Roanoke College Splits Pair Of Games In Morris Cregger Invitational

Maroon's #24 Clay Lacy (Cave Spring), at left, arm extended, checks Tufts' #32 Alex Orchowski during first-round action.

Roanoke College took advantage of strong performances by several local players as the Maroons split their two games in the Morris Cregger Invitational played earlier this week at the C. Homer Bast Center on the Roanoke campus.

On Sunday, Roanoke fell short in a 90-72 loss to Tufts, as the Jumbos used a hot hand from behind the arc to knock down 10 3-pointers, giving personable Tufts’ head coach Bob Sheldon his 319th career victory. Tufts was led by Amauris Quezada’s 20 points. Roanoke had three players in double figures, with Kwasi Amponsah leading the way with 22. Senior, Melvin Felix (Salem HS) and junior Logan Singleton (Hidden Valley) each added 12 for the Maroons.

On Monday afternoon, Roanoke blew out to a 47-32 halftime lead and never looked back in defeating Hiwassee College (TN) 87-71. Felix led all scorers with 24 points with Singleton adding 14 and Matt Crizer chipping in 12. The Roanoke roster also includes freshman Clay Lacy (Cave Spring) and sophomore Zach Barrett (Hidden Valley).  With the win Roanoke evened its record at 5-5.

The tournament honored Morris Cregger, Class of 1964, who lettered in four sports (basketball, track, soccer and tennis) while a student-athlete at Roanoke. In the 2007-08 season Cregger donated the state-of-the-art scoreboard in the Bast Center. He is presently a businessman in Columbia, SC.