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Mean Green Madness gives fans a peek at basketball teams

Mean Green Madness gives fans a peek at basketball teams

October 26
22:23 2017

With several new faces taking the court for both teams, the Mean Green basketball programs took part in another edition of Mean Green Madness Thursday night at the Super Pit.

In a change from last year, the teams got rid of the scrimmage and went with a coaches knockout game instead. The night began with performances by the drumline, cheer team and dancers, followed by the 3-point contests, the coaches knockout game and, finally, the dunk contest.

“The students came out to check out the teams,” women’s head coach Jalie Mitchell said. “At least put a name to the face and see where we play and make sure they get back here once the season starts.”

The energy in the crowd was good overall and first year men’s head coach Grant McCasland was impressed with the atmosphere. McCasland expressed hope the excitement will replicate itself once the season starts.

“I was encouraged by all the students that were here,” McCasland said. “That’s what is going to make our environment and our games a lot of fun. So it was fun to see their participation, and I was really encouraged.”

The show started off with the 3-point contests. For the women, junior guard Terriell Bradley defeated last year’s champ Grace Goodhart in the championship round 20-12 after both of players tallied 18 points in the opening round.

On the men’s side, junior guard Jorden Duffy defeated sophomore guard DJ Draper 22-18 in the finale, despite Draper putting up a scorching score of 28 in the first round.

In the overall championship, Duffy came out on top as he defeated Bradley 17-12.

“I’m super serious, I came here to win,” Bradley said. “It was fun, I wish I would’ve won the 3-point contest. But it happens.”

In the coaches knockout game, Mitchell looked like she did in her playing career, rarely missing a free throw and making it to the final two before falling to men’s assistant coach Jon Trilli.

Like Bradley, she came to win.

“We have to run that back for sure,” Mitchell said. “I can’t let Jon take me out like that.”

McCasland went out a little earlier, but saw the flames in Mitchell’s eyes.

“She’s the best player in school history for a reason,” McCasland said. “I’m just glad she didn’t knock me out.”

The night was capped off by the dunk contest that had a lot of missed finishes at the rim before the final two dunks by junior guard Michael Miller and sophomore guard A.J. Lawson. Lawson ended up winning by fan vote, but Miller was a close second.

After the dunk contest, the teams closed out the event with a dance contest on the floor. The women’s team will begin its season Nov. 4 against Texas Woman’s University at the Super Pit while the men will host Eureka College Nov. 10.

“It just gave the students and fans an opportunity to see the teams and see what is in store for this season,” Bradley said. “It was a lot of fun.”

Featured Image: Mean Green women’s basketball head coach, Jalie Mitchell, speaks to the crowd at Mean Green Madness. Madison Gore

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Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

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