MEN: Waves Ready for Opener; Raines Injury

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The time is near Waves fans! Men's basketball will face San Diego Christian on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse. The team will play its first game of the season, and the Waves are looking to make plays on the court and cooperate effectively as a team.

Head Coach Marty Wilson says: "The team is excited. I expect us to come out with a lot of energy"

The team has been participating in preseason and intrasquad scrimmages and has worked hard this past week focusing on skill and technique as well as effectively communicating on the court.

Wilson explains: "It's exciting for our guys knowing that these games are for real. They are honing in this week on taking care of the ball, making better decisions, defending harder, and defending more together. That's what really is necessary to perform well on Saturday."

The team has been utilizing this week to analyze the video from the preseason scrimmages to break down plays and evaluate any weaknesses. Coach Wilson adds that the main components for enabling the team's growth are "communication, and defensively, our execution."

Last week, sophomore Jett Raines suffered a hand injury during practice and will not be playing in Saturday night's game. He is expected to miss at least a few weeks.

Coach Wilson said that Raines' injury "will have an impact on the team. His energy, his size and his athleticism play a very important role on the court. The team feeds off of him and his energy, and his absence will cause an adjustment for the team".

This will force some players to move positions, but may also provide an advantage for players like Atif Russell and Lamond Murray, who could be playing against larger players who will have to guard them on the perimeter.

The team is prepared to come together and open the season strong, with great energy and a lot of excitement.

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