Men’s basketball tips off Reply

Reginah Sanyu – 1851 Staff

Sophomore Richard O’Brien of Manchester, N.H. pushes the ball forward.  (Photo by Tom Horak)

Sophomore Richard O’Brien of Manchester, N.H. pushes the ball forward. (Photo by Tom Horak)

“Our goal is to win a championship; that’s the goal of the team,” said men’s basketball head coach Aaron Galleta. “There is a lot of work we need to do and the guys have done well so far.”

The men’s basketball team enters the 2013 season with high hopes. The Lasers finished the 2012-13 campaign with a record of 6-19 (5-13 against the GNAC).

“This is chance to win,” said senior forward Rob Watts. “I want the team to make it to the NCAA and this is my last year to do it.”

The team opened the season with a 91-83 loss at home against Nichols College on November 15. Senior captain Brandon Ganesh led the Lasers with 31 points. Sophomore Clyde Niba grabbed 11 rebunds and junior Jeremy Daniel had six assists.

Although their journey started with a loss, Galleta still has high hopes for his team. “We are trying to get better each day” he said. “I have seen what they are capable of doing.”

The Lasers continue with a positive attitude towards the rest of the season, one game at a time.

“The next game is the most important game to us. If you get caught looking ahead, you will get in trouble,” said Galleta.

This year’s strategy is to get the most out of the team’s dynamic. As much as the Lasers are aiming to win, the team also aims to get better.

“We are working as much as possible to put the players in the position to success,” said Galleta. “Each year, you try to get the most out of the team. Each year we aim to win.

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