It’s “Take a Kid to the Game” day on Saturday at Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
The way this team is going, friends and neighbors, go ahead and bring the whole family.
The Maryville College men’s basketball team brings down the curtain on a record-setting regular season when it hosts Piedmont College in a Great South Athletic Conference clash.
The Maryville and Piedmont women’s teams open the doubleheader at 2 p.m., with the Scots (21-2, 5-0 Great South) and Lions (12-11, 2-3) following at 4.
WBCR radio, AM 1470, will have the broadcast.
It’s a big day for Maryville seniors Alex Bowers, Quinn Bradley, Jonathan Johnson and Jeremy Holliday. They’ve earned it. With a little help from their friends, they’ve delivered a final campaign as Scots like no Maryville team to come before them.
Ranked No. 21 nationally by D3hoops.com, the Scots enter Saturday winners of their last 14 games, a Maryville record. With the Great South and NCAA tournaments yet to play, Bowers, Bradley, Johnson and Holliday & Co. are also on pace to eclipse the record of the winningest Maryville team of the shot-clock era.
The 1991-92 Scots put up a 25-4 mark en route to an NCAA tournament Elite Eight finish.
Bowers headlines a team that had to replace an All-American center, three starters, two seniors and 62 percent of last year’s offense entering the season. Maryville has rallied behind Bowers, who sets the tempo on a viciously balanced team at 15.7 points per game. Described by Maryville coach Randy Lambert as “the greatest turnaround in individual performance of any player” he has coached during his 28 seasons. Bowers leads Maryville in six statistical categories.
Johnson has overcome injury during his Maryville career to average 9.6 points per game his senior season, shooting 52 percent from the field. His 47 steals set the tempo for the Scots defensively.
All Bradley has done is play in every game — every one — during his Maryville career. He’s done a little bit of it all during a senior season that has seen him hit 47 percent of his shots. His 23 steals ranks among the team leaders. Holliday has corralled better than 400 rebounds during his Maryville career. As a shooter, he’s over 52 percent lifetime.