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UGF Hoops Ready to Start New Era Under Anthony Owens

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The UGF Argos men's basketball team has a new look this year. After longtime head coach Steve Silsby moved on, the Argos are now under the direction of new head coach and former Argos player, Anthony Owens. Blake Arthur has more.

In his first head coaching job, Anthony Owens is hard at work to make his mark on the Argos basketball program.

"It's been pretty good. There's a lot of work that comes with it. I thought that head coaches just sat back and sat in their office for a few hours but that's not the case at all. It's like every hour of mine is taken up," said Owens.

Owens has kept himself busy… bringing in a lot of new players. One player the Argos will be without though is two time Frontier Conference player of the year Marcel Towns who graduated last year.

"Trying to replace Marcel is a task. We're not going to have anybody that can replace him. What we're going to have to do is play better team basketball. Scoring is something I worry about but we're going to have to work as a team and try to make it work that way instead of 20 points from one guy," said Owens.

Even without players like Towns and Great Falls native Reid Tramelli, the Argos do have some key returners, including big man from Spain Daniel Arcau, senior center Chris Schessler and senior point guard and leader TJ Harris.

"We're just out here working hard. We got a lot of new faces, brand new coach, lot of new athletes out here so we're just trying to to get our chemistry down and get our cohesiveness on the floor down," said TJ Harris.

New coach, new style. The Argos still have some learning to do as a team, especially on defense.

"Biggest change I think is on defense. More man to man stuff than our zone we're typically used to but we're just trying to get used to it and working hard doing it," said Harris.

Owens expects his team to play hard… and continue to improve.

"Just trying to be solid - disciplined. We're trying to get better every single day and if that means we end up in the playoffs then that's great but my expectation is getting better every day," said Owens.

UGF ended last season in the semi-final of the conference tournament. Owens hopes the hard work pays off… so they will make it back in his first season at the helm.

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