It will come down to Saturday’s game for the Schreiner University men’s basketball team — one game to decide their fate. On Friday night, the Mountaineers lost 82-77 in overtime to visiting Southwestern — dropping Schreiner into a two-way tie for sixth place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Mountaineers will play host to their sixth-place partners in Texas Lutheran today — a win secures the sixth seed into the SCAC tournament next week, while a loss ends the season.
It has been a season of definitive ups and downs for the Mountaineers, and an overtime loss is just another dip for a program with high hopes coming into the 2022-2023 season.
On Friday, the Mountaineers frittered away a 31-29 halftime lead and surrendered the lead in the second half. The Mountaineers tied the game at 64-64 with 1:50 left on a pair of Dylan Mackey field goals. However, despite plenty of opportunities, the Mountaineers couldn’t convert in the final 90 seconds — sending the game to overtime.
Southwestern surged in that overtime period, outscoring the Mountaineers 18-13 to seal the victory. Beau Cervantes led Schreiner with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Kamden Ross added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Mountaineers.
Schreiner’s continued struggles with shooting proved fatal again — the Mountaineers were just 23-of-67 shooting (34%). Southwestern turned in a 40% shooting effort, including 13 3-pointers.
Schreiner plays host to Texas Lutheran at 6 p.m.