Men’s Basketball Begins a New Season

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Though it becomes more pronounced in the case of sports, you don’t have to be an athletics activist to see that in most cases experience breeds success. We’re seeing it now with our REAL hometown team, the New York Knicks (Sorry Nets fans), and the hope is that we will be seeing it at our own campus with the start of the men’s basketball season.

This year’s Bears squad presents with eight upperclassmen that include four seniors. One of those seniors, Azel Prather of Glenard Maryland, was adamant in stressing the importance of that fact “Twan (Antoine Brown), Kay (Kayvon Roberts, Dom (Dominic Scurry) and I met after last season…we wanted to take a leadership role, we didn’t want to have that feeling again.” The feeling Prather refers to was that of the Bears 11-15 overall record last year, a mark that he says was a result of “mental mistakes and injuries” He believes this year will be different “We’re going to lead by example, you can only say so much…you have to show your working hard.”

The official pre-season poll from the East Coast Conference head coaches had the Bears finishing fifth, this was no deterrent for the confidence Mr. Prather has in himself and his teammates “Coach (Sal Lagano) is on board with what we’re doing…if we play like we should we can win the conference.” The entire team executes that confidence and that can’t be overstated.

Though we aren’t dealing with forty year-old men hitting the court against those twenty and twenty-two years old, the same principles apply. This team has seen it all; blowouts, close games, hard games, easy games, playoffs, you name it, and this is the year where that experience culminates. As the season plays on, these seniors want to go out on a good note and each time they hit the court I’ll be thinking of the last thing Azel said to me when we spoke “No one can stop us but us”.

 

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