Two days before Thanksgiving, stomachs were rumbling, turkeys were trembling and parents were cooking, but how about the Millersville’s men’s basketball team? They were rolling – for their third straight game.
On Tuesday, the aroma of looming turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, gravy and pumpkin pie set the Marauders (3-2) over the edge, causing them to wipe out Penn State Harrisburg (1-2) 70-49 at home in Pucillo Gymnasium.
First, the classic turkey… Before it is laid to rest, purchased, stuffed and eaten, the Wild Turkey is blanketed by feathers, fastened with a beak and shielded by a tail fan. Another common characteristic – which probably isn’t favored among the species – is a red, fleshy wattle that hangs down from their neck. Well, the turkey and the Marauders of Millersville have this in common. Instead of a sack of skin dropping down, however, it is Millersville dropping a threegame winning streak on the Division II basketball world.
Then, it’s those creamy mashed potatoes… Not only has Millersville won three games in a row and turned the start of their season around, but they’ve done it with flying colors. After a rough two straight losses to kickstart the season, the Marauders have shifted their focus on the defensive side of the ball. In result, they have mashed their last three opponents 197-135, not to mention winning by an average of more than 20 points in this stretch.
Next on the menu came the irresistible stuffing… 6’-9” center Elijah Obade had another dominating performance for Millersville on Tuesday, building his team-lead both in rebounds (69) and blocks (11). In the game against the Nittany Lions, he pulled in a career-high 19 rebounds. In addition, the Millersville senior gave his opponents a little taste of what was later to come, stuffing 4 shots. His scoring didn’t tarry either, scoring 11, which solidified his 12th-career double-double before the 115 in the stands.
Have enough room for some marshmallowtopped sweet potato casserole..? Penn State Harrisburg was limited to a 28.6 shooting percentage and was carried by their junior guard, William Doyle, with his 18 points – all of which were from three-pointers. In fact, the only lead his team had was from his three 3:50 into the game to make it 5-2. From then on, Millersville took control, going on a 21-5 run. Instead of marshmallows, the Marauders used their shooters, Xavier Mumford, (14), Brandon Belt (11) and Anthony Coleman (11) to top off their sweet victory.
What would everything else be without puddles of gravy on your Thanksgiving dinner plate..? Not only were the Marauders streaking in the first half, but their biggest lead came from a layup from Mumford with 12:06 to go in the second half. The score read 55-31 and allowed Millersville to take a ride on the gravy train until the final buzzer stopped and their winning record began.
Better loosen that belt buckle, because the pumpkin pie is on its way… For dessert, the Marauder basketball team will have to wait until December 1st where they will begin their PSAC competition at 2-1 Lock Haven.