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Knights take down Little Giants

JACKSON BLEVINS ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • Last Thursday, the Little Giant basketball team took on Division II powerhouse Bellarmine University. The Little Giants traveled to Louisville, Kentucky and fought hard against the talented Knights squad but ultimately fell 58-86. The game also had a unique twist, as Alex Eberhard ’20 faced off against his older brother Adam, a senior who is a two-time All- American for the Knights.

“It’s a dream come true and I’ve watched so many games in that gym,” Eberhard said. “At the end of the day I’m my brothers biggest fan and I feel blessed that Coach Brumett gave us this opportunity. This is something I’ll be able to tell my kids about someday.”

The Little Giants got off to a hot start commanding a 6-0 lead but were not able to capitalize on the early lead as the Knights went into halftime ahead 42-28. The Knights shot almost 60% from the field and seemed to fire on all cylinders on Thursday night with three of their players scoring in double figures. Jack Davidson ‘21 paced the Little Giants with 18 points and Kellen Schreiber ’22 scored 9 points in his first collegiate game. Harry Hallstrom ’20 chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds, and Eberhard added 7 points of his own. This exhibition game against a tough opponent allowed the Little Giants

to see what they’ve got as they approach regular season play.

“We definitely need to limit our turnovers this season,” Eberhard said. “Bellarmine was athletic and lengthy and they made some good plays defensively. One thing we did well was winning the rebounding battle. I think that’s a sneak peek of how tough we can be this season. Playing a team of that caliber did nothing but make us better and is great for our experience moving forward this year.”

“I thought that we played very well, although the score doesn’t look as though we did,” Hallstrom said. “Overall our ball movement and communication through
the game was very efficient and had purpose. I think that once conference play starts out we will be playing at a high level. I think one thing we should improve on is our defense and continuing to help the next man when help is needed and getting down the stretch of the court quickly.”

The Little Giants had the week off as they prepare to take on Division I Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ and this is another unique opportunity to see how the Little Giants stack up against a team that played postseason basketball in the NIT (National Invitational Tournament) last year.