The men’s basketball team at MVNU is working towards getting better every day. This season has seen the team through many ups and downs. Head Coach Jared Ronai said, “This year we have a great group of young men that love each other and strive to become the best that they are capable of becoming one day at a time.”
The team is currently 18-6 overall and 6-6 in the Crossroads League. “We have always been a program that is eager to grow and improve,” said Ronai. “We have a good mix of veteran leadership and youthful enthusiasm that has helped us progress in many areas on and off the floor this year.” The Cougars are looking to bounce back after a 60-75 loss at Spring Arbor University. “The Crossroads League is one of the best small college men’s basketball conferences in the country. Every game presents different challenges,” said Ronai.
The team has reached several key milestones this season, including seniors Austin Jones and Jacob Paul both reaching 1,000 career points. Junior Alex Johnson has also had impressive season stats so far, with five double-doubles. Full team and individual stats can be found at mvnucougars.com.
When asked about the upcoming games, Ronai stated, “We will continue to relentlessly prepare for our opponents and use those contests to learn from any mistakes we may make.” The Cougars play again at home against Marian University on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
Photo: Senior Jacob Paul against Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Feb. 1. Photo from MVNU Sports Information Department.