Dernbach cited upperclassmen leadership as a reason for the high
expectations from fans and that it was
one of the team’s greatest strengths
this season. However, they also have
depth on their side.
“We have seven upperclassmen,
and a lot of depth, which is really
going to help us this season,”
“We are very deep overall,
esecially at the guard position, which
allows us to run the floor on teams
and score in bunches,” Tillema said.
The three seniors on the team,
Tillema, Heuer and Trevor Hass, are
pushing the team to be better this
season, according to Dernbach.
“Our seniors are expecting us to
be really good this season,” Dernbach
said. “They want to make sure that
we’re playing our best basketball
at the end of the season and that
everyone is getting better every day
According to Dernbach, offense
will not be a problem for the Pointers
this season. It will be the team’s
defense that will make a difference.
“We have enough guys that
can put the ball in the hole on the
offensive end, but we need to have a
defensive mindset,” Dernbach said.
“There are going to be games that
we’re going to have to win with our defense rather than offense.”
The Pointers won their home opener last Saturday against
Lawrence University with a final
score of 99-73. The home crowd was
out in force. That presence of fans at
home is something that both Heuer
and Tillema appreciate.
“We love the atmosphere we get
at home games, it really gets us fired
up and we try to feed off the energy
the crowd provides,” Tillema said.
“The crowd is amazing here at
Stevens Point,” Heuer said. “It makes
the team fired up and allows for a
great atmosphere to play in.”
The team certainly has the home
crowd backing them for another
season, but the question remains:
how good can this team be?
“I think the team has a great shot
to do something special the season,”
Heuer said. “We just need to stay
healthy and not have injuries like last
“Realistically I believe the sky is
the limit and we have enough depth
and experience to take us all the way
to the National Title,” Tillema said.
“With the right mindset, and a
little luck, there is no reason that the
goals the seniors have made can’t be
reached,” Dernbach said.