The end is near as the Griffon basketball season comes to a close. Western prepares to face the Southwest Baptist Bearcats in the final game of the regular season.
Earlier on in the season the Griffons played the Bearcats in a very close match up, despite the closeness of the game Western claimed the win with 89-84.
Although Western pulled away with a victory during the last match-up, Western head coach Brett Weiberg does not plan on underestimating them.
“Southwest Baptist is a very athletic team that really scores the ball. They play hard and can score from the three and in the paint with two different post guys,” Weiberg said, “We need to be good in defensive transition. We need to take care of the ball. Play hard, play together and play smart.”
Southwest Baptist is currently 13-12 overall and 6-10 in conference play. The Griffons hope to surpass the Bearcats yet again as they advance into this final game.
“The things that we have been working on that’ll help us in this game is our defense and making sure everyone is in the right spots”, Darion Jones said, “also being competitive as we can so we will bring that competitiveness to the game”
It’s been a rocky road for Western this season but nonetheless, spirits are high and nothing seems to bring the attitude down a notch.
“It has been a difficult year for us. We have gone through a lot of diversity and we at times have been better for it and at times we have suffered because of it”
Western currently sits at 10-15 record for the season and it seems as if the Griffons (Will/Will not) be making an appearance in the MIAA tournament
although it has not been confirmed nor denied.
The Griffons are currently ranked No. 12 in the MIAA standings at this point in time so the last two games of the season are of vital importance. With Southwest Baptist being the final game, it could be the game that makes or breaks Western.
“It’s an important game because of where we are in the conference standings,” Kalvin Balque said, “we just have to go out and play at a high level to increase our chances of winning at the final buzzer.”
This game will conclude Brett Weiberg’s first season as head coach of Western’s male Basketball team and he’s made it a memorable first season for himself and the team.
“I really like Missouri Western. Our athletic administration is the best there is. The schools administration is supportive in a huge way. I could not ask for a better opportunity. We are going to get better. We are going to recruit the type of young man that will buy in and compete and represent our school in the correct way,” Weiberg said.
The players have all responded well to Weibergs coaching style and really look up to him as a mentor.
“Weiberg has been great this semester, he has been staying positive and is really bringing us even closer than we are as a team,” Jones said, “he is really helping us become the best players that we can be”
The Griffons will travel to Bolivar, Mo. to face Southwest Baptist. The game is scheduled for Mar. 1 and tip-off is set for 3:30pm.