By ZACK PARSONS
The Georgetown College men’s basketball team went home with the NAIA Championship for the first time in 15 years this past Tuesday. Whether you claim to bleed blue or represent the ‘Ville, there’s one team that we can mutually support! Our Georgetown Tigers have gone through their fair share of adversity to reach this year’s NAIA National Championship game against Southwestern Assemblies of God University. The Tigers are playing for their second National Championship crown-their first came in 1998. We must first look back to Monday night’s semifinal to understand how the Tigers made it to the finals.
Junior Monty Wilson made arguably the biggest shot of the 2012-2013 season for Georgetown when he hit a NBA-range three–point shot with less than one second left in the game to give our Tigers a 90-88 advantage. The shot was featured on ESPN’s top plays for Monday March 18, coming in at the No. 3 spot. The featured shot has been uploaded to YouTube and has accumulated nearly 1,200 views in the past 19 hours.
Local support for the Tigers has been outstanding throughout the Tigers’ run in the NAIA national tournament. While the first few rounds could be monitored through social media and online at the college’s athletics site, Monday’s semifinal was featured on ESPN3. Last night’s National Championship game was featured on CBS Sports Network and was available for viewing at several local restaurants. Galvin’s, Applebee’s in Georgetown and Buffalo Wild Wings off Todds Road in Lexington all aired the game live. For those students who didn’t get to make the trip to Kansas City, full-coverage was offered in the WOW Grille on campus.