The Richmond Register

February 20, 2014

KIAC HOOPS: Mountaineers still have shot at first-round home playoff game

By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor

RICHMOND — Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Mountaineers still have a chance to play host to a first-round KIAC Tournament game.

But, they need a win and they need some help.

Berea College (15-12, 8-8 KIAC) is currently in fifth place — a half game behind fourth-place Asbury (16-10, 9-7 KIAC) and half game ahead of sixth-place Alice Lloyd (12-13, 7-8).

The Mountaineers have one game left — a showdown Saturday at home against Brescia (4 p.m.) — while Alice Lloyd has two games remaining, including tonight’s matchup with Asbury in Wilmore.

The top four seeds will be at home Tuesday in first-round tournament games against lower seeds. The KIAC semifinals and championship game are set for next weekend at Alice Lloyd.

 “We’ve been playing pretty well as of late,” Berea coach John Hemenway said. “We are just focusing on us and trying to keep playing well.”

Depending on the results of this weekend’s games, the Mountaineers could end up as the fourth, fifth or sixth seed. There is even a chance that four teams could all end with 9-8 records and tie for third place. In that situation, a tiebreaker would determine the seeding.

Berea College had a five-game losing streak earlier this month and was just 4-7 in the conference at that point. But, the Mountaineers have bounced back since then, winning four of their past five games.

On Sunday, Berea defeated IU-Kokomo, 95-78, then beat Alice Lloyd, 87-74, on Tuesday.

Junior guard Daishon Robinson combined to score 44 points in those two games and has been an impact player all season for the Mountaineers. The junior college transfer from Woodbridge, N.J., is averaging a team-best 18.6 points a game and also leads the team in steals (52) and assists (133 assists) and is second on the team in rebounds (135).

“He’s really been a nice addition in the backcourt,” Hemenway said of Robinson. “He’s had a great year.”

Earlier in the season, the Mountaineers battled some serious injury problems. London Moore (hip) missed a month, while Seth Beckham (concussion), Deon Banks (hand) and Jalen Simmons (mono) also missed significant time.

But, they are all back and making contributions.

Moore had 10 points and 11 rebounds in Tuesday’s win over Alice Lloyd.

Lady Mountaineers battling for postseason position

With one game left in the regular season, the Berea College women’s basketball team is still battling for position in the upcoming KIAC Tournament.

The Lady Moutaineers (12-12, 8-8 KIAC) are currently fifth in the standings, just a half game ahead of Midway College (10-15, 7-8 KIAC).

Berea has just one game left — Saturday at home (2 p.m.) against Brescia (7-20, 4-11 KIAC). Midway has two road games left — Friday against Point Park and Saturday against Carlow.

The top four teams play host to first-round games on Tuesday against the four lower seeds. The semifinals and championship game are set for next weekend at Alice Lloyd.

The Lady Mountaineers have lost two straight, including an 85-83 loss to Alice Lloyd Tuesday at home.