After a disappointing loss in the quarterfinals of the Great Northeast Athletic
Conference (GNAC) championship tournament last year, the 2019-2020 men’s
basketball team is looking to bounce into a strong new year with a team mixed with
experiences and backgrounds.
Heading into the last week of the regular season, the men’s basketball team looks to finish off strong. The team posted a 7-19 overall record and 5-6 in GNAC play. The regular season wrapped up Saturday, Feb. 16 at Anna Maria College. The team triumphed over the Amcats 89-75, giving them a spot in the GNAC Quarterfinals on Feb. 19.
Men’s Basketball made it to the Great Northeastern Athletic Conference semifinals but lost 97-86 against the number one seed, Albertus Magnus Falcons. Finishing fourth in the GNAC, the team secured a spot in the postseason for their third consecutive year.
March Madness is just getting started in men’s and women’s college basketball. Although the men’s basketball team lost in the GNAC championship this season, the team had an eventful GNAC tournament run. Relive some of the best moments of the Laser’s tourney run through these photos.
Senior center John Powell jumps high at tip-off of the quarterfinal matchup between the Lasers and Emmanuel College Saints. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
Stifling defense by junior forward Dannie Moore (L) and John Powell (R) helped the Lasers defeat the Saints. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
The Lasell fan base was in full force during the men’s only home game of the conference tournament. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
The Lasers beat the Saints 76-74 to advance to the semifinals and celebrated after a thrilling finish. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
Sophomore guard Tim Blair puts up a shot during the team’s semifinal game against the Johnson & Wales Wildcats. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
John Powell attempts to block a shot during the semifinal matchup. Powell finished with three blocks in the game. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
The Lasers bench looks on as the team wraps up a win over the WIldcats. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
Another celebration gets underway as the Lasers pulled off an upset victory over the Wildcats 68-61. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
Senior guard Armin Omanovic (center) huddles around his teammates before the GNAC championship game agains the Albertus Magnus Falcons. (Photo by Tom Horak)
Senior forward Yordan Villalon throws down a two-handed dunk during the GNAC championship game. (Photo by Tom Horak)
The Lasers weren’t able to hold on and lost the final game 101-83 to the Falcons. Junior forward Ryan Jones (right) is consoled while teammates look on at the game. (Photo by Tom Horak)
*The 1851 Chronicle recognizes a mistake in the printed version of this story. The quote “If he knows something is going on in your life, he shows his concern. For instance, two seasons ago I had to get knee surgery and he checked up on me,” was printed as being said by junior guard Derek McMahon. McMahon did not say this and the quote has been retracted from the online version of this story. We apologize for the misprint.*
By Danielle Rafuse – Contributing Writer
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By Ryan Fitzgerald and Shapleigh Webster – Co-Editor-in-Chief & Senior Content Editor
The men’s and women’s basketball teams may not have finished the season the way they envisioned, but both squads celebrated Senior Day last month on February 20, with hard fought efforts and a broken record.