Panthers seek to cap off another record breaking season
The Birmingham-Southern Men’s Basketball team came up one game short of another SAA conference championship this year. However, the Panthers did not have the season they had hoped to have, as they were 12-13 overall when they headed into the tournament and ended the season 14-14. This year’s team, led by 5 experienced seniors, faced a lot of adversity this season, but they continued to fight.
Assistant coach Zack Richards said, “This season has really been about overcoming adversity and staying true to the course, staying true to who each player is, and staying true to who we are as a program.” Although the team faced many tough challenges this season, the coaches are still very optimistic about the team. “We have such high character guys that when it gets hard, they don’t let it get to them; they continue to push,” Coach Richards said.
Birmingham-Southern had a huge win against Millsaps going into the tournament, as they defeated the Majors 74-58. This win showed that championships in basketball are not about how good the team is during the season; they are about how good the team is at the end of the season. The Panthers had a ton of returning players from last year’s conference championship team, which made a huge impact in the team's confidence during this year’s tournament. They had experienced coaches, experienced players, and a fresh, young bench.
“With five seniors and several other returners from last year's championship team, I believe we [were] poised to make another run at a conference championship,” Senior guard Alex Perkins said.
The men's team was able to make it to the final round of the SAA Conference Championship and went up against Rhodes for the title. After a long fought game, the Panthers lost by just three points. While they did not win the championship, the men's team rounded out their season with several good games, and it looks forward to the chance to bring back a trophy next year.