By Ben Brown
The Franklin College men’s basketball team started this season with a losing streak. The team lost its first nine games before finally picking up a victory.
The team currently sits 5-16 on the season and 4-10 in conference play with a total of three games left to play.
The team has one junior on the team and the rest is composed of freshmen and sophomores.
Sophomore Robbie Prather chalks up part of the team’s troubles to be because it’s such a young team.
“Our youth and inexperience has caused us to be inconsistent at times through out the season,” Prather said. “As the season has progressed, us underclassmen are really starting to grow into our roles and the upperclassmen have proven to be experienced and reliable players and leaders.”
Despite the rocky season, Prather said the team is looking to close this season as strong as possible.
“This stretch will be a great and valuable challenge for all of us as we work our way into conference tournament contention,” Prather said.
As of now, the team sits in eighth place in the conference standings. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship consists of the top six teams of the conference. Last season Franklin was able to grab the sixth and final seed in the championship.
They finished conference play with a 7-11 record overall. The team did not make it past the first round after losing to rival Hanover College.
By winning the remainder of its games, the team would also finish with a 7-11 record. Prather said they had a shot at making the tournament and they planned on doing so.
“Once the conference tournament comes around, it’s a completely new season with an empty slate,” Prather said. “We’re looking forward to having a chance to prove some people wrong.”
Overall this season has been a learning experience for the young team, and Prather said that this will ultimately help them in the years to come.
“All of us have really learned, grown, and progressed as players,” he said. “Our experience and knowledge will bring much success to this program in years to come. Very good things are ahead and we couldn’t possibly be more excited about it.”