Schreiner University men's basketball season ended Saturday afternoon with another loss against a surging Trinity University team, 88-65, in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.
The Mountaineers turned in one of their worst offensive performances of the season by shooting 34% from the field, including just 19% from 3-point range, and missed 12 free throws. And when Trinity loads up from 3-point range, the Tigers are hard to beat.
Trinity will play in Sunday's SCAC championship against St. Thomas — the No. 1 seed.
Down seven points at halftime, 38-31, Schreiner couldn't hold on as the Tigers shot 51% in the second half, and it was Trinity's 3-point shooting that gave them momentum down the stretch.
The loss ended the marvelous career of senior Schreiner guard Alex Dehoyos, who scored 14 points. Dehoyos had a career with 1,000 points and many memorable moments. Dehoyos said he plans to move to Division I Dallas Baptist University in the fall to graduate school and complete his final year of eligibility.
However, the Mountaineers showed grit and determination throughout a season, where coaches picked Schreiner to finish last in the SCAC. The Mountaineers were in the hunt for a conference title until the season's final week. It was Trinity that stood in the way of that effort.
The Mountaineers lose only Dehoyos from a starting lineup that got only better throughout the season. First-year players Kamden Ross and Jalen Ned proved to be stellar, and Ned finished his season with a 14 point night, and Ross had another double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The question for Schreiner head coach Marwan Elrakawaby is if he can keep the unit together, which includes Darian Gibson, and attract other players in to build on a 15-12 season.