2016 Wingate Men’s Basketball Team
Kori Adams, Staff Writer
The Wingate Men’s basketball team is now starting to prepare for the upcoming season. They have started full team practices and will be having their first game on Friday, November 11th versus Limestone College.
Last season the team finished with a record of 23-10 overall and 16-6 in the conference. They made a run in the NCAA tournament, but couldn’t quite win it all. The Bulldogs lost in the semifinals against Lenoir Rhyne University, ending their season.
“We had a great year last year so we will have a target on our back from the start.” Junior guard, Zeriq Lolar says. “With the way the competition is in our conference we can never take any game lightly. I feel like this year will be a successful season for our team.”
After losing only one senior last year, (Xavier Griffin at point guard) the Bulldogs will have many key returning players. Senior forward, Isaiah Cureton and sophomore guard, Mike Baez will be back for the team after earning All-SAC honors last season. Seniors, Keith Griffin, Anthanee Doyle, and Josh Dominguez will all be coming back as a strong force for the team along with juniors, Lee McCall, Zeriq Lolar, and redshirt-junior, Kerigan Farely.
“Each of these players are capable of double digit scoring any given night,” says Coach Good. “Our quality of depth on the team is very strong this year. I think it’ll be really difficult for teams to focus on one or two guys each night.”
Along with the strong returning players, Wingate also brings in five new freshmen. Jeremy Williams (Monroe, NC), Carson Corpening (Hickory, NC), Stephen Misenheimer (Albemarle, NC), Charlie Hovasse (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Quantra Taylor (Indian Land, SC) will all add to the strength of the team.
The Bulldogs will start off conference play at home in Cuddy arena on November 22nd against Lenoir Rhyne. The team is very excited to be on the court and start a new season.
Edited by: Sara Gunter