Friday, March 16, 2012
By Nate Horgan
From the outside, it may seem that marks in the win or loss column are of the utmost importance. However, in some cases, it is the relationships that a player makes along the way that is the most rewarding experience. For men's basketball senior Max Spinner, that is no different.
While at Westminster, Spinner played in 90 games with 28 starts. He scored 720 points while he shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 38.2 shot percent from behind the arc. Spinner also recorded 230 career rebounds and 92 career assists.
In the 2011-2012 season, Spinner and the Titans went 6-20 and finished eighth in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.
"The season overall was filled with a lot of ups and downs," Spinner said. "We didn't win a lot of games, but played hard and competed against the top teams in our conference."
Through the season, the Titans played teams competitively finishing with five of their losses being by five points or fewer. During December and into the month of January, the team lost nine straight games.
After a dramatic overtime win against rival Geneva College on Jan. 18, their season turned for the better, but ultimately fell short of their main aspirations.
"Fortunately we won some games at the end of the season, but overall we didn't reach our goals of winning a PAC title," Spinner said.
Though the season did not result to the way that the men had hoped, Spinner has faith in next year's squad.
"I see a lot of potential for the program next year. The top five scorers are coming back along with all of our role players," Spinner said. "It's definitely a hard-working, hungry group that will put themselves in a position to succeed by everything they do in the off season."
Through the four years of ups and downs, the excitement and the heartbreak, Spinner's fondest memory of the program is not a buzzer-beater or an amazing play, but the people that he has met along the way.
"My favorite memories would just be the overall relationships I have built with a lot of my teammates," Spinner said. "I knew my playing career would end at some point, but the friendships I have built will not."
Spinner will now take his memories and his Westminster education back to his alma mater. A native of Boca Raton, Fla., Spinner was recently named the new head coach of Boca Raton high school's boys' varsity basketball team.
"I knew I was going to get into coaching, but I never thought I would have a dream job opportunity like this so soon," Spinner said.
Spinner looks to take what he has learned from his lasting relationships that he has made on and off the court and now pass it on to his players. Through sports, athletes make countless memories.
Fortunately for Spinner, his basketball memories will continue, once as a player and now as a coach.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
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