DMU basketball First Team reach cup quarter finals
By Joshua Solomon
The De Montfort University men’s basketball first team have advanced to the quarter-finals in the Midlands Conference Cup.
The Pitbulls defeated the University of Warwick in the third round at home in a close game 68-75.
Small forward Daniel Obiapuna, a 21-year-old third year student, said: “This result means a lot because we worked hard as a team, it was a close game and the opposition were very good but we were calm down the stretch and we made good plays.”
Daniel explained how the team missed some of the first year and the whole of second year due to Covid-19, so for many of them, this is their last year playing.
He said: “For many of us in the team, this will be our last chance at a trophy or to take a memory with us as we leave. We are in our third and final year and our university experience has been up and down so we are going to try our best to win the competition.”
The De Montfort basketball first team coach, Igor Mirkovic, has been the head coach since 2016 and is well liked by everyone who is within the basketball society.
The program at the university is one of the most popular with three men’s teams, a women’s team alongside a recreational social league team.
The basketball team is not just for competition but inclusivity and that’s why the aim of the DMU Pitbulls is to be a friendly, hardworking team and fully support new team members whatever their skill level, who want to have fun playing basketball and keeping fit.
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