Preseason Panther basketball summary
“Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan
The Principia Basketball team has been training constantly to make this season their best one yet. Enduring hours of practice each day, the men are dedicated to becoming the best that they can be. Since the season started, they have played six games. Their first preseason game ended in a win against Lewis and Clark Community College.
After playing a local team, they traveled for an exhibition game against Oakland City University in Indiana. Unfortunately, they lost.
However, the men continued to give their all in their next game against Missouri University of Science and Technology. The transition from playing a community college to facing two D2 schools posed a challenge, but now the team has a better sense of what they will be facing the rest of the season.
The most recent obstacle the boys faced was a tournament they participated in against two schools in Wisconsin. Captain Parker Davidson said, “We played two really good teams in Wisconsin. We did good and we did bad. As a team we know what we have to do to get better. We brought in a lot of talent and showed spurts of this talent. We have to pull that all into one game.”
Brennan Paulson, a new member of the team, said, “Even though I am a freshman, I can see that there are unlimited possibilities for this season and despite the rough start, I think we can use the games we have played as building blocks to prevail this season. We have a great deal of talent.” Paulson enters the season with his brother, sophomore Micah Paulson. Both have had extremely successful basketball careers prior to playing for Principia. The duo are expected to benefit the team because they can provide needed insight to help everyone perform well and reach their maximum potential.
The panthers aren’t beginning the season the way they want to with four losses, but they are hoping to turn it around and win the conference. They can use every experience on the court to push each other to become better. The chemistry between this team on and off the court is remarkable and unlike any seen before. They perform well in practices and are doing their best to reinforce their team dynamic. The community can remain supportive knowing their hard work will pay off.
The 2016-2017 Men’s Basketball team
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