After playing in the NAIA Classic last weekend, Dickinson State will play back-to-back games yet again, this time at the PC Classic on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14.
The Blue Hawks (1-2) split last weekend's classic 1-1 in Sioux Falls, S.D., losing the first game but winning the second. The team now hopes to continue its success in the upcoming classic in Aberdeen, S.D., in its first game against Presentation College (0-6) and Mayville State, which will be starting its season off Friday against Trinity Bible College.
Having seen the Saints in action last weekend, head coach Eric Nelson discussed what he saw from Presentation College.
"They've got some size; they've got some 6-foot-2-inch, 6-foot-3-inch posts, they’ve got some guards that got some good size," Nelson said. "They run a 1-2-2 press so they’re going to try to force turnovers, try to create havoc."
Despite the Saints having yet to earn their first win of the season, the Blue Hawks know Presentation College will be looking to do all it can to start the classic off with a win on its home floor.
"I’m pretty sure they’re going to be ready," Nelson said. "But we've just got to go in there and worry about us. We have to go in there, take good care of the ball, play good defense like we talked about and then some of our shots will go down Friday night."
As for Mayville State, the Comets have a very young roster, featuring seven first-years, two sophomores, four juniors and three seniors. Last season, the Blue Hawks lost both of their meetings against the Comets, losing the first game 90-63 and the second 84-48. However, the Comets' new roster makes this upcoming matchup a solid chance for the Blue Hawks to pull out the victory.
"That’s going to be a game where we’re going to kind of look at our girls and say, ‘Hey, we don’t have much of a scouting report. Here’s kind of what they did last year, but we just don’t know,' " Nelson said. "Right now, we’re still trying to figure out our team. We’re still trying to see what we look like, and we’re focused on what we’re doing right now. It’s probably going to be one of those games where we've just got to go out and play and just work on our offense, our defense."
With the Blue Hawks' first game scheduled for Nov. 13 at 4:40 p.m. MST and their second game scheduled for Nov. 14 at noon MST, Nelson said he is confident about the team's depth going into the weekend.
"I like that our depth is there to help us; we don’t have to play as many minutes. We can try to keep people fresh and keep people playing hard," he said. "That’s the biggest thing, and I think that’s definitely going to be the key thing for both teams for everybody playing this weekend."
Following last weekend's classic, Nelson said he hopes the team continues to play solid defense but is able to have more execution on offense, especially in the early-goings.
"I’d like to see a little bit more patience on offense," Nelson said. "Just looking for a little better execution. We worked on that in practice this week. We need to be patient and be able to read what the defense is giving us and be able to make that correct play."