Wilson College introduced the first Men’s Basketball team during the 2014-2015 academic year. The Wilson community has been excited to see what this new team would accomplish. After their first semester the Men’s Basketball team has accomplished many things.
The Men’s Basketball team played their first scrimmage game at Gannett Memorial Field House. The team showed off their skills which promised for an exciting first season. Nov. 5 marked the beginning of history in the making.
Wilson’s Phoenix does not only focus on basketball. On Nov. 8 the men participated in “Make a Difference Day” at Network Ministries in Chambersburg. The team assisted with a building project by helping with painting and cleaning.
This updated building will be used mainly as an art center for children. The Men’s Basketball team, along with other athletes, participated in activities and projects to improve the community along with preparing and improving their game skills, and taking on new challenges.
The team competed in the Penn State Mont Alto Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 15, 2014. This game marked the first contest in the history of the program. Although the Phoenix struggled through the tournament, Rahim Bunch (Jr.) was able to end the game scoring 23 points.
On Nov. 22 the Wilson community prepared for the anticipated first home game. The players agreed that they need to work on playing more as a team to ensure their victory. As the game got closer, the Phoenix excitement intensified. The Wilson Athletic Department sponsored a Blue Out for the first game.
As the team warmed up and prepared for the game against Christendom College, the Gannet Memorial Field House filled with friends and family coming to support the Phoenix on that historic night.
From the very beginning, the players showed quite an improvement since their scrimmage. Head Coach Miles Smith Jr. was even more excited as he shouted advice to his players.
After an exciting game, the Men’s Basketball Team came out victorious 91-66. This victory was the first victory in the program’s history.
Despite the struggles the Men’s Basketball team has faced this semester, they have showed a solid effort at every game and have achieved their first victory.