By Greg Crawford, basketball insider @wchoops
It is fun to watch Tony Broadous patrol the sidelines as coach of the Portland Community College Panthers' men's team.
Broadous is part coach, mentor and friend to his players and you can see he has their respect. As a high school coach Broadous was terrific for Grant High of the Portland Interscholastic League, where he continually produced winning teams, won a state championship, three times was named PIL coach of the year and Oregon coach of the year once.
Things are tougher at Portland Community College, but there are signs of some very good basketball. After winning two out of three in the Portland Community College NWAACC crossover tournament this past weekend, against one of the strongest fields you will ever see, Broadous takes his Panthers to Christmas with a 7-4 record.
What needs to take place for that record to continue get better? "On offense we need to share the ball even better, none of this one pass and then shoot. We have to be really smart and and realize that these possessions really count and take care of the basketball," said Broadous. "On defense we have to realize defense is not only an individual responsibility, but also a team effort. We allow at present too many easy baskets. If we want to continue to win, we have to make it tough for our opponents to score on every possession."
The Panthers are fun to watch and it is a team all basketball fans should get out and see. The next home game for the Panthers comes on January 8th, when they take on always powerful Clackamas Community College in a Southern Division league battle in the NWAACC.
The men's game will be preceded by the women's game at 5:30 and will get underway as close to 7:30 as possible. Portland Community College is located at 600 N. Killingsworth and there is always plenty of free parking.
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