(Gillette, Wyo.) The Gillette College men’s basketball team won their first conference game Wednesday against Miles Community College. That brings the Pronghorn’s record to 17-0 overall.
Head Coad Shawn Neary, who’s led the team since the program’s inception in 2008, said the Pronghorns are off to a good start. “I don’t think we’re as good as we can be. And I don’t think, by any means, we’re where we need to be.”
“It’s always that constant thing of just defensively trying to get better guarding the ball, rebounding. Nothing out of the ordinary there,” said Neary before Friday’s practice. “Offensively, try to play fast and move the ball and get us good shots.”
The Pronghorns are currently ranked 7th in the National Junior College Athletics Association, NJCAA.
“Really, we just got to keep playing to our potential and hopefully that puts us in a position to get into the Region IX Tournament in a good spot,” said Neary. “We’ve won the last two Region IX tournaments, so hopefully we can get to the tournament and be healthy, and playing well and maybe put ourselves in a position to win it again and get to the national tournament.”
The Pronghorns have qualified for the NJCAA Tournament the last three years and made it to the Final Four in the 2015-16 season. Out of 300 Junior colleges in the United States, only 16 participate in the tournament. Neary has also been named Region IX Coach of the Year four times in his tenure at Gillette College.
“Our toughest games are ahead of us and we know that. So, we’ve got to try to get better and keep working on that.”
Gillette College will host Little Big Horn College from Crow Agency, MT tomorrow evening. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. at the Pronghorn Center.