Jimmies men's basketball hope home cooking leads to sweep vs. Valley
The Jimmies return home for only the third time this season.
The University of Jamestown men’s basketball team returns home to Harold Newman Arena when they take on Valley City State University at 3 p.m. on Nov. 27. The Jimmies are hoping to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time since earlier this year when they lost two in a row from Feb. 10-Feb. 20.
The Jimmies are coming off their first loss of the season, 92-76 to Concordia on Nov. 23. The Vikings are coming off a convincing win over Trinity Bible 95-67 on Nov. 23. The Jimmies have responded in a big way in practice to the loss to the Bulldogs according to head coach Danny Neville, while keeping in mind that their effort has to be high in this game.
“I think we got outworked on Tuesday and we can’t allow that to happen again, Neville said.
The Jimmies celebrated Thanksgiving together as a team at Neville’s house.
“It’s awesome anytime that you can get those guys together and bond and watch football, kind of have it more relaxed and watch film and do basketball stuff,” Neville said. “It’s nice to hang out and so it was a good opportunity for us to bond.”
The Jimmies' keys to this game are similar to what they have been all season, Neville said.
“The keys that we’ve had all season, just come in play hard, compete,” Neville said. “Again, it’s a home game for us so we have to protect our home court.”
The two teams have played 35 times since 2005 with the Jimmies owning a 22-13 record. The Jimmies record against their rivals at Newman is 12-5. The last time the two teams played was earlier this season on Nov. 12 with the Jimmies winning 81-64. The Jimmies were led in that game by Mason Walters' 29 points and 17 rebounds. The Jimmies are trying for their first season sweep over the Vikings since the 2018-19 season.
This is only the Jimmies third home game of the season, which is the fewest home games the team has had in their first ten games since they also had three games at Newman in their first ten to open the 2007-08 season. The fact that they are home for a sustained period of time, having three more home games after this one is a good feeling for Neville.
“It’s awesome. It feels like we’ve been on the road the whole year so it’s good to be back and practice here, sleep in our own beds and so, it’s a nice feeling,” Neville said.