This past weekend the Eastern New Mexico basketball team traveled to Durango, Colorado for a two game showcase at Fort Lewis college home of the Skyhawks. This was the first of many trips for the Greyhounds season.
The first match was against Bew Mexico Highlands where the team started off going down 12 before their first basket.
As the first half continued, the Greyhounds found themselves down by a 22 points and in a tough position.
Going into the second half, things weren't looking good until the team put together a string of stops and made baskets to bring the game within 10points. Over time they kept chipping away at Highland’s lead.
Despite the great second half efforts the Hounds weren't able to pull through. They finished the game, losing by eight points.
The next day, the Greyhounds had a new and improved mindset going into their game against the home team. The Skyhawks, who were coming off of a big upset win against University of Wyoming, were a much different team than the previous game against New Mexico Highlands.
The Skyhawks were disciplined and accurate from the three point line. To start the game the Greyhounds came out with intensity and started to get things going early.
Toward the end of the first half, the intensity had some what dropped and allowed the Skyhawks to take and maintain the lead. The second half was a reflection of the end of the first with the Skyhawks raining in 3-pointers from everywhere. The hounds fell to the home team by 14.
Lawrence Domingo said, "I feel that we need to learn how to maintain the intensity as a whole throughout the whole game and not just of a half. The common problem in each game was that we didn't have enough intensity through it all to pull through. We need to get back in the lab and have a great week of practice before our next trip to Colorado."
"[We] came out with great energy in the first half, ready to play,” Javaan Mumantaz said. “Shooting is [in] need [of] improvement for next game as we were only three percent from the field compared to Fort Lewis who shot 46 percent [tonight].”
“Although we out rebounded Fort Lewis 41-37 we were unable to stop them from the three point line which hurt us down the stretch," Mumantaz said.