Mac alums surprise Bulldogs

By Steve Sell
October 30, 2016

The old boys still have it.

McPherson College’s alumni men’s basketball team, made up mainly of players who helped the Bulldogs to four straight NAIA National Tournaments, displayed some serious game on Saturday as they surprised the current Bulldogs 76-71 at the Sport Center.

Except for Mac Hall of Famers Josh Alexander and Kenny Romero, all of the players who took part played for Bulldog coach Tim Swartzendruber and most experienced the trip to Point Lookout, Mo., site of nationals.

The alums grabbed an early 13-4 lead and pushed it to as many as 16, but the new Bulldogs did make a rush to get as close as four.

The experience factor was evident as they played a tremendous game on the defensive end and used their strength to stop the Bulldogs’ inside game.

“For the last several years, our alumni have been very, very good,” Swartzendruber said. “I thought tonight they were certainly very good and they shot the ball well. We didn’t shoot the ball very well at all. They were very good defensively. They can still play. It’s great to see them. It was fun to watch the camaraderie they had since most of them played for me. Give them credit, they played better than we did tonight.”

Aaron Frazier and Samson Shivers, who were among the best players in the country in their playing days, scored 17 points apiece and could go out and be All-KCAC type of players right now. TJ Grant scored 13.

DeAndre Henson was the only Bulldog in double figures with 24 points, as Swartzendruber used the game to take a long look at all his players.

Mac opens for real on Tuesday when it plays at always-competitive Manhattan Christian.