Spartans set to embark on '16-17 season

Spartans set to embark on '16-17 season

A span of four straight games against opponents from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association begins Manchester University's 2016-17 schedule.

Game details: The quartet of interregional games against the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's northern neighbor is started off with respective 7:30 p.m. tip-offs at Kalamazoo and Adrian Colleges Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19 … Live audio, statistics and video can be accessed via links at, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Gerad Good's second season at the helm of the Black and Gold is spotlighted by a strong mix of veterans and newcomers totaling 23 student-athletes. Returning experience includes sophomore guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) who was named to the conference's top honors' squad last winter, the program's first first teamer since 2011-12, due to averaging 18.2 points per game, hitting 47.9 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from outside the arc and dishing off 96 assists and picking up 50 steals in route to garnering HCAC and Great Lakes region Freshman of the Year accolades; the senior guard tandem of Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) and Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) who have each gone over the 600-point career mark in three seasons; the junior duo of guard Brody Kirby (Frankfort, Ind.) and center/forward Enis Becirevic (Fort Wayne, Ind.) that played in all 26 games in 2015-16; and the sophomore pair of center/forward combo players Mbaye Samb (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Evan Romie (Anna, Ohio) which both appeared in 20-or-more contests a year ago. Good and his staff can also turn to senior forward Brock Armstrong (Logansport, Ind.) in the experience department as he gained court time as a sophomore with 19 games played and one start before an injury kept him out last season … Due to that influx which helped guide the Spartans to the conference's postseason tournament last year for the first time since 2011, Manchester University was picked fourth with one first-place vote on the league's coaches' poll, released late last month. Casteel and Johnson were both mentioned in the "Players to Watch" section.

Home Opener: Trine University comes to North Manchester and Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Wednesday, Nov. 23. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.

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