Here at Finest Magazine, we are coming a little different this upcoming season. Instead of us bringing our point of view on basketball throughout the DMV, we decided to let those who are engaged in the battles speak. We bring the TIMEOUT series, a monthly entry focused on letting those "engaged in the battle" have a voice. First up is Prince Georges Community College Men's Basketball sophomore guard and captain Lavonte Sanders. Sanders, is a ultra athletic combo guard who averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a freshman and was key in helping PGCC win the NJCAA Region XX Championship. Now, as a team leader, Sanders is looking to elevate not only himself but the team as a whole to greater heights this season. Check out what he has to say and keep an eye on PGCC this season. - Finest Mag CEO Cardell Dudley
The season is here. We are now in season mode. Practice has been good and we've been getting better as a team. We push each other everyday to the limit to make each other better. We played in the Juco Jamboree at Catonsville Community College. We won two out of three games. Overall, I think we played good as a team but we need to improve our defense more, but we know that will change as the season goes on. We have a lot of freshman that can play, so all of our freshman should have an eye on them. All of them can score different ways and also bring a lot to the table. On November 1st, we had our first official game against Potomac State and we lost that one 87-71 unfortunately. We came out real slow and weren’t playing our game in the first half, but we snapped out of it and played much stronger and fought in the second half, however it was too late to pull it off. We came back to practice and got physically and mentally prepared for this past weekend. We played at a tournament this past weekend at Chesapeake Community College and won our game on Saturday beating Chesapeake 97-86, but lost our game on Sunday to Monroe College from New York 98-83. Now that we know it is time for league play to start, we have to get focused and have our minds on not losing anymore games. Our first home game, which also is our first league game, is November 18th against Catonsville Community College. Patrick and I know how big this game is because they beat us last year on our home floor, so we owe them. This season is going to be a journey, and I’m looking forward to getting better as a player and even more better as team. Ill touch base with you guys next month.
Editors note - Sanders is currently averaging 16.5 points and 9 rebounds per game on 52% shooting from the field and 81% shooting from the free throw line.