ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A high school basketball team with no place to practice is not letting that hold them back.
For the boys at Albuquerque’s Mission Achievement and Success Charter School, playing on a full size court doesn’t happen often. In fact, it only happens on game day.
Instead, the basketball team usually practices in a make-shift court inside the school. It’s half the size of a real one and has no basketball hoops.
“I actually measured off and taped out high school regulation, what the basketball lines actually look like from the three point line to the free point line and all the lanes,” said Coach Rob Durant.
Coach Durant started the boys’ basketball program at MAS last year. As the school’s PE coach, he saw a need for a competitive team.
“Growing up I had a huge passion for playing basketball and I know the impact it can have on youth here in Albuquerque,” said Durant.
He already went from 11 players last season to now more than 20. Despite not having a gym to practice in, he said the kids keep coming back.
“You know what I love is that good spirit, high spirit of hey you know what, we’re going to work with what we’ve got for now,” said Durant.
Coach Durant said that’s exactly what they do. They often leave the school to shoot hoops at the community center’s outside court next door.
“When it comes winter we’re out there in sweats, sweatshirt and a beanie,” said Durant.
“It’s really hard when you’re outside playing on concrete,” said student Jim Hood.
Once in a while, they also play inside a nearby Elementary school.
“It’s very similar to something like this except it actually had a 10 foot rim that we could shoot at so we were kind of blessed for that fact,” said Durant.
But Coach Durant said his kids deserve a level playing field. He recently created a GoFundMe page to share their story and raise money to rent court space.
“We go into the away games and we see their nice courts and we go wow they practice in that every day,” said student Danny Canela.