When The Citadel and VMI get together for a sporting event, it is incredibly competitive. It doesn’t matter how talented the teams are; whether it be in Football, Wrestling, Baseball, or the recent event of the Cadet versus Keydet Basketball Game. It’s always a dog fight and something special to watch. This game was no different. The Citadel was coming off an eight-game losing streak after storming out of the gates with a 9-2 record. VMI, who had experienced multiple five-game losing skids this season, looked to extend The Citadel’s losing streak to nine games.
Both teams fought hard, but the Bulldogs took a commanding 44-36 half-time lead. Their pace of play was definitely on the faster side. However, in the second half, VMI resorted to playing a bit faster and physical. They drained three after three and were able to get away with a lot of physical contact. With a couple of minutes left in the game, VMI took command of the ball game and was up by six points. However, The Citadel stormed back and tied the game at 82. With the game on the line VMI Guard Sarju Patel (#31), attempted a corner 3 to put the game away but bricked the three-point attempt. VMI Guard Garret Gilkeson (#2) tried a putback with about six seconds left on the clock, but his shot hit the edge of the rim and was rebounded by Zane Najdawi (#35), who in turn passed it off to Citadel Guard Quayson Williams (#2). Williams then went coast to coast and attempted a layup that connected as time expired in spectacular fashion to secure the win for the Bulldogs over the Keydets 84-82.
After Williams hit the shot, the Cadets stormed the court as all of the VMI Players ran to their bench. Everyone crowded Williams and celebrated the Team’s great achievement. After the game, I caught up with Cadet Mitchell List who took part in the storming of the court. “Storming the court because of a buzzer beater is not something that happens quite often. I and many others had a sense of arousing excitement when Quayson hit that shot. It was exciting.” Cadet List is correct in that. This Bulldog Team is more competitive than in year’s past. However, before this game, they appeared to have been playing quite lethargic. General Walters commented that”Cadet Spirit was great! Cadet Spirit won that game. That’s why it’s important. We need that every game.” With spirits high after this victory, hopefully, it points the Bulldog Basketball Team in the right direction. Going forward cadets should continue to bring the hype so that the team can keep bringing home the victories.
– Cadet Grady Edwards Mike Class of 20