Judson Men Fall in 1st Round of CCAC Tourney
The Judson men's basketball ended their season on Monday night by falling to Purdue Calumet on the road 79-65 in first round CCAC tournament action. The Eagles had three players in double figures, led by junior Luke Labedzki, who scored 15 points off the bench. The backcourt tandem of Frankie Cleope and Bob McCarthy scored 13 and 12 points respectively.
Judson did all it could to try and overcome a poor first half. The Eagles dug themselves into a hole by trailing 20-5 to start the game thanks to some turnovers, which Judson had 13 of those in the 1st half alone. Purdue Calumet took advantage of the miscues and turned them into scores. The Peregrines led 40-24 at halftime. After the intermission, Judson came out and played tremendous defense and went on an 8-0 run to start the half. The Eagles would not go away throughout the half, but just could not get any closer than that the rest of the way.
Judson won the rebounding battle 39-35, but turnovers proved costly as they recorded 19 to Purdue Calumet's seven. Purdue Calumet outscored Judson 18-0 on points off of those turnovers, which was a major difference in the game. The Peregrines will advance in the CCAC tournament to play IU-South Bend on the road on Wednesday.
Judson finishes the 2012-13 season with a 6-24 record. This marked the final game for seniors Anthony Ahlers, Jason Roy, and Bob McCarthy. All three seniors enjoyed nice games as Ahlers finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds, Roy with 7 points and 6 rebounds, and McCarthy with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. First-year head coach Joel Cotton spoke about his seniors, "I was fortunate to see the entire careers of these three guys by being an assistant and now their head coach. I was spoiled in my first year to have these seniors help build the foundation and culture for what we want our program to become. They did an outstanding job in helping me with that process."
Cotton also summarized his first season as head coach of the Eagles. "Many people will look at our record and say that this season was a failure, but those 11 players that were in that locker room after the game are the closest teammates that I've been around in my 10 years of coaching college basketball. They truly would do anything for one another to help our team be successful. They battled until the very end of our season despite adverse circumstances at times and as their coach, that's the absolute most I could ask them to give."