Defender basketball teams ready for season

Defender basketball teams ready for season

BBC's men's and women's basketball teams began the 2010-2011 seasons with many new players and strong hopes for the road ahead.

Men's Coach Mike Show enters his 17th season at BBC. New women's Coach Amber Jacobs, a former WNBA player with deep connections to BBC, enters her first.

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Baptist Bible College & SeminaryLady Defenders open November 18
With a new coach at the helm, the Lady Defenders are looking at change for the 2010-2011 season. Coach Jacobs brings energy and enthusiasm as she takes on this new role. After winning just one conference game and four games overall, BBC is looking up coming into the new season.

The Lady Defenders return eight players from last season's roster but do not return their top two scorers. They will be looking for offensive leadership and balanced scoring through their returners, as well as tough defense by all.

Three players who started at least 10 games for last year's team are returning. Laura Hodupp averaged 7.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists last year as the starting point guard. Jessica White is the other starting returner. She averaged 4.5 points and led the team with 6.3 rebounds. Kellie Bernard contributed 3 points and 3 rebounds and shot 43 percent from the field last season.

Coach Jacobs is joined by assistant coaches Josh Workman and Amber Severance. The season starts at home against Penn State - Hazleton on Thursday, November 18.

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Men's team starts November 15
After winning two games last season and finishing last in the Colonial States Athletic Conference, the Defenders are looking for improvement.

BBC returns leading scorer Tommy Waszaj (15.7 ppg) and leading rebounder Nathan Greve (6.7 rpg), who also led the team with 3 assists per game and was second on the team with 13.8 points per game. With six newcomers on the team, the Defenders are young. But they also have leadership in their four seniors who have seen the ups and downs of basketball seasons, going to the NCAA Division III National Tournament their freshman year and finishing last year with only two wins.

Other key returners for BBC are Christian Attlesey who scored 4.6 points per game and got 4.1 rebounds per game, Seth Bernard who averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds, and Ryan Sullivan who scored 10 points per game and grabbed 5.8 rebounds per game in an injury shortened season.

Baptist Bible College & SeminaryCoach Show is joined by veteran assistant coaches Dwight Peterson, Joel Nietz, and Jon Konzelman. The season starts Monday, November 15 at Penn State - Wilkes-Barre. The first home game is Thursday, December 2 against Centenary College.

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The Defenders compete in men's and women's cross country, basketball, soccer, and tennis. They also field teams in baseball, golf, softball and women's volleyball.

BBC is affiliated with the Colonial States Athletic Conference, the National Christian College Athletic Association, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III.

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Posted on: 11/12/2010 4:31:56 PM

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