Aaron Acosta ‘22 and CooXooEii Black ‘20 scored 18 points apiece, but Colorado College was unable to match Texas Lutheran University’s three-point shooting in a 71 – 57 loss to the Bulldogs on Feb. 2.
Despite the loss, their fierce battle at home against TLU was senior night for the men’s basketball team.
To honor the seniors in their final home game, the team held a ceremony on their home court before the game. All of the basketball players lined up on the baseline and Head Coach Andy Partee read introductions for captain Edmund Pendleton ‘19 and Antonio Soto ‘19. After their introductions, the seniors stood at center court and were applauded by the crowd.
CooXooEii Black ‘20, the team’s lead scorer and Pendleton’s co-captain, commented on the team dynamic and the atmosphere of Senior Night. “We met with the sports psychologist before the game,” Black said. “She really emphasized maintaining energy and focus on offense and defense. It worked. We really had great moments on both sides of the court.”
Pendleton embodiesnot only what it means to be a leader but also what it means to be competitive, driven, and committed throughout an entire season.
“On Saturday, we came up a bit short but it didn’t really matter because we were playing for our seniors, Edmund Pendleton and Antonio Soto,” Aaron Acosta ’22 said. “After the game, the dynamic in the locker room was very sad but inspiring at the same time. It was sad to think about losing [Pendleton], but we are all motivated and inspired by the culture of consistency that he has introduced to us. “
Both seniors have had significant impacts on the team.
Edmund Pendleton, team captain, boasts impressive season highs. He averaged 39 minutes per game, 15 points, and 12 rebounds. In his final appearance at Reid Arena, Pendleton grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists, and scored two points.
Antonio Soto averaged two points and three minutes per game this season. “Soto brings energy and focus to everything he does,” said Black ’20. “To have his leadership and his energetic presence on the team is really special.”
Colorado College will play its final three games of the regular season on the road, beginning on Feb. 8, at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. Good luck to the team and especially the seniors!