Men’s basketball ready for upcoming season

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On Saturday, Nov. 5, the University of Dallas men’s basketball team (UDMB) faced the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in a scrimmage. This gave the Crusaders a taste of what to expect in their upcoming 2016-2017 season.

The scrimmage consisted of three periods. Unfortunately, the results were a bit discouraging for the Crusaders. Although score was not kept, it was clear that Mary Hardin-Baylor came out on top.

“It seemed that Mary Hardin’s fundamentals were off, but our defense was not playing smart,” freshman guard Jacob DelAngel said. “We made a lot of mistakes.”

Throughout the scrimmage, the defense lacked efficient man-to-man coverage and rebounds, which will certainly cost games in the future if UDMB cannot remedy those deficiencies.

“I think we need to play a more aggressive offense,” freshman forward Matt Richelsen said. “The more pressure we can apply, the better the morale will be on defense.”

Although the scrimmage seemed like a loss, the Crusaders feel inspired and challenged to evolve into a much better team. They practice eight times every week and the players help each other become stronger by bringing something different to the court each day.

“Most of our fundamentals were good,” freshman guard Jarred Osnes said. “If we get free throws and our defense down, then we will be much stronger.”

The Crusaders have until Nov. 15 to prepare and reinforce their plays before they face Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. They will play their first home game on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Maher Athletic Center.

“I think from this experience [of the scrimmage]; we are going to have a good season this year,” freshman John Russell said.

This year’s team of Crusaders is worth watching. There is a plethora of talent, both new and returning,  and a lot of potential to observe. Even after the discouraging results of the scrimmage, the team is certainly a formidable group of men, ready to face the challenges of the upcoming season.

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