| Senior Mountaineers Play Final Home Game
Despite leading for the majority of the game, the Mountaineers could not stop a late surge by Asbury, who won by a final of 79 - 76. This was the final home game for seniors Melvin Brown, Donnie Hunley and Tomas Klimas.
Senior Tomas Klimas tries to break through Asbury's defense in his final home game.
BC now begins post-season play at the Kentucky Independent Athletic Conference this week. All games for the tournament are held February 22 - 24 at HOOPS in Jeffersontown, Ky. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the 32 team NAIA Division II Menís Basketball National Championship Tournament held in Point Lookout, Mo., from March 7 -13, 2007. Fourth seeded Berea (12-16, 3-6 in KIAC) will take on fifth seeded Alice Lloyd (10-17, 2-7) at the noon game on Thursday.
Melvin Brown comes to BC from Hopkinsville, Ky. He's an accounting major and plans to venture out into the corporate world to work with finance. Brown is also considering playing basketball overseas as a post-graduation option. "I see myself involved in basketball because thatís my life," says Brown. "I have a two year old son that I plan on teaching everything I know."
His favorite memory is from his freshman year when the Mountaineers won the KIAC and went on to play in the National Championship. He recommends that current and future players "stay focused on and off the court, and always trust their teammates."
Coach John Mills will be sad to see Brown go. "Melvin is the glue to our team," he said. "When he goes, so does the team. This is the most important part of the point guard position. Melvin leads by example and leads in a quiet way. I feel the players look to him for guidance in other aspects in their lives because of this. Point guards with his abilities are few and far between." Brown averages 15.31 points, 3.76 rebounds and 3.68 assists per game, and he leads the team in scoring.
Senior Donnie Hunley is from Ewing, Va., and is a physical education and health major with an emphasis in teaching. After graduation, Hunley plans to continue with school and receive a master's degree in health education. He also plans on coaching at some level later in life, including college.
Hunley offers sage advice to his team: "Never give up, and if all else fails, just hustle and put your heart into it." Coach Mills said, "Hunley is the most dedicated player I have ever coached. He is the perfect definition of an athlete. He is a person that does his best to be a beacon of light to the sport of basketball."
Coming a long way from home in Mazeikiai, Lithuania, Tomas Klimas is a business administration major with a concentration in finance. After he graduates from Berea this spring, Klimas hopes to find a job and continue playing basketball in some capacity, and he also contemplates coaching someday. Sharing fellow senior Rebecca May's advice to future players, Klimas simply says, "Enjoy it; it doesn't last long."
"He will be very hard to replace," says Mills. "Tomas is the most dominate post player I have ever coached. He has always exceeded the challenge from the teams we face." Klimas scores an average of 11.89 points, 9.68 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He leads the team in rebounds as well as blocks, with an average of 1.08 per game.