Fans cheered Friday night, Saturday afternoon and night during this year’s Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT). For 51 years, Concordia Seward, Mequon, Ann Arbor and Chicago competed for the big wooden traveling trophy. Concordia Chicago hosted the tournament this year.
The games for CIT are no different than a regular conference game. The way the team prepared for the tournament was just the same as if they were going against another team, by watching films and practicing
“I don’t think preparing for CIT is any different,” James Mitchell, senior, said, “We knew we would be playing in front of a packed house but keeping the same routine was good for us.”
Caleb Cain, the student coach for men’s basketball, also noted that there is something different about CIT.
“There’s more emotion and winning means a little bit more to us, but it’s still just like any other game,” Cain said.
On Friday night, the JV Men’s team had an opportunity to play at the end of the game. Just like the Varsity team, the JV team prepared for this moment.
“It was really fun being out on the court with those guys, we earned it by all the practices we’ve been working hard in,” Jason Klug, point guard, said.
Cain agreed with Klug when talking about the JV team.
“The JV guys were great. They’re an extremely talented group of guys and the future of the team…seeing them come in with passion and energy makes the future of CUW basketball look bright,” said Cain.
Each CIT is different and each team is different, but members of the basketball team always have different memories from each tournament.
“My favorite memory so far would be scoring my first points at CIT,” Klug said.
This was Cain and also Mitchell’s last year going to CIT and their favorite memory was from their freshman year at Concordia, Nebraska.
“We not only won CIT, but beat Nebraska at their home gym. Seeing all of the fans there when we won is an image that will stick with [me] forever,” Cain said.
The championship game, CUW against CUNE, came down to the last second. DeShaun Robinson shot the ball from the three point line and missed, making CUNE the 2016 champions. CIT has had a tradition of bringing all of the Concordia’s together for a weekend of basketball. Next year’s CIT will be hosted by CUNE.