Northwest Florida men’s team works through first week of 2021

Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 9:45 PM CST
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The Northwest Florida men’s basketball team is gearing up for the start of the season, now two weeks away. Coach Butch Pierre and his Raiders getting back into practice mode this week as they look ahead to the somewhat delayed start to the 2021 season.

Remember the NJCAA decided back in August to push back the start of the Juco seasons until January. Each team given up to 60 workouts during the fall to work into playing shape. Then the three week holiday break.

Now the Raiders, like everybody else, working with that season opener on the near horizon. The Raiders will play Daytona on the 23rd at the F-C-S-A-A Shootout in Gainesville! Coach Pierre here assessing his team at this point of the preseason.

“The state of the team right now? I guess in the fall you know, going through the issues that every college program was going through, I think our guys handled it real well. I think they’re excited about being back. And playing with a lot of enthusiasm, the attitude is good. I think we’re right where we need to be, right where we need to be.”

And that’s a good sign, given the incredible strange environment the coaches and players within this, and every program, has had to work through these last several months.

“Well the challenge was obviously, at times you could practice and at times we didn’t practice.” Coach Pierre told us. “From that standpoint, that distraction. But I had these guys back in July so I think they kind of know the process. They always look forward to practicing, they’re a really competitive group. So they accept anything, I mean they really lift each other up too. I think they’re great teammates.”

After two games to start the season in Gainesville, the Raiders return to make their home opener January 27th against South Georgia Tech.

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