Iím Reggie Evans, a senior at Metro State College and the captain of the menís basketball team. I am writing this piece to bring fans who have supported our program an inside look at what we have accomplished thus far, and what we plan to achieve by seasonís endóan NCAA Division II National Championship.
The next challenge is on Wednesday, March 21, when our team will take on No. 22 Montevallo (Ala.) (27-7), the Southeast Region champion, in the Elite Eight quarterfinals. The game, in Highland Heights, Ky., starts at 6:30 p.m. MDT. It can be watched online at http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2012-03-03/winter-championship-multimedia
The 2012 Metro State men's basketball team has had a surprising season to some people, but not to the team because we knew we could do something special. Throughout the course of the season, we have had to deal with some tough losses and many other unfortunate situations. Going into the Central Region Tournament we had one thing on our mind, the team motto, "Play to win." Last weekend was one of the best times of our lives because we went into the Colorado School of Mines and beat three really good basketball programs. We were well prepared by the coaching staff and executed the game plan to a "T."
We knew we would be able to face the Colorado School of Mines again, which had beaten us twice during the regular season. Even though we lost those games, we knew we were the better team and definitely didn't want this journey to end. From the time we woke up until the last second went off the clock, we were ready for revenge. We went into Lockridge Arena confident, awaiting anxiously to get on the floor. Coach told us we would be winners, but that comes with hard work and preparation, and now we have put ourselves in a situation that I have never been in during my four years here at Metro. It felt so good to cut down the nets and just enjoy that moment with my team, coaches and our fans.
Now that we have accomplished one of our goals, we have to regain our focus and get ready for the next game. We must stay hungry for more in order for us to take that next step towards winning a national championship. As a senior, I love how things have unfolded thus far, but as a competitor I want more, and the team is right by my side. Lastly, thanks everyone for your support and on next Saturday we hope to be at the top of the mountain into the thin air.
Editorís note: The Alumni Association is hosting an Elite Eight Game Watch Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. at Tennysonís Tap, 4335 W. 38th Ave., Denver. The evening will include a live broadcast of the game, snacks, cash bar and live music following the game featuring Laura Newman Jazz.
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