In a tour that was as much about learning as it was about sport, the Sheridan Bruins Men's and Women's basketball teams traveled to the D.C. area to play three colleges, returning with an unblemished record of 5-0.
Romar Subban chases a Hagerstown Hawk.
On December 15th, the Bruins visited Hagerstown Community College in Maryland. Both teams won in well contested games. The women were sparked by a stalwart defensive effort in the second half, and triumphed 66-58. The men went back and forth with the home team and narrowly escaped with a 72-71 victory when a Hagerstown 3-ball fell short. The next day, the double-blue traveled to Annandale, just minutes from D.C., to take on Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). The women's team dominated from the opening tip off, and came out with a 68-28 win. The men ran into a very tough NOVA squad, and trailed by 11 at the half. An incredible 23-0 run to start the second frame -anchored by dominating defense- enabled the Bruins to come away with a 98-91 win.
The women prepare for tip off against NOVA.
Day three of the tour was reserved for an historic visit to Washington, centered around a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Student-Athletes absorbed an internationally renowned display of the story of African Americans, from the Middle Passage to the Presidency of Barack Obama and beyond.
Both teams at the Historic visit to NMAAHC.
Sean Douglas, Head coach of the Women's team remarked, "This was impactful and important. It's vital that we all know, especially in these strange days, what happened. There are no Americans on the team, but those of us with Caribbean roots have a similar story. And regardless of what your race or heritage is, the history is important and compelling for all. Experiences and perspective like this reminds me of why I love Sheridan."On December 18th, the women played a competitive inter-squad game and the men followed up with a 98-75 defeat of Harrisburg College.
The Bruins returned to campus on December 19th, and now take a break from the classroom and court until after Christmas day. Men's Assistant Coach David Ferencina summed up the tour experience very succinctly. "It was one of the most vauable experiences of my career. Both teams grew from it, both on and off the court. The memories will last a lifetime."
Men's time-out at Harrisburg
The Men and Women will be back in regular season action on January 10th, at Davis Campus against the Mohawk Mountaineers at 6pm & 8pm.