Written by and Media by Trey Adams
Over the weekend, Greenville College hosted the CCIW/SLIAC basketball classic. This tournament featured Milken University, Westminster College, and Elmhurst College. On Friday, November 20th and Saturday the 21st, a total of 14 games were hosted by Greenville College in H.J. Long Gymnasium and the Rec Center. Both men and women’s varsity and junior varsity teams took the court. However, one of the arguably best games of the weekend was Men’s Greenville College vs. 8th ranked Elmhurst College.
The Elmhurst Blue Jays only had one other game so far this year against Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, where they trounced over Milton with an 83-61 victory. On the other side, the Greenville College Panthers had already played two games. Greenville was outscored 64 to 49 in the first half, but the Panthers never let up. The second half was a different story. Greenville College scored more than the Blues Jays, 62 to 59. However, the Elmhurst Blue Jays outmatched the Greenville Panthers, winning 123 to 111.
At one point in the game, the Panthers cut Elmhurst’s lead down to 4 points in heroic fashion. Even though Greenville College lost, our student-athletes overcame adversity throughout the entire game and it most certainly gives them a confident lift continuing into the season.
It was a high-scoring affair Friday night, for the Panthers. Tim Daniel led the way with 28 points and was 7-13 (54%) from downtown. Kenny Greene looks like a great 6th man on the team that can give the Panthers sparks throughout the season as he contributed with 15 total.
This year’s Greenville College team is heavy loaded with playmakers. Dre Brown had 14 and Michael Holm contributed with 12 points. Andrew Scott and Christian Caldozo gave the Panthers much needed clutch rebounds and 3’s to keep the Panthers in the game.
The Elmhurst Blue Jays had a high scoring game as well. Kyle Wuest led the Blue Jays with 26 and Bryant Ackerman had 23 in total. Some other notable contributors include Pat Coleman and Jalen Loving who both finished with 13 points. Another player Greenville had trouble with was Will Nixon, who had a double-double, (16 points and 14 rebounds.)
In the end, Elmhurst was more consistent and dominated the boards. Greenville was out rebounded 69 to 46 and outscored 68 to 34 in the paint. However, Greenville never gave up and was fearless throughout the entire game. The Panthers grew in many ways from start to finish so this loss ultimately will help them become the dynamic team that was revealed in the second half as they cut the lead to 4.
Elmhurst is notably one of the best teams in the conference and seeing Greenville completely fearless was remarkable. For more information, tune into the video interview with assistant coach, Stephen Groves.