The path to the postseason
The final month is approaching, and the final buzzer is close to sounding, signaling an end to the men’s Skippers 2013-14 basketball season.
The top three seeds in the eastern conference (Oakland, Wayne County, and Mott) have qualified for the NJCAA District 10 tournament as of Feb. 8, leaving the Skippers trailing in fourth place.
Although slipping as a qualifier, the Skippers are in pursuit of the playoffs and intend to strive for the postseason.
Wayne County and Mott are up against the Skippers the week of Feb. 9, and with a win against both teams they can hold their heads above water for one last shot.
“I have a strong belief in my brothers and our coaching staff,” said Terrell Wright, guard for the Skippers, “our practices have been full of enthusiasm and readiness for the next opponent.”
Wright, a returning player and sophomore for the Skippers, leads the team on and off the court.
“I’m doing my best to be a leader in any way, and playing my role as a player as well,” said Wright, “the chemistry we have as a team is great, and if we keep working hard and playing together, our success will have no limit.”
Freddy Cook, guard, also hones his positive attitude onto the court to bring the greatest amount of achievement to the table.
“I think the most interesting thing about our team is our depth,” said Cook, “I believe on any given night, anyone is capable of giving our team a new way to win.”
With a team of 15 active players, depth is not a problem – and neither is height.
The Skippers have 11 of their 15 players reaching at or above 6-feet tall, along with the towering Justin Weaver at 6’10”, freshman from Richmond, MI.
“I think we are beginning to learn that defense is our strongest attribute,” said Cook, “We need to take every possession of the game seriously, and more importantly play as one unit.”
The Skippers don’t plan on letting the opportunity for a successful post season slip through their fingers, especially when a busy week approaches them.
Simply stated by Cook, “we need to stay hungry.”
The Skippers return home on Feb. 12 against Mott at 7:30 p.m., which if won could mean a postseason run by team.