Cru basketball shoots for a successful season of play
Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells
Run, shoot, score. The Cru men’s basketball team prepares for another successful season under Head Coach Ken DeWeese. The Cru’s first home game will be against Southwestern University this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 4 pm.
According to Coach DeWeese, the men practice hard every day to prepare them for this season.
“At this particular point we can play and we can play quick,” DeWeese said. “Half court defense is a strength because you can always do that. It’s just based on effort.”
DeWeese believes that many factors go into scoring on any given night.
“Scoring is based on score, rhythm, how you feel, if there are people in the stands… There are so many factors. That’s one of the
fascinating things about the game.”
The team has five returning players this year, which Coach DeWeese believes that this is a disadvantage to the team.
“We only have five returning players, but have 17 [players in all]. I’d like to have 15 back from last season, but we had a bunch of seniors last year. It’s just one of those things.”
One of the returning players, sophomore sports management major Demarius Cress strives to be a leader to his team.
“One strength I bring is leadership. Somebody has to be a leader when the coach isn’t watching on and off the court,” he said.
DeWeese hopes that the team will not only win at every turn, but work as a cohesive unit.
“Our number one goal is to win the next game. Ask any one of our players, we always want to win the next game,” Deweese said.
Cress wants the team to continue to improve each game.
“We want to accomplish a lot of things, but I know we will take it one day at a time.”