Currently viewing the tag: "Knott Arena"

Blair Garrett

It was a thriller in Knott Arena on Saturday, January 25. With just seconds on the clock, the hometown crowd roaring, and one final chance to score, the Mount men’s basketball team held off Bryant University’s last-second push to win its fourth game in a row and fifth Northeastern Conference game of the season.

Homecoming night had an electric energy in the building, with both teams storming up and down the court in the opening minutes. The Bulldogs came out swinging, knocking down shots from beyond the arc left and right, but Mount St. Mary’s was able to stabilize and keep pace with Bryant’s scorers.

Neither team was able to take firm control of the game throughout the first half, and the score held even at 40 all, until Bryant’s Juan Cardenas hit the team’s tenth 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded.

The intermission was a good reset for the Mount, whose explosive jump to begin the second half gave the team its first two-score lead of the game. A few defensive stops and an alley-oop to Mount forward Nana Opoku had fans out of their seats. Mount St. Mary’s looked nearly unstoppable over the opening minutes of the second frame.

Momentum-swings in basketball are never few and far between, and the Bulldogs found their way back into the game, with the lead changing hands once again late in the game.

“They went up 6 points with six minutes to go, a little worried, but we made some big shots,” head coach Dan Engelstad said.

The Mount found its rhythm, and guard Damian Chong Qui’s scoring prowess stung the Bulldogs twice to draw Mount St. Mary’s within one score. As he has done all season, guard Vado Morse pulled out a timely 3-pointer to tie the game, with the clock ticking away.

Emotions were running high, and both teams missed critical free throws down the stretch that could have swung the game in either’s favor. With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Bulldogs needed a score to take the lead, but Opoku had other plans.

The 6-foot-9-forward stood tall, swatting away multiple shot attempts in the same drive to eventually force a shot clock violation and, more importantly, milking precious seconds off an already waning clock.

Bryant’s only chance was to take the Mount to the foul line, and Morse and Jalen Gibbs sank free throws to push the team to a four-point lead.

Just as they had all night, the Bulldogs battled back and fired off a tough-angle 3-pointer to pull within 1, with just 2.7 seconds left in the game. After an immediate foul and two more important Mount free throws, Bryant had just one final chance on an inbound play to level the score.

The entire arena held their breath as the ball soared across the court, but the Bulldogs’ hopes fell short, as Mount St. Mary’s batted the ball away and stole the game.

The game was as close as it gets, but the home team was able to gut it out and give the fans a show en route to the team’s ninth victory of the season.

“It was a back-and-forth game, and it was really entertaining,” Engelstad said. “It was a really well-played game on both sides. They made 10 threes in the first half, and we were able to limit them to just three in the second half and that was the difference.”

After a rough opening schedule against some of the country’s top collegiate teams, the Mount has found its game in the NEC, keeping up with the conference’s top teams. With the momentum from winning a few games in a row and an impressive 5-2 in-conference record, the energy in the locker room may feel different, but the team’s focus never leaves the task at hand.

“The most important practice is the next one, and the most important game is the next one,” Engelstad said. “This was an awesome environment and it was fun to play in, but it was only important because it was the one in front of us. That’s the mindset we gotta keep.”

The Mount is now in the thick of its conference games, and with this focused attitude and renewed confidence, it is an exciting time to be a Mountaineer.

Vado Morse takes it to the hoop on the counterattack.

Jalen Gibbs contests a late-game shot.

The Graceham Moravian Church Handbell Choir was founded in 1966, under the direction of the late Dr. James L. Fisher. October 23, 2016, marks the 50th Anniversary of the first performance of handbells at Graceham Moravian Church.

The Graceham Moravian Church will celebrate this milestone with an Anniversary Lovefeast on October 23 at 10:30 am. Bells of Grace will play “Christian Joy,” composed by Dr. Fisher; and “I Will Praise You, Lord,” composed by Mr. Jack Fisher, who will also direct the choir for the ringing of the piece. An Anniversary Choir, including several alumni of past choirs, will perform “Simple Gifts,” arranged by Dr. Fisher. For the first performance in 1966, Dr. Fisher led the first nine ringers in an arrangement of “O God Our Help in Ages Past.” A Moravian Lovefeast is a service of singing and sharing together a simple meal of Moravian sugarcake and a beverage. A luncheon will follow the service. The celebration is open to all.

Bells of Grace, the current bell choir, is directed by Linda Franklin. Since 2012, she has introduced the choir to a variety of new techniques and an expanded repertoire of music. Franklin, and many other ringers, received their first experience and training in the art of handbell ringing as teenagers under the guidance of Dr. Fisher. Other directors include Jack Fisher, Sandy (Blake) Sigel, Tom Fugate, Mark Long, and Morris Blake.

In addition to playing for worship services several times a year at the Church, Graceham Moravian handbell choirs have performed at many churches in Thurmont, throughout Frederick County, and around the country. They have given concerts at a wide variety of venues, including Moravian Music Festivals, the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Fairview Chapel, Knott Arena, and Catoctin Colorfest. They have played solo and mass-ring pieces for Frederick County Bell and History Days in Emmitsburg, and workshops and accompanying concerts sponsored by the Westminster Ringers. Most recently, Bells of Grace performed for the Catoctin High School 2016 Baccalaureate service.

Other performances of Bells of Grace for the remainder of the year will be the Thanksgiving Lovefeast on Sunday, November 20, at 9:15 a.m.; the Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m.; and Christmas Eve services at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., all at the Church. Graceham Moravian Church is located at 8231-A Rocky Ridge Road in Thurmont. All services are open to all.
Members of the Bell Choir in the 1970s.