Men’s Basketball Fall Short of Playoffs by One Win


Cole Schug, Centurion Staff

Although the Bucks’ men’s basketball team missed the playoffs by just one game this past season, a lot was learned.

The Centurions finished with a record of 10 wins and 12 losses, just one more win away from securing a spot in the EPAC playoffs.

In the month of November, the Centurions finished with a record of 3-3, with all the team’s wins coming by just two points or less.

During the month of December, the team only had three games scheduled, losing two of those games by a wide margin.

When the new year rolled around the Centurions would have a packed schedule with nine scheduled games in the month of January. The Centurions would go on to finish 4-4 during this stretch of games with one of the games being postponed.

Onto the last month of the season where the Centurions would ultimately lose out on making a playoff run. The team would end up going 2-3 during the month of February, not enough to clinch an EPAC playoff spot.

When asked if he was satisfied with the season, head coach Dominic Farello said, “We always reach our annual goal of competing at a high level, focusing on academics, and getting our players recruited to play at the next level.”

The team won and lost its fair share of close games, which made for an exciting and strenuous season. In 13 of their 22 games, the scores were within 10 or fewer points. The outcomes of the games really could have gone either way.

“Knowing that the close wins could have also gone the other way is how I try to balance the stress of a close loss” said coach Farello.

Every season comes a reward for coaches even through the turmoil of winning and losing games.
Despite missing the playoffs by just one loss, head coach Farello was still able to come out of the 2019/20 season with a positive outlook.

Farello mentioned there’s a point in every season when players become leaders on the court.
When asked what his greatest reward this season was Farello said, “To see our team, towards the end of the season, become confident and unified enough to make in-game decisions on their own.”

Overall the Centurions had a great season and continued to work hard throughout its entirety, but missing the playoffs will just make all of the team’s returning players look even more forward to the 2020/21 season to seek a playoff berth.

Before the start of the 2020/21 season it’s going to be all about bringing in players who will dedicate their time to the program and filling in spots left by the
graduating sophomore class.

Farello went onto say that he and his staff look forward to “Being a part of a college basketball team and athletics program that is giving student-athletes access to college athletics and college education”.

The Centurion men’s basketball team ultimately had a very hopeful season. The team finished their season strong with a big win for the Sophomore class who was honored before the game on Sophomore Day.

Hopefully, next year’s 2020/21 men’s Centurion basketball season is filled with more exciting and memorable moments