PLYMOUTH, IN – Despite losing to the Red Hawks of Lake Michigan College by a score of 76-71, the Ancilla College men’s basketball team had a successful season. Not only did they set a school record for Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference wins, ten victories with only six losses, but they hosted the NJCAA Region XII, District 9 Quarterfinals for the first time.
The Chargers started out strong in their first home playoff game, as each team matched one another score for score. It was a back and forth battle for the lead, as the first half concluded, but Lake Michigan was on top by one point. The second half, however, was mostly controlled by the Red Hawks. Ancilla rallied and brought the score within three points, but could not gain the advantage and ended the game down five points.
Jay Feltson was a top performer for the Chargers, collecting fifteen total rebounds (5 offensive and 10 defensive) and scoring fourteen points. With 22 points, Juwan Johnson led the Ancilla offense, while Demetrius Adams and Xavier Ringo put up fifteen points apiece. Ringo also had six assists.
Charger coach Aaron Butcher reflected, “I was proud of our effort tonight. We were already shorthanded going into the game, but when Andrenos [Powell] went down just three minutes in with an injury, it really made things difficult. We continued to fight and did some things well. Lake Michigan is playing as well as any team in the league right now. While it is disappointing to end the season, this year’s group accomplished a lot of things that had never been done before. I am really proud of them and the direction our program is heading.”