CHICKASHA – The Drovers (6-8, 3-4) are right in the middle of the season and in the middle of play in the fierce Sooner Athletic Conference. While their record might not indicate it, the Drovers are tough competitors and have upset some NAIA Top 25 teams already this season.
“I think we could be doing a little better as far as record-wise. But I think the thing that matters most is that we play our best basketball going into the conference tournament,” said Tyler Reynolds, a senior guard with the men’s basketball team. “That’s going to be what’s best for the team.”
Reynolds leads the team in most points and most assists, and he is in the Top 20 in the NAIA in free throw percentage. He said he doesn’t have a set role on the team but he fights to do whatever the team needs of him to claim the win.
To do that, he spends extra hours in the gym.
“I try to get into the gym at least once a day … and just get up a lot of shots,” he said. “So that when I get to the game, I am confident shooting shots and if I’m confident, usually they will be able to go in.”
Reynolds said his ultimate goal for the season is to make it to the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship tournament, something he’s yet to do in his collegiate career.
“If we can get to the national tournament as a team, that will make this season worth everything for me,” he said.