Big Sky Boys Basketball Looking to Keep Momentum Going
If there was one AA boys team with a lot of question marks going into the season, it was the Big Sky Eagles. They've only played four games, but they've impressed, even if they are still trying to find who they are as a team.
"We're still probably going to search for our identity, it will probably take another six games. The general rule is it takes about ten games in before you find your identify, but we left our last game against Butte High with a pretty good picture of what we are," says head coach Bryan Ferriter.
For the Eagles, they're coming off arguably their best game of the season, winning 63-38 just before the Christmas break, meaning they could potentially lose out on positive momentum.
"It's hard, because we did have a great game (Against Butte) but we've just been focusing on keeping that intensity and that level of play up this entire break just like we haven't had a break. So we've played as hard as we can throughout the two weeks," says senior guard Stanley Underwood.
After graduating the majority of their offense from last years team, there were questions as to how the Eagles would find points.
"We feel like we have a method to create offense for guys, which is steal the ball from the other team, in places you can score a high percentage shot, so we like to attack, get the ball out of their hands, spread the court, and see if our guys can get to the basket," says Ferriter.
Senior guard Brad Wakai agrees, "I think it's just our defense, we were really tenacious on defense, and made Butte uncomfortable, and that's what we've been practicing is getting after teams and it paid off."
Not only did the Eagles graduate a good portion of their team from last year, they acquired several new transfers, but to look at the team, you wouldn't be able to tell they haven't played with one another for years.
"I think we've really started to click fast. We started out a little bit slow, but have put everything together quickly and we've started to get along with each other and chemistry is building," says transfer Underwood.
"2-2 is a good start, but we want to get better we want to improve. Last year we were 3-1 as a team, and we compare to how we were last year because we were a solid varsity team. We under-achieved compared to last year, so we're using this Christmas break to get better," says Wakai.