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Bighorns set to usher in fourth season
by Dan McGee - For the Tribune
Nov 21, 2011 | 1077 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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While head coach Paul Mokeski watches in the background, point guard Blake Ahearn (Black Shirt) defends against Donald Sims during a Reno Bighorns practice session on Monday
Tribune/Dan McGee While head coach Paul Mokeski watches in the background, point guard Blake Ahearn (Black Shirt) defends against Donald Sims during a Reno Bighorns practice session on Monday
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RENO — The Reno Bighorns NBA D-League basketball team is busy preparing for the 2011/12 season and held a media day and open practice sessions Monday morning.

“It’s a good team as we have some veterans that know what to expect as well as younger players that are here for the first time,” said head coach Paul Mokeski. “We did well up at Boise in our scrimmage and the team has good chemistry. We’re coming together and are working on a few areas that need cleaning up.”

Blake Ahearn, a point guard who played for Missouri State in St. Louis, was acquired by the Bighorns in an off-season trade and much is expected of this veteran.

Taking a look at his new team, Ahearn said, “We have several veterans, as well as younger players, so it’s a good mix. We’ve been at this for a week and the group of guys are a recipe for success.”

Team spokesman Zach O’Brien said the team usually practices at the South Reno Athletic Club, although it will hold practice session on its home court at the Reno Events Center when it is available.

Right now the players and coaches are working to get everyone clicking and working together smoothly. The atmosphere at Monday’s practice seemed upbeat, as the team gets ready for its season opener on Friday.

After a two-day stand in Bakersfield, Calif., the team goes to Los Angeles then comes back to Reno for the home opener on Dec. 2, once again play the Bakersfield Jam.

Because of the NBA lockout, the team is slated to have a few of its games televised on the NBA channel and team officials are keeping their fingers crossed that ESPN might pick up a few Bighorns games.

In August, the Bighorns were purchased by a local ownership group. This season, the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies became affiliated with the Bighorns, joining the Sacramento Kings.

For ticket information, call 824-6626 or visit RenoBighorns.com.
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Bighorns set to usher in fourth season by Dan McGee - For the Tribune


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