There is no place like home.
The old cliché rings true for countless scenarios, especially in the world of sports.
Home court advantage is a reality. Look no further than the Chaparral men’s basketball team sporting a 6-2 record at home while going only 2-7 on the road.
Whether it is the hometown fans, the familiarity a team has with the setting or simply the undeniable comfort of playing at home, there are definite benefits to playing on one’s own floor.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams were faced with a difficult task earlier this year.
With the entire PE building under construction until spring 2014, the teams had to find a new home court to practice and play home games on.
According to Athletic Director Paul Zakowski, discussions were held with local colleges such as Benedictine University and Wheaton College until they finally reached an agreement with the Walker Athletic and Sports Performance Complex in Lisle.
Now that the teams have finally settled on a court to play, the question remains as to whether or not it will have any effect on the teams.
Women’s Head Coach Cris Cotton believes his team is prepared to play in the new digs.
“We’ve been practicing here since we’ve come back from the break, so it hasn’t been that big of an adjustment for us,” Cotton said. “It’s kind of like a home away from our normal home court.”
But with debut wins against Wright College Saturday night, the teams are off to a solid start in their temporary home.