The MSU-Northern Skylights basketball team has not played a game since Nov. 3. Their last two contests put them in the win column. Coach Chris Mouat discussed with New Media Broadcasters what the team has been working on during this extended break.
“We’re adding some things offensively (while) still working on defense,” Mouat said.
“Truly in our starting lineup, we have three kids who can play the point guard for us, so I like the fact that we have handlers out there.” Mouat continued. “I think coming off the bench, we have some kids who can handle (the ball.”
“I’m excited about some of the things that we’ve been able to add right now,” Mouat said. “Some things to make us a little more diverse, offensively and take advantage of some of the strengths of our kids.”
The Skylights will be at the Great Falls Classic this weekend for games against Stephens College and Vanguard University. Mouat does an extensive breakdown of the Skylights’ competition.
“Stephens is a super-athletic team that is going to pressure us the entire game, 94 feet,” Mouat said. “You’ve just got to get the ball down the floor.”
“If we can make (Stephens) guard us, we can run our stuff and execute, we will be okay,” Mouat continued. “If we come down and get into a panic, they’ll turn you over and they’re just so fast up and down the floor. It’s just a whole different class of athlete.”
“Then Vanguard comes in and they’re the real deal. They are every year,” Mouat said. “They’re a perennial national tournament team. They’ve won national championships. They’ve won plenty of league championships. So, we know what we will be facing there. A heck of a test.”
The Skylights will play Stephens College on Friday night and Vanguard University on Saturday night. Both games have scheduled 7pm start times.