DONALDSON, IN – The Ancilla College Men’s Basketball Team brought home back to back wins over the weekend defeating the #1 ranked Rock Valley College, 77-6 on Friday, and Bryant & Stratton College on Saturday, 84-76.
The Chargers took control from the beginning of the game pulling a ten point lead at the end of the first half. In the second half, Rock Valley attempted to make a comeback and tied the game at the end of regulation. As the teams went into overtime, it was neck and neck to the finish as Ancilla was able to capture the victory by one.
Leading for the Chargers was Gary Bonds who put up 24 points, followed by Jair Rodgers with 16 points. DK Fox pulled a double-double in points and rebounds with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Jones added 11 points for Ancilla and Anderson McCoy recorded 10 assists.
“This was a great win for our program. Rock Valley is ranked #1 in NJCAA D3 and has won two national championships in the past three years,” said Head Coach for the Chargers Aaron Butcher. “Coach Lavery is doing a great job in his first year there. So to go on the road, face a lot of adversity, and get the win says a lot about the character of our team. We got solid contributions from everyone that played.”
On Saturday, the team faced off against Bryant & Stratton College who they saw earlier in the season and defeated 79-46. This time, the Chargers would again capture the victory after leading by two at halftime and maintaing the lead through the second half.
Three Chargers led the way in scoring putting 18 points each on the board for Ancilla including Anderson McCoy, Gary Bonds, and Jair Rodgers. Bonds pulled a double-double in scoring and rebounds pulling down 13. Dylan Pair added 14 points for Ancilla and along with six assists.
“We got off to a slow start which we were a little afraid of after such and emotionally and physically exhausting game the night before. However, we were able to get things going late and string some stops together to get the win. The guys did a great job finishing Saturday and making winning plays to secure the win. I love the approach of our guys right now and am loving the growth we are seeing,” remarked Butcher.
The Chargers will play at home on Tuesday, December 6th against Kennedy-King College. Game time is set at 7:00p.m.
Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 22 associate degrees, eight one-year certificates and 19 athletic programs. Since 1937, the college has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.