CHICKASHA – The Drover men’s basketball team had a great season with an NAIA National Tournament trip to top it off, something assistant coach Vinson Metcalf said the team sets out to do each season.
“It’s the same as it’s always been. USAO, since I’ve been here, we have been to the national tournament six of the last 12 years,” he said. “Just making it to the national tournament is a great feat in itself.”
Metcalf said the team was excited to be chosen among the other 31 teams in the national tournament, and after suffering a heartbreaking loss in round one, the focus was placed on the accomplishment of earning the spot in the tournament.
“The game came down to having a few more bodies and having those experienced guys. It would have helped us overcome some of the adversity we were facing in the first round loss to Southwestern Assemblies of God,” he said. “Coach (Brisco) McPherson and I … just gave them encouragement to keep their head up. They have nothing to be ashamed of.”
He and McPherson are looking for recruits to fill in the missing pieces left by the seven seniors, including NAIA All-American Norris Rumph and NAIA Champion of Character Graham Faulkner.
“Recruiting is going quite well,” Metcalf said. “If you can recall, we were having this same conversation back last year … we’ve just got to get back out and get on the phone and see some players and have them commit and sign on the dotted line and come be a part of the USAO Drovers.”