Men’s basketball team defeats Cameron 81-68 in regular season home finale

DJ Spencer, Sports Editor

The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team concluded their season Feb. 27 when they lost to the Cameron University Aggies 69-62. 

Head coach Jaret von Rosenberg stated that there were some losses where the team was given chances to win but couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities.

“We were very competitive in each game,” Rosenberg said. “We just weren’t playing with consistency during those rounds.”

The Lions finished third in the Lone Star Conference North Division behind University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and Dallas Baptist University. However, the Lions missed out on the LSC Tournament for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

This is also the first time the Lions missed out on the LSC Tournament under the leadership of Rosenberg, who took over as head coach during the 2017-18 season.

“When it hit me that we weren’t going to the tournament, I was disappointed for the players,” Rosenberg said. “We didn’t live up to expectations.”

Despite standing at 5-3 at the end of January, the team would go on to lose four of their last six games.

Rosenberg stated that now that this season is over, he is already preparing and focusing on next season, putting the 2020-21 season behind him.

Even though the season didn’t go as expected, Rosenberg stated that the team learned some valuable lessons.

“This season taught us how to handle adversity, being a strong team and to stick together when times get tough,” Rosenberg said. “It also taught the team to play each game as if it was the last.”

They finished with an overall and conference record of 7-7. The Lions will look to improve their record next season, return to the LSC Tournament and make it to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.