Sabre Basketball Round-Up

Gus Walker

The Marian men’s basketball team is in the midst of a magical year, closing in on the last few weeks of the season.

So far, the Sabres have had their best year since the 2013-14 campaign, when they finished 22-7 and made the NCAA tournament. Going into the NACC tournament, starting February 19, the Sabres team chemistry is high, “everyone knows their role on the team, and executes their role to do what they can to help the team win,” said Sophomore Guard Ben Basten.

The team leaders are Tyler Gouin and David Britton. Gouin is averaging 15.8 points per game (ppg), earning himself NACC player of the week in his Junior season. Britton, a senior out of Hartford, Wisconsin, is averaging 18.1 ppg, earning NACC weekly honors.

Other accomplishments this season include beating rivals Lakeland and Concordia, Wisconsin. The Sabres are also averaging 77 ppg, making them a great offensive team. The offense was on display against Beloit on November 22, when the Sabres shot a whopping 61% behind the three-point line, downing 22 threes.

After starting the season 3-4, the team has gelled together, with a record of 9-3 since December 8. Going into the conference tournament, the Sabres have a chance to claim a top-five seed, putting them in a good position to potentially win the conference tournament.

Closing in on the last three games of the season, the team knows they still have work to do heading into the tournament. “The team is feeling good where we are, but everyone knows we have a lot of work to do…we want to host as many playoff games as we can. We can’t get complacent with where we are now,” Basten said.