Lasell basketball to the conference semifinals

By Stephen Brennan

As the clock winded down on Tuesday night, you could see the emotion go from cheek to cheek on the Lasell Basketball players as they realized they had just won their first conference tournament game as a collective group. Lasell College defeated Emmanuel College 80-73 at home. After the game was tied at 40 a piece at halftime, Lasell took the little control that they could in the second half and fought their way to a much deserved victory. With this win, the Lasell men move onto to the semifinals conference tournament game against #1 seed and the #23 team in the nation Albertus Magnus College.

In the biggest game of the season, Lasell got the most out of their players that they could. Javon Williams was the leading scorer with 25 points, but he got a lot of help especially from sophomore bench star Ernest McNeil who had 11 points and 12 rebounds, his first double double of the season. Although Javon was without a doubt the leading scorer it was a team effort. They could not have won the game without every ounce of help they got from every player that stepped on to the court that night. This was a much needed win for the team and the program. The team leap frogged from 10th to 4th position in the conference standings.

The Lasell fan base came out in bunches Tuesday night tosupport of their home basketball team as well, and the crowd had a huge effect on the game. When there was a run, the crowd would get wild and it would rattle Emmanuel College. The next time Lasell plays is Thursday night. The team goes in with nothing to lose and everything to win, and they will without a doubt play their hearts out in order to advance to the conference championship game.


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