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Teamwork, technology aid college basketball team's training during COVID-19

Posted at 4:35 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:09:46-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Forced to call the same play as just about every other collegiate sports team due to the coronavirus, members of the men's basketball team at Virginia's Hampden-Sydney College are finishing the semester at home. But, while the players have gone their separate ways - with the help of rising senior Brian Brennan of Virginia Beach, there's one way the team is still training together while separated.

"With the coronavirus, we didn't want this to have a set back on our program," Brennan told News 3 Sports Director Adam Winkler via FaceTime Wednesday. "I know it's hard not having your teammates there pushing you, but we hear each other's voices."

Four times a week, Brennan, a Tallwood High School alumnus, emails his teammates a link to that day's Zoom meeting. But, it's not work-related. It's workout related. Wednesday, seven Tigers players trained together - apart. And, no gym? No sweat. Except when there is.

"I usually start sweating about halfway through the workout," Brennan admitted. "It's crazy how much you can drain yourself with just straight body weight and a 6x6 floor. You can do so much without equipment."

While separated from each other, technology and teamwork are helping the Tigers separate themselves from other isolated teams.