Last week the Weber State men’s basketball team traveled to Estero, Florida, where after three days of intense competition, the team took home the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament trophy.
“This was a huge win for us and I couldn’t be happier for our team,” Weber State head coach Randy Rahe said in a statement at the end of the tournament. “It was another big team effort. It was a great team effort and we got a lot of help from a lot of players. Jeremy (Senglin) was terrific again and got in a great flow and rhythm. This is a great tournament win for our program”
The team started strong on Monday against Central Michigan University as they came away with a 63-60 victory.
The game saw six ties and four lead changes, with CMU leading 30-24 at halftime. The Wildcats were able to get things going early in the second half and fought back late in the second half with an 8-0 run to regain the lead.
A CMU 3-pointer tied the game at 60 with 2:29 to play but after an intense two minute WSU led by one when Dusty Baker was fouled with 10 seconds to play. After missing the two free throws Baker was fouled again, and he knocked down his next two free throws with two seconds left to seal the win for Weber State.
In the second game, they matched up against Drake university and won handily 74-58. The game was also a milestone night for two Wildcats with Jeremy Senglin leading the team in scoring with a career high 34 points.
Senior Joel Bolomboy also had a career night where he recorded his fifth consecutive double-double and with his 12 points and 12 rebounds pushed him past the 1,000 career poits mark and moved him up to second on the career rebounds list. Bolomboy is also currently the career blocked shots leader at WSU with a total of 147.
In the final game of the Showcase, WSU handled Murry State University defeating them by a score of 75-59.
Senglin led the team in scoring with 23 points and recorded six rebounds in the game. Senglin played a key role for the Wildcats in the tournament, averaging 25 points per game with 62 percent shooting from the field. He also recorded 15 3-point baskets over the course of the tournament. He was named the tournament MVP for his efforts.
“They really had a great effort,” Coach Rahe said of Senglin’s performance during the tournament. “Jeremy was outstanding. He got on a roll and was pretty special tonight. Every time we needed something he was able to knock down a big shot.”
Bolomboy was also a key player in the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds, recording his sixth consecutive double-double. Dusty Baker added 11 points with three 3-point baskets and freshman Cody John came off of the bench to record eight points and three assists for the team. The team shot 56 percent from the field and recorded nine 3-point baskets and 16 assists.
The team will return home to face Pacific Union at home on Tuesday and will then travel to the Vivint Smart Home Arena to play Brigham Young University on Saturday at 1 p.m.