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Royal Mayhem

Men's and Women's Basketball Start Off New Season With Scrimmage

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Saturday afternoon the Jones Center sat empty waiting for the evening's festivities. It would not stay empty long as family, friends, and fans took their seats, socially distanced of course, to get the first official look at the Men's and Women's 2020-21 basketball teams for Ecclesia College. Both teams got to show off their talent and depth, and gave the crowd plenty to cheer for.

The Lady Royals started the night off with a Navy versus Gold matchup. Navy was lead by Head Coach Tonya Ingram and Gold was directed by Assistants Ryan Lindsey and Mikayla Roberts. With a lot of new, young faces the game took a couple minutes to shake off some rust, but once the players got comfortable it was off to the races. The game would stay competitive and lead to a final score of 61-42 in favor of Gold squad.

The Lady Royals showed some real potential for a great season in their matchup not only due to the balanced scoring that saw four players reach double figures, but also due to the new faces that shined bright in the game. It was an exciting game showcasing an exciting team. "I am really proud of our team and how far they have come. We can't wait to take the floor as one team next weekend" Coach Ingram told us. The Lady Royals travel to Keene, Texas Saturday, October 31st for a matchup with Southwest Adventist University to open their season.

Next on the schedule was the men. A grey squad lead by Head Coach Tanner Huck versus a Navy Squad ran by Assistant Coach Brendan Hatfield. The men took no time putting points on the board and that would be the story of the night. Grey squad would use some high level scoring to win the game 111-77.

The score does not tell the story of the game very well as both teams fought hard and had a combined seven players reach double figures. Each team had instances of great offensive and defensive segments and all the players got to show the crowd what they were capable of. "I was pleased with how even in an inner-squad, season preview setting our guys still played good team basketball. We had a lot of good team plays that gave a sneak peek as to what is to come" Coach Huck told us. The Men's Basketball team gets to officially start their season off at home against Barclay College on Saturday, October 31st.

Be looking for some highlight clips from the Royal Mayhem to surface tomorrow and be sure to follow along here and @ecclesia_royals

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