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Basketball: LWC Men show support for Coaches vs. Cancer

By Kyle Jackson

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team suffered their seventh straight loss Saturday afternoon after they fell to Bethel (TN), 73-61 in Biggers Sports Center. Saturday's contest had a bigger meaning however for the Blue Raiders.

For the contest, the Lindsey Wilson coaching staff donned suits and sneakers in an effort to raise cancer awareness. Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week is a nationwide event that unites basketball coaches across the country for a common cause - saving lives from cancer.

"We wanted to make today a special day for everyone involved and take a moment to recognize Brady Button as we participated in the annual coaches and sneakers game, an event to help the American Cancer Society and cancer research," Starks said. "Cancer is a disease that one way or another affects everyone at some point in their lives, it has impacted my family and my wife's parents, so this day is special for me and this program and we are proud to participate."

Coaches and their staff across the nation wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness, helping to save lives by raising funds and encouraging people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening, and early detection. Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers games will support childhood cancer research, services, and awareness, as well as promote cancer prevention efforts targeting children.

As far as what took place on the court, Payton Cundiff led the Blue Raiders with 18 points on the afternoon going five of nine from beyond the arc while Mark Edmond collected nine rebounds in the game. As a team, the Blue Raiders shot 35 percent from the field going 21 of 60, six of 20 from beyond the arc for 30 percent, and 13 of 21 from the free throw line for 61.9 percent while scoring 13 points off turnovers.

The Wildcats started off the game hot as they opened an 18-point lead in the first seven minutes of action. The visitors did well to maintain that lead but as both teams neared the halftime break the Blue Raiders found some momentum to cut the lead to within 10 in the final minute of play in the first half.

The Wildcats continued to push their offensive tempo for the remainder of the second half, as they maintained a double-digit lead for large portions of the second half. The Blue Raiders rallied late and managed to get the lead down to within six, but it was too late as the Wildcats grabbed the 73-61 win.

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team will now turn their attention to Monday when they return to Biggers Sports Center to face Cumberlands (KY). Tipoff is set for 6pmCT.

This story was posted on 2022-01-30 10:08:21
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