When the Bobcats finished off their 74-71 win over Chattahoochee Tech to claim their first ever GCAA conference title, Head Coach Neil Bailey was the last person to get up on the ladder and cut off the last piece of the net. Before doing so, Coach Bailey looked around and soaked in the moment he and his team had worked so hard for.
Even though he and his team never doubted what this year could bring for them, others thought it might be too early in the program's history for a title run.
"I knew we would get here and while this year may be soon (to win a title), this was our goal last year," was what Coach Bailey had to see about the team's title run, "and we're hoping to continue play this level in the future."
So now the team's focus has shifted to Kansas, where Coach Bailey says, "We must stay healthy, which is a concern when you play four days straight (if you make it to the championship game). We're hoping to get Coco (Brown) back playing. The main thing is we have to shoot well. I'm not worried about our defense, but it (shooting well) is the key when playing against elite teams."
The Bobcats are heading into the NJCAA national tournament as the number seven seed, and after their first round bye will likely have to play Coffeyville Community College, who spent most of the year in the top five of the polls. If they pull off the victory there, they will likely have to play Spartanburg, who went undefeated this year.
So with that in mind, it was no surprise where Coach Bailey's mind was when I asked what he was thinking while cutting down the net.
"When are we gonna practice next?"