KNOXVILLE — Tuesday the Johnson Royals Men’s Basketball team kicked of the season with the official Blue and White Game in the Phillips-Welshimer Building Gym. It is clear to see that after the game was played Tuesday night, the team is prepared and motivated for their first game of the season.
The first official game of the season will tip-off at 8 p.m. Friday at Piedmont Baptist College.
The blue team started off the night by taking the lead and ran up a score of 29-19. Despite the score, the white team fought back and did not let the blue team win without a little competition.
With three minutes left in the first half of the game, the teams were tied with a score of 34-34. The audience remained fully engaged to see which team would win the friendly battle.
As the game progressed, the white team stepped their game up and showed the audience their true potential with a leading score of 47-38.
The blue and white game concluded in the blue team’s favor with a score of 71-59.
During the the game, the team allowed the audience to show off some of their own basketball skills by taking volunteers for a dunk contest.
Coach Brandon Perry is excited to see the team finally play their first game and has great expectations for the upcoming season.
He is also very appreciative of all the motivation and support that was shown throughout the blue and white game.
“I feel good about tonight — it was great to just see the boys in action,” he said. “To have the student body come and support the team, that means the world to us and we really need that support all year long.”
Perry also believes the team works hard to engage the crowd into the game due to their fast paced way of playing. The team’s efforts at the Blue and White game is just a taste of what is yet to come in the season.
“You can really tell we want to play and that we want to be a fun team to watch,” Perry said. “We really showed people what we are capable of tonight.”
The good turn out from the student body and positive reactions from the crowd made the overall efforts of both the blue and white team phenomenal.
After the Piedmont Baptist game, the next men’s basketball home game will tip-off at 7 p.m. Nov.3 against Bryan College. The support of the student body is much needed for motivation throughout the season.