December 3, 2020

Gorloks go cold as No. 1 Spalding advances to SLIAC championship

There was no upset for the Gorloks in Round 1 of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship tournament.

A 70-56 loss for the 4-seeded Webster University Gorloks ends their season on Friday, Feb. 22 in Louisville, Ky.. Their shooting mirrored the type of weather that hit St. Louis — ice cold.

A team which shot 46.4 percent during the regular season could only make 36.5 percent against the No. 1 seed Spalding University (Ky.) Golden Eagles. That was the second time this year Webster shot below par in Louisville. Webster made just 33.9 percent of its shots in the first match-up this season on Jan. 10.

“It was just kind of like somebody stuck a needle in a balloon,” said Webster Coach Chris Bunch. “They kept scrambling and fighting to get it cut down, but it just got to far away.”

The Gorloks were doing the other things right to be able to win. Earlier in the week, Bunch spoke about rebounding be a key to the game. Webster out rebounded the Golden Eagles 36-34 and even had 22 second-chance points compared to Spalding’s 6.

As the final minuets arrived, Webster found itself in a 20-point hole. Bunch began to give the seniors their final minutes in the Webster colors. Guards Roman Robinson, Jurgen Rama, Cody Bradfisch, Dietrick Sooter, and forward Derrell Lee all were on the court in the final minutes.

“I just wanted to let them play one more time and finish their careers on the floor,” Bunch said. “They put in a lot of time. And as far as appreciation, I just wanted to let them finish it out.”

Good news did come for a few Gorloks after the loss. Robinson was awarded First Team All-Conference for the second year in a row, and sophomore guard Smith earned Second Team All-Conference. Robinson and junior guard Hollis Edwards also made the All-Defensive team — the second in a row for Edwards. Bradfisch also was selected for the All-Sportsmanship team.

Bradfisch, Rama and Lee all leave as four-year Gorlok veterans with career records of 60-44.

Check the next print issue of The Journal for a look back at the Webster University men’s basketball team’s 2012-2013 season.

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