By Jeremy McDonald
OREGON CITY, Ore.— Push-ups and Sprints ended the Clackamas Community College Men’s Basketball practice Wednesday afternoon as the Cougars prep for this Saturday’s home game against Blue Mountain.
But it’s just all in preparation for the long run however.
“They’re just getting our bodies ready,” said Raven Fraizer. “It’s a long season so they’re just getting our bodies ready for playing until February or March so we got to be ready.”
Clackamas (4-2) got on track this past week following two tough losses in the Pierce Tournament with two big wins against the Alumni (112-110) and the Pacific University JV Squad (83-56).
Fraizer points to the focus in practice and in the games that got them back on track Thursday and Saturday.
“I think everyone was upset with the losses,” he said. “So we came out, we practiced harder and were more focused on the game.”
Cougs Head Coach Clif Wegner focused practices on different areas of defense, but was impressed with how the team came together as a whole.
“We got back to playing harder and playing together a little better,” he said. “The team feeling, the team chemistry on the floor was better. So I thought it was a step forward.”
This week, Clackamas CC are only playing one game this week. Against Blue Mountain (5-2) out of the East Region of the Northwest Conference.
Fraizer calls the one game a nice breather considering they’ve been playing two games a week the past few weeks to start the season.
“It’s really nice because our bodies get to rest instead of keep pounding, pounding, pounding,” he said. “We got a big tournament next week so we get that rest before that tournament.”
For Wegner, he recognizes it as a nice breather as well with finals and classes wrapping up this week on campus; but it doesn’t mean that he’s letting the team off the hook because of how balanced the Timberwolves are.
“We want to go forward and play a good game,” said Wegner. “They’re pretty good and they’re off to a good start. It’s one of the better teams Blue Mountain had in a while.
“It’s a home game, it’s an opportunity for us to step up against a good NWAC team.”
Tip off is slated for 6pm at Clackamas Community College.
Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013). Got a story idea? Email him at email@example.com or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!
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