Big Sky Conference

Fish, Bobcats still optimistic despite six-week skid

on

Brian Fish has tried to keep perspective during his team’s recent bout of struggles. After all, Montana State is starting no seniors, one junior, three sophomores and a true freshman at point guard.

Sarp Gobeloglu, one of Fish’s seniors, has played a total of nine minutes the last six games before abruptly quitting the team on Tuesday morning. Quinton Everett, Fish’s other senior, has struggled with a knee ailment that has kept his minutes down, although he’s provided a spark off the bench thus far in conference play.

The inexperienced Bobcats are working in six new faces from last year’s 14-17 team, one of whom is not departed All-Big Sky point guard Marcus Colbert, the heart and soul of Fish’s first two Bobcat squads. Two others, transfers Keljin Blevins and Konner Frey, are ineligible this season.

The roster shortfalls have been accentuated during a brutal last six weeks. Montana State enters this weekend’s home stand having lost nine of 10 games, including an 83-81 heartbreaker in overtime at Idaho its last time out last Saturday.

Brian Fish has tried to keep perspective during his team’s recent bout of struggles. After all, Montana State is starting no seniors, one junior, three sophomores and a true freshman at point guard.

Sarp Gobeloglu, one of Fish’s seniors, has played a total of nine minutes the last six games before abruptly quitting the team on Tuesday morning. Quinton Everett, Fish’s other senior, has struggled with a knee ailment that has kept his minutes down, although he’s provided a spark off the bench thus far in conference play.

The inexperienced Bobcats are working in six new faces from last year’s 14-17 team, one of whom is not departed All-Big Sky point guard Marcus Colbert, the heart and soul of Fish’s first two Bobcat squads. Two others, transfers Keljin Blevins and Konner Frey, are ineligible this season.

The roster shortfalls have been accentuated during a brutal last six weeks. Montana State enters this weekend’s home stand having lost nine of 10 games, including an 83-81 heartbreaker in overtime at Idaho its last time out last Saturday.

You must have a premium membership to continue.

Please Log in or Sign Up to continue.

Photos by Brooks Nuanez. All Rights Reserved.

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

Recommended for you