HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team fell late in its season finale 74-72 Thursday night as it hosted the Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers in a GLIAC contest.
It was senior night, and Ronald Karenzi and Chandler Spring made sure they made a lasting impact in their final game in the Black and Gold. After both entering the starting lineup for the first time this season, Spring put up 10 points over the first 20 minutes while Karenzi blocked three shots and pulled down five rebounds.
The Rangers rode 40% shooting from three to take a 40-37 lead into the half. Freshman Brandon Trimble paced UWP with 14 points in the frame.
The game continued to go back and forth as tempers ran high in the second half. Trimble received a technical foul with 4:50 to play after an argument with an official, but Dean Tate was unable to connect on either of the free throws.
After Anthony Barnard finished a layup with 2:43 to play tying the game at 67, Trimble scored the final seven points for Parkside, including a floater with three seconds remaining.
Anthony Barnard finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Durante Lee added 14 points and 11 rebounds as the pair each earned a double-double for the second time this season. Junior Tim Gilmore added 13 points off the bench including four three-pointers.
Head Coach Boomer Roberts
"While this was a heartbreaking loss, I couldn’t be more proud of the foundation that we established this year. Chandler, Ron, and Kaden were huge in helping us lay the groundwork for what this program will be about as we climb our mountain - love, joy, and toughness. Our guys competed so hard tonight, played for each other, and battled a really good team to the buzzer. My guys have no reason to hang their heads. We’ve now seen the league and the level we need to get to, and we will attack the next several months with purpose and passion and take huge strides next season. I’m excited about the direction we’re heading, and we have big dreams and goals ahead of us."
Coach Boom on Chandler Spring:
“Chandler is a fantastic shooter and has a knack for producing in clutch moments. Having coached against him, I knew about his talent, but I have been most impressed with his desire for this program to be recognized with excellence. Chandler is not a great shooter by accident – he puts in the work each day to hone his craft and the confidence he plays with is the result of that.”
Coach Boom on Ronald Karenzi:
“Ron is one of the best teammates I have coached. Within our program, Ron is known for his wisdom and his selflessness, two qualities which will carry him very far in life. Ron is coachable, respected, and has a strong desire to see his teammates succeed, so he committed himself to competing every day this season in practice and gave us valuable minutes on the floor as a senior.”
Coach Boom on Kaden Shepherd:
“Kaden has only been a student assistant in our program for one season, but he has made a great impact on and off the court. The guys all like and respect him, and his work ethic, servant’s heart, and his consistency are very impressive. Not many people understand the amount of work he does to get our coaching staff and players’ prepared for practices and games, but those of us inside the program have seen it firsthand and are grateful for his daily example.”