Walnut Ridge, Ark. – The season came to a close for the Williams Baptist College men Saturday at top ranked Columbia College, when the Eagles lost 97-56 in the American Midwest Conference semifinals. Despite the loss, WBC soared to new heights in the 2012-13 season, setting eight team records.
The 19 wins are the most since Williams began competing as a 4-year school over 20 years ago. The team also hosted an AMC playoff game for the first time since 2005. A strong senior class made up of Kyle Harvey, Chase Norwood, Zabian Sanders, Phillip Sykes, Rashad Danzy and Maurice Templeton led the way.
"We had one of the best senior classes I have ever coached," said Head Coach Josh Austin, "We knew exactly what we were going to get with them. They led the team on and off the court in an All-American way."
The seniors accounted for 77 percent of the Eagles' scoring on the season, and Austin was pleased with the way they helped the younger players develop, as well. "They sharpened each other and the younger players like 'iron sharpens iron'," Austin said.
Their fourth place finish in the AMC keeps the Eagles hungry for more, according to the coach. "This season gave us a taste of what we want to do here. We want more and we are going to go out and find the players to win a championship here. We will not be satisfied until we do," said Austin.
Austin said the 19-12 season will provide a spring board into recruiting and into the 2013-2014 season, noting, "We look forward to building a winning tradition at this great college."