Mesa State’s Dominguez, Heaps earn RMAC honors
For the Mesa State College men’s basketball team, about the only thing that could take the sting away from Tuesday night’s loss in the RMAC Shootout would be the ability to turn back the clock and replay the game.
Being selected the RMAC player of the year and a unanimous selection to the All-RMAC team wasn’t much consolation to Michael Dominguez.
“I don’t think it’s going to set in until after the season,” Dominguez said Wednesday afternoon. “It would have felt better if we would have won last night. It hasn’t really hit me, I guess. I’m still disappointed about the outcome of last night. I don’t think I’ll truly feel anything until after the season’s finished about what I accomplished.”
Jim Heaps was selected the conference coach of the year and senior guard Jase Herl was selected to the All-RMAC team, which honors the top five players regardless of division.
Herl and Dominguez also headlined the West Division first team, with Dominguez the division player of the year, Herl the top defender in the West and Heaps the division’s top coach.
“I’m happy for Jase,” Dominguez said. “I thought he deserved it, and Coach Heaps. I don’t even know what our record is, 22-5. It’s still a good record.
“We just need to not think the season’s over, but (losing) still feels like crap. We’ve got to realize we’re still at a place we wanted to be, to go to a regional tournament.”
Katie Cupp, the point guard for the women’s team who returned home after two years at Oklahoma Baptist, made the All-West third team for the Mavericks. Katrina Selsor, a freshman guard from Glenwood Springs, made the third team for CSU-Pueblo and was also selected the West Division freshman of the year.
Selsor’s sister, Sharaya, sat out this season after transferring from Metro State to Mesa State, but will suit up next season and is expected to play a significant role for the Mavericks.
Dominguez, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, transferred to Mesa State from Florida International University because he wanted another chance to win a conference title. His 21-points-per-game average helped the Mavericks win the RMAC West Division and the regular-season conference title, but they fell short of their goal of winning the RMAC Shootout when they lost 73-65 to CSU-Pueblo at Brownson Arena.
“It almost felt like last night no matter what happened, we knew we had another game,” Domiguez said. “Pueblo played as a desperate team. I guess that’s the mentality we’re going to have to have now. The rest of the season, you lose one and it’s over.
“We need to get back to work and practice and wherever we’re seeded and wherever we head to, we’ll deal with it. We’re still in regionals and have a chance to accomplish something. We’ve got to look at it from the standpoint of it’s not over.”