Only three make cut in Rangers’ men’s basketball tryouts

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Business management sophomore Chady Joukeh and business freshman Jalen Manriquez perform a footwork drill directed by coach Louis Martinez Thursday during the second day of basketball tryouts in Gym 2 of Candler.  Photo by E. David Guel

Business management sophomore Chady Joukeh and business freshman Jalen Manriquez perform a footwork drill directed by coach Louis Martinez Thursday during the second day of basketball tryouts in Gym 2 of Candler. Photo by E. David Guel

Engineering sophomore David Wright glides past education sophomore Jamar Jones for a layup Thursday during a scrimmage on the second day of basketball tryouts in Gym 2 of Candler.  Photo by E. David Guel

Engineering sophomore David Wright glides past education sophomore Jamar Jones for a layup Thursday during a scrimmage on the second day of basketball tryouts in Gym 2 of Candler. Photo by E. David Guel

Spring semester basketball tryouts have concluded.

By Jose Arredondo

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

 

After a three-day basketball audition in in the Candler Physical Education Center, three of the 20 students who tried out made the men’s basketball team Jan. 23. Seven players are returning from last semester’s team, which ended with a 4-3 record.

Coach Lou Martinez advanced two players from last semester’s practice squad, bringing the Rangers’ roster to 12.

“We added depth,” Martinez said. “Especially to our backcourt.”

The tryouts began Jan 21. Each tryout was about three hours with intense conditioning and fundamental drills.

Five students took an early exit and quit.

“A couple of students didn’t even get past the first hour,” kinesiology sophomore Andrew Butler said. “This tryout separated the boys from the men.”

The Rangers’ sole mission this season is to win every game. The three losses they suffered last semester were by single digits.

Coach Louis Martinez has players touch the ball and sprint back on defense.  Photo by E. David Guel

Coach Louis Martinez has players touch the ball and sprint back on defense. Photo by E. David Guel

“We had a chance to win every game last year but let three of those games slip away,” biology sophomore Ray Esquivel said.

The Rangers have a week to prepare before their first game against St. Edward’s University at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Alumni Gym in Austin, TX.

For more information, call the office of student life at 210-486-0125. Or follow the team’s basketball Twitter and Instagram accounts @SACMBB.

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