As if a perfect 28-0 record wasn’t already validation enough, the Pearl River Community College men’s basketball team is still finding a way to put the exclamation point on the season that was.
Today, the Wildcats proved their worth in the form of MACJC post-season awards, going to Coach of the Year Chris Oney as well as first-team selection Tae Hardy and Isaih Moore.
This is Oney’s second straight coach of the year honor after leading PRCC to the number one seed in the NJCAA Tournament which was never played due to the Coronavirus.
But that still can’t take away from what Hardy and Moore did together on the court, finishing one and two on the team in scoring, combining for more than 32 points per game.
Hardy, a Southern Miss commit, also led the Wildcats in assists and steals. Moore, a St. John’s signee, led the team in rebounds and blocks.
“The postseason awards are just a combination of what all they stood for and that was winning games,” Oney said. “One of the first talks that we had as a team, we talked a lot about it is no me before we. They kind of got a lot of the limelight because they scored I guess a lot of the points and got a lot of the rebounds, but none of this would have been possible if we were 0-28. This only became possible because we won more games than we lost.”
As for the coach of the year award, Oney says it represents the consistency of a program that’s heading in the right direction.