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2019-20 Men's Basketball Season In Review

2019-20 MBB Season Recap

The Ecclesia College men’s basketball team battled through the 2019-20 season. Starting with injuries occurring on the first day of conditioning, the team was blessed with many opportunities to grow and come closer together. Coach Huck and Coach Jarrell led a team of six freshman, two sophomores, a junior, and a senior through the year: a team with only three returners. This season and this team had two goals: reset and rebuild the culture of Ecclesia College Men’s Basketball, and get better everyday on and off the court. “I could not be more proud of this team. They were a pleasure to coach and learn from. From day one they faced adversity and they never wavered. They showed up every day, worked hard, and let the chips fall where they may. I am truly excited for the future of EC Men’s basketball to be built on the shoulders of these players” Coach Huck told us.

The Royals started this rebuilding year staring down the barrel of a very loaded schedule. Playing three NCAA D1 programs, two NCAA D2 programs, and 10 NAIA programs outside of their already competitive NCCAA schedule left little time for the young team to grow up and play together. It took only four games before the Royals got their first win, 11 games faster than the previous season. But they would then hit a dry spell before getting another win 10 games later. The season had many exciting moments that left the Royals just a few points short of a very different season outcome. In the eight games that were decided by single digits or over-time the Royals dropped five of them. During a year where the men went 6-24, those would have done a lot for the program trying to get on its feet.

Although the wins on the court may have been fewer than hoped, the Royals still managed to shine bright in other areas. A few of the bright areas came from the individual play of the Royals. With such a young squad and almost everyone new to the program, many players were asked to step up in ways they never had to before. The individual response and performance of the players laid the foundation for future generations of EC men’s basketball. Most notable was the play of North Carolina native, Senior Transfer guard Drew Cone. Drew put together the best individual season in EC men’s basketball history. Drew finished 5th in the country in scoring (23.2), 6th in the country in 3PT% (.472 136-288), 1st in FT% (.941 111-118), and 1st in 3PT Makes (4.5 136). Drew also set the school records in points in a single season (697), 3PT makes in a season (136), 3PT% Min. 100 attempts (.472), FT% Min. 100 attempts (.941), and 3PT makes in a single game (11). Drew finished the season receiving a 3rd Team All-Regional honor and a finalist for the Pete Maravich Award. “Every team needs a Drew Cone. He led the team in GPA, Work Hours, and on the floor” Coach Huck said.

There was not a player on the EC roster who did not contribute. Whether is was Deondre Phillips 7th ranked 4.8 assists per game, Joey Gobert and Terrell Green’s defense combing for 53 steals and 102 defensive rebounds while only standing six-feet tall, Vlad Chira and David Lynch’s grit and work ethic being two out of the four players who got to play in every game of the season, Zachary McGee and Nicholas Coble’s explosive offense combing for 696 points, 40% from three, all with Coble missing seven games, or Matthew Hamer’s presence inside attributing for nearly a third of the team blocks (15) and gathering 100 rebounds in very injury ridden minutes, the team used everyone. The individual play will only get better, and the chemistry of the team was improving all year long. We are very excited for what the future of EC men’s basketball has in store.

Be sure and follow along on here and our Twitter page @Ecclesia_Royals. This young team is only getting started!

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