Crusaders huddle up

Though not starting the season with typical Cru domination like years past, the UMHB men’s basketball team is gaining momentum. With an overall record of 12-5, the Cru has struggled at times with a relatively young team
this season.

Returning for another season for the team is senior graphic design major Reshaud Jackson. He plays point guard and off guard for the Crusaders and says the hardest thing about this year is the team becoming unified.

“The toughest part about having all the new players is getting in sync with each other and playing together. Most teams have a bunch of guys that have been playing together for a few years, but we don’t have that,” he said.

“We have to work on trusting each other on the court and learning what each

Dean Pele makes a jump shot over a Schreiner player for a three pointer. The Cru won that game 76-67 giving them an overall season record of 12-5. Photo by Matthew Peterson

Dean Pele makes a jump shot over a Schreiner player for a three pointer. The Cru won that game 76-67 giving them an overall season record of 12-5. Photo by Matthew Peterson

other do best,” Jackson said.

Despite the few bumps in the season, key player for the team Dean Pele truly believes their playing has turned around for the better. Pele is a junior shooting guard and small forward for the Cru and has had some outstanding games, even being named player of the week by the American Southwest Conference at the beginning of the season.

“I think right now we’re playing the best ball of the year,” he said. “We’re kind of disappointed on how we have played in a few of our conference losses. Overall, I would say we’re pleased, but know that we need to pick it up the second half of the season.”

Along with needing to play better with each other, Jackson thinks one of the
issues is the fans and not having them over Christmas break games.

“I’d say it’s a little tougher to play over the break without the crowd. We love our fans,” he said. “The crowd gives us energy on the court, and the teams hate to come here to play because of our heckling Cru crowd.”

The Crusader men huddle during the second half of the game against Sul Ross. The Cru sealed a 77-66 victory. Photo by Kennan Neuman

The Crusader men huddle during the second half of the game against Sul Ross. The Cru sealed a 77-66 victory. Photo by Kennan Neuman

Head Coach Ken De-Weese has been with the team many years and agrees
with Jackson about the lack of students during the holidays.

“Most college basketball teams must deal with that, and, yes, it is extremely difficult to get excited about playing when the Couch Cru and the rest of the students are not here,” he said. “Our students are so supportive that it is a very significant difference and I am so proud of that.”

Author: Stacy Fannin

Stacy Fannin is a junior mass communication/journalism major and is the sports editor for the newspaper. She is from Cedar Park, Texas, where she lives with her mom, little sister and adorable cat, Dusty. Stacy enjoys being with family and friends. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, Dr. Pepper, the Green Bay Packers, Texas and England. Stacy enjoys eating junk food, being around family and friends (and her cat), and talking on her phone named Jeffrey. She is a huge fan of Dr. Pepper, chocolate and of course, the Green Bay Packers!

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