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IPFW Victorious Against Previous Coach Tony Jasick’s Jacksonville Dolphins

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Written by: Communicator StaffDecember 06, 2014

Rachel Given

Tony Jasick. The name rings a bell, doesn’t it? He was IPFW’s coach last season and pushed the team to new heights last year, including the Summit League Championship game. When the hype of basketball season was dying down, Jasick made the announcement of moving to Florida to coach the Jacksonville Dolphins. IPFW’s fan base was shocked because Jasick signed a contract extension through the 2017-2018 season early that year.

Last season was record-breaking for the Mastodons. The basketball team started a new, single-season school record of victories (24-10) in a season. Three players, Luis Jacobo, Steve Forbes and Pierre Bland, were named to the College Sports Madness 2013-2014 Summit All-Conference team.

Jasick was also named coach of the year by College Sports Madness and won the Hugh Durham award. The  Hugh Durham award is named after the all-time winningest Division I coach, Hugh Durham, who coached basketball for Jacksonville University. The Mastodons also went further than ever before into the Summit League Tournament, losing by a mere three points in the championship game.

“It was a different feeling,” Senior Joe Edwards said about how he felt playing against his former coach. “It felt like we were back in practice, just playing against each other.”

Although Jacksonville took the first two points in the game at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, IPFW took the lead by scoring the next eight points. Junior Joe Reed took a fast break dunk with an assist by sophomore Mo Evans. The crowd went wild after that play. At the end of the first half, IPFW led by 20 points.

The second half seemed to have a lid over the bucket for the Mastodons; many missed rebounds and layups, but they still held onto their lead, never letting it drop to single digits.

Both teams came to the center of the court at the buzzer to shake hands. Jasick had something to say to each of his former players along with a pat on the back.

Senior Steve Forbes said there wasn’t any tension.

“We’ve been best friends; we still talk,” Edwards said. “We’re all cool with each other, we still keep in touch with all the other coaches.”

Forbes game plan was “to kick their butts” which is the game plan before every game “but more today than before”. “We wanted to give Coach Coffman a good win against a former colleague”.

The final score, 89-71, gave IPFW another win to their record this season with four wins and one loss.