Winning the CC Championship isn’t the end of the road for the Red Devils
by Tony Moore
February 27, 2013
Adam Honig posted back-to-back double-doubles in the Centennial Conference tournament, leading the Devils to their First CC Championship since 1997.
When Men's Basketball Head Coach Alan Seretti took the reins of Dickinson men's basketball in 2009 and the team went on to finish his inaugural season 4-20, even he couldn't have imagined that three short years later the team would finish 20-7, win the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship and earn its first Division III NCAA bid in more than 15
"It has been an extremely rewarding season and Centennial
Conference tournament run due to the struggles the program
encountered our first year here," Seretti says. "The
turnaround can be attributed to the hard work of all of our former
and current players and the diligence of our assistant coaches both
on court and on the recruiting trail."
That hard work paid off both for the team and for Adam
Honig '14 and Gerry Wixted '15, who were named CC Co-Players
of the Week after back-to-back double-doubles (racking up double
digits in points and rebounds) in the tournament. To Wixted, the
victory over longtime rival Franklin & Marshall College made the
championship that much sweeter.
"We went into the final game of the regular season [against
F&M] tied with them in the standings, and they beat us pretty
bad," he says. "But that just let us get our nerves out. We had to
go back to their place again for the CC tournament, and flip a
switch—we win by 20. They're a rival and we wanted it really bad,
and we just came together, played really well and got the job
Adam Honig '14 and Gerry Wixted '15 were named Co-Players of the Week following their outstanding performances in the Centennial Conference Tournament, leading the Red Devils to their first title since 1997. READ MORE
Gerry Wixted '15. Photo by James Rasp.
Getting the job done led to a new school record for wins and
ensured the team a first-round match-up with Marietta College in the
NCAA Division III Tournament—where the Red Devils have been before but have achieved little success.
"The only time previous to this year that we were able to win
the CC title was in 1997," says Seretti. "And the 1997 team
lost in the NCAA to Widener 70-62, so we've never won a first-round
NCAA Tournament game."
Seretti says that the Devils are preparing for the Marietta game
as they would for any other, noting that the team they'll send to the floor Saturday night is the team that got them here. "Each person who has been a member of the program has brought
something positive to this journey and enabled us to get to this
point," Seretti says. "Our players are excited and looking forward
to this opportunity."
From his viewpoint in the thick of things on the court, Wixted
says Marietta is a different kind of team, but the Red Devils will
"They're really fast, smaller than us and they shoot a lot of
threes. It'll be a real contrast of styles," Wixted says. "We've
got the home-court advantage, a good squad—a lot of seniors with great experience. It's going to be a lot of fun."