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Kinesiology freshman Ollie Jackson slaps the ball from business sophomore Paul Stockson’s pass during practice Sept. 19 in Gym 1 of Candler. The first men’s basketball game is 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Incarnate Word.  Photos by Aly Miranda

Kinesiology freshman Ollie Jackson slaps the ball from business sophomore Paul Stockson’s pass during practice Sept. 19 in Gym 1 of Candler. The first men’s basketball game is 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Incarnate Word. Photos by Aly Miranda

Students need nine hours to play basketball.

By Christy Romero

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Kinesiology freshman Gabe Hilderbrand dives to the basket for a lay-up. The men’s basketball team was practicing defense. Head men's basketball coach Louis Martinez held basketball practice 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 19 in Gym 1 of Candler. Practice is 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 9 a.m.- noon on Friday. When the season starts, games will be Wednesdays and without practice on that day. The first men’s basketball game is at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Incarnate Word.  Photo by Aly Miranda

Kinesiology freshman Gabe Hilderbrand dives to the basket for a lay-up. The men’s basketball team was practicing defense. Men’s basketball coach Louis Martinez held basketball practice 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 19 in Gym 1 of Candler. Practice is 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 9 a.m.- noon on Friday. When the season starts, games will be Wednesdays. Photo by Aly Miranda

Coach Louis Martinez looked for character, experience and good attitude in choosing the men’s basketball team.

More than 40 people attended the first day of men’s basketball tryouts Aug. 24, and he has whittled the number to 17.

“They have to know how to play and have the experience of playing organized basketball,” Martinez said. “There’s a difference between organized basketball and thinking you’re playing basketball. Also character, the way they act on the court during tryouts.

“I ask the players if they’re sure this is something they want to do because this is a big commitment.” Martinez said. “If you’re working and you miss, it’s not going to work out for you. If you’re not going to be able to play, there’s going to be guys here who are earning that spot.”

Practice lasts around two hours Monday-Thursday and three hours on Friday, Martinez said.

To join the team, students must have a 2.0 grade-point average, be enrolled in nine hours or more, and attend games and practices.

“First of all, they have to be registered on the first day,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of guys show up and who aren’t registered in school yet. If you can’t meet the requirements, you can’t be here.”

Head men's basketball coach Louis Martinez explains to his team why the players have to be better about getting closer to the point guard when he is driving with the ball to make a basket Sept. 19 in Gym 1 of Candler. Practice is 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon on Friday. When the season starts, games will be Wednesdays with no practice that day. The first mens basketball game is at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Incarnate Word.  Photo by Aly Miranda

Head men’s basketball coach Louis Martinez explains to his team why the players have to be better about getting closer to the point guard when he is driving with the ball to make a basket Sept. 19 in Gym 1 of Candler. Photo by Aly Miranda

Kinesiology freshman Chris Salazar Jr., also known as “ C.J.”, said he feels good about this season and looks forward to working with the four returning players.

“A couple of people are returning from last year; they’re good leaders and will help us be successful on the court,” he said.

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