By Ian Jackson
With much effort on both offense and defense, the Roosevelt Men’s Basketball team was victorious over their conference foes the St. Ambrose Bees 70-56 on November 16th. Jake Ludwig scored 11 of his team-high 15 points at the free throw line to go with six assists, while Kyle Bumbalough added 12 points and Adam Alexander provided 10 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench for the Lakers.
Peter Catchings added nine boards while Korey Ryan and Zack Harris scored nine points apiece. According to RooseveltLakers.com, Roosevelt out-rebounded St. Ambrose 35-25, and the Lakers used that advantage along with holding the Bees to 33 percent from the field and 2-for-14 shooting from beyond the three to hold a healthy lead for most of the game.
Coach Joe Griffin said what the team’s main focus in practice was in order to be prepared for that game. “We focused on defending St. Ambrose’s offense and their actions, keying in on their big guys and we did a good job in all three of those phases,” Griffin said.
After suffering the loss at Northern Illinois, Griffin explained perhaps the losing game gave them more inspiration and intensity to really show out to get this win in the first conference game.
“We thought it did, even though the score looked bad we did a lot of good things. We made 10 threes against NIU, we did a couple things defensively and took a lot of positives away from that game. The credit goes out to our seniors and our captains,” Griffin said.
Jason Markus, a senior hospitality and tourism management senior student, plays point guard for the Lakers said “We basically just took the positives out of the NIU game, they are tough but we did a lot of good things offensively and defensively so we just carried that over to our conference game and we executed what we needed to get done.”
He also explained what he worked on specifically to contribute to the win “I think the scouting report was excellent, we knew a lot of their play calls and personnel so it was big knowing their big guys can shoot and they were able to get us on a few adjustments but we were able to execute and come out on top” Markus said.
Zach Harris, a senior Hospitality and Tourism Management student plays center for the Lakers also said gave his viewpoint on what the team needed to work on after the NIU game to really bring it to St. Ambrose.
“Not to take the loss personally and just have a growth mindset after it, we knew going in they had better athletes than us kind of outmatched in that sense so we had to get back to the basics” Harris said.