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The defending state champion Hellgate Knights reside in Missoula, but another team that made noise at state last year, the Big Sky Eagles, also call Missoula home.

When you watch the Big Sky boys basketball team play, it's pretty clear from the get-go they like to run…a lot.

"The plan is that when 32 minutes of regulation basketball ends, our guys say that was no big deal," says Big Sky head coach Bryan Ferriter.  

"Lots and lots of running, really high tempo, the breaks we have are quick, and right when we are done, we're back playing," says Big Sky junior post Colin Bingham

In the first few days of tryouts, players are looking to get back into shape, and for the several soccer players, it's not as difficult.

"In soccer there is a lot of continuous running, and that's what basketball is, so they are conditioned right now, and us football guys are trying to get there," says Big Sky senior point guard Jesson Preston.

But with only a couple returning varsity players, this years team will have a new look.

"Last year, we had a lot of one on one guys and they came together a lot, but this year I feel like we were really close together, so we'll be able to have a good season," says Bingham.

And with the close-knit group, players will need to step up, with so many contributors gone from last years state playoff team.

"With those seniors that graduated, we lost scorers, we lost rebounders, and we lost rebounders, and each one of those roles has to be filled again," says Ferriter.

But it's clear to those returning, the team looks forward to the challenge.

"They are very excited, just from the first day of tryouts, we could see the hustle, and guys flying around diving for balls, and we can see everyone is excited to get back and try to get to the playoffs again," says Preston.

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