WEST LONDON VARSITY PREVIEW: Men's basketball look to finish the day strongly
Sports Gazette sat down with president and team captain Liam Waters to talk about the season and preview the Brunel match-up.
Sometimes a season does not go the way you wanted it to.
After moving up a league to the BUCS South Eastern 1A division this season, the St. Mary’s basketball team struggled to find their footing against better competition.
“It was tough, it was definitely tough, we had quite a few bumps along the way,” said St. Mary’s president and captain Liam Waters, who has played for St. Mary’s since his first year.
As they put league play behind them, they turn their attention to West London Varsity to face Brunel, who struggled in their own right in the Premier Southern division.
Despite the league struggles, there is reason to be optimistic for St. Mary’s. They may not have had the results they wanted, but their quality of basketball has still been high.
Waters said: “It’s not like we’ve been playing bad basketball, it’s just we got a bit unlucky within the last two quarters, we kinda let the game get to us.”
They most recently played an exhibition game against Knights Basketball, and their positive performance should give them confidence going into Varsity.
The team lost to Brunel at least year’s Varsity, and will be looking to exact some revenge against their rivals.
“It’s just keeping our heads throughout the entire game and not going off and doing our individual plays," said Waters when asked about his keys to the game.
"We're a very good team when we play as a team and pass the ball well, we can outplay most teams. We’re a very small team and we rely on our shooting, which we have, and if everything comes together tomorrow we have a chance.”
The game is expected to tip off at 6:30pm in the Netball Hall as the basketball team will be looking to gain a crucial point towards retaining the West London Varsity trophy for St. Mary’s.
Waters concluded: “We’re just looking to have a good time tomorrow, and play good basketball.”
St. Mary's men's basketball team will face Brunel at 6pm in the Netball Hall so make sure you head down to give them your full support!
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