Coming from the West Coast in Vallejo, California, Clermont freshman Matthew Coleman was put into an entirely different environment here in Southwest Ohio. Coleman had to adapt to not only a new area, but a new crowd of competition as well. He said, “The transition from High School ball to College ball was so quick. People are more athletic and stronger and you have to consistently be at the top of your game.”
According to Coleman, the first game against Edison gave the team an insight concerning where they need to focus their training. Coleman stated, “It was more of us beating ourselves than losing the game. We need to focus on defense and not turn the ball over as much—also, work on our free throws for sure.”
In games two and three, the team put up a good fight against nationally ranked opponents Penn State and Andrews University, keeping it tied until the second half, but falling in the end. Game four followed up against Southern State, Clermont shut them out in a 30-pt. lead victory with a score of 97 – 67.
When Coleman was asked about his goals for the next few games of the season he replied, “I just want to help my team get to the tournament, win as many games as possible. I believe we will fix the problems and win more games throughout the season.”
The team will be competing in the Phil Sinkovich Classics tournament this weekend, with both games at the UCC home court. They’ll be playing Wittenberg Friday evening (11/18) @ 7:30pm, and a second game Saturday against Cincinnati Christian. Time is still to be determined for the game on Saturday.
Come out as often as you can and support your team!