Men’s and women’s basketball teams prepare for successful season over winter break

Cabrini students left their dorms on Dec. 18th to spend a month off for winter break. Ever wonder what the men’s and women’s basketball teams do during this time?

“We went to Daytona, FL for a basketball tournament. We played two games, lost the first but won the second one,” Erin Dodds, business management major, said.

The men’s team spent winter break in a different way in comparison to the women’s team.

“We weren’t quite as adventurous as the girl’s team,” Mike Doyle, secondary education and history major, said. “We went to Moravian University up in Bethlehem, PA and we went 2 and 0 in that tournament. Same thing when we came back and played some league games. It was just basically us and the girls’ team up here [at Cabrini University] so we were all hanging out a lot.”

It is important that teams get along and a way they can do this is through team bonding. “When we came back we pretty much just had practice, had some team bonding, team dinners and it was a pretty good time,” Dodds said.

“We did go to one of our player Anthony Linder’s house for a team dinner in New Jersey, which was a lot of fun,” Doyle said.

The two teams use their winter break as a time to remain in shape and keep their skills sharp. The tournaments they compete in, help them prepare for a successful rest of the season as well as the CSAC tournament which is only a few weeks away.

Photo by Paige Wagner

“I really feel that our time spent together over winter break is the most important part of our season.  The guys only focus is on basketball and we spend so much time together that we grow much closer as a team and are able to really improve on the court both offensively and defensively,” Mike McDonald, men’s head basketball coach, said.

Both the men’s and women’s team really came together over this winter break and worked hard to achieve success for the rest of their season.

“When we got back back from FL we were all a lot closer and we’re definitely playing better together and more as a team. I think it was beneficial for the end result we all want,” Dodds said.

“I feel like it [winter break] got us closer because we just hung out with our teammates and played a lot of basketball,” Doyle said.

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