The Scotties boys basketball team has faced few challenges in the season so far.
Storming out to an 8-0 overall record that includes a 3-0 mark in conference play, Glasgow head coach Norm Braaten realizes that the toughest challenge for his team comes this week as the Scotties square off against Malta.
"It's going to be interesting to see the matchups on the court against Malta," Braaten said. "We're going to have to find out what matchups are in our favor and use them."
Malta is tied with Glasgow for the conference lead and just one game back in the overall standings at 7-1. They are also two-time defending state champions. Braaten says the Malta game will be a good measuring stick to see where the Scotties are exactly for this season.
"It's not a live or die game," Braaten said. "We want to be high up and seeded come the end of the year in our district tournament."
Braaten isn't the only one that recognizes the importance of the upcoming Malta showdown. Keil Krumwiede is also tuned in as to what this game means.
"It's going to be a big challenge this week against Malta," said Krumwiede. "They have a really good offense, so it will be interesting to see how our defense can respond."
Lane Herbert, another veteran leader for Glasgow, said that what Glasgow needs to do is stick to the things that have propelled it to the top spot in the conference.
"Our team has been really successful this season because we're moving the ball well and playing good defense," Herbert said.
Krumwiede suggested that the success Glasgow has seen so far is due to the fact of players embracing leadership roles on the team.
"We have a lot of leaders on this team," Krumwiede said. "Jason Thibault and Lane Herbert shoot the ball really well, plus we have Chase [Fossum] and Jake [Page] in the post. They've all done a great job."
Glasgow hosts Malta this Thursday night before traveling to Poplar for another crucial conference game.