The UAA men’s basketball team traveled north on Dec. 8 to compete against in-state rivals UAF. In the annual game, taking place at the end of first semester each year, the Seawolves were beat at the last minute.
At 68-67, the Seawolves were far from their 26-point win the previous year. This added another loss to UAA’s conference recording.
Head coach Rusty Osborne explained that they have been preparing for this and work hard to show up as tough competition.
“We had a good week of practice and worked on a lot of things we were deficient at and made some adjustments with some of the things we were doing,” Osborne said.
Despite the effort, the Seawolves came up just short. They averaged 47.4 percent on their field goals for the duration of the game, just below UAF’s 48.0 percent.
“We ran a fluid offense where everyone was involved, and depending on who is [doing well] or who is [not doing well],” Osborne said. “We preach that if you buy into the system, it won’t change who the leading scorer is over the course of the year it just may change from game to game. It just takes patience.”
Sophomore guard Brennan Rymer proved to be the most successful for the Seawolves, making a total of 7 FG on his 11 attempts. Following him was junior forward Sjur Berg with 6 total on 9 attempts, and then junior guard Tyler Brimhall with 4 total on 11 attempts.
“It has been difficult to get back into it [after a year off],” Berg said. “The last few weeks have allowed me to get more and more confident on the court and that it what it is all about for me.”
While they averaged a decent field goal percentage, the Seawolves lacked in many other things that ultimately cost them the game.
UAF had a 50 percent 3-pointer average, while UAA had averaged 28 percent. UAF averaged 68.4 percent of their free throws, while UAA only managed 46.7 percent.
“There were a few things that broke down, and that’s going to happen. We just need more repetition,” Osborne said.
Despite the loss, the Seawolves are were only down one point that was by the Nanooks during the last second of the game.
“They are a fun group to coach. We are getting better each day and nowhere near our ceiling,” Osborne said. “Certainly we have some limitations, but we have a lot of strengths as well.”
The Seawolves will be back in action on Dec. 19 for the Seawolf Alumni Game. Following that, they will have the remainder of December off for the holiday and resume the season in January.
For a full schedule and results, visit www.goseawolves.com.