Men’s basketball team strives to stay on top

Joseph Williams, Staff Writer

The SRJC men’s basketball team may lack experience and size this season, but it should make up for it with depth and athleticism.

Last year the Cubs finished with a record of 28-6 and 12-2 in conference play. The Bear Cubs have had immense success over the past couple of years as they have won two Bay Valley West Conference titles behind Coach Craig McMillan. McMillan has been the JC basketball coach for four seasons now.

This year’s move to the Big 7 will bring tougher competition to the team.

The team’s top returnees are Amos Carter and Nic Pedersen.

“I think we have made lots of progress, it looks like our team is moving in a positive direction,” said Pedersen.

Both Pedersen and Carter started multiple times last season and they are hoping to contribute in a major way this season. They hope to play extensive minutes and lead the team to many wins.

The Bear Cubs have a large freshmen class fighting for time on the court, but freshman Ian Collins stands above the others.

“Everyone is good, but Ian is one of the most consistent players right now,” said McMillan.

McMillan believes that the competition is going to test his abilities as a coach and the abilities of the players.

“We’re going to have to play every game as if it were a playoff game,” said McMillan.

The Cubs open the season Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at home against College of the Redwoods.