By Ayzha Haili, Art Editor
This past Friday, the Spartans men’s basketball team earned a 116-58 victory in their first home game against the men of Little Big Horn College.
From the beginning, the Spartan men were off to a good start and played hard.
“At the start of the game, I wasn’t sure how it was going to be, but once the game started, it was clear that the guys were ready to play,” said head men’s basketball coach Adrian Hayes.
At halftime, the Spartans already had a 30-point lead against Little Big Horn, with a score of 57-27.
“I feel (that) as a team, we did a great job executing from the start and blowing out a team that we were expected to blow out,” said sophomore guard Teddy Aegerter. “But at the same time, we need to stay focused.”
The men are determined to improve their 1-29 record from last season.
“I wasn’t here last year, but I know that this year we are a new team because there are only five returners, and there will be changes,” said sophomore guard Damian Salais.
The team has already doubled their winning score compared to last season.
The Spartans, now with a record of 2-0, are stopping at nothing to keep their undefeated record.
The top scorers of this game were sophomore Teddy Aegerter with 18 points and sophomore John Henderson with 17 points.
“I think we shot the ball extremely well, and the guys were excited to play their first home game on their home court,” said Hayes. “And when you shoot like they did, it leads to a victory.”
Although the Spartans are starting off the season with a bang, they still have a long way to go.
“We need to stay focused because Little Big Horn is no CSI (College of Southern Idaho), NIC (North Idaho College), or SLCC (Salt Lake Community College)–a few of the top teams in our conference that are nationally ranked,” said Aegerter.
There are still things that the Spartans need to improve.
“In this game, we had 14 turnovers, which need to be fixed,” said Hayes. “If not, when playing against another school in this conference that plays a more physical defense compared to Little Big Horn, there will be some concerns.”
No matter what the challenges ahead, the Spartans have already made history this year.
This is the first time in recorded school history that the men’s team is off to an undefeated 2-0 start.
“I am very proud of the guys,” said Hayes. “They came out and did what they had to do. They came out and threw the first punch, and we won the way we should have, with a blowout.”
Please come out and support our Spartans at their next home game against Western Wyoming Community College on Nov. 16 in the Hefley Gym. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.
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