With a successful pre-season completed, the Briercrest Clippers men’s basketball team has their sights set on a strong regular season.
“We are looking forward to a great season. We have a lot of returning players and a veteran squad, so we are anticipating some good things this year,” said Clippers coach Rod Adrian.
The squad travelled to the United States to play in a couple of games against Mayville State University to wrap up the exhibition season and split a pair of games.
“We won our first game on U.S. soil against a good team, so that gives a good flavour for what we expect this season,” he stated. “We finished 2-4, but all the games were close and we were in them and at points, leading in the game. We know we can compete at that high level and winning that last pre-season game sets the tone for the start of this year and we look forward to doing well once we play at our own level of play.”
Gradyn Childerhose is in his fifth year of eligibility and is returning to Briercrest after a year at the University of Regina. He already won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference athlete of the week honours and Adrian is hoping for big things to continue to come from him.
“That was really huge and he has been a team leader on the score sheet already. We look forward to a big season from him,” he said. “He is already off to a good start. He is a great addition on and off the court.”
With a veteran laden team, the Clippers are expecting a good core leadership group that will be able to provide not only scoring on the court, but experience off the court as well.
“They are expected to perform at their highest level because this is their final year, for some of them. The fact that we have more than one means that we can have multiple guys elevating their game and any one of them can have a huge impact on the game,” stated Adrian.
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