Shaky Start for Men’s Basketball

By Serek Hahn

December 5, 2012

The Dominican University men’s basketball team has come out of the gates to an up-and-down start to the 2012-2013 season.

The first conference game of the year, a showdown with Rockford College at the Igini Sports Forum, proved to be quite a hotly contested affair. The teams were neck-and-neck throughout the first half, with the Regents having a two-point lead over the Stars at the break. The second half saw Dominican gain a commanding lead-only to see that margin diminish as time wore on. In the end, the Regents narrowly beat the Stars, 72-70.

The loss put the Stars at 1-4 on the season, and gave Rockford College its first win. It came on the heels of a loss away against Beloit College (82-87), a win at home against St. Mary’s University (56-53), and a pair of losses in the River Forest Classic.

Despite the rough start, there is still cause for optimism. Junior guard Taylor DeRoo weighed in on the situation.

“We haven’t started the way we wanted to so far, but I believe we can begin to move in the right direction. We just have to keep working. We have to continue to work hard, work harder in practice, and bring a lot more to the games.”

“I really want to win our division, our conference, and go to the national tournament,” DeRoo added.

While the start to the season may not have been ideal, the team has plenty of opportunities to turn things around, with Northern Athletic Conference matchups coming on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.

The Stars are hoping to improve off last season, when the team went 6-19 (3-13 in NAC play). Of the five starters in the season’s inaugural NAC game against Rockford College, three were returning players. Seven total players returned from last season.

“I think this is the year. We need to take a step, and we can win with the guys that we have,” Deroo said.