Men’s Basketball Recap


Piedmont’s men’s basketball team is set for the next set of games heading into the home strecth of the regular season. PHOTO//KARL MOORE

Hailey Johnson, Sports Editor

The Piedmont men’s basketball team has had quite a busy schedule this past week.

“We have had a season like no other, but we have been fighting hard,” said sophomore Noah Reardon.  “We have had a lot of injuries and the year after COVID has not come easy.”

Last Saturday, the men’s basketball team traveled to Maryville College to compete against some tough competition as the Scots have yet to lose a conference match this season. The Lions fell short early and despite their best effort, the Maryville Scots kept their undefeated record. The Lions fell short 67-71.

The lions then hosted Covenant College in the Cave Arena the following Tuesday. After a low-scoring game and a strong defense held against the Scots, the lions yet again fell short here 58-52.

They then hit the road to face the Berea Mountaineers on Thursday. With the drive to beat a losing streak, the lions held a big lead which included two 3-pointers by senior Will Richter in the first six minutes of the game. With 12:14 remaining in the first half, sophomore Joe Helenbrook put the lions ahead 20-6 with a pair of dunks.

Unfortunately, the Mountaineers were ready for a comeback and were determined to win on their home court. The lions fought hard and kept the game close but couldn’t hold onto the lead and came up two points shy losing 64-62.

“We get a chance to see these teams again and win,” said Reardon. “Regardless of injuries, every player on our team has stepped up into their role and we will continue to fight together.”

The lions will turn around and seek revenge as they face Berea College again on Saturday, Feb. 5 at noon in Cave Arena for senior day.