Last week was exciting for Rollins basketball players and Tars-lovin’ fans, with two thrilling nights of basketball—men’s and women’s—both ending in triumphant victories against the University of Tampa Spartans. The women Tars won 74-66 and the men won 78-65. Both games were intense and close at moments.
“The game was shaky at first, but we sett led down,” men’s guard and Crummer student Alexander Castillo said. But the teams pulled through and “played with a lot of energy and pride,” according to women’s coach Glenn Wilkes.
On Feb. 2, at the men’s game, loud discontent among the crowd of fans expressed itself due to calls made by the refs. From the stands, it was clear that there was some dirty work afoot and multiple cases of holding; however, the Tars kept it clean with their heads held high and won regardless.
“I try really hard not to worry about the refs during the game,” said forward Matt hew Robertson ’11. “Honestly, they are going to make some good calls and some bad calls. You just can’t get caught up in all that.”
Again on Saturday the men came through with a win at Eckerd 71-60, giving them a ninegame winning streak. Though the women lost to Eckerd 69-51, they have been playing a great season thus far, and both teams can learn from the past to succeed in future games, including the games this Saturday, Feb. 12, against Saint Leo.
“We have beaten St. Leo 27 games in a row as a program so I think we will fare pretty well against them. However, it’s important we do not underestimate them whatsoever,” said guard and Crummer student Nick Wolf, who promised to go into this Saturday’s home game with confidence.
The women’s game will start at 2 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m., both in the Alfond Sports Center, and all should come out to cheer on the Tars. Holt student Brittainy Daiger shared, “We’re looking forward to another win at home Saturday and hope that the Rollins community can come out and support us!”
Remember, the team is only as good as its supporters, so do not let the Tars down and come join the fun. GO TARS!