Meet your 2015-2016 OJC Rattlers
The OJC Rattlers began this season in a building mode as new players begin to take on leadership roles left vacant by last year’s graduating class. “This group has worked extremely hard to get tough for the long haul of the season,” said ninth-year head coach Houston Reed. “We remain focused on getting better every day, fulfilling our roles, building our culture, forming our identity, and developing a solid foundation for a team-first attitude. Region IX is one of the best conferences in the country. We feel like we can be in the mix of the Region with the right daily progress, team attitude, and toughness,” said Reed.
Region IX Tournament Outlook
The Otero Junior College Men’s Basketball team is finding a rhythm as they head into the Region IX tournament that will begin Saturday, February 27th. Seeding for the regional tournament is yet to be determined, and it looks like it will come down to the very last games played in the league.
“This is the most evenly matched I have seen Region IX competition, said OJC Head
Coach Houston Reed. “Every game is a challenge at home or on the road. When our league
decided to go to this format it has really enhanced our league games. We are looking
forward to tournament play.” The Rattlers have had great success the last few years
in tournament play. In 2012 the Rattlers we crowned Region IX champions and in 2013
they were Region IX runner-ups.
The Rattlers are currently led in scoring by sophomore Josh Blaylock from Lancaster, Calif. who is averaging 17.8 points per game in conference play. Sophomore TreVante O’Neal from Denver is chipping in 12.1 points per game while tossing out 4.3 assist per game. Freshman big man Brandon Wilson from Littleton is averaging 10.5 points per game. Wilson is also leading the Rattlers in rebounding pulling down over 6 rebounds per game. “I really like the balance this team can bring. We have six other players outside of our leading scorers that have scored in double digits in multiple games,” Reed added.
As the Rattlers get down the stretch it has been their defensive play that has gotten them in the win column. “Our system for many years has been built around getting stops, winning ball control stats, and pushing the ball. We have a lot of new faces on this year’s team. We will continue to strive for constant daily improvement and be the best team we can as tournament play quickly approaches,” stated Reed.
2012 Region IX Champions!
In 2012 Otero Junior College won the Region IX championship for the first time in the college's history, earning a trip to Hutchinson, Kansas for a berth in the National Tournament of the National Junior College Athletic Association.