High expectations for the Pioneers for final season

Video by Kevin Lazzaro

By Joe Thornton, reporter

With the Delta men’s basketball team having a measly nine games remaining, we have to take a look back at the beginning of the season and how we got to where we are now.When talking with Carlos McMath, Delta’s men’s basketball head coach, he established at the beginning of the season that his team loves to compete. If you’ve watched the Pioneers at all this season, you can see how passionate and fired up this team is when they take to the court.

McMath has established the goal of this team being one that is great defensively both early and often. Although this is a team where many players love offense, nobody knew how they would stack up against opposing teams defensively. Regardless, the Pioneers have established themselves as a dominant, defensive force. Averaging almost 30 defensive rebounds, 11 steals and five blocks in a game, these Pioneers have developed a cohesive, defensive mind.

After losing multiple players last season, nobody knew what type of team we would have this year, but the only thing that matters is that it’s a team of winners. McMath outlined his aspirations to put this team in the position to play their best basketball in February and March, and that’s what this team is getting back to. Going undefeated early and then on a slump has tested the Pioneers’ mettle, making them stronger as a unit.

This is a prideful team, just as McMath saw them to be since the beginning, and as the postseason draws nearer their anticipation builds. It’s been a roller coaster ride of a season, but we’ll see who the true champions are during the postseason.

Men's Basketball - Feb. 14

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