By: Matthias Baudinet
During pre-season The men’s Basketball team was deemed to have a lot of potential. With new coach Anthony Leonelli, the men’s team recruited a number of new players to challenge the other teams in the NAC. With the fresh recruits, coaches from other NAC teams have estimated that the Green Mountain College men’s Basketball team will pose a lot more problems for the other respective teams.
All throughout pre-season the team has been training twice or three times a day in order to start the season strong. With assistant coach Chris Jenkins the team has been hitting the weight room consistently and running laps in the gym daily. Coach Leonelli really wanted to turn the GMC men’s basketball program around. Though the team is estimated to do well in the NAC, the team is still kind of struggling with teams outside the conference.
With almost half of the season over, the team’s record is 2 wins and 6 losses. Their first game was against Southern Vermont where the Eagles lost 41 to 74. In their most recent game, the GMC Eagles won 81 to 74 against Maine Maritime Academy. In the NAC, the GMC Eagles are 2 and 2. The Eagles won against Maine Maritime (as stated above) and against Johnson State (80-63). So far, the Eagles are ranked mid-table in the conference.
All the men’s Basketball players have to come back early during the regular winter break in order to prepare for their game against New England College on January 6th. The game will be help at home at the Eagle Dome. Though the majority of the student body will not be here to support the Eagles in person, we wish the GMC team the best of luck!
In total, the GMC Eagles have 16 games left in the season. Most of those games are conference games which will be crucial to take the team far into the NAC Tournament. In the month of January, the GMC Eagles have a total of 9 conference games. These January games are essential for the team to get a good position in the NAC rankings.
As we (the students) start to head back to campus, lets make sure to stop by the Eagle Dome at Waldron Gym to support out Eagles in a crucial moment in their season. Lets go Eagles!