The annual Lobo Howl has always been about fun.
For the 2012-2013 Lobos and the 4,622 fans in attendance, tonight was no different.
The evening started with the Lady Lobos led by second-year Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez taking the court. They displayed some passing and shooting drills before finishing their night off with a very funny dance routine that featured songs from Michael Jackson, LMFAO and more.
The Lobos men’s basketball team took to the court next following a video montage of Steve Alford writing on a white board and finished with him writing – and underling – the words “Drive for five”, which has been coined as the ’12-’13 season motto. The phrase comes from the fact that the Lobos have won four conference championships in the last five seasons (three regular season and one conference tournament) and are in search of their fifth title in six years.
Like the women’s team, the men started with passing, shooting and layup drills. They then took part in a Cherry/Silver scrimmage. Cherry was made up of the projected starters Hugh Greenwood, Demetrius Walker, Kendall Williams, Tony Snell and Alex Kirk along with freshman Nick Banyard. Cherry went on to win 66-37 with Tony Snell chipping in a scrimmage-high 18 points.
“I think we took it really seriously,” sophomore guard Hugh Greenwood said about the scrimmage. “From the first minute we were really competitive. I thought the guys had fun… I thought the freshmen did a great job.”
Following the scrimmage, was the three-point contest featuring Tony Snell, Alex Kirk, Chad Adams, Kory Alford, Jamal Fenton, Demetrius Walker, Kendall Williams and Hugh Greenwood.
After a first round win over Chad Adams that had to go to a one-rack overtime, Kory Alford then took down Tony Snell and Kendall Williams en route to the three-point contest win.
“It was a lot of fun going against those guys. Especially Tony (Snell), he was my pick to win going into it,” Kory said.
The crowd then got to see some players participate in a slam dunk contest. The whole contest was a bit strange and was eventually won by Cameron Bairstow. The crowd really wanted Tony Snell to participate and after an extended “Tony” chant he did eventually attempt – and miss – four dunks.
Tonight was the fans’ last chance to get into the pit before New Mexico hosts Davidson exactly one month from today (November, 12th) at 11:59 p.m.