.”

The leading scorers for the Moundbuilders were Cameron Hunt, junior guard, finishing his night with 14 points, and tallying seven assists along with six rebounds. LaJuan Hardy, freshman guard, added 12 points and four rebounds with three assists.

“We are humbled to contribute to the rich tradition of SC basketball with a Sweet 16 appearance,” O’Brien said.

Southwestern has a quick turn around and will play March 9 at 1:45 p.m. They will have a short time to celebrate, then quickly refocus on the next opponent standing in their way to a national championship.

“We have the best coaching staff in America,” Fisher claimed. “They will make sure we rest and get prepared for Cornerstone on Friday.”

Southwestern will play the (1) Cornerstone Golden Eagles and for the first time this season Southwestern will face a team ranked higher and favored over them.

Tanner Carlson is a senior majoring in communication. You may email him at tanner.carlson@sckans.edu.