MCPHERSON, KANSAS: The Royals men's basketball team traveled to McPherson, Kansas, to play the Dallas Baptist University Patriots at Regionals, hosted by Central Christian College. The Royals held the lead for most of the first half and went into halftime trailing by 1 at 42-43. In the second half, the Royals struggled to keep up with the Patriots and ended up losing 85-100.
In the first half, the Royals played a tight game. Despite allowing the Patriots to gain an early 7-0 lead in the first two minutes, the Royals came back and tied the game at 14. The Royals gained the lead for the first time at 16-14 with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Royals kept that lead for most of the rest of the half and built it up to as many as 9 points at 38-29 with four minutes left in the half. The Patriots went on an 11-2 run in the last three minutes of the half and brought the score to 42-43 at the half.
In the second half, the Royals continued to struggle and allowed a 15-2 run by the Patriots in the first five minutes, bringing the score to 44-58. The Royals cut the Patriots' lead down to 8 points at 58-66 with 11 minutes left in the game, but the Patriots refused to give up and built their lead back up to 13 points at 60-73 with 9 minutes remaining. With 8 minutes left in the game, the Royals were down 65-73. A 9-1 run by the Patriots in the next two minutes brought the score to 66-82. The Patriots held their greatest lead of the game (19 points) at 68-87 with 5 minutes left in the half. The Royals trimmed the Patriots' lead to as little as 13 points at 76-89 with three minutes left in the half, but could not overcome the deficit created by the Patriots' earlier runs. The final score 85-100.
The Royals shot 43.8% from the field (32 of 73) and 26.3% from beyond the arc (5 of 19), and the Patriots shot 45.2% from the field (33 of 73) and 33.3% from beyond the arc (9 of 27). The Royals made 72% of their free throws (16 of 22), while the Patriots made 66.7% of their free throws (24 of 36). The Royals had 16 offensive rebounds and 32 defensive rebounds for a total of 48 rebounds. The Patriots had 17 offensive rebounds and 29 defensive rebounds for a total of 46 rebounds. The Royals had 11 assists to the Patriots' 19. The Royals had 8 steals, and the Patriots had 7 steals. The Royals had 17 points off turnovers and 53 points in the paint, while the Patriots had 22 points off turnovers and 59 points in the paint. The Royals had 21 second chance points and 6 bench points, and the Patriots had 23 second chance points and 27 bench points.
Senior Jarrod Sheffield led the Royals in scoring with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Sophomore D.J. Hanes nearly had a double-double with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Senior Calisto Nyambura was also one rebound away from a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Junior Galat Toang had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Senior Austin Shappell contributed 5 points and 2 rebounds.
Dallas Bapist's highest scorer was Myles Johnson with 22 points and 4 rebounds. Carter Brown contributed 16 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds, and JT Harris had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Patrick Burke had 11 points and 9 rebounds, and Xavier Ledet had 9 points and 15 rebounds. Jordan Pratt had 8 points and 4 rebounds.This concludes the Royals men's basketball season. They finished with a record of 15-13 in the regular season (15-14 overall).