Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pioneers Taking Season One Game at a Time

Practice makes perfect, and the Pioneers basketball team is taking that adage to heart as they prepare for their first home game.

Team Captain Trey McPherson said he believes the team is in a pretty good place for a strong season — as long as they keep their minds focused on the fundamentals of the game.

"We're looking forward to winning. We need to focus more on the little things, mainly being focused in practice and then we'll be ready when the game comes," he said.

This year's roster only sees two returning players, McPherson included. Sophomore guard Jason Stone is the only other returning player. McPherson is looking forward to leading the team after already having completed one year with the Pioneers.

"The second year is a lot different from your first year. You already know what coach wants. You know what he expects. You know most of the plays. You just get used to everything. We have a pretty good team going right now. We play together really well," he said.

The men's team kicked off their season over the weekend in Florida at the Quality Inn Classic at Northwest Florida State College. Head coach Rusty Melvin said the team's performance during their time in Florida will help them get ready for the remainder of the season.

"We're just going to try and win a game. We play one game at a time. That's what my philosophy has always been. If we win one, we'll try to win the next one," he said.

McPherson and his teammates are taking that kind of advice to heart with their sights set on making it to the tournament this year.

"You can't look forward to the end of the year tournament until you've played all of your games. We're just going to take it one game at a time, one win at a time," he said.

The Pioneers' first home game will be on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., following the women's first home game against Columbia State Community College. Students, faculty, and staff get in free. Admission is $5.

For more on the Pioneers' upcoming season, including a game schedule and a team roster, click here.

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