The men’s basketball team competed in its season opener against Elizabeth City State University on Nov. 14 and collected the first win of the season before playing in the first conference games of the season this weekend.
The Cavaliers lost 111-66 to the ETSU Buccaneers Nov. 18.
According to Head Coach Blake Mellinger, playing the first seven games on the road is hard, but it allows the team to bond.
“I’m sure they’re excited to get here and play a home game, but at the same time, those road trips, there’s some negatives about them, but there’s also some positives,” Mellinger said. “Our team spends a ton of time together during that time, so it’s good for us to kind of be around one another a lot in those scenarios, especially having such a new team.”
For the Cavaliers, executing offense and continuing to work hard defensively was the focus for the first competitions of the season.
“We’re just trying to take it day by day; we want to get just a little better each and every day and hopefully through each and every game we learn a little more about ourselves, a little more about how we can improve in different areas,” Mellinger said. “Hopefully, that puts us in a great situation. We want to be playing our best basketball at the end of the year when it’s time for the tournament to come around.”
Freshman guard Phil Owens had a standout performance against Elizabeth City State University as he had a game high of 35 points in a game that went into double overtime.
“My mindset going into those first two games was to just play as hard as I could and go as hard as I can for my teammates. I just plan to go in and play hard, just give my teammates all I got, execute the plays, and listen to the coaches,” Owens said. Juniors Charles George and Matt Day also scored in double figures in the game against Elizabeth City State.
The Cavaliers take on King University in an out of conference match-up on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.