Victoria College basketball teams split season-opening games
The Victoria College basketball coaches know the identities they want their teams to have.
Now, they know what to do to achieve their visions.
The Pirates men's and women's teams opened their seasons Wednesday evening at home, splitting contests against Palo Alto College.
Despite allowing a late 11-point advantage shrink to just five points, the men earned an 85-78 victory behind a balanced scoring attack, while the women never led in the second half of a 73-57 loss.
Regardless of the outcomes, each head coach believes his game was a solid foundation to build on.
"One of the things I try to patent this team after is that we want to fullcourt press the entire game, but the important thing is that we have to trap," men's head coach Jonathan Anderson said. "We have to be in their face.
"We still have guys who are unsure of what exactly that means."
Women's head coach Josh Moore has a similar vision.
"We want to be a shut down, defensive team, which we didn't see tonight," the coach said. "We're not going to score 80 points a night, but we are quick, and we should be able to play good defense."
The Pirates men, paced by freshman Dontreal Bazy's team-high 16 points, finished with six double-digit scorers, while guard Jackie Folmar posted a dozen points for the women in defeat.
Both teams are off until Wednesday. The men will play their road opener at the University of Incarnate Word, while the women travel to Northwest Vista College.