Monday, February 17, 2014

Guardians Battle But Lose to Concordia

Photos by Jose Morales
News Brief by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

On Friday, February 14th, the MAS Guardians basketball team fought hard against Concordia until the final seconds of the game but ultimately lost 59 to 58.

At the end of the second half, the score stood at 28 for Concordia and 23 for Mount Angel Seminary.  With 4 1/2 minutes left in the second half the score was tied 47-47, and with 3 minutes left the score was tied again at 50-50 after a three-point shot from MAS player Keefe Piper.

Even with 7 seconds left, the score was tied at 58-58.  After some technical difficulties with the time clock were resolved by the referees and the team captains, Concordia made their final score to win the game.

The Concordia and MAS players warmed up on both ends of the court prior to the game, with Concordia in blue and the MAS Guardians in white:




The teams gathered to discuss strategy and then joined in the opening prayer offered by Bishop Gerald K. Kicanas who was visiting from the Diocese of Tucson:



Concordia and MAS prepared for and then leaped for the ball at the opening of the game:



Daniel Miller (55) and Keefe Piper (45) attempted to thwart Concordia throughout the first half of the game:




Coach Alex Wolkers, to the left of Stephen Cieslak (33) advised the team during a first half timeout:


Timekeeper Frank Villanueva and scorekeeper Joseph Lustig also took a pause in their duties during the timeout:


Alex Woelkers accepting a pass from a teammate:


The Guardians on the bench continually cheered for good defense from their teammates on the court:


Stephen Cieslak, Keefe Piper, and Brother John Paul Le kept up the pressure on Concordia:


The two referees took a break during halftime:


After a tough game, Concordia and the MAS Guardians gathered together at center court for a closing prayer:



The Guardians final home game will be next Friday, February 21st.

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