Pioneers showcase their playmakers in homecoming game

Men's Basketball Jan. 24
By Joe Thornton, reporter.

UNIVERSITY CENTER – On Saturday, Feb. 3rd the Delta Pioneers faced against the Wayne Community College Warriors in the first annual Delta College homecoming basketball game. The crowd on this Saturday afternoon was about 50 people larger than the usual crowd with many bystanders wearing white T-shirts. The T-shirts were sold as part of the homecoming white-out game, and the Pioneers were determined to put on a show for their fans.

Following the opening tip-off the Pioneers set the tone of the game coming out energetic and putting points on the board early. The Warriors were forced to take a time-out as the Pioneers got off to a hot start.

Delta College didn’t let off the throttle at any point in the half, not even in the last seconds. The gym erupted as freshman Evan Andersen tacked on another two points as the half dwindled, making the score 44-22. The Pioneers went into the locker room at halftime with double the score of the Warriors.

The second half became a rolling highlight reel for the Pioneers with electric plays on offense and showing fortitude on defense. Jalen Fykes featured his usual dunking abilities and led the Pioneers’ scoring attack with 17 points. He was helped in large part by his teammates Virgil Walker Jr. with 15 points, five assists and Peyton Miller with 11 points, seven assists.

Fans in the crowd marveled throughout the contest at the Pioneers’ athleticism on the offensive side as they showcased their explosive playmakers.

“It’s like he has springs in his shoes,” remarked an excited member of the crowd after Fykes elevated for a slam dunk.

The height of the Pioneers’ lead came late in the second half when the score reached 70-38 while the Delta team simply outpaced the Warriors. The Pioneers didn’t let up until the final buzzer sounded, finishing the game with a score of 80-60.

The Pioneers, now unranked, hold an overall record of 14-3. Unfortunately, all three of their losses have come from opponents within their conference. The importance of the conference record comes into play with the playoffs fast approaching, but regardless the Pioneers plan to finish strong. Delta looks forward to their next game at Oakland, whom they beat 96-69 earlier this season.

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