Day One in Salem

Center Court Salem Civic Center
Center Court Salem Civic Center


WATCH VIDEO of Community Service, Practice & Team Photo

Thursday is always a busy day at the NCAA DIII Basketball Tournament. After breakfast the four teams engage in a two-hour morning community service project, followed by each team practicing at the Salem Civic Center, participating in a press conference, the official team photo is taken, and then after a short break the teams return to the Salem Civic Center for the Student Athlete Banquet.

After breakfast the Ephs headed to South Salem Elementary School where they read to and with kindergartners up to third grade and then answered questions about Williams College and told about their hometowns.

Plenty of photos at Twitter: @EphSports, Facebook: Williams College Athletics, and Instagram: EPHSPORTS

The afternoon practice at the Salem Civic center was spirited and energized as the Ephs reviewed their defensive schemes, ran their offense, and engaged in numerous shooting drills. Head coach Mike Maker's dad, Bill, and aunt Carol were in attendance, along with Pat and Libbie Manning and Andee Johnston.

Moments after their 85-minute practice session ended the Ephs went back to their locker room to change into their black uniforms for the official team photo, which was followed by the assembled media interviewing coach Maker and some players.

Arriving back at the Sheraton in Roanoke the Ephs had just over an hour to shower and change into their banquet attire before heading back to the Salem Civic Center for the banquet featuring all four teams, fans, the NCAA Tournament Committee and representatives from the City of Salem.

The highlights of the banquet included a promo video of game action from all of the four Elite 8 games preceding Salem and a coach and a player panel, where the head coach and one player from each team answered questions, from Hoopsville's Dave McHugh.

Following the banquet there was a meeting of all of the officials representing the tournament teams, the NCAA DIII Basketball Committee and representatives of the Salem Civic Center.

Back at the Sheraton three Ephs gathered in an empty meeting room to take midterm exams.

Tomorrow is game day and it starts with breakfast at 8:30 Am, reviewing the scouting report on Amherst and then a shoot around at the Civic Center from 2:30-3:35 PM.

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