A Very Good Year
The Multnomah University Lions started the year with a new style of play that would score many points and be an exciting brand of basketball to watch, but would it win games and produce results? As a coach, I felt that our style of play would be both exciting and prosperous, so I was willing to take the chance with a bunch of guys who I knew could really shoot the ball.
Our first indication that firing up three pointers as much as we could might work was at NCAA Division II Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. We came out firing on all cylinders from behind the arc, hitting on 21 of 57 attempts and scoring 97 points. Even though we lost, this was a big game for our confidence that we could make things happen offensively, even against great competition.
As the conference season started, it was clear that our main rival would be Portland Bible College. As the end of January rolled around, they had yet to lose a single conference game, while we had beat every conference team at least once. We were over matched on the boards against PBC, but we felt we could catch them from the outside. The first game in December, we lost by 10. The next game we were blown out by 28 points. The third game gave us some hope, even though we lost on a shot from just inside half court at the buzzer, we felt we could compete. Then, on February 17th, we finally broke through with a 106-98 win at home. It was their first and only conference loss of the regular season.
As the conference tournament began, the Lions were the 4th seed which meant they had to play Golden State with PBC getting the winner the next night. The Lions took care of business against GSB, winning 110-83 behind Nick Kamlade's 34 points, setting up the rematch with PBC.
On Friday, February 27th, we simply played our best game of the season. Falling behind 62-56 at the half, we came out and scored 88 second half points to win 144-134. Nick Kamlade led the way with 42 points as we hit 27 out of 55 three point baskets. The win put us into the championship game where we lost to the host school, West Coast Baptist, 98-104, despite Kamlade scoring 51 points.
Nick Kamlade had an outstanding junior season. He averaged 25 points per game and dished out a total of 190 assists. Sophomore Tyler Yates led the way from behind the three point line with school records of 139 makes and 441 attempts. We had seven different players hit at least 50 three pointers. We made at least 20 three pointers in a game 11 times. We led the entire nation in three point makes (651) and attempts (2096).
(check our stats page)
More MU Lion Basketball
Though the season is over, here are some links to get you by until next season.
- MU BB Home
- Check the 2008-09 Season Stats page.
- The 2008-09 Team set several school records.
- Check out Basketball Season Photos.