A game to be remembered

Kameron Hay

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The Loyola men’s basketball team played their final home game of the season  against Belhaven University and secured a spot in the SSAC tournament.

The team (14-12, 8-10 SSAC) defeated Belhaven in overtime and helped send their seniors out on a high note on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Senior McCall Tomeny, a four-year starter for the team, said the feeling still hasn’t sunk in that he has played his last game in front of Loyola’s home crowd.

“It’s been a great career, and it’s really surreal to see it coming to an end. I have had a lot of unforgettable memories in our gym and will miss playing in front of the home crowd,” Tomeny said.

Head Coach Stacy Hollowell said he admires the grit and determination of the senior class this season.

“We have five seniors on the team, four that play major minutes and all four have played with an injury this season, but they still give us 26 or more minutes a night,” Hollowell said.

Senior Robert Lovaglio has played through a knee injury but has not allowed that to be an excuse for him.

“My knees have been a nagging injury I have been fighting all season but that comes with the game. My teammates have had my back all season,” Lovaglio said

Hollowell said that the seniors will be remembered for the competitiveness and toughness they brought to the program.

“Daniel Kuhl will be remembered for his ability to shoot the ball, Kyle Simmons will be remembered for his toughness and commitment to winning, and Ben Amos, who doesn’t play a lot, is the high character, unselfish glue guy of the team,” Hollowell said.

Tomeny and Lovaglio have both passed the 1,500-point plateau for their careers this season.

After graduation, Tomeny will be working as a private bank analyst for JP Morgan, and Lovaglio will move back to Florida to work as a financial advisor for Security Financial Management.

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