The men’s basketball team capped off their best regular season in program history with a win over Catholic, 92-90. Their victory helped improve their overall record to 20-5.
The Rangers are the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament for the first time in program history, after finishing the regular season with a 12-2 record in conference.
Riley Collins (‘20) scored a game-high 34 points en rout of the Cardinals. Collins was named Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week for his performance. Earlier in the week, the Rangers beat Scranton 64-52, with Sky Harris (‘19) leading the way with a career-high 21 points.
For the season, the Rangers averaged 73.8 PPG lead by Collins who averaged 16.8. Nate Aldrich (‘19) almost averaged a double-double for the season with his 13.8 PPG and 9.7 rebounds per game. Darius Reiter (‘19) and Harris both averaged double-digits and rounded out the Rangers.
The Rangers shot 45 percent from the field this season and 37 percent from beyond the arc while limiting opponents to just 39 percent and 30 percent. The Rangers were led defensively by Aldrich, Collins, Malachi Walker (‘21) and Dan Roibal (‘19).
“We are really all coming together as a team on the defensive end,” Roibal said. “We can score the ball with anybody, but our defense is what separates us and if we play defense the way we are capable of, it’s going to lead us to a victory over Scranton and take us far.”
In the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Ranking, the Rangers were the eighth and final team selected. If the Rangers find themselves in the same spot or higher next week, they will likely find themselves in the NCAA tournament. With a Landmark Tournament win, the Rangers automatically qualify for the NCAA tournament.
The Rangers took on no. 4 seed Scranton on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Baldwin Gym, after weather postponed the contest from Wednesday. The Rangers are a perfect 9-0 at home this season, and Drew fans in attendance marked the occasion with a white out.
The Women’s Basketball team concluded their season this past Sunday with a 54-39 loss at Catholic. The Rangers finished 13-11 overall and 6-8 within the conference.
The Rangers will not participate in the Landmark Conference tournament, falling two games short of Moravian, Juniata,and Catholic who all finished with an 8-6 record within the conference.
The Rangers were led by captain Julia Ramos (‘21) who averaged 14.6 PPG and 4.7 APG. Erin Frederick (‘21) averaged 12 PPG, Sekya Campbell (‘22) averaged 11.1 PPG and Hailey Stine (‘19) averaged 10.7 PPG.
The Rangers outscored opponents by 105 points with an average of 4.4 per game. As a team, they shot 39 percent from the field and 31 percent from beyond the three-point line.
“The season showed us just how much potential we have,” Cappiello said. “Next year I am looking forward to showing the conference that we are not the same Drew team, and we have the ability to make playoffs and we will."
The Rangers will lose Sarah Henig (‘19) and Stine, who both concluded remarkable careers, when they graduate this spring.
The Rangers will return many key players to key roles next season and should be primed to take the Landmark Conference by storm during the 2019-20 season.