ENID, Okla. —
Pacers look to perfect Coach’s homecoming
If the Pacers need any more motivation than winning their first tournament of 2012-13, the 22nd Annual Lady Bulldog Classic in Altus, coach Robb Mills has it.
“That’s where I’m from,” he said. “It’s my hometown, and it’s a chance for me to, you know, go back and see my family. Plus, we have a lot to proove there. Last year, we lost in the finals to Altus, which we’ve talked about as a team, we were really disappointed. Especially me. I wanted to win in my hometown.”
Standing in the way is
an eight-team field that includes Altus, Iowa
Park, Lawton-MacArthur, Witchita Falls, Cache, Lawton-Eisenhower and Northwest Claussen, which Enid opens against at 3:30 p.m. today. The tournament is winnable, Mills said, good news to the ears of a Pacer team that last lost in an in-season tournament when they were eliminated from state contention in last season’s opening round.
“Any time you’re in a tournament, you want to win it,” Mills said. “This summer, we played in two tournaments and we came up short in both of them in the championship. I’m not trying to say that’s where we’re going to be, but that’s our goal.”
The other goal, of course, is making the trip a productive one off the court as well as on.
“It’s a chance for our team to get away,” Mills said. “We have team bonding and team chemistry (to work on). Some of the pressures go away a little bit, and we just kind of relax and play.”