Westerners put an end to NMMI’s postseason hopes with 75-65 victory in play-in game
NMMI Sports Press
Bronco basketball season doesn’t officially start until Nov. 11, but NMMI has been busy honing its skills at a series of pre-season events, playing nine different teams in scrimmages in Dallas and Hobbs.
And coach Ralph Davis is feeling “cautiously optimistic” about the season ahead.
“We’ve got a pretty good feel for what we’re capable of,” he said. “Not what we can do, but what we’re capable of.”
While records aren’t officially kept in pre-season games, Davis said the Broncos are 5-4 against teams such as Barton County; Otero JC; Angelina College; Arkansas Baptist; and district foes Clarendon and Howard.
Against the WJCAC teams, NMMI topped the Bulldogs and missed by just one point vs. the Hawks on some missed free throws with just seconds left on the clock.
“It’s a great gauge,” Davis said of the pre-season games. “The intensity has been 180 degrees different than last year’s team. The discipline on the court has been tremendous. The effort and attitude has been there, most importantly.”
And, the Broncos have been spending a lot of time working hard on their defense, something that was a bit lacking last season.
“This time we spent a whole lot more time in the preseason working on our defense, and it’s showed, so far,” the coach said.
NMMI has one more scrimmage on the agenda, Saturday in Portales against Eastern New Mexico University and Seward County.
“Probably a little bit of an older opponent, in a four-year school, and Seward County is another good junior college,” Davis said. “We know we’re capable. Whether or not we get it done is a different question that I’d like to see answered, but we know there’s capabilities here.”