By Jake Loel
Last Friday, the University of Dallas men’s basketball team took on the Schreiner University Mountaineers in Kerryville, Texas, in a game that ended in a vital Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) victory: Crusaders 87, Mountaineers 77. The Crusaders got off to a slow start, finding themselves down nine points within the first few minutes of the game. This was perhaps due to the five-hour bus ride from Irving to Kerryville, a small town about an hour north-west of San Antonio.
Luckily, the Crusaders found their groove in the second half and pulled ahead, due to the accurate shooting efforts of senior forward Aaron Wyatt, senior guard Blaine Blackburn, and senior forward Mark Promberger. The Mountaineers tied things up a few times before the Crusaders went on a rampage, scoring a season high of 53 points in the second half. Promberger, a former Northern Arizona University football player, scored 19 points, leading the Crusaders in scoring for the night. Sophomore guard Victor Garate scored a season high of 17 points, while Wyatt scored 14 and sophomore guard Michael Sarrat scored 14. Surprisingly, Sarrat led the team in rebounds as well, which is unusual for the guard, who generally does not find himself under the basket, preferring to shoot from the three-point line.
The next day, the Crusaders took on the Trinity University Tigers in their final road game of the semester, but the exhaustion after their long road trip and the high-intensity game they had the night before kept the Crusaders from victory. They ultimately fell to the Tigers 73-80. The Tigers, who have a much worse record than the Crusaders this semester, fell to the Crusaders earlier this season in January. The Tigers maintained a double digit advantage for much of the first half, but a three-point play by sophomore guard Lorenzo Gonzalez cut the lead down to seven to end the first half, 32-25.
The Crusaders struggled in the second half, with a total of 17 turnovers to the Tigers’ eight. Despite the Crusaders struggling as a team, Promberger celebrated his birthday with a 20-point game, just one short of his season best, and 10 rebounds as well.
The Crusaders take on Arlington Baptist College on Thursday and then have their final regular season game on Saturday, when the seniors will be honored. The Crusaders currently sit in fifth place, according to Scacsports.com. However, the Crusaders have beaten all four teams ahead of them (Centenary College of Louisiana, Texas Lutheran University, Southwestern University and Colorado College).