Raiders put on preseason hoops showcase
Central Community College - Columbus introduced its 2018-19 men’s and women’s basketball teams to the community on Wednesday night at an event title “Meet the Raiders.”
Local fans had the opportunity for a free dinner, a chance to learn the names and see the faces of both squads, watch local celebrities display their hoops skills and participate in various games with prizes on the line.
“Tonight was fantastic and probably exceeded our expectations for what it was going to be,” said head coach of the men’s basketball team, Jerry Drymon. “We want to get our players part of the community as well, for community service and those types of things, but also we want the community to know that there’s a great level of basketball that is played out here.
“It’s Division I players on the floor, and it’s a great way to come out and support our college that’s part of our community.”
The night ended with a dunk contest that saw members of the men’s basketball team dazzle the crowd with high-flying action.
The women’s basketball team was also out and among the crowd, and head coach Billy Perkins said he is hoping this could be a good year for the team.
“The women’s team, we’re really young,” he said. “We have young kids on the team with new girls coming in, inexperienced, but overall we’re going to be more competitive, we’re going to be faster.
“We’ll be a lot more fun to watch. We’ve got shooters, we’ve got big posts. We just have a good group of girls that are working hard.”
Perkins said that his team doesn’t just want to just be noticed on the court but added he hopes to have an impact in the community off the court as well.
“It’s not just about the on-the-court stuff we’ve got going on,” he said. “We take a lot of pride in what we do off the court and on the court with growing individuals and making them better people.
“It’s one of those things where we’re going to compete [and] we’re going to do the things we have to on the court. But overall expectations off the court and on the court should be appealing to kids coming here.”
The first regular season game for the men’s team in 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at home against Cloud County Community College.
The women will be in action 6 p.m. Nov. 5 when they travel to Fort Dodge, Iowa, to take on Iowa Central Community College.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org