Storm falls to Coe, raise cancer awareness


by Aaron Sewell

The men’s basketball team was unable to pull out a victory, losing 80-73 at home last Saturday, Feb. 5, but the day was still a success.

Simpson hosted the Coe Kohawks (15-6, 9-3 IIAC) during its Coaches v. Cancer day, bringing in Simpson supporters as well as Indianola community members.

Charles Zanders, head men’s basketball coach, was excited to be a part of the event.

“To be a part of this event is just an awesome experience,” Zanders said. “Cancer has touched everyone in one way or another. Cancer can affect everyone no matter their race, gender, or even college institution, so it’s something we can all rally together to fight against.”

The Storm fought hard to grab a victory on the special day, however, fell short in its attempt. Simpson (9-12, 6-6 IIAC) found itself down by four at half, and could not hold on to a safe lead.

Junior Cornelius Mosby recorded a career high 20 points complimented by eight rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore Elijah Knox contributed to his efforts with 17 points while senior Stefon Brown and junior Zack Barragan had 12 and 11 points respectively.

Despite the loss, raising cancer awareness was a success.

Coaches from both teams sported the tennis shoes with their game day suits and attire. The message was well received.

“Cancer is one of those great equalizers in the fact that it doesn’t care who you are,” Nathan Seberg, director of athletic marketing, said. “Helping people become more aware is always an important first step.”

Seberg agreed with Zanders that cancer and the cancer awareness event are unifying. He also added that the topic can be light-hearted.

“I think the actual event is a lot of fun because you get to see the coaches in a little bit different setting by wearing sneakers with their suits,” Seberg said.

A basketball signed by the members of the Simpson men’s basketball team will be auctioned off during a silent auction. Money will go towards raising cancer awareness and half of the money received at the gate last Saturday will be given to the American Cancer Society.

“The Coaches v. Cancer game was a great event to help promote awareness for those who are currently battling and those who have already fought the battle against cancer,” Barragan said. “It’s also a great chance to honor and remember those who have lost their lives to this terrible disease.”

The Storm faced the Central Dutch yesterday, and travel to Waverly to face off against Wartburg College on Saturday, Feb. 12.