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Quakers beat Emory & Henry 122-104

On Sat., Feb. 23, the Alumni Gym was packed with families, faculty, trustees, alumni, and students to watch Guilford’s men’s basketball team play their last home game against Emory & Henry College, before Guilford competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC) tournament in late February and March. The Quakers dominated, winning 122-104.”Today was a crazy game with fast-action,” said sophomore basketball player, Tyler Sanborn. “It was interesting to watch and play in it.”

The fans cheered as sophomore Clay Henson scored Guilford’s first basket, and the cheering continued throughout the game. Many of the fans were so absorbed by the game that they often shouted out their own direction or helpful hints to the home team.

One fan, Jim Latimer, who is visiting his sophomore son Peter Latimer, had never been to a basketball game.

“This is my first basketball game I have seen, and I enjoyed it,” Latimer said.

Jerry Boothby, vice president for finance and administration, enjoyed the game and thought it was a good ending for the senior players.

“I thought it was a balanced game,” Boothby said. “This is a fitting game for the seniors. It was great having so many people at the game. Guilford should be very proud.”

The Quaker’s next step is to get ready for the ODAC tournament.

If they win three straight games in the ODAC tournament, “Guilford would get the bid for the national play-offs,” said Dave Walters, the sports information director and assistant director of athletics.

“I feel like we’re not quite ready, but we will be after practice. I think we can’t underestimate anyone,” Sanborn said.

The Quakers have grown close this year and have many hopes for their postseason.

“I like working with all of my teammates,” said Henson. “We all get along and really know each other from this past year. We’re like our own little family. Everyone is easy to get along with, which makes it easy to play on the court. I hope to keep the tradition of having a winning record and do well in the ODAC. As long as we keep trying our hardest that’s what matters.

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