Hey Jaguars! This past Saturday, February 23, was the CACC Tournament championship game and GSU played their heart out for the CACC championship title against The University of St. Francis! It was a great game even though we came up short with a close 59-54 loss. But they definitely ended the season with a bang.
The third seeded Jaguars led most of the first half, taking a one-point lead (28-27) into halftime. Fredric Devoe gave GSU it’s last lead of the afternoon against St. Francis in the second half. Five GSU seniors closed their careers this past Saturday: Shane Maple, Robbie Brooks, David Anderson, Julian Hardy & Fredric Devoe. Shane Maple scored a game high 21 points, finishing the year with the second highest points in Jaguar basketball history. Robbie Brooks contributed a total of 15 points and leaves the basketball program with a total of 1,087 points from his time with the Jaguars. David Anderson produced 8 points this game, 11 rebounds and owns the school’s second-highest rebounding total. Devoe and Hardy also ended their last game off strong.
I spoke with Head coach Tony Bates and Assistant coach Rick Romeli to get their insight about the last game of the season and what’s next for next season. Bates says “The CACC Conference Championship game was a very exciting one that could have went either way. Unfortunately, we came up short. I’m very proud of our team. We have only been in the CACC 3 years and have already been a part of two championship games in Men’s basketball. I know we are headed in the right direction.”
Romeli said “To put ourselves in a position to defend the Tournament Championship on our home floor was all we could have asked for. The crowd and our fans were great all afternoon. It was disappointing to come up a little short, but hopefully we will use this loss as motivation
heading into next season. I am very grateful to this senior class for the foundation they laid for our program.”
The Jaguars leave this season with no regrets but will come even harder next basketball season.