Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Injuries derailing the Grizzlies?
By Luke Lapinski
The injury woes continue to mount for Montana. Early in the year, the Grizzlies had to make do without potential Big Sky Player of the Year Will Cherry as he dealt with a broken foot. Then they got him back, but leading scorer Mathias Ward went down. And now Cherry is joining him on the sidelines because of more problems with his troublesome foot.
That all adds up to some tense times for the basketball program in Missoula. Wayne Tinkle's group has plenty of talent to not only make the NCAA Tournament this year, but possibly stun a team or two once they get there. On top of Cherry and Ward, they have another strong scoring option in the versatile Kareem Jamar. The final four regular season games aren't necessarily make or break, but they need to be at full strength by the time postseason play rolls around if they want to make any real noise. Ward is dealing with a sprained arch in his left foot and is hopeful he'll be back in time for the conference tournament. Cherry, however, has no idea when he can play again. And that means a lot of uncertainty at the wrong time of year.