COLLIN MOORE ’18
For the 2016-2017 campaign, the Lebanon Valley College basketball team had yet another winning season and it came from the help from their two key players, Andy Orr and Sam Light.
This year the Dutchmen went 16-11, as well as reaching the MAC Commonwealth semifinal game against Lycoming College who became the conference champions for the second year in a row. Although the team did not reach their main goal, Orr and Light were recognized for their success, including the achievement of scoring 1000 career points each.
Light, the junior guard from Jonestown, Pa, averaged 22.4 points per game and recorded a career high of 46 points at Albright, in December when the Dutchmen played against Alvernia, Light reached his 1000 point in the 76-70 loss.
Light was named First-Team all MAC which was the second year he had won this award and he was honored for the ECAC First-Team All-Star nomination
“It feels really good to win an award especially when you have other teammates that are recognized for their success to,” Light said. But I would rather have a MAC championship under my belt by the time my college career is over”.
Orr, the junior forward from Wernersville, Pa, averaged 18.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Against Misericordia, Orr posted 32 points and seven rebounds, in the 85-90 overtime loss, where he made the record books as being another 1000 point scorer for the program.
Last season Orr was named the conference player of the year, and although he did not receive the award this season, he was still named First-Team all MAC, and was also nominated for All-Region by D3hoops.com.
Additionally, Orr and Light were named All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Also, for the second consecutive season, the juniors had been named All-Area by the City of Basketball Love (CoBL).
“It’s great for anyone to receive individual accolades but the team comes first, as a team we want to win a championship and I will not be content until we do,” Orr said.
All Dutchmen players will return except senior captain, Travis Conrad. The team plans on having a very successful 17-18 season hopefully being able to win the MAC championship which will allow them to have an automatic bid in the Division III basketball tournament. With the help of Orr and Light, next season looks very bright for men’s hoops.