By Greg Crawford, basketball insider @wchoops
The Southern Division of the NWAACC Conference is men's basketball is always competitive and this year is shaping up to no different.
One team that is making some waves early on is the Mt. Hood Saints, off to a great start at 8-1, after a three game sweep of opponents at Lassen College in Susanville, California this past weekend.
The Saints are coached by Geoff Gibor and he obviously is pleased with his start, but like all coaches is looking to get better in key areas.
"It is very early in the season, but I am pleased with our progress," said Gibor. "Our one loss was at the buzzer to a very good Yakima team. I really like the chemistry of this team. They all get along and have bought into what we are trying to accomplish here with Mt. Hood basketball."
To see this exciting team, you can attend the Portland Community College tournament this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on the Cascade campus of Portland Community College. The Saints first game will be played Friday, at 2:00 p.m when they battle the Lower Columbia Red Devils.
Gibor is quick to point out that his team is all about F.O.E., Family Over Everything, doing it all together.
Besides the great team chemistry of the Saints, Gibor also likes the way two players are playing so far.
"Mac Johnson, 6' 8" sophomore is playing really well. He is a force in the post and he has a toughness and work ethic that is terrific. Brock Otis has also impressed me with his leadership and hustle. As a group our players have done a really good job of working together.
If you like basketball, the Portland Community College tournament is a must see, with eight really good NWAACC teams participating. And you can follow the progress of the Mt. Hood Saints right here at gregcrawfordbasketball.blogspot.com all year long.
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