HELENA — The Helena High Bengals boys basketball team isn’t off to the best of starts this season at 0-4 through its first four games, but as the Bengals get set to host the Helena Capital Bruins on Thursday night, they feel confident that they'll be able to find their footing.
"If we want to win our first game, this is a game we want to win," said Kaden Huot. "I mean, crosstown, Helena High, Capital High. It's a fun game, but this one would be awesome for us."
As the Bengals still try to track down their first win, one of their seniors, Evan Barber, knows he and his teammates are better than what they’ve been able to do up to this point. Barber said if they’re going to pick up a win on Thursday night, they’ll have to do all of the little things and do them right.
"Our chemistry needs to get a little bit better. We've got to work on that a bit. Working, just playing as a team, working hard, hustling on defense, getting in help side. Just really just basic fundamental stuff that we should all be doing already," said Barber.
Thursday night also marks the first time the Bengals will take to the floor with more than 25 fans in attendance this season and though it might not be the true crosstown atmosphere, both Barber and Huot are looking forward to a few more people in the seats.
"It's going to feel like a regular game, or more like it hopefully. We only had one ticket from the start, so we can have more family members come," said Barber. "It'll be fun to have them."
"It’s going to be nice. Like, when we don't have fans, we don't have that much energy, and it's nice to have those fans cheering us on and stuff," said Huot. "Usually on a regular year crosstown is a packed house, so it'll be a little different."
The Helena High Bengals will host the Helena Capital Bruins on Thursday at 7 p.m. as the Bengals aim their sights toward their first win of the season.