The Manchester College Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 3rd in the NCAA Division III Midwest Region standings posted on February 28th.
The Spartans finished the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 22-7. Manchester faced College of Wooster and lost 47-45.
The Spartans’ Season
The Spartans entered the second round of the NCAA Tournament in hopes of advancing further. Unfortunately that was not the case as College of Wooster defeated Manchester in a close match 47-45. Manchester struggled from the floor in the first half going 1 for 10.
The Spartans pulled together a 16-7 run over the next 10 minutes and went into the half leading 18-17. The second half saw several lead changes, but Manchester was unable to capitalize on free throws and went 2 for 8 from the charity stripe in the final four minutes of play.
A last minute three-point attempt at the buzzer by Manchester was no good as it hit the iron. The Spartans can still be proud of their 22-win season and HCAC regular season and tournament crowns. Head Coach Brad Nadborne is in charge of the Spartans, but looks to Jordan Moss, Tyler Henn, and Tyler Delauder for on the court leadership.
About The Team
Head Coach Brad Nadborne is in his seventh season with the Spartans. He was named this year’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the first time, along with NABC’s Midwest Region Coach of the Year. He led the Spartans to their third HCAC men’s basketball title and first tournament title since 1995. The 22-7 record this season was the fourth best in program history.
Junior Jordan Moss was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and All-HCAC First Team. He was also named to the NABC First Team All-Midwest Region, State Farm Coaches’ Division III All-America Third Team, and D3Hoops.com All-Region Third Team. Moss averaged 14.4 points per game, 3 assists per game, and 4.9 rebounds per game. He was also an impressive 60.6% from the field. Senior Tyler Henn was named to the All-HCAC Second Team.
He averaged 11.6 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 2 steals per game. Tyler Delauder wasn’t given awards for his performance this season, however, he still had a tremendous impact on the success of the team this season. He averaged 11.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and 1.7 steals per game.
About The School
Manchester College is located in North Manchester, IN and is an independent, liberal arts and sciences college. There are almost 1,300 students who choose from at least 55 areas of undergraduate study, two master’s programs, and 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports.
Manchester is a college of the Church of the Brethren and is committed to being a community of faith and learning where students know that when they graduate they will be prepared to start rewarding careers and roles of leadership. Manchester students are special because they are encouraged to improve themselves and the world they live in.