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A shooter's game

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The new Dr. Dish shooting machine set up at Portage Collegiate Institute. It was purchased by the four basketball teams and the new basketball academy. (submitted photo)

The new Dr. Dish shooting machine set up at Portage Collegiate Institute. It was purchased by the four basketball teams and the new basketball academy. (submitted photo)

There’s a new piece of equipment helping students dial in their shooting technique in Portage.

A brand new Dr. Dish basketball shooting machine is up and running in the gym of Portage Collegiate Institute thanks to a little teamwork from the varsity and junior varsity basketball teams, and the school’s basketball academy.

“This machine quadruples a shooters output,” says JV Trojans head coach, Darin Arnold. “So instead of shooting and having to chase down your ball, then repeating, a player can just stand in one spot and load the machine up with three or four balls and shoot 100 shots before it would take them to shoot 20-or-so normally.”

It wasn’t easy for the basketball teams to get the shooting machine as the least expensive model sits around $6,500. It took a couple years of saving between the four teams and with a boost from the first year basketball academy they were finally able to purchase one of the Dr. Dish models, a company specializing in shooting machines. Arnold and varsity boy’s coach Janey Bradford have had their sights set on one for a few years after chatting with reps at a Basketball Manitoba Clinic in Winnipeg.

“It’s basically a large net attached to a piston mechanism, so when the kids shoot -- whether they miss or not --- the ball is caught by the housing of the machine and the piston will kick it out to them wherever they are shooting from. It’s totally programmable so you can have it shoot it out to the point or the corner.”

Portage Collegiate would end up purchasing one of the base models in the Rebel, which boasts an easy to use interface, a quick pass distance selector, and a shots-made counter.

“All the basketball teams are excited to have it and hopefully it’ll bring more kids out in the summer and get them shooting,” adds Arnold. “When you’re competing with other sports for athletes it’s nice to have something like this to bring the attention of kids wanting to strengthen their game and get into the sport.”


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