The stands were jam-packed with students donning black for the blackout. The tickets for this game sold out in a matter of hours.
The crowd was excited to see the basketball team take on our greatest rival, Hampden-Sydney.
Fans jolted from their seats as they saw the basketball team storm the court. From the beginning, the students were in tune with every second of the game.
After winning the tip off, the Yellow Jackets had to defend their court as the Tigers grabbed an early lead.
Quickly the Yellow Jackets retained the ball and led by 12 to 4. The crowd went wild every time freshman Mike Silverthorn made a three pointer or for senior Marcus Badger anytime he made a spectacular assist that continued our lead.
It seemed that only the R-MC fans were making noise as we consistently put points on the board. The Yellow Jackets were motivated and ready to continue to dominate the Tigers as they went into the second half with a ten point lead of 39 to 29.
There was never a dull moment at the game as the fans joined in the tradition of the roller coaster led by the football players.
Now amped, the students cheered loudly for the Yellow Jackets as the second half started. Hampden-Sydney didn’t want to take their whooping lightly so they put a couple more points on the board.
Unfazed the Yellow Jackets scored nine straight points that allowed the to stretch the lead 59 to 42.
As the Hampden-Sydney buses were starting, the Yellow Jackets continued their lead of 79 to 65.
As the clock ran out, the Yellow Jackets left the floor satisfied with their performance. It was a great game and now the basketball team has a seventeen game winning streak.
This game offered not only excitement with a great win, but Silverthorn scored a career high at the game. Senior Joe Hassell recorded a double-double leading the Yellow Jackets with ten rebounds and eleven points.
Senior Chris Hamilton, assisted win the win with sixteen points for the team, along with Marcus Badger, who had a career high of fourteen assists.
The Yellow Jackets are undefeated in the ODAC and this defeat against the Tigers allowed them to win the regular season title.
The basketball team is now ranked number one in the South Region and this seventeenth straight win this season is a program record at R-MC.
On Feb. 14, the basketball team, going in as the number one team in the upcoming ODAC tournament, won against Randolph College. If the Yellow Jackets play against future opponents like they have been playing the last eighteen games, it is sure to be a win.
-Jordon Lee ’16, Junior Sports Editor