By DOUG EADS
January 22nd, 2019 is a date that will forever be etched into the record books.
The significance of that date?
Well, for Campbellsville-Somerset University, that date will forever live on, because it was the first game the local Tigers basketball squad notched a victory over a collegiate opponent.
The score on that Tuesday night was 94-77 in favor of CU-Somerset, winning over Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
And, leading the way in that historic first win was freshman guard Josiah Williams.Williams — a 6-foot-two guard from Louisville Waggener — played like a man on a mission that night in Rossville, Georgia, leading the Tigers with a game-high 25 points, hitting five three-pointers along the way.
Not a bad way indeed to get your name in the record books on win number one over a college team in school history.
“It’s an honor honestly, but it was because of my teammates,” stated Williams.
“They created opportunities for me all night in that game, and hopefully I was able to create some opportunities for them as well,” added Williams. “I feel like that was really the first game that we went out and just had fun and played, and we didn’t let the stress of the game bother us in any way.”
Indeed, the Tigers played arguably one of their best games of the season, giving head coach Al Gover and company their second win of the year, but the first win over a college basketball program.
“We knew going into this season that it wasn’t necessarily going to be about wins and losses,” pointed out coach Gover.
“Being a first-year program playing with almost all freshman, we knew there would be growing pains this season,” added the Tigers head coach. “We knew this year it was mainly going to be about our kids trying to get better in each game, and coming out and trying to get better each day at practice. And, the important thing is for these kids to learn just how important preparation, focus, and intensity is in each of these games, and figuring out just what it takes to win at this level.”
As for Williams — he’s just one of many freshmen on CU-Somerset’s squad this season, but Gover says the Waggener product is a special player indeed.
“Josiah is a great kid, and he’s a tremendous player as well,” stated Gover.
“He’s very coachable, and he went out last week in that win and had a great night shooting the basketball,” added the Tigers head coach. “We’re certainly glad to have him as a part of this program.”
As for Williams, he says this first season for him at Campbellsville-Somerset has been one fun ride regardless of the wins or losses.
“It’s just a blessing to be able to get to this level and be able to play college basketball, because a lot of people just don’t make it to here,” said Williams.”
“We’re a first year team, and we’re all freshman except for one sophomore — Daniel Coldiron — so the losses we knew we’re going to come, but it’s all good,” Williams remarked. “We’re going to continue to work hard, get better, and the wins will come down the road.”
The Campbellsville-Somerset Tigers will return home next Tuesday night, February 5th at Somerset Christian School at 7 p.m., hosting Cleveland State.
Admission to the game is free, so come out and support your local college hoops team and see some good basketball.