The Missoula Loyola Rams basketball team is in a unique situation, the majority of their team are football players, and as back to back Class B champs, they don't have much time to transition between football and hoops.
The Rams came into the season with big expectations on the hardwood as well though, and have delivered, currently sitting at 8-4 with a tough non-conference schedule.
"Everybody is very happy with what we've done so far. It took awhile, for us to get into the groove, because almost all of us played football, and that transition is kind of weird," says Rams senior guard Zach Hollenback.
And midway through the season is when they expect to shake off some of the rust from the football season.
"About right now is when we start turning it up, and it looks like that's what we're doing now. So we've had a couple bad games, and a lot of games with a lot of turnovers, but we're coming together and ready to go," says Rams senior guard JJ Anderson.
Not only do they have 8 wins, they've had some big ones. Defeating Deer Lodge after losing to them early in the season, and beating Florence, a squad that wins over haven't come very often.
"Since I've been here, the varsity team has never beaten Florence, so getting that win was really a monkey off our backs," says Hollenback.
And looking forward, they'll have plenty more competition.
"I'm really excited to play bigfork. I haven't beaten them in my high school career, and I'm always excited to go play Florence, and Deer Lodge has kind of become our Rival this year," says JJ Anderson.
The Rams have a unique roster, at least in terms of height. In their starting five, they don't have anyone taller than 6'3, but they also don't have anyone shorter than 6'0
"Somewhere along the line, we overmatch them with speed. The problem is you have to get a rebound before you can run your speed game, but it's been great for us. And defensive, you don't have to be real big if you box out," says head coach Scott Anderson.