GC men expect to feed off rowdy Homecoming crowd
The men’s basketball team will be playing against North Georgia, one of the team’s rivals in the Peach Belt Conference, at the upcoming Homecoming game. The Bobcats currently hold a 6-10 record, with multiple games this season ending in overtime or double overtime.
The majority of the team is made up of freshmen and sophomores, making it the youngest team that head coach Mark Gainous has seen in his 15 years coaching at GC.
“We are currently eighth in the conference, and the top eight teams go into the tournament,” Gainous said. “I strongly believe we can win it if we get into it. We’ve just got to get into it.”
The noise and energy that come from the crowd in the Centennial Center is just what the Bobcats need to continue improving throughout their season.
“Studies show that teams that really get that fan support at home have a higher chance of winning,” Gainous said. “I really feel like it directly impacts the game and the way the team plays.”
Due to having a team that is almost half freshmen, these players have not yet experienced the big crowd that Homecoming weekend brings.
“This is my first Homecoming game, and I am really excited to see the crowd,” said freshman Chapin Rierson.
“Having a big crowd makes everyone play better because we all want to do well and make people want to keep coming back to watch.”
The team is very proud to be a part of GC, and they are reminded of that when they see all of the support from the students. This year, for the first time the basketball teams will be walking in the parade at Tent City.
The coaches are excited, and the team is pumped. This will surely be a game that is worth attending.