Mac coach “anxious” on eve of bench boss debut

MarauderThe McMaster men’s basketball team opens its non-conference schedule at home on Friday (Oct. 8) against the Manitoba Bisons. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. at the Burridge Gym.

The game will mark the debut of head coach Amos Connolly, who took over the team’s reins last May 25. While no stranger to the Marauder bench, having been an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s teams for a total of seven years, Connolly admits that approaching his first game as McMaster’s men’s head coach is exciting.

“I’m feeling anxious because I feel like this is something I’ve waited for my whole life. It’s also a good chance to gauge where we are as a team, because that is tough to do when you are playing against yourself in practice.”

The contest with Manitoba will also mark the first game for several new additions to the team, although Connolly can’t confirm who will be in uniform.

“We’re a little banged up right now and some guys will be game-time decisions,” said the coach. “Everyone wants to play but it’s a long season and I don’t plan to take any risks if guys are not 100%.”

In addition to playing Manitoba, the Marauders take on the University of the Fraser Valley two days later (Sunday) at 1 p.m. at the Burridge Gym. UFV is expected to be a contender in the Canada West conference this year, and has already defeated NCAA Division-1 schools University of San Diego and Idaho State, in exhibition play in August.

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