Story By: Dalton Bishop
An all Grant County college basketball meeting will take place tonight for the third time this season, Greg Tonagel and the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats will battle Josh Andrews and the Taylor Trojans for the third time this season. In the first meeting the Wildcats had the advantage led by Freshman Kyle Mangas. Mangas was 8-17 shooting from the floor to go along with 8-8 from to free throw line, he scored 25 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the Wildcats 90-81 victory inside of Odle Arena home of the Trojans. Indiana Wesleyan shot 30-58 as a team for 51.7% and 24-28 for 85% from the free throw line. Taylor shot 29-62 for 46.8% and from the free throw line they were 15-18 for 83%. The Trojans were led in scoring by Sophomore Ryan Robinson with 16 points. The second game would be in Luckey Arena home of the 2 time NAIA DII National Champions Indiana Wesleyan. IWU controlled most of the game defeating the Trojans for the second time this season 95-86. IWU was led by Freshman Kyle Mangas who scored 30 points, he also added 5 assist. As a team the Wildcats shot 58.6% 34-58 from the floor and from the charity stripe they were 21-25 for 85%. For TU they were led again by Sophomore Ryan Robinson with 26 points and 5 assist. As a team the Trojans were 33-66 from the floor for 50% and only shot 61% from the free throw line 8-13. The third time may be the charm for Josh Andrews and the Trojans they hope that tonight is there night to knock off the #1 seed in the Crossroads League Tournament the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats. The Wildcats come in off of a win over Spring Arbor 77-51 and they were crowned Crossroads league champions. They were led by Kyle Mangas with 27 points and 5 steals. You can catch the Wildcats and the Trojans tonight at 7pm at Luckey Arena.
Comments from the Coach
“It’s hard to beat a good team three times in the same season, you can throw seedings out at this point it doesn’t really mean anything” said Coach Greg Tonagel. “Taylor has a lot of weapons I think it starts with Ryan Robinson by you can’t really key in on him because of the other guys they have that support him”, “you can’t quantify the leadership of Ben and Jacob when we were at our lows this season they have pulled us through the tough times this season, when we get to the national tournament those will be the guys we will have to rely on to pull us through” said Greg Tonagel.
Josh Andrews- “Our guys get excited to play Wesleyan they have been to top team in the conference with some consistently over the past few years and so the atmosphere of this game is always awesome”. “Its an absolute must we win this tournament to allow to make the national tournament”. “We want to force Mangas to take tough shots he is a big, physical, athletic guard we need to keep him out of the paint”. “Our guys get up in the big game atmosphere they love to have a great crowd behind them and I hope they travel with us tonight”.
What the IAM3rd Culture Means
“It’s god first others second yourself third”, “We are taught that we are the center of the universe and if I can take care of my needs first I am going to be more productive but its the exact opposite in life the more we focus in on ourselves the more miserable we are and its the same concept on the basketball court the more I focus on myself the less productive I become for the team as a result the less successful the team becomes” Said Tonagel.