The road to starting the season 4-0 gets very tough this week when the 2-0 Multnomah Lions take on two very tough opponents. Actually it is not the road at all, as the Lions will play at their home gym, located at 8435 NE Glisan in Portland for the second straight weekend.
On Friday night, October 25th the Lions take on Vancouver Island University, the defending D-2 Canadian champions. And then will little rest, Multnomah comes back on Saturday to face a solid Camosun College team, with a noon tipoff.
For the first time in the history of Curt Bickley's successful coaching career at Multnomah, which is now into its 11th year, his team has started the season 2-0 after wonderful wins this past weekend over Douglas and Columbia Bible. Though much work is to be done, Coach Bickley really liked the fact that in the two opening games, his team got up 224 field goal attempts.
"For us to be successful this season, we have to get up lots of shots, including many 3-pointers, space the floor properly and continue to run the basketball, " said Bickley. "I was pleased we were able to accomplish some of our keys to winning this weekend, now it is critical we keep it up."
As for this weekend's games? "As a coach I am always nervous, these opponents this weekend are both quality teams. But we also need to just worry about ourselves, play to our potential and take the pressure off."
To watch Multnomah basketball is a joy and more and more people are discovering that fact. This past weekend's crowds were terrific, but there is always room for more people. If you are a basketball fan, it is must see basketball. Plan to attend both games or at least one and let me know about your experience, where parking is always free and the gym is set up great.
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