Griz and Lady Griz Ring in New Year Looking for Conference Title
Montana basketball had a great year in 2013, both the Grizzlies and Lady Griz won the Big Sky Conference and played in the NCAA tourney, this year, things are off to a slower start, and both teams have a few new years resolutions.
"Consistency on the offensive end would be a great new years resolution," says Lady Griz head coach Robin Selvig.
"We have to be sharp coming out from the half, and be able to play every play through. Sometimes we get caught standing around at practice and not playing it through, so if we can become a full game team I think we could be really good," adds senior forward Jordan Sullivan.
As they get ready for conference play starting on the road Thursday, the Lady Griz are thankful for their break…which helped them forget about their two losses leading into Christmas.
"It is nice to get away from basketball a little bit, and it makes us excited to come back and play because we miss each other, and we want to get back on the court so it's a little motivation," says senior guard Torry Hill.
However the men's team see's the break a slightly different light.
"Four days for a normal person seems like a short time to be at home, but for an athlete that's a really long time. We went home and ran on the treadmill, but that's still not the same as being out here practicing three hours a day, there is a difference between running shape and basketball shape. It took a couple days to get back into the flow," explains Griz junior guard Jordan Gregory.
But just like the Lady Griz, there are new years resolutions within the Grizzly men's squad.
"One thing, maybe to be a nicer guy to my players, we'll see how long that lasts," jokes Tinkle to sophomore guard Keron DeShields laughing next to the interview.
"I was just laughing because he said it, and I thought 'Wow' but I don't think he should (be nicer) He does a heck of a job getting us where we need to be, with his toughness. You take what your head coach is, that's what you become, and we like his toughness," says Tinkle.
So while coach Tinkle ponders being nicer to his team, what can THEY do for a new years resolution
"Maybe give up some of the petti-ness. They get after each other in practice, and it's not just the competition, it's the needling and that sort of thing, which is all part of maturity and growth, and that's what we'll ask for in 2014 out of them," says Tinkle.