Sunday, April 28, the Men’s Basketball team formally ended the 2018-19 season with one last team meal and the presentation of Team, Regional, and National Awards. Cash Krueger took home two of the four awards by receiving All-Region (Central) Honorable Mention and the Team MVP award. Cash ended the season averaging 12.6 points per game on 48% shooting, 5.8 rebounds per game, tied for third in steals with 23, and lead with 1.37 blocks per game. Milacio Freeland received the National award by being named a Scholar-Athlete. Milacio currently is finishing his Junior year with a GPA of 3.58 in pursuit of his Biblical Studies degree. Lastly, Vlad Chira took home the player voted Brother Award. This award is voted on by the players at the end of the season based on the “brother” who is the most reliable, accountable, hardest working, present, and selfless.
Although the season did see an improvement in the number of total wins from the 17’-18’ campaign, it still fell short of expectations. With much of the schedule against much larger schools including NCAA D1 Oral Roberts (Tulsa, OK), NCAA D2 schools Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO), Harding University (Searcy, AR), and Rogers State University (Claremore, OK) to name a few, and a very tough Central Region, Ecclesia had their work cut out for them. The Royals managed to sneak out a win in their final home game of the first semester in which they had to say good-bye to three graduating seniors: Sammy Johnson Jr., Tyler Bullie, and Aquandre Decuir.
The second semester looked more promising but only lead to a few more victories and several nail biting loses. One of those losses was an over-time defeat to fellow Central Region’s Nebraska Christian College who would go on to represent the Central Region in the National Tournament. After adding four wins to the record in the second semester Ecclesia College fell short of post season play with a final record of 5-26. EC fell short on Senior night where they would say good-bye to three more seniors: Cash Krueger, Ashton Worgu, and Davion Lockridge.
Coach Huck said, “It was clearly a hard and frustrating season if the only thing you look at is the wins and losses. But, I could not have picked a better squad and group of men to be my introduction as a head coach. They worked hard, they enjoyed each other, and the taught me a lot. I am forever grateful.” Coach Huck continued, “I am extremely excited for this coming season. The hand-picked leadership we are bringing back and bringing in are going to usher in a new era of EC basketball.” The 2019-2020 season will kick off in 6 months, “It can’t get here soon enough.”