Monday March 20, 2017

Flyer Than Most

Yet another year of Dayton Flyers men’s basketball has come to a close. A promising run in the NCAA tournament seemed imminent after an A-10 regular season championship, but unfortunately this was not the case. The Flyers’ season came to an end on St. Patrick’s Day after a 64-58 loss to Wichita State in the first round.

It’s appropriate to begin the description of the 2016-2017 basketball season with the tragic passing of UD center “Big Steve” McElvene. In early May of 2016 Big Steve collapsed in his hometown of New Haven, IN and was unable to be resuscitated. Walk-on guard Jeremiah Bonsu wrote a fantastic entry about Big Steve, which I highly recommend checking out (https://www.theplayerstribune.com/university-of-dayton-for-steve-mcelvene/). The team was brought together from the absence of #5, which clearly translated into their play on the court.

The Flyers posted a final record of 24-8, winning 15 of their 18 conference games and 15 of their 16 home games. The team will lose 4 big time seniors next season in Kendall Pollard, Charles Cooke, Scoochie Smith, and Kyle Davis. Watching these guys give so much to the program was special, and they will definitely be missed next year. Keeping up with the team’s games this season, I’m certain there’s nothing more that could have been asked of them. I am going to have a difficult time watching Dayton basketball without them. Looking on how far the program has come in such a short time I have nothing but respect and admiration for the men’s Flyer basketball team, the future of which is certainly bright. 

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