JAY DAVIS: Hoops teams looking for success as the calendar turns
If you read the Rotary Classic preview, you saw that the Lady Tigers’ 0-5 record has been against some of the best teams in the area, if not the state.
The hill the Lady Tigers are climbing could become a mountain before they reach teams that are ripe for picking. After the undefeated Herreid-Selby Area Wolverines, the Lady Tigers open January with road games at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte and Miller. Those are two teams with some talent, and memories of defeat at the hands of the top-notch Lady Tigers teams they’ve had to face in recent years. Facing winning teams will continue for a while. The Lady Tigers do not see a team with a losing record (as of now) until going to McLaughlin on Jan. 17.
The Tigers will get a bit of a break when January rolls around. Of course, a win over Little Wound on Friday would get the boys jumped-started heading into the 2013 portion of the season. The big thing for the Tigers will be finding the winning formula on the road. January starts with four of five games away from the friendly confines of Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium. The first weekend of January the Tigers go to Miller and come home for Groton Area. After that they hit the road for trips to McLaughlin, Crow Creek and Standing Rock.
The Tigers can take some inspiration from the job the Minnesota Vikings did on the road on Sunday. The Vikings were the better team for most of 60 minutes when they defeated the Houston Texans 23-6 in Houston on Sunday. Not enough has been said about the surprising season the Vikings are having. Before the games started, they were thought to be one of the three or four worst teams in the NFL. A season with three or four wins was all that was expected. Jump forward to week 17 and the Vikings are one win, albeit an upset, and they will have extended this year into the postseason and a bracket spot on the road to the Super Bowl.
The Vikings did not look like a team that was going to scare anyone early. If you remember, they barely beat a woeful Jacksonville Jaguars at home in week one. Then they went and blew a chance to be 2-0 by letting the Indianapolis Colts steal victory from the jaws of defeat.
Look at them now. The season has progressed and the Vikings are one of the better teams in the league. In fact, if they were in the AFC, they would be a legitimate threat to beat almost everyone.
So, even tough our Tigers and Lady Tigers are a combined 0-8, the season has just begun. If the teams can keep getting better every night out, they, too, can become the kind of teams that are threats to beat anyone in the postseason.