Tyler R. Tynes |MBB’s title run was a perpetuation of needed success for King’s athletics

Right On Tynes | The crackling cold of the February night didn’t keep them in their homes. They came in droves. They came in face paint and in a sea of red. But the momentary rush of emotion displayed in the student sections around Men’s Basketball’s success cannot be momentary. It needs to continue. For the student’s experience and the athletes.

10613095_10152721309759394_5621287144111683570_nThrough the whistling cold that screeched up and down River Street, past the McGowan School of Business, almost tipping the crown off Leo the Lion’s statue, winding and curving it’s way to North Main Street you could see them for blocks.

The hellacious-sounding, massively assembled, crimson-painted groupies of the college’s roaring student section marched it’s way to a cheese bus adjacent Corgan Library. Their chants of excitement could be heard on the fourth floor of Alumni Hall. They were unwavering. They were rowdy and, more importantly, they were there for the proper cause.

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MBB: Andrejko on matchup with Misericordia: “It’s going to be two of the best defensive teams in the league”

Sophomore Dan Rutecki walks through Scandlon Gymnasium | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes
Sophomore Dan Rutecki walks through Scandlon Gymnasium | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes

The buildup to the Freedom Conference men’s basketball semifinal scrap between King’s and Misericordia has been one of magnanimous proportions.

Mizz cracked the Monarchs at home back in January at the Anderson Center, 70-41, to which they responded 10 days ago with a nail-biting 59-58 win at Scandlon Gymnasium. And the team that trekked to the Back Mountain region isn’t the same as before.

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MBB: King’s delivered with a playoff-clinching 83-76 win over Wilkes

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Sophomore linebacker Chris Boyle shows his King’s pride with a cutout of Dan Rutecki prior to King’s 83-75 playoff clinching win over Wilkes Saturday afternoon at Scandlon Gymnasium | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes

Before the historic pavilion started rocking, prior to the forty minute slugfest that pitted North River Street against South, sophomore Chris Boyle walked into Scandlon Gymnasium, ebulliently beaming at what was about to come.

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WBB: Half time notes for King’s vs. Wilkes season finale

Senior center Marissa Manning takes her final introduction in a Monarch uniform during Saturday's clash with Wilkes University | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes
Senior center Marissa Manning takes her final introduction in a Monarch uniform during Saturday’s clash with Wilkes University | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes

The effort at the beginning of the half that stretched for nearly half of the set, was on display in the final two minutes of King’s Saturday contest against their bitter rival Wilkes University.

Save for a defensive stop and dribble drive from Shae Grim, the Lady Monarchs allowed the Colonels to have a 6-2 stretch when they were within a point before the buzzer.

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