LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Selection Sunday is a big day for a lot of college basketball programs across the country, and it’s no different for first year Division I program North Central New Mexico Tech. After finishing the year with a record of 0-27, the Oppies now anxiously await finding out who they’ll be paired up against in the first round of the 2015 NCNMTC Intramural Co-Ed Flag Football Championship on Sunday evening.
“The regular season was tough on us,” said head coach Bernie Stanwick from the payphone outside the 7-11 downtown. “But now we’ve put it behind us, and we can focus on bringing home a championship. The guys have really been focusing their efforts on becoming the most well-oiled flag football team on campus. Our basketball results probably suffered for that, in retrospect, but no one’s going to remember those hardwood losses if our guys are wearing those Intramural Championship t-shirts in two weeks.”
For the members of the Oppie basketball team, the season has been about more than wins and losses.
“Like, a big lesson we took away from the season is that you should probably avoid staying at motels where the rooms open directly to the outside,” said junior guard Matt Stevens. “If anyone knows who broke in and stole my wallet at the Motel 6 when we went to Albuquerque, I’d really appreciate getting that back, by the way.”
But for all of the lost wallets and on court failures, Stevens and his teammates know that an Intramural Championship would earn back a little bit of pride, and at least a modicum of respect from his classmates at North Central New Mexico Tech.
“It’ll be nice to finally have them stop laughing at us when we walk into the dining hall, that’s for sure.”
The Oppie basketball team is expected to earn a 2-seed in the Co-Ed Flag Football Championship. Earlier this year, they were able to secure a third place finish in the Intramural 3-on-3 Co-Ed Basketball Championship.