The Emory & Henry Wasps just keep on rolling, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. E&H heads into the ODAC tournament as the hottest team in the conference having won seven in a row, with the most noticeable coming off the upset win against Guilford 65-60. For senior Ryan Gravley, that kind of success doesn’t come as a surprise to him. “A lot of our focus this year has been on what we can do as a team and not necessarily on our opponents or who we got coming up. Sometimes we got to step back and look at the big picture and see that we want to compete for a title but if we’re being the best version of ourselves every single day, then that gives us the best chance to be successful.”
E&H pulled off what many consider the biggest upset in the ODAC Conference by beating Guilford. It didn’t look good from the start as Guilford opened up a 12-2 lead with 13:23 in the first half, however E&H responded with a 16-4 run to go up 18-16 in under a three minute span and would take a 30-28 lead at the half. Guilford responded with six straight points to take a 34-30 lead, but E&H responded by scoring five in a row to regain the lead back at 35-34 with 15:33 left in the game. Late in the half near the two minute mark, the Wasps were up 48-42 thanks in part to an 8-0 run. E&H would hit 12 of their last 14 free throws to keep the score in their favor and eventually hang on.
On Senior Day, E&H honored their three seniors: Ryan Gravley, Myles Turner, and Brandon Self. E&H got off to a fast start and never looked back. Starting the game on a 7-0 run, was all it took for E&H to take the lead and run away with it.
After posting a 97-75 win over the Royals, E&H finished with a #3 seed and a first round bye for the first time since the expansion to include all the league teams in the 08-09 season. The Wasps finished the year with the most wins in conference and overall since 92-93 season. E&H will await the winner of #6 Roanoke vs. #11 Randolph. E&H defeated Randolph but their last lost came to Roanoke College on the road.
When asked how this historic season has been for E&H, Gravley gave a little smile and said, “It’s been great, we have support from everybody around the community, all of the parents are very supportive to us, not just to their children. It’s meant a lot to be a part of the transformation from just a short couple of years ago to where we weren’t winning a lot of games and seeing all the hard work pay off and remaining optimistic in those tough times to overcome adversity and be at the point where we are now. But we’re not done by any means.”
– Will Seidel