The men's basketball team concluded the 2016-2017 season with 10-15 overall and 8-11 in the conference play. This earned the Lions their first ever trip to the NEAC postseason as they visit Lancaster Bible College on Tuesday, February 21st.
The Chargers swept the regular season series against the Lions in a 68-65 overtime victory on Sundary, January 8th, and 74-73 triumph last week on Tuesday February 14th.
In the first close contest, Deion Boyer scored seven straight points along with a layup from Christian Rivera for Bryn Athyn College as the Lions opened the contest up on for a 9-0 lead. Lancaster Bible College were able to break their scoring drought with a basket but a three pointer from Devante Laws gave the Lions their biggest lead of the game, 12-2. The Chargers fought back into the game and were able to close out the first half with a slight 26-25 advantage.
In the opening second half, Jason Kuntzelman and Austin Nyekan traded two long range shots each for their respective teams but it was the Chargers that sat on top by six, 37-31 after two free throws and another three pointer. When the Lions tied the game at 39-39 (15:14), neither team led by more than six points and it was the Lions who went ahead 59-58 on a basket from Boyer with 90 seconds left to play. When the Chargers split their free throws to tie the game at 59, both teams came away empty handed in the final 56 seconds and an overtime was needed.
The Lions went scoreless in the first four minutes and found themselves behind six points, 65-59. Boyer knocked down a three at the one minute mark to trim the set-back to three, 65-62. After the Chargers scored on a layup from Quentin Davis (0:28), Kuntzelman made one-of-two free throws for a 68-62 lead with eight seconds to play. Nyekan was able to connect with the final shot with one second remaining, but it would not be enough as the Chargers escape the Lions' wrath with a 68-65 victory.
Last week, Bryn Athyn College caught the hot hands from outside as eight long range shots were connected to start the game for an early 24-11 lead over Lancaster Bible College. The Chargers fought back and drew within two points, 37-35 with 90 seconds to play in the first half. Laws hit his fourth three pointer at the 55 second mark followed by a free throw from Stephan Tucker that helped the Lions take a 41-35 lead at half time.
In the second half, both teams were neck to neck with seven ties and nine lead changes. The Lions held a 73-70 lead with 40 seconds left in regulation on a layup from Rivera. The Chargers then added two more lay ups and held a slim 74-73 advantage with 19 seconds left to play. The Lions came away empty handed at the end of the buzzer to drop the conference game to the Chargers.