On February 2nd, the Varsity Boys Basketball team took on the Angola Warriors in a special event held at Trine University’s MTI Center. Howe’s Athletic Director, Mr. James Hafley, enjoyed working closely Trine University’s Athletic Director, Mr. Matt Land, to make this special event a possibility. The MTI Center was recently built, at a cost of $13.7 million, and this 74,840-square-foot facility is the new home for Trine University men’s and women’s basketball, as well as the university’s new esports and bowling teams. Thanks to an ongoing partnership between Trine University and Howe Military Academy, HMA cadets were able to experience a “collegiate atmosphere game” in this 3,500-seat arena.
Cadet Sydney Sturza sang the National Anthem prior to tip-off, and Howe’s Pep Band members kept the crowd cheering throughout the game. Howe came out strong in the first half, taking a 17-10 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. However, Angola went on an 8-0 run late in the 2nd quarter to take a one point lead into the first half. While both defenses played strong and kept the score low throughout the game, Angola’s defense proved to be too much down the stretch for the Cadets as Howe fell to the Warriors 32-38.
Dominic Julius led all scorers with 10 points. John Warner and Dominique Julius each had 7 points. Joseph Gomez scored 4 points. Justin Baker and Alan Rusizana each finished with 2 points for the Cadets.
We sincerely thank Dr. Earl D. Brooks II, President of Trine University, Mr. Matt Land, Director of Athletics, and all members of the University staff for partnering with Howe and expanding our athletic program through this experience. We greatly appreciate your hospitality and look forward to our next event on Trine’s campus!