Though their season is not as impressive as it was last year when they won the ASC Championship, the men’s basketball team members hope they can still go far.
With the rest of their games against must-win teams, the Cru know what they have to do and plan to work hard to achieve the team goal of repeating what was accomplished last year.
Each of the players has his own unique quality that brings the team in sync. Senior transfer Elmo Williams is a guard.
“I bring leadership and a strong defense to the team,” he said.
As for a more familiar face, forward Colby Waller plays his second season for the team. He believes each team member brings different qualities to the court.
“Rounding and getting the team motivated is what I bring to the team,” Waller said.
Like the rest of the players and coaches, he has only one thing on his mind, and it involves a progression of last season.
Waller said, “Win the Conference Tournament again and make it farther in the NCAA tournament than we did last year is our ultimate goal.”
Assistant coach Kenny Deweese, had been alongside his dad for three seasons and helped him build the team.
He believes the unity between him and his father is a reflection of that of the team as a whole.
“My dad and I have a close relationship, which allows us to work together well,” he said. “We don’t always agree on everything, but I know that he has the experience and has been extremely successful.”
Head coach for 11 years, Ken DeWeese has had a successful career at UMHB and has a history of basketball knowledge.
With a 171-92 overall record, Deweese was named the ASC West Division Coach of the Year in 2007. The lowest point of every season however, is when the games and practice comes to an end.
“When basketball season is over, I feel that I have lost a family member or a best friend,” he said.
Whether it’s the players, the coaches or the fans who go loyally to all the home games and even some of the road games, the goal for all is to see the team advance further than the prior seasons.
Junior Kent Benedict is in his third season on the Cru basketball team as a guard. He speaks for everyone when he sums up the players’ goal.
“We have one thing on our minds; win the West Division, win the ASC Tournament, make the NCAA Tournament, and advance further than the second round,” he said.
This goal can be accomplished, but the schedule shows that players will have to work hard to achieve the team’s dream.
All remaining games for the regular season are conference matches. Four home games are left, while the rest are away. The next home game is tonight against the Concordia Texas University Tornados in the Maybourn Campus Center at 7:30 p.m.