by Gabriella Gage
CHAPEL HILL - The Tar Heels closed out their season with a win against Fork Union Military Academy, 73-61, on Saturday in the Smith Center.
The team started out strong, establishing the lead, and was able to keep it throughout the entirety of the game.
"We started out on a roll and got a lead. The second half was not as pretty, but we kept them at an arm's length for the game," head coach C.B. McGrath said.
Although the Tar Heels garnered a victory, it was bittersweet.
"It was great to win the last game. The team did a great job all season and deserved to win more games than they lost," McGrath said.
Freshman Jake Mendys scored nine points and got five rebounds in his 14 minutes of playing time.
"I've been waiting in the wings all season. Going up against guys like Sasha and Learie in practice made it easier to go up against guys in the game," Mendys said.
Sophomore Sasha Seymore made 12 points and was 6-for-6 in free throw shooting.
"It was a bittersweet win. It was a good way to go out. The season went by so fast. I am going to try and make varsity next year. Hopefully this won't be the last time I will be wearing a Carolina basketball jersey," Seymore said.
For a new player like Jake, next season opens up a multitude of possibilities.
"I have to work on my athleticism and ball handling like Coach Davis said. I am really excited for next season. The sky's the limit; playing for this team is a dream come true and I am happy to have this experience," Mendys said.
For a seasoned player like Sasha, the end can only bring sweet memories.
"I would tell the new players to make the most of it. You get into the everyday routine of playing basketball. You get to play in the Dean Dome under the jersey of Michael Jordan. It goes by so quickly, you need to make the most of the experience," Sasha said.
The Tar Heels end their season with a 8-3 record.