Barons Defeated in Turner Tip-Off Tournament

ALBION, Mich.—The Franciscan University Baron basketball team competed Friday and Saturday in the Mike Turner Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Albion College. On day one, the Barons took on Albion, losing 69-36. Day two of the tournament was an 86-62 loss for Franciscan by the hands of the University of Akron-Wayne. The Barons are now 0-3 on the season.

Four Baron freshmen started in both games of the tournament: Matthew Binder,  Peter AmreinNolan Albrecht and Caleb Knorr. "This is only the second and third college basketball game of their careers," noted head coach John Lamana. "We will see the ebb and flow of their skill as they develop and grow as the season progresses."

Lamanna added that game one versus Albion was difficult. "We were plagued by two guys fouling out, after which we really struggled to stay in the game. Nolan was our high scorer against Albion. The competition was just excellent; Albion is one of the best teams in the conference."

In the second game of the tournament, three freshmen made it into double digits, Binder with 23 points, Nolan with 12, and Amrein added 11 on the day. 

"I felt positive about this second game of the tournament," said Coach Lamanna. "We were able to bounce back, and I feel that the score was not indicative of how well we played. Today we were really in the competition, save for one tough stretch at the end of the first half. The guys really grew up today in their level of play.

"I look forward to Tuesday's game," he continued. "It will be nice to have a home crowd behind us."

The Barons host Penn State-Fayette Tuesday, Nov. 22, beginning at 6 p.m.. 

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