The most serious basketball on campus could be the Thursday night men’s league from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the OCCC gym.
Six teams fight for bragging rights at the end of the season which lasts eight weeks in the spring.
The league is open to students as well as staff members at OCCC. Men from the community are allowed to participate in the league as well.
Lauren Kollmorgen, an OCCC wellness attendant, said the members of the league are fierce competitors when it comes to the game of basketball.
“Anyone is welcome to sign up with a team, but it is different than intramurals because it costs to join the league,” Kollmorgen said, “So students who play are usually the more competitive serious players.”
Collin Gentry, a student who has been a member of the league for three years, said the OCCC league is a good competitive league. Gentry said he has strategized the past three years into making his team better.
“This year we changed up our roster, but we think it’s a good change,” Gentry said, “Anyone of us can take over at any time.”
He reported that he has been impressed throughout the season with how well his team has been able to play as a group.
“We play well together and don’t care who scores as long as we win.” Gentry said. Gentry’s team finished the night with a big victory over their rival.
Jeremy Bonsall, a student who works in the wellness center as a referee, said the games can get rough at times.
“It gets really intense towards the end,” Bonsall said, “You have grown men fighting for the ball, and it gets really competitive.”
Bonsall said there are times when he has to calm the games down and take control.
“Every once in a while I have to call a technical.” Bonsall said. “I’ve had to throw two people out before, but that just comes with the competiveness of the game.”
The league will return next spring and will cost $250 per team. Players must be 18 years of age to join the league.
For more information about the league please contact the Recreation and Fitness area at 405-682-7860.