“Any time you have the opportunity to play at home, that's a great thing,” said Northwest College men's basketball coach Andy Ward, whose 3-2 Trapper team will look to chain together a pair of wins this weekend. “It is so valuable …
First National Bank Shoot Out hits 20thThe First National Bank Shoot Out enters its 20th year at Northwest College this Friday with two days of basketball action in Cabre Gym. Northwest College, Sheridan College, the College of Eastern Utah and the Western Montana JV men's team will compete at this year's event. The Trapper women will play against an NWC college all-star team on Saturday as well.
“Any time you have the opportunity to play at home, that's a great thing,” said Northwest College men's basketball coach Andy Ward, whose 3-2 Trapper team will look to chain together a pair of wins this weekend. “It is so valuable to have the generosity of sponsors that allow you to bring teams in and hold an event like this.”
The Trappers tip-off their weekend at 7:30 p.m. against the Western Montana JV. Ward expects a test of his perimeter defense in the contest.
“They've already beaten one of the teams in our region in an overtime contest,” Ward said. “They knocked down 13 three-pointers in that game, so we're expecting a lot of outside shots and a lot of long rebounds.”
Preceding the Trappers' Friday game, Sheridan and the College of Eastern Utah will do battle, starting at 5:30 p.m.
“We've had an agreement with Sheridan that they come play here for our tournament, and we go there and participate in their Thanksgiving tournament,” said Ward.
On Saturday, Sheridan and Western Montana will battle at 3:30 p.m. The Trapper women will follow with an all-star contest at 5:30.
“It gives a chance for some of our alumni to come back and play for the fans,” said first-year Trapper coach Janis Beal. “We'll be playing a mixture of former collegiate players, including many from NWC.”
The tournament concludes with a 7:30 p.m. Saturday rematch between the NWC men and the College of Eastern Utah. The two teams met last weekend in Utah with Northwest tallying an 83-77 decision.
“Our freshmen and our sophomores have gotten better every time out,” said Ward. “I like the chemistry we're developing with the mix of players we have. We're not there yet, but we're complementing each other well on the floor and we're learning every practice and every game.”
A youth free-throw contest will be held at halftime of Friday's game between NWC and Western Montana. Contest details will be sent home with students at Powell elementary schools later this week.