Although the Barclay College men’s basketball team concluded their 2014-2015 season with a heartbreaking loss in the opening round of the National Christian College Athletic Association Southwest Region Tournament, they gave the Barclay faithful plenty to cheer about, including a 7-1 home record against Midwest Christian College Conference opponents. They finished the season 12-16 overall with MCCC regular season and tournament runner-up plaques.
This season, the strength for the Bears was how they controlled the paint. They finished second in the BC record books for most free throws attempted and made, as well as the highest free throw percentage in a season (71%). A big part of the Bears interior prowess was junior forward Charles Brodhead (Lompoc, Calif.) and senior forward Tony Graham (Baltimore, Md.). Brodhead earned MCCC First Team and Most Valuable Player accolades, as well as NCCAA Division II student/athlete of the week once and Southwest Region 1st Team while Graham was named MCCC 2nd Team and Southwest Region 2nd Team.
“This has been one of my favorite years as a coach at BC. We had an incredible coaching staff and we had a great group of guys to work with,” said head coach Royce Bryan. “We just really enjoyed the relationships and the multitude of experiences we got to share together. It was a privilege to get the opportunity to walk a season of life with these men.”
Bryan and his coaching staff now look to add to their seven returning players in effort to continue to grow the program. 6’1″ Jared Hays from Hesperia Christian School (Hesperia, Calif.) is already verbally committed to play for the Bears this coming fall as many other recruits are still in the fold.