The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball team has just finished it’s best regular season of all-time, from my perspective. Although they’ve had better years according to their record under Coach Dick Bennett back in 1993-94 season.
The Phoenix knew they were the number one seed in the Horizon League Tournament after February 20th, where they beat last year’s Horizon League champion Valparaiso. Now, when they entered their season finale in Detroit on Saturday, it was the same ol’. They didn’t bench Keifer Sykes. They didn’t bench Alec Brown. They played their normal game.
Jordan Fouse’s box score says he didn’t have a good day. I say differently. Despite getting 33 minutes of playing time Fouse only one point, shooting 0-for-4 from the floor and 1-for-4 from the line. Yes, that is true, Mr. Box Score, but Mr. Fouse also has nine rebounds and six assists. If you watched the game, and I told you Fouse only has one point, you would tell me, “Good joke.” Fouse played a fantastic game on Saturday, and was aggressive in the paint and getting the boards, like usual.
The back-court, made up of Keifer Sykes and Carrington Love did some things you love to see out of your guards. Both were aggressive, although they only had a combined seven rebounds. The thing that makes reporters like me, and coaches like Coach Brian Wardle smile, are the combined 40 points that Love and Keifer had on Sunday. Two of those 40 points came off of a monster windmill dunk that Mr. K.J. Sykes threw down.
Yeah, he’s special.
Center Alec Brown had nine points, five rebounds, and three blocks, helping the Phoenix end their regular season on a positive note, winning 75-66 on the road. The next time the Phoenix hit the court, is March 8th, at home. Did I mention that that is the semi-finals of the Horizon League Tournament? I would tell you who their opponent will be, but that has yet to be decided.
The UWGB Men’s finish their season 24-5, their personal best under the direction of Coach Wardle, now in his fourth season.