Final dress rehearsal for Wolves before start of basketball season
Written by PETE LUCAROTTI - Herald-Tribune sports staff
October 1, 2008
Both the men's and women's GPRC Wolves basketball teams have one more chance to evaluate their roster with both participating in exhibition tournaments this weekend.
"That's what these weekends are for. It's more about giving your few players an extra chance to play, who come season games might not get on the floor if the game is tight enough and you've got to rely on your key players," said Kim Gravengard, head coach of the women's basketball team.
Both teams played three-game sets last weekend and both walked away impressed with what they say from their newcomers.
"I was really surprised a lot of them went in with a lot of confidence," said second-year player Tia Gerwatoski, who was awarded player of the week for her play last weekend in Red Deer.
The women's team finished the weekend with a 1-2 record, including a close two-point loss to SAIT Polytechnic, the top team in the south last season. The men played to an identical 1-2 record, losing to Lethbridge and Red Deer before beating St. Mary's in their final game.
The exhibition games gave both squads a chance to instill some team chemistry, as well as a chance to work on the fundamentals before the start of the season.
"One of the things we've been preaching to our players is that we have to become better defenders and tighter on the ball," said Gravengard. "They just went in there and did what they were supposed to do so it was great. They did a good job."
Both the men and women are at the King's Hoopfest this weekend in Edmonton as a final warm up for the regular season. Games began Thursday night and the rest of the schedule will be based on the results of the first games.