Coming into Week 16, the Red River Rebels men’s basketball team were perfect in the standings, but certainly not looking to rest on their laurels.
With many of their back-to-backs seeing them win by 30 or more points on the first night, then eking out single-digit victories on the second night – this week the Rebels put together their two most dominant games of the season.
First, it was a 119-64 shellacking of the second-place College Wesmen on Jan. 26. Then, on Feb. 1, they knocked off Providence, 101-77. The Rebels, now 11-0 on the year, haven’t won a game by less than 20 points since Nov. 24.
Leading the team again in Week 16 was stand-out veteran forward Mike Hebert. His season averages of 22 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and four blocks, while nothing short of outstanding, haven’t been the whole story. His play has inspired those behind him on the bench, as the Rebels frontcourt is again proving to be their best asset.
“Mike has raised his level of play all year, playing basketball the right way,” said Rebels head coach Sukhvir Singh. “He’s very unselfish on offense, always looking to get his teammates involved, and plays hard every possession on defense.”
“Teams have a hard time attacking the rim against us with Mike patrolling the key.”
This is Hebert’s second Athlete of the Week selection of the season, the first coming in Week 12/13.