Pilots prepped and ready for second half action
January 02, 2006
Shreveport, LA---The LSUS Pilots are set to return to action as they will play host to the Central Baptist College Mustangs Tuesday night at The Dock at 7:30pm. The Mustangs are looking to avenge an 83-80 overtime loss suffered at the hands of the Pilots November 25, 2005.
The Pilots are seeking to avenge a loss of their own as they have been idle since suffering their first and only loss of the season on December 12th versus the Texas Wesleyan Rams. At 12-0 on the season, the Pilots traveled to Fort Worth, TX for their 9th game away from home in 13 contests where they were shocked by the Rams who defeated the Pilots 93-72.
The Pilots are currently ranked No. 2 in the NAIA at 12-1 and feel as though they are ready to start what hopes to be a very promising second half of their season.
“The loss to a very good Texas Wesleyan team hurt. We were very close to finishing off what still was a very good first half. I thought we responded very well however in our exhibition contest against Northwestern which has left us very excited to get back on the floor,” commented Pilots Head Coach Chad McDowell.
The Pilots will likely suffer a fall in this weeks Top 25 polls which will be released on Wednesday due to the loss against the Rams, but Coach McDowell feels as though this may be a positive experience for his Pilots.
“We work hard every day to be the best we can be. We were close to No. 1 in the polls, now we have to prove that we deserve to be there again by playing our game every night we step on the floor. We did not do that against TWU and we will use that as a reminder of how important it is to prepare for every opponent like it is a championship game every night,” commented McDowell.
Tuesday night’s match-up versus the Mustangs will serve as the Pilots last chance to prepare for their upcoming Gulf Coast Athletic Conference season which will begin Saturday in New Orleans when they will square off against the Loyola University Wolfpack.
“Tomorrow night is a big test for us. CBC is a physical team who plays very tough. I think our guys are looking forward to being back at The Dock and will be ready to go for what I am sure is going to be a very exciting and successful second half of the season,” concluded McDowell.